Martin Cate

Title: Owner, Smuggler’s Cove
Location: San Francisco

Martin Cate is an award-winning bartender, award-winning author and the owner of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, which features the largest rum selection in the United States. 


Cate is a rum and cocktail expert whose work has been recognized by publications including Drinks International, Esquire and Playboy. Smuggler’s Cove is a fixture on the World’s Best Bars list and has been influential in creating a new wave of interest in Tiki and tropical cocktails. He is also the co-owner of Whitechapel in San Francisco, Hale Pele in Portland and False Idol in San Diego, and is a partner in Lost Lake in Chicago.

Cate is a passionate rum collector who conducts educational seminars and officiates rum and cocktail competitions around the world.

Awards and Publications

  • 2017 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best Cocktail Book                   
  • 2017 James Beard Award for Best Beverage Book
  • 2016 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best American Cocktail Bar (Smuggler’s Cove)
  • Author of Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki



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