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World’s Best Rum Bars

Velveteen Rabbit creates the Aberdeen Son cocktail with Denizen Merchant’s Reserve

December 23, 2014
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The downtown arts scene in Las Vegas has seen many quality businesses open up shop over the last several years. From galleries and restaurants to clubs and bars, this is the place to be if you’re looking for some of the city’s most unique spots. Velveteen Rabbit is one of the newest bars to open in the arts district and has become a mainstay for quality drink and booze enthusiasts. …Read More >

When in Vegas, try a Turning Leaf cocktail at Vanguard Lounge

December 3, 2014
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The cocktail scene in Las Vegas has come a long way in the last ten years and one of the top bars in the city is Vanguard Lounge. Open since 2010 in the super-hip Freemont East District of Downtown Vegas, Vanguard has become a go-to spot for cocktail enthusiasts who want to escape all of the glammed up tourist traps and enjoy a quality cocktail in a unique atmosphere. If …Read More >

World’s Best Rum Bars: Hale Pele

February 17, 2014
Hale Pele's back bar: An altar built to the Gods of Rum

Nestled in a neighborhood of Northeast Portland, OR is a little piece of rum history.  Hale Pele has only been open for a few years but has quickly become Portland’s premiere purveyor of Tiki culture and a nationally recognized temple of rum housing an extensive collection of rums from all corners of the globe.     Their current bottle count is around 240, but it fluctuates as rare bottles drain …Read More >

The Rebirth of Rum: A Rum Wave Hits Hong Kong

July 27, 2013
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    Denizen Takes Over Hong Kong!!   Dateline-Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R In one of the most dynamic and fast paced places on earth, a surge is beginning to swell and fill this city up to it’s sky-highrise tops with Rum. With a population of 7 plus million on this tiny island boasting Asia’s most international market of young transient ex-pats and nomads of the various industries that fuel …Read More >

World’s Best Rum Bars: Rum Club Portland

June 2, 2012

  “Situated philosophically and geographically somewhere in between The Slammer and Beaker and Flask”    The phrase as it reads on the menu at Rum Club in southeast Portland is a manifesto of sorts.  Rum Club is, ostensibly, right there in-between one of Portland’s bastions of haute cuisine and cocktails, Beaker and Flask, and one of the city’s most beloved dive bars, The Slammer. The Club strives to maintain a pretense …Read More >

Best Cocktail Bars: Smuggler’s Cove

July 21, 2011

“Best Cocktail Lounge of the Year” “Best New Cocktail Lounge in America” “Top 3 Spirit-Specific Bars in America” The list goes on for Smuggler’s Cove. So for this, our fourth monthly installment of the Best Cocktail Bars, we travel to the epicenter of West Coast rum mixology, San Francisco, to profile this new but already legendary bar. Atmosphere What if you could go on Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride …Read More >

Best Cocktail Bars: Dutch Kills

May 27, 2011

See that entrance? No, not the transmission place. And no, don’t get fooled by the engineering sign. That simple white neon sign behind the van. There. That’s the entrance to one of the best cocktail bars in New York. It’s not even in Manhattan but over in Long Island City. It’s called Dutch Kills named after the neighborhood (‘kills’ is Dutch for stream) but it’s gaining a reputation world-wide for …Read More >

Best Cocktail Bars: The Rum House

May 12, 2011

Want to drink like your daddy did? In this our second post on the Best Cocktail Bars, we try to save the world from bland, boring cocktails and bland, boring cocktail bars to introduce you to a classic reborn: The Rum House. Like the Camaro, Ray-Ban Wayfarers,  and Betty White, some classics are worth re-visiting. And that’s what the boys who brought you Ward III in Tribeca have done with …Read More >

Best Cocktail Bars: 1534

April 8, 2011

Finding an amazing cocktail bar is like meeting a new girl, buying the car you always wanted or scoring the perfect shirt: your eyes go wide, your pulse quickens and your senses fire all at once. It’s a rare thing but you know it’s right the moment you feel it. To meet our mission of freeing the world from bland, boring cocktails and bland, boring cocktail bars, we at Denizen …Read More >

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