Last week, we ignited a mini controversy with our discovery of The Rhum Rhum Room. Could this be an overlooked village speakeasy that the cool kids have yet to discover? New York Magazine quickly shot us down, claiming that Rhum Rhum is merely a “home bar”. We believed the magazine’s claim, but something inside of us still longed for a hidden enclave of tropical drinks. We were just about to give up on our Tiki dreams when an email landed in our inbox.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have visited The Rhum Rhum Room. Actually, the proprietors bill themselves as New York’s Famous Rhum Rhum Room. While we will not divulge the secrets that were revealed to us that evening, we will say that Rhum Rhum is a lot more than just a home bar. We sipped on a Mai Tai and heard countless tales of guests that have enjoyed cocktails in the room. In truth, the bar's full name might not be so far off. The Rhum Rhum Room isn’t “in the pages of New York Magazine” famous, but it certainly is renowned in the circle of travelers, cocktail aficionados, and New Yorkers that have found their way there.
We sincerely enjoyed our rum laced Nui Nui and our deceptively potent Zombie (yikes!). The birds mentioned in our piece do indeed exist, and the space is pure Tiki all the way. Is the Rhum Rhum Room the best Tiki bar in New York? Well, we don’t see any other contenders stepping up to the title.
We tell you a lot of things, Ladies and Gentlemen, but we think we’ll keep The Rhum Rhum Room to ourselves. It’s heartening to know that, unlike the other trend-ified “secret” cocktail dens, this one isn’t screaming to be found. This is doubly good as, if it did become a popular destination, the street would be full of delirious and passed out patrons. They don’t call it a Zombie for nothing.
Review: New York’s Famous Rhum Rhum Room
Wildlife – 5 Olives – Nothing makes your Tiki drink taste better than drinking it next to a gigantic, talking Macaw. A favorite moment of the night was when the bird was coaxed into doing a punk rock dance. Woodson & Ford, you’ve got a lot to live up to.
Drinks – 5 Olives – A treasure trove of Tiki. The hosts are prepared with event-specific menus that feature tropical concoctions like their house Mai Tais and the Campari/Rum combo Jungle Bird. If you are somehow not satisfied with the selection, they will happily make an “off the menu” drink (or, you can choose one from one of their numerous cocktail books).
Secret Bar Mania – 3 Olives – Yes, the speakeasy craze is getting a tad tiresome. If the Rhum Rhum Room were open to the public, there would be an annoying line of “in the know” hipsters outside the door every night. On our visit, Rhum Rhum taught us a valuable lesson. There is a lot more to New York’s magic than “secret” bars that everyone knows about.