This is without doubt one of my favourite bars in Larnaca, even Cyprus. It’s a ‘real’ cocktail bar, with fully trained Bartenders, with exemplary mixology skills, then add an excellent music mix, influenced by Alex’s eclectic taste for Funky Jazz and pure House beats, all in a delightful Mediterranean ambience, and I highly recommend a visit!
The first thing you see is a Caribbean style beach hut, with spacious seating on the courtyard out front, etched with mature trees, backing onto Larnacas’ Municipal Art Gallery, protected from the hustle and bustle of the Finikoudes aka The Promenade. The location is a tad off the beaten track, just 6 minutes walk from old town or the shopping centre, but let me just say; it’ll be worth every step.
I was pleasantly surprised when Alex explained why he called the bar ‘Rum Tree’ saying it’s not about a tree with branches, but the Family Tree of Rums from around the world and on display over 70 different Rum’s, intrigued, I asked him to tell me more …
tbh, I’ve known the owner Alex since he moved to Cyprus in 1993, a true gentleman, extraordinary and debonair I have to say!, having qualified in Hospitality in Brussels, Belgium he went on to Hotel Management, his apprenticeship at Kermia Beach Bungalows in Ayia, Napa followed by management at Sushi La and then Lush on Makenzy, Larnaca.
Alex always wanted a bar, but not just any old cocktail bar, he said “I wanted to be more specific, not fake” So because of his love of Rum, around 2006 Alex added a few trips to the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic to research and gain knowledge on his favourite tipple, Rum, which of course is a sugar cane product, a subject he learnt all about while growing up in Africa.
On his travels Alex met with some of the world’s leading figures in the Cocktail Industry, gaining the knowledge to blend cocktails to perfection, and regularly attends tasting seminars to keep up to date. He also attended spontaneous courses in Bar Tending with the industries best including Marian Beke, Slovakia and Luca Cinalli, of Italy.
Behind the Bar
Expertly trained Bartenders, speaking English, Greek, French and Spanish, fluently, and all helping to spread their knowledge of Rum amongst professionals and non professionals. I often just throw them a base, my tipple being scotch, and let them surprise me and I’m always enlightened, but I also have several faves made with Rum … oh and you really must check out the House Rules in the back of the menu, very cool 😉
Firstly everything is made with fresh produce, and of course they mix all the classics like Pina Colada, Mai Tai and Rum Crusta oh and El Presidente, not to mention one of the best Mojitos in town.
You really must try their signature cocktails like ‘Auto Pilot’, a blend of passion fruits and a few Rums … or the ‘Berries Tentura’, a light rum with roots tentura and mixed berries and all, with the straw and garnish exactly in the right place! … or ‘Le Dernier Mot’, aka ‘The Last Word’, blended Martinique Rhum, spelt with the ‘h’, with green chartreuse and no straw but still absolutely perfect and of course delicious !!!
Beers & Nibbles
Naturally you’ll find special bottled beers, an excellent selection of Cypriot and Greek Wines and all your favourite shots, liqueurs and mixers. Alex is planning to add Platters for two or more to the menu, so stay tuned …
With a twist, on Wednesdays you can try all the cocktails at a very happy price, so see you next Wednesday 😉
Alex often invites the best Bartenders from all over Europe do do their thing, plus DJ’s from Cyprus to mix the music for the evening and you might find a Rum tasting night or Whisky tasting experience … and some cool surprises, but tbh, whenever I’ve visited this bar I always leave with a true sense of satisfaction! Tell him Tony from What’s On sent you and he might give you a free shot!!!
Open all year
Daily: 7 pm ’til 12.30 am
Winter: Closed Monday & Tuesday
Just off the beaten track, you’ll find the Rum Tree on Platea Evrope, Polistiko Kentro, just off the beginning of the Finikoudes or The Promenade, next to Sun Hall Hotel, it’s nestled behind the Museum, and it’s sort of behind the Post office, with access from both directions and easy to find, see map below, with ample car parking by the Post Office or Social Services Building.
Time flies when you’re having rum, and rum is fun!