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Get your rum ration at this nautical-but-nice Fitzroy den

Hamish Goonetilleke was ahead of the curve when he opened his rum den on Brunswick Street two years back. The spirit’s popularity has skyrocketed since, but this is still as good a place as any to acquaint yourself with its myriad guises.

Peppered with quotes from booze-loving literary figures, the leather-bound menu reads like a love letter to sugar-cane spirit. Spanning 170 bottles, the list skips through the Caribbean, to South America, Mauritius and Spain, including white, golden, spiced and raw varieties. Well-executed cocktails include the Morning Toast Daiquiri, which pairs burnt-butter-infused rum with pink grapefruit and lime for a blend that is both sharp and satisfying. Built with Goslings Black Seal rum and herbaceous house-made ginger beer that’s lively with coriander and capsicum, the Dark and Stormy is a crowd-pleaser, much like this dependable bar itself.

Updated on 4 Dec 2015.

By Sarah Gamboni   |   Photos by Graham Denholm

The Rum Diary Bar details

334 Brunswick St , Fitzroy 3065

Telephone 03 9939 0616

Bus or tram: 112

Open Mon-Wed 5pm-1am; Thu-Sun 5pm-3am

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