Prepare for a rum-soaked week as the Rum Renaissance Festival returns to Miami

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival kicks off its sixth year with a lineup of events at top-notch Miami bars. These preview parties, starting at The Broken Shaker tonight, are a prelude to the Grand Tasting Exhibition at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center, where more than 80 rum producers will showcase hundreds of brands and expressions from at least 30 countries.

From Friday, April 25 – Sunday, April 27, the 50,000-square-foot space will be transformed into a rum lover’s paradise with tastings of award-winning rums, expert seminars, live entertainment, and an Island Lifestyle Showcase (think tiki collectibles).

Festival founder Robert A. Burr established a prestigious panel of experts to evaluate fine rums during the festival each year. The RumXP Competition names the winners of a blind tasting of cane spirits from every region, style and category of the rum world.

All ticket holders are encouraged to mix with other rum enthusiasts, rum makers and international brand ambassadors as they explore Miami’s craft cocktail scene this week during a series of intimate events:

Monday, April 21 – Eclectic cocktails featuring Plantation Rum will be served at a pop-up by LA-based Caña Rum Bar at The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach. 9 – 11 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22 – Unique tiki cocktails at the Molokai Bar at 7 p.m. inside Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale. Optional dinner with Polynesian dance show starts at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23 – Classic Bacardi cocktails. Penthouse of the Bacardi U.S.A. headquarters, Coral Gables. 8 – 10 p.m.
Thursday, April 24 – Poetry paired with cocktails featuring Bayou Rum from Louisiana at Gramps Bar, Wynwood. 8 – 10 p.m.
Friday, April 25 – Cocktails with Papa’s Pilar rum at The Corner, downtown Miami. 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 – “Cocktail Walking Tour” begins at 9 p.m. at The Regent Cocktail Club at The Gale on Miami Beach followed by libations at Lure Fishbar at the Loews. Then, the group returns to the Gale to party at Rec Room.
Sunday, April 27 – DonQ Puerto Rican rum closes out the festival with complimentary punch and drink specials at The Broken Shaker at 3 p.m.
To attend, ticket holders must RSVP to or 877-855-3378.

On Friday from 3 – 7 p.m., the festival is only open to qualified members of the spirits trade and three-day VIP ticket holders. Saturday and Sunday is open to the public for general admission from 4 – 7 p.m. and from noon – 7 p.m. for VIP ticket holders.