The new San Francisco restaurant & Bar Smugglers Cove is re-energizing our love of everything Tiki. And what’s at the center of everything tiki? Rum. That’s right. Smugglers cove is a rum lover’s paradise. With over 200 rums from across the globe, Smugglers cove creates a sugary, decedent and drunken tiki love triangle for its customers. Smugglers cove uses its abundant collection of rums to specialize in classic libations of prohibition era Havana, and exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars. With this attitude, however, smugglers is reinventing traditional attitudes and connotations of what rum, and drinks containing rum mean. Straying away from strictly island fruity type drinks, and incorporating rum in a vast array of historical and social contexts, Smugglers cove is able to become more than just your average Tiki bar.
Another great aspect of Smugglers is what it calls its “Rumbustion Society”. The goal is to get its customers to explore non-traditional rums, getting them to drink outside the box. There are three levels in the Rumbustion Society. The first level entails sampling 20 one ounce pours from traditional rum flavors and styles. Once you have conquered this feat, you are aptly designated a “disciple of the cove”. People at the second rung of the Rumbustion Society or “guardians of the cove” have trudged through 80 one ounce pours from Smugglers profusion of world class rums. Lastly, existing at the apex of Rumbustion Society are the “masters of the cove”. These men/women of honor and dignity have sampled 200 rums total, with the 100 required to climb the first to pinnacles and the subsequent 100 needed to become a master. Can't imagine what their livers look like.
GetWize: After a couple nights of soft openings, Smugglers Cove is now open to the public starting at 5pm. Located at 650 Gough Street at McAllister. For more information, check out their website here.
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