If the only rum you drink is in a Captain Coke or is of the sickly-sweet-Malibu-rums variety, it may be time to kick the old college standbys and pick up a cocktail whose complexity can’t be compared to that of a goldfish.

We’re not saying you need to be devastatingly classy, but this Friday is National Rum Day, and while we’re starting to suspect that whoever is designating all these National Days has had a bit too much to drink (see our National Tequila Day list here), we could never pass on an excuse to channel our inner Jack Sparrow. Check out our list of lovingly crafted rum-based cocktails in LA, so you’ll never be asking, “But where is the rum?”

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The Jamaican Maroon at Le Ka

Jamaican Maroon
Where: Le Ka | 800 W 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017
Price: $13
What’s in it:  Appleton Rum, Meletti Amaro, Velvet Falernum, orange bitters, cayenne salt and lemon peel

Spiced Mule
Where: Roger Room | 370 La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048
Price: $14
What’s in it: Rum, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger juice, lime juice, cinnamon and club soda

Where: Plan Check Kitchen + Bar | 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Price: $12
What’s in it: Mt. Gay dark rum, coconut water, lime, orgeat, falernum, bitters

Natural Daiquiri at Caña Rum Bar

Natural Daiquiri  
Where: Caña Rum Bar |  714 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Price: $12
What’s in it: Caliché Puerto Rican Rum, fresh lime and raw sugar

Cucumber Hibiscus Mojito
Where: Dominick’s | 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, California 90048
Price: $11
What’s in it: Flor De Cana, lime juice, fresh cucumber and mint with housemade grenadine topped with soda

Planter’s Punch
Where: Little Dom’s | 2128 Hillhurst Ave. Los Angeles, 90027
Price: $11
What’s in it: Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, lime, hibuscus grenadine, orgeat, angostura and mint

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Hotel Nacional at The Eveleigh

Hotel Nacional
Where: Eveleigh | 8752 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Price: $12
What’s in it: Rum, Apricot Eau de Vie, fresh pineapple, lime and cane sugar

The Zombie
Where: Bar 1886 at The Raymond |1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Price: $14
What’s in it: 3 kinds of Rum, passion fruit, lime, lemon, pineapple and demarara syrup


Mango Mojito at La Sandia

Mango Mojito
Where: La Sandia | 395 Santa Monica Pl Ste 305, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Price: $9.50
What’s in it: Castillo Rum, mango, mint and lime

No Ordinary Joe
Where: The Spare Room |  7000 Hollywood Boulevard,Los Angeles, CA 90028
Price: $13
What’s in it: Caliché Puerto Rican Rum, espresso, mango, bitters, dry caramel and urfa biber




Yes, they’re back! After eight years the French electronic group Télépopmusik has announced that they will be releasing a new album by the end of 2013. Last month they quietly released a two-song EP, Try Me Anyway / Fever. This week the group released an official music video for Try Me Anyway featuring Betty Black.


Télépopmusik is of course best remembered for their 2001 dreamy, astral song “Breathe” which featured guest vocalist Angela McCluskey. The massive success of “Breathe” subsequently had McCluskey singing in most of the songs on the group’s followup album, Angel Milk (2005), helping to define Télépopmusik’s signature atmospheric sound. McCluskey will again lend her voice in the new upcoming album. However only two of the original members, 2 Square and Antipop, will be producing songs for the album while the third member, Dumont, continues to focus on managing his own label, G.U.M., which houses artist like Woodkid and The Shoes.

‘Til the new album drops, you can stream the new EP along with a few remixes from various producers on their SoundCloud page here.



Matching the cool summer nights we’ve been having, FIGAT7TH’s final event of its Downtown Festival series ended with the cool sounds of two jazz-pop vocalists, the Grammy-nominated Carolyn Malachi and the multi-instrumentalist singer José James.

The crowd was as broad and diverse as the range of music covered, from hip hop to reggae, and of course plenty of jazz and R&B. Carolyn Malachi played a long but thoroughly enjoyable set—performing plenty of original, soulful songs mixed with various covers, including a jazzy yet dancey version of Crystal Waters’ Gypsy Woman, and a surprisingly smashing cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”






She ended her set with the crowd singing along with her to her version of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam,” which stayed remarkably true to the original. By then, nighttime had fallen and José James was up next.

José stepped on stage wearing all black, accessorizing his look with pair of cool, dark shades. His jazzy image complemented his sound as he swooned his fans with his original, jazzy songs as well as a few covers. At times, he would fall into long improvised sessions with his band, with each player performing elaborate solos. The vibe was always lively as José interacted with the crowd. At one point he even chuckled his way out of finishing a cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” Yep, the guys were having too much fun up there.









The event then moved from the top floor plaza to the third level below. DJ Juice provided the bass-heavy soundtrack for the remainder of the night as the crowd ordered their drinks from the Sapporo bar.

Until next year, that’s it for FIGAT7TH’s Downtown Festival 2013.