Pride: Island Bar

The upstairs Tiki Room at Island Bar looks like a beach shack, with surf boards on the ceiling, lots of golden wood and yellow and a selection of various rums behind the bar. I’m often in Island Bar when I’m out for drinks with friends, but the last in the series of Brumderland 7 Deadly Sins took me behind the bar to make some cocktails for myself.


Unlike the other Bitters & Twisted venues, Island Bar doesn’t do food, but they do some great, tropical inspired cocktails with rum featuring heavily. We had the chance to try our hand at some classic rum cocktails and flaming shots.


After a welcome drink of the Banana Colada and seeing host Vicky Osgood in action with the shaker, it was my turn behind the bar to make a classic rum runner.


I’m not usually one for sweet, sugary cocktails, but I did enjoy this. The choice of Appleton rum was a good one and I could definitely make it at home. If you fancy giving it a go yourself, here’s the recipe:

Island Bar Rum Runner

50ml Appleton rum
15ml blackcurrant liqueur
15ml banana liqueur
5ml grenadine
50ml orange juice


Measure all ingredients into a shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously.


Fill a glass with crushed ice and strain your cocktail over it.


Add a straw and garnish, then enjoy, preferably outside in the sun.

Or if you’d rather the guys at Island Bar make it for you instead, now is the perfect time as the Bitters & Twisted cocktail trail is back and runs throughout June. All of their venues are taking part, including Buffalo & Rye, The Jekyll & Hyde and of course, Island Bar, and each have their own special cocktail in aid of Acorns Childrens Hospice, with 50p from the sale of each special cocktail going to the charity. At the end of the trail, every full cocktail trail card exchanged for a free cocktail will generate an extra 50p for Acorns.

So head down to Island Bar and start the Bank Holiday in style!


My drinks at Island Bar were complimentary, thanks to the team there and Vicky at Brumderland for organising. All opinions are, as always, my own.