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Old 06-03-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Default Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- This fall, San Francisco will become home to Smuggler’s Cove, a new bar designed to celebrate the incredible diversity and versatility of the world’s most exciting spirit: Rum. Smuggler’s Cove offers a whole new approach to rum by featuring a vast array of traditional Caribbean drinks, classic libations of Prohibition-Era Havana, and famous exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars- all under one roof. In addition, Smuggler’s Cove will offer an unparalleled selection of rare and premium rums from around the world carefully selected for enjoying on their own or skillfully blended into cocktails. For over a decade, owner and creator Martin Cate has been passionate about rum & tropical cocktails.

He was the co-creator, designer and chief mixologist for Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda, CA. He has judged in international rum competitions, met with over a dozen rum distillers in five countries, and lectured at Bourbon and Branch’s Beverage Academy, Tales of the Cocktail, and Tiki Oasis. “I am very excited to help showcase this wonderfully varied spirit both on its own and in delicious cocktails. A great rum drink can be simple and elegant, or complex and dynamic, but it must always be balanced, approachable, and just a pleasure to drink,” says Martin Cate. “Too often, people associate rum with syrupy and artificial drinks and we’re here to change that.” Martin has traveled the world to learn the rich history and explore the traditional spices and regional ingredients of the world’s rum producing countries in order to feature them in the cocktails of Smuggler’s Cove.

As an award-winning mixologist and member of the United States Bartenders Guild for the last four years, Martin is committed to using only the best quality spirits, fresh-squeezed juices, and housemade ingredients. But while Martin is serious about the drinks, he knows that people are looking for a memorable and fun experience as well. “Smuggler’s Cove will be more than just a tiki bar, but it will feature the kind of dramatic, mysterious, and escapist atmosphere that makes a tiki bar so special- and makes rum taste better!”

Smuggler’s Cove will include waterfalls, vintage nautical décor and rum memorabilia, and relics from some of San Francisco’s most famous historic watering holes. Smuggler’s Cove will open November 2009 in San Francisco, CA.

For more information, please visit http://www.smugglerscovesf.com/ and sign up on our mailing list to get all the latest news.

About Martin Cate: http://www.martincate.com/press.php
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:16 PM   #2
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That is great news! The concept sounds wonderful and Smuggler’s Cove is sure to captivate us rum lovers.

Best wishes to Martin for quick and lasting success.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:36 PM   #3
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Default Martin Cate opens new rum bar!

This fall, San Francisco will become home to Smuggler’s Cove, a new bar designed to celebrate the incredible diversity and versatility of the world’s most exciting spirit: Rum.

Smuggler’s Cove offers a whole new approach to rum by featuring a vast array of traditional Caribbean drinks, classic libations of Prohibition-Era Havana, and famous exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars- all under one roof.

In addition, Smuggler’s Cove will offer an unparalleled selection of rare and premium rums from around the world carefully selected for enjoying on their own or skillfully blended into cocktails. For over a decade, owner and creator Martin Cate has been passionate about rum & tropical cocktails.

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Old 06-03-2009, 10:40 PM   #4
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Ooops..didn`t see this..i also posted on this topic in bars that appreciate rum..

Well..the more attention it gets the better!

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Old 06-04-2009, 10:52 AM   #5
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Aloha MOR Members!

Ed beat me to it! Thanks Ed!

I look forward to welcoming everyone here to Smuggler's Cove this fall. I'll be focused not just rum's incredible history and versatility in cocktails, but on the spirit itself of course- through education, tasting events, flights, and a club, we'll really dig in and do our best to open consumers eyes about the diversity of rum. So our selection will be as diverse and entertaining as I can possibly make it.

More details as we get closer, stay tuned! Thanks again to everyone in this community for making it such a great place to talk rum! Now I'm getting thirsty- is 6:50am too early for two fingers of killdevil?

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Old 06-04-2009, 11:18 AM   #6
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i am so excited about this place!! Martin please aim for October, you can do it... i believe in you--i've had your punch!! Congratulations!
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ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!!!
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Looking for the SF address of this MECCA! Don't see it in the links.
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It's not there yet. When Smuggler's Cove opens I'll post the address. Until then you'll have to savor the best drinks you can elsewhere, though I've yet to find it too hard to find a good rum drink in San Francisco.
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:44 AM   #10
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If you're so inclined...click around the site a little- there's a puzzle game afoot to find out the location. See if you can find it.

We will reveal after we crown a winner...
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