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#42 Smuggler's Cove (San Francisco, California)

Smuggler’s Cove claims to have the largest premium rum selection in the U.S. (there are more than 550 rare and premium varieties), but the vintage California tiki bar also has an enviable repertoire of 70 exotic craft cocktails. Try the Smuggler’s Rum Barrel, a secret blend of rums and spices with fresh citrus. There is no food or pretension here, just rum and nautical paraphernalia galore. As if you needed an incentive, the San Francisco bar offers patrons the chance to try multiple rums and earn status in its trilevel Rumbustion Society. Begin the journey by trying and learning about 20 rums. After taking a quiz to demonstrate your new knowledge, you’ll get a membership card, merit badge, access to the vault of rare rums, and your name entered into the Smuggler’s Cove Manifesto. The next level involves sampling 80 one-ounce pours of your choice of rums from the Vault. Once completed, you become a Guardian of the Cove, and are bestowed special prizes, a certificate of completion, and a merit badge; your name also is emblazoned on the walls of Smuggler’s Cove. The final level of the club requires knocking back 200 additional rums to earn the title of Master of the Cove. As a master, you are given the opportunity to join owner Martin Cate on a private distillery trip. (Scotty C./Yelp)

 

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