Rum Bar: Pirates Drink Rum, Doncha know.
BY AARON STELLA Vodka and gin have had their heyday, now it’s rum’s turn, and its all happening at Rum Bar in Rittenhouse. Owner Adam Kanter must have had pirates on the brain when he designed the joint: aside from the spectrum of burnt Tuscan colors and minimalist, post-industrial motifs, his efforts to conjure the decadence of piracy and adhere to Rittenhouse’s standards of finery found perfect harmony when he installed a genuflecting pirate statue he says he won off eBay. (Although commonly associated with Captain Morgan, Kanter assures this is not he). If the marauder of the seas didn’t do it for you, maybe Rum Bar’s 108 different rums will (you heard me. 108.). While some of the rums are used in Rum Bar’s mojitos and for infusions in their assorted eatables, Kanter recommends sampling each of his rums neat. To sweeten the deal, you can acquire a Rum Passport Card (free!), which a Rum bar bartender will use to keep track of all the rum you’ve imbibed at thir bar. Once you’ve tried all 108 rums, you’ll be awarded with a vintage bottle of rum priced around $250. (It is suggested that you don’t power through all 108 rums in one sitting, since you’ll only be left with more rum to drink in the end. Just saying) While you’re enjoying your libations, consider using them to slake back some of the Caribbean-Fusion comestibles served up in shareable portions. Note that the menu changes seasonally. And don’t forget to ask about their rum-infused desserts.