A touch of exotica for Port
NEW watering hole Jimmy Rum’s is marketing itself as a cocktail lounge like no other.
Former movie producer and writer, James Gorman, has moved on to the next chapter by opening up his very own cocktail lounge.
Stepping into Jimmy Rum’s is certainly different: there’s dark lighting, the floor is red and the decor is striking.
You can thank American “tiki” bars for the inspiration.
“When you stepped into the room it was green lights and exotica music,” Jimmy said.
“That’s what we have here, it’s a world among itself.
“You step in here and you’ve forgotten your life, you’ve forgotten everything and you take a step outside and it’s back to reality.”
Punters can taste a piece of history with the El Draque, the oldest cocktail in the world or try Sazerac, the official cocktail of New Orleans.
According to Jimmy, this lounge has the most extensive list in Queensland with more than 100 cocktails and alcoholic concoctions to choose from.
“We look after you, everybody is king and queen in here and we will serve you the best cocktail you’ve ever had,” he said.
“We have two of the best bartenders in Port Douglas and two highly experienced bartenders from Vegas and Colorado.”
Jimmy Rum’s Famous Lava Chill, a combination of famous tiki bar drinks served in a skull with dry ice, is apparently a “must try” and will probably find its way on to many people’s social media photos.
Jimmy knows what makes the perfect drink and it’s not just great ingredients.
“With everything – great wine, great beer, great life – it’s all about balance,” he said.
Jimmy has been open to working with and supporting other local business and is aiming to create a sugar syrup with locally grown cane sugar.
“The locals are extremely important,” he said.
“We do chocolate shots, we worked with Coffee Works on them.
“I designed them with Alison who’s the chocolatier.”
Jimmy said he has many more interesting projects and ideas planned but he won’t spoil the surprise just yet.
“Welcome to New York,” Jimmy said as he greeted his customers.