Rum Day DC
2nd Annual Rum Day DC offers three days of events highlighting rum and the industry at DC area hotspots, featuring tastings, mixology and rum inspired cuisine
Rum Day DC will host multiple events for rum lovers and enthusiasts in honor of National Rum Day.
The three-day celebration kicks off with the festive multi-destination Rum Runner Party Bus on August 16th, the 2nd event is The Speakeasy Rum-B-Que at Gibson on August 17th, and the final event is the Poolside Punch Party & Competition at Capital Liaison Hotel on August 18th.
A stellar line up of sponsors, vendors and partners for Rum Day DC celebrations guarantee events will pack a punch. Title sponsors include Bacardi, Mount Gay Rum, Atlantico Rum, and Chairman’s Reserve, who will all serve as hosts for the three day rum extravaganza. Other sponsoring brands include Veev Sustainable Acai Spirit and Evian Water. Each event will highlight the various rum brands of these sponsors, as well as participating bars, restaurants and vendors.
Additional supporting rum sponsors who will be showcased include; Brugal Rum, Clément Rhum, Diplomatico, and numerous others.
The Rum Runner Party Bus, August 16 (6-10pm) $75
Four destinations for specialty rum cocktails and delectable noshes have been selected. Each location will supply patrons with hors d’ouvres and a featured rum specialty cocktail, while highlighting popular menu items. The Rum Runner experience begins and ends at Smith Commons and includes: bottomless specialty rum cocktails while onboard, gift card raffles and prizes, swag bags and a discounted Uber code at the end of the night. Rum Runners can expect festive stops at the following locations:
The Speakeasy Rum-B-Que, August 18th (noon – 5pm) $75 early bird, $95 after August 12th
The Speakeasy Rum-B-Que will take place at The Gibson, located at 2009 14th Street NW. Event highlights include an educational and rum tasting area, six signature bottomless punch stations featuring premium sponsored rums, and special vendors highlighting rum-inspired complimentary products. The Gibson courtyard out back will be filled with the tantalizing smells of all-you-can-eat barbecue from Fat Shorty’s. Hell’s Kitchen season three winner Rahman “Rock” Harper will be serving up perfectly grilled treats featuring rum inspired BBQ sauces. The Pie Sisters and The Popcorn Queens will be onsite providing Rum desserts and sweets for the speakeasy patrons.
Poolside Punch Party & Competition, August 18th (11am-4pm) $125 (VIP)
Top bartenders from participating Rum Day DC venues will gather to compete for title of ‘Best Rum Cocktail’ at the Capital Liaison hotel rooftop pool, located at 415 New Jersey Ave NW. These bartenders will be supplied with an array of ingredients and five mystery boxes containing different brands of rum from which to choose. They will then be given 40 minutes to create a winning cocktail. Judges will include US Bartender’s Guild reps, media and all attending VIP guests, who will vote in the ultimate winner of ‘Best Rum Cocktail’. The winning bartender will walk away with a trophy, $500 and multiple gifts from the event’s sponsors. VIP guests will enjoy early access to the rooftop pool, specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and witness the rum cocktail competition and premium rum open bar from 11am-1pm. General admission includes access to The Liaison rooftop, pool, chaise lounges and daybeds; a minimum six (6) Rum Day DC competition rum punch samples, premium rum open bar from 12-1pm and the official Rum Day DC t-shirt and pool towel all to sounds of a DJ and sun soaking poolside.