The Real Pirates exhibit has brought the spirit of the high seas to Denver, which means the flow of rum is running strong through our fair city. These are arr-guably (couldn't resist) our favorite rum cocktails in town.
Best Pirate-Themed Libation: Set sail with three tasty options at Peak's Lounge: Treasure Chest (Myers dark, fresh lemon juice and grenadine with a cinnamon sugar rim) served martini style; Pirate's Booty (Bacardi Gold, grapefruit juice and oj) served up in a rocks glass; and Captain's Cove (Captain Morgan's Spice, cranberry juice and oj), also served rocks style. Bonus: Located on the 27th floor of Hyatt Regency, this is one of the best views in town.
$7 - $8
Peak's Lounge, 650 15th St., 27th Floor; 303-436-1234
Best Drink to Share With a Buddy: You'll want to get two straws for Vesta's Volcano Bowl -- at least if you want to walk out of the place on your own later. This oversized drink includes Montanya Platino Rum, Mantanyo Oro Rum, Gosling's 151, lemon and pineapple juice, orgeat, Angostura bitters and nutmeg.
$18, serves 2 - 4
Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake St.; 303-296-1970
Best Place to Drink Straight Ip: Cuba Cuba's rum bar offers an extensive menu of rums good enough to sip on their own. Order up a Zaya Gran Reserva, 12-year-old spicy Guatemalan rum tinged with chocolate, coffee and smokey flavors.
Cuba, Cuba, 1173 Delaware St.; 303-605-2822
Best Pirate-Themed Flight: Head to the islands without leaving Mile High and order Eight Rivers' Pirate Collection: Appleton Estate 21 Year, Jamaica Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva, Cuba Cockspur Bajan 12 Year, Barbados Cruzan Single Barrel and St. Croix.
Eight Rivers, 1550 Blake St.; 303-623-3422
Best Drink for a Rainy Day: Shake off your umbrella and step into Steuban's for a Dark & Stormy, tall and delicious, created with Gosling's Black Seal and ginger beer.
Steuban's, 523 E. 17th Ave; 303-830-1001
Best Distraction for the Lovelorn: Drown your sorrows and forget his name (or hers) with The Corner Office's Tainted Love, a mix of Bacardi Razz, pom juice and lime.
$7 - $10
The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis St; 303-825-6500