We know gin is in but rum is the only spirit that has the taste to truly whisk us somewhere far far away!

Most of the world's rum comes from the Caribbean, though it's also made all over the globe including Central and South America.

Sipping a well made pina colada, mojito or daiquiri can immediately transport us to powdery white beaches overlooking crystal blue waters.

Here is our guide to the best bars to give you that holiday vibe and of course the best rum cocktails in Birmingham.

Island Bar

Banana Colada at Island Bar
Banana Colada at Island Bar

Now it goes without saying that this place gives us that Caribbean feeling. It's the first venue from famous Brum company Bitters n Twisted who also own Bodega bar and its reputation for sunny cocktails is well established.

You can't go wrong with a Mai Tai - rum, Curaçao liqueur, orgeat syrup and lime juice,

And everyone is going erm bananas for Island's new Banana Colada!

14-16 Suffolk Street Queensway, B1 1LT

Viva Brazil

Viva Brazil restaurant
Viva Brazil restaurant

New restaurant Viva Brazil has some fabulous rum cocktails on their menu. How about a pineapple and cinnamon mojito - Bacardi superior rum, fresh pineapple, cinnamon infused sugar syrup, pineapple juice, mint and fresh lime?

They are offering 2 for 1 on cocktails from 2-7pm Mondays to Friday. Viva Brazil indeed!

7 Bennett’s Hill, B2 5ST

The Botanist

Rum cocktails featuring cherry and thyme at The Botanist
Rum cocktails featuring cherry and thyme at The Botanist

If you can get past the drinks in watering cans phenomenon, this incredibly popular bar and restaurant does incredibly good cocktails!

There is an extensive list of concoctions to try from martins to mojitos. Gin is a speciality but the rum cocktails should be tried

14-16 Temple St, B2 5BG

Ginger's Bar at Purnell's Bistro

Thai Jito at Gingers
Thai Jito at Gingers

Ginger's Bar is renowned for their cocktails thanks to the considerable expertise of head barman Gary Anderson. And of course rum plays big in his cocktail repertoire.

We love the sound of Thai-Jito – Brugal Especiale rum, Lychee Liqueur, ginger wine, lime, mint.

Turtle Bay

Just one of the rums at Turtle Bay

This is the place to enjoy a rum cocktail. Turtle Bay is a Caribbean restaurant that piles plenty of rum into their Caribbean inspired cocktails.

What’s more every day is happy hour here so you can enjoy double the pleasure seven days a week!

81-91 John Bright St, B1 1BL

Gas Street Social

Gas Street Social
Gas Street Social

The cocktails here are up to scratch but a personal experience saw the bartender create exactly what we wanted based on the vaguest description. Bonus points there.

For excellence in rum we award Cox’s Grave Spinner - Barcardi Carta Blanca rum, lime & spiced mango reduction Fresh, spicy, tropical. Who could ask for more!

The Mailbox, 166-168 Wharfside Street, B1 1RL


rum old fashioned at Fumo
rum old fashioned at Fumo

San Carlo Fumo is a very glamorous place renowned for their cocktails (as well as excellent Venetian tapas) There is a lot to choose from on their cocktail menu. But why not keep it classic and enjoy a good old rum Old Fashioned. Salute!

1 Waterloo St, B2 5PG

The Edgbaston Bar

Dr Black's Zombie at The Edgbaston
Dr Black's Zombie at The Edgbaston

We have some fabulous cocktail bars in the city and art deco bar The Edgbaston really sets the standard.

We've enjoyed some quite frankly magical cocktails here so anything you order will hit the spot but when it comes to rum based quaffable concoction, ask head barmen James Bowker make the big, bad Dr Black's Zombie.

Don't worry about the scary name - this is actually Bacardi heaven - Bacardi Rum Grog, Bergamot, spiced pineapple, Tagete Flower, passionfruit and salted caramel!

18 Highfield Rd, B15 3DU