The Caribbean’s Best Beach Rum Bar

Beach Rum Bar

We’ve long extolled the virtues of the rum bar in these pages: that is, bars that go beyond trivial cocktail rum and offer a serious, diverse offering of rums on the menu.

But none of these bars has ever been right on the sand.

Until now.

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Thanks to one of the Caribbean’s most creative hospitality minds, Guy Ferdinand, Martinique’s Le Petibonum beach bar has debuted a full-fledged rum bar on the sand in the increasingly cool beach town of Carbet. (Note: Le Petibonum is a two-time winner of CJ’s Caribbean Beach Bar of the Year).

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The simply-titled Rum Bar, which is adjacent to the existing Petibonum bar and restaurant, has a strikingly good collection of AOC rums from Martinique — with around 70 in total — a number that is rising quickly.

Chef Guy Ferdinand.

Chef Guy Ferdinand.

That means everything from a broad array of white rums perfect for a Ti’ Punch (right now the Clement Blue Cane 2016 is drinking especially well in the famous French Caribbean cocktail) to rarer expressions from HSE and Hardy, among others.

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And that’s along with some inventive cocktails using Martinique’s spectacular rum, above.

If you’re a lover of rum, particularly rhum agricole, this is a new bucket-list destination. And if you haven’t tried it, it’s a reason to visit Martinique in its own right — because experiencing Martinique and its rum culture is one of the most fascinating things a lover of Caribbean travel can do.

And here, a place that has long redefined what’s possible at a Caribbean beach bar has done it again.

And it’s all right on the beach.

— CJ

 

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