Rum Shops in Trinidad and Tobago 0 2626

There are about a thousand rum shops in Trinidad and Tobago, so finding one in your neighbourhood is not that difficult. Rum shops are part of our culture and the origins date back to the days when we first started to produce rum from sugar cane. They’re easy to recognize, the buildings are usually brightly coloured, branded with products such as Carib, Stag, White Oak Rum, Forres Park Rum, or even Digicel just to name a few. Many people don’t take the time to draw the distinction between a “rum shop” and a “bar” but there are some key differences. Rum shops were known to be very simple in their design, catering for a very casual crowd that just need a place to drink, while “bars” are little more refined using an overall business strategy to attract their target customers.

In recent years, rum shops have evolved from solely a place to drink and socialize, to an environment that now is recognized; for its interior design, themes, dining, fine wine selections, quality hand-crafted cocktails, and even its history. What once began as a very laid back affair with men playing dominoes or draughts having heated debates, turned into a place which caters to customers looking for an evening to enjoy quality food and drinks. Here are some examples of “rum shops” as well as a few other places that have evolved and changed the face of the rum shops.

Rum Shop Talk:

• Choices of alcohol are; White Oak Rum, Firewater (i.e. Forres Park Puncheon Rum), Black Label Rum, Carib, Stag, or Mackeson.
• Rum comes in different sizes:- Mini, NIP, Flask, Bottle (i.e. 750ml) & Mega (i.e. 1.75Ltr)
• ‘Chaser’ is a non-alcoholic drink used after a ‘shot’ of rum or as a mixer. (i.e. Water, Shandy, Coke, etc.)
• ‘Cutters’ are finger foods such as curry duck, geera pork, souse, wings, fries, etc.
• Rum comes white or brown in colour
• Trinis celebrate everything with rum
• There are no fancy cocktails in a rum shop, no cherries, no mint, no umbrellas, etc.

Popular Watering Holes in Trinidad:


Summer Time Cafe

(Corner of Duke & Henry St.) 
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
Most Popular Rum:
NO Rum Available
Most Popular Beer: Royal Extra Stout
Busiest Night: Friday (Serving Chinese Food too!)

 

 


Swordfish Cocktail Bar

(Eastern Main Rd, Valencia) 
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Friday – Saturday (9 a.m. – till)
Most Popular Rum:
White Oak Rum / Puncheon
Most Popular Beer: Polar / Carib / Stag
Busiest Night: Fridays & Saturdays (Serving Cocktails!)

 

 

Villaz Rec. Club

(LP#111 Valencia Old Road) 
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (9 a.m. – 10 p.m.), Friday – Saturday (9 a.m. – 3 a.m.)
Most Popular Rum:
White Oak Rum / Puncheon
Most Popular Beer: Carib / Stag
Busiest Night: Friday

 

 

Hereford’s Rec. Club

(Maraval Rd, Port of Spain) 
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (10 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
Most Popular Rum:
Puncheon
Most Popular Beer: Stag
Busiest Night: Friday

 

 

CJ’s Bar

(68 Western Main Rd, Pt. Cumana) 
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (8 a.m. – 12 a.m.)
Most Popular Rum:
Puncheon
Most Popular Beer: Stag
Busiest Night: Friday

 

 

Brooklyn Bar

(Cor. Roberts St. & Carlos St., Woodbrook) 
Opening Hours: Monday (12 p.m. – till), Tuesday – Friday (9 a.m. – till), Saturday – Sunday (4 p.m. – till)
Most Popular Rum:
Puncheon
Most Popular Beer: Stag
Busiest Night: Thursday/Friday

 

 

 

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