Sure, your idea of a great night likely doesn’t include being anywhere near Times Square. but The Rum House is not the typical flashy midtown attraction. Reopened in 2011 by the masterminds behind Tribeca craft cocktail bar Ward III after a brief period of uncertain fate, this rum-centric speakeasy is home to leather-clad booths, nightly live piano performances and a menu of impressive cocktails. It has dozens of rum varieties to choose from and, despite its location in both Times Square and The Hotel Edison, The Rum House is blissfully tourist-free.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
While it’s always a safe bet to order a classic like the Old Fashioned or The Negroni Leoni—both slightly altered with a rum base—the real excitement lies in original drinks, like the Hotel Diplomático with rum, apricot, pineapple and lime.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Weekends are often difficult to navigate in a New York City bar, but Friday and Saturday nights are nonetheless the best times to check out The Rum House. With live piano performances and a full menu of food and drinks, consider making a night of it.