A 10,000 mile round trip to source the most expensive rum in the world has helped a Sheffield bar eclipse the very best in the country.
Cubana owners Adrian Bagnoli and Brad Charlesworth flew to Havana earlier in the year to hand pick a bottle of 'Maximo Extra Anejo' which is now on offer at the Leopold Square bar for a mind blowing £150 a shot.
The luxury spirit was the icing on the cake for the venue's first ever rum menu which boasts 167 varieties but the real reward came at this years' coveted 10th annual Rum Barrel Awards in London– the benchmark for the industry.
Cubana swept the board beating over 60 entries from across the country and a shortlist that included top London venues including Rum and Sugar, Merchant House and Rum Kitchen to win the award for "Best Rum Menu in the UK".
The venue's first dedicated rum menu is the result of months of research overseen by assistant manager John Wickham – a man with a total passion for rum.
"We are delighted to have competed against and beaten some of the most respected dedicated rum bars in the country to this prestigious award. Our menu is extensive but also personal and informative – there's a well balanced selection which includes many obscure, delicious and affordable expressions of rum. We intend to build on this by improving and increasing the quality of our rum listing year on year"
Their rum collection has been sourced from right around the globe - from Cuba and all over the Caribbean to more surprising places such as Japan and the USA.
Cubana is counting down to the launch of its brand new 'Live music and cocktail' lounge' on Friday 2 December , which will help celebrate the accolade and encourage customers to sample the venue's various rum-inspired cocktails.
Adrian Bagnoli said "We're known for our vibrant Latino offering downstairs, but the Live Music Lounge will give customers the opportunity to slink upstairs for a more mellow vibe and listen to some of Sheffield's most talented artists performing every Friday and Saturday night.
Click here to see who's performing at forthcoming 'Live music and cocktail' lounge' nights
The weekend night events will offer full table service and customers can pre-book places at email@example.com
The full menu can be viewed here:
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