16th August 2018: National Rum Day

As National Rum Day is a rather unofficial kind of celebration, there aren’t a huge amount of events associated with it. However, it’s always worth asking at any rum-based bars if they’ve got any offers on. As for everything else, the folks at Verdict have rounded up a few options to help you celebrate:

National Rum Day Fest:

When: 16 August 2018 – 6pm – 9pm EDT
Where: The Confidante Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140, United States
Description: I know its not in the UK but as this one seems to be the biggest of all the National Rum Day events, it’s worth mentioning it if you’re in the Miami Beach area tomorrow! The Confidante Hotel is hosting a poolside party with tastings, complimentary drinks, and educational talks.
Tickets: $28.45 – $54.84 – Available here.

Merchant House

When: 16th August 2018
Where: Merchant House, 13 Well Court, Off Bow Lane, London. EC4M 9DN
Description: This is a must-visit for any rum lovers in London – the bar at Merchant House has more rums than you can shake the proverbial stick at. On National Rum Day I will be heading down to Merchant House where they are offering 50% off all neat rums from their 350-strong collection; a great opportunity to try one or two specials rum that I’ve always wanted to try! Maybe see you there…

Rum Tasting On The Golden Hinde:

When: 16 August 2018 (6.30pm – 9pm)
Where: The Golden Hinde, St Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, London, SE1 9DE
Description: For those with an interest in rum’s seafaring history, this could be the perfect event. The replica of explorer Francis Drake’s famous ship is hosting an evening of rum tasting. The event will allow guests to sample 12 different rums onboard the historical vessel with experts guides to explain a little more about the history of rum and the sea.
Tickets: £21.55 (including booking fee) – Available here.

Coffee, (Sugar) Cane & Cocktails:

When: 17 August 2018 (2pm – 3pm)
Where: Mr Black Church of Coffee, Shop 4, Dray Walk, London, E1 6QR
Mr Black Coffee AmaroDescription: Any coffee lovers out there will definitely want a ticket to this special event, held the day after World Rum Day. On the plus side, that means it falls on a Friday so you can feel a little more relaxed about sipping some rum. Hosted by Mr Black’s the event will include a trip of cocktails including punches, tiki and the modern classic – Espresso Martinis.
Tickets: Free but must book tickets here.

Young’s Pubs events:

Young’s Pubs are hosting a summer of rum throughout August. Tickets for all these events can be purchased on the Young’s website. Here are just a small sample of the bespoke events going on but rum enthusiasts can look up their local pub to see what’s going on there.

Kraken Black Ink Society Masterclass:

When: 18 August 2018
Where: Dial Arch, Woolwich
Description: Join in a Black Ink Society Masterclass and discover the brand’s mysterious past with a sampling session and customise your own cocktail. Best in class? Walk away with a limited-edition bottle of Kraken.
Tickets: £20

Bacardi Daiquiri & Mojito Cocktail Masterclass

When: 22nd August 2018
Where: Wood House, Dulwich
Description: Shake and mix with the untameable Bacardi as guided on the ultimate education of how to create the Original Bacardi Mojito and Daiquiri. What’s more, as well as sampling one of the most awarded rums in the world, guests will be able to enjoy the new kids on the block; Bacardi Anejo Cuatro and Bacardi Ocho.
Tickets: £10 – £15

Gosling Rum – The Family Tale

When: 30 August 2018 (7pm – 8.45pm)
Where: The Bell, Fetcham
Description: Discover the heritage of the Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail as Emily Gosling, eighth generation of the Gosling Rum dynasty, guides guests through the history of this 19th century rum; from the shipwreck that saw James Gosling land in Bermuda in 1806 to Shelia Gosling using her washing machine to spin cocktails. Be guided through an insightful sampling before rustling up your very own Dark ‘n’ Stormy.
Tickets: £15

Diplomático Palm Terrace:

When: 22 June – 31 August 2018 (5pm til late on weekdays and 1pm til late on weekends)
Where: Outdoor Terrace underneath The Bloomsbury Club Bar, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
Description: Diplomático Rum has taken over The Bloomsbury Club bar’s outdoor terrace section with an incredible rum bar. The whole space is decked out with palms and tropical blooms. There’s also a live DJ on the weekends for brunch sessions. Guests can enjoy rum flavoured slushies and sample some of the cocktails shared in our video. The event is not ticketed but guests are encouraged to book here.


If you can’t make it to any of these events, fear not. The best way to celebrate National Rum Day is to simply pour yourself a nice rum and relax…

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