“An old ship crashed in Poblacion years ago and was never discovered until three buccaneers found it and made it a rum tavern,” so goes the curious legend behind the resurfaced and now remodelled “shipwreck,” in the heart of the thriving enclave of Poblacion in Makati.
True to its mysterious come on, once inside Buccaneers Rum & Cocktails Bar, one is instantaneously transported below deck of an amber-lit Galleon Trade ship of yore, sailing from Acapulco to Manila. Aboard this well-stocked vessel, one will find that the only “spice” traded here, however, is of the spiced rum variety. To date, the tavern currently boasts 166 rums. Sign me up, Cap’n!
Manila has certainly ridden the trendy tidal wave of speakeasies, the gentleman’s whisky-cigar tandem, and the now ubiquitous gin bar. And it still is. But shall we all agree that a rum-centric concept has well and truly piqued everyone’s curiosity? It’s high time this underappreciated spirit steps into the limelight and it was in the interest of our three aforementioned buccaneers to take it upon themselves to do just that.