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Specialist rum bar Ruma to open in Edinburgh

Ruma, the new venture from hospitality veterans Jamie Shields and Steven Aitken, is set to open next week in Edinburgh’s New Town.
The specialist rum bar will be host to Scotland’s largest collection of rum, say the co-owners. On offer will be rums from around the world, as well as a range of Scottish brands including Ninefold Distillery, J Gow, Islay Rum, and Matugga Rum. 
Shields said: “Ruma was born, as many good ideas are, over a couple of drinks with a couple of pals. Edinburgh didn’t have a dedicated rum bar — why not? Rum has been growing in popularity every year, and with the growth of Scottish rum distilleries, it was time to remedy that. It’s taken a lot of research and planning but now is the perfect time to launch Edinburgh’s specialist rum bar with summer around the corner.”
Aitken added: “From what began with a discussion in a bar between Jamie and I over some spectacular rum, we decided Edinburgh deserves its very own specialist rum bar. Edinburgh’s bar scene has grown from strength to strength over the last decade. Being home to Scotland’s largest collection of rum is something we’re really proud of. 
“To see everything come together is incredible. Demonstrating to Edinburgh that rum is a beautiful and versatile spirit is something we are really looking forward to. There’s so many types and variations of this delicious spirit offering endless possibilities of what it can do in cocktails. We can’t wait for the wonderful people of Edinburgh to walk through Ruma’s doors.”
Ruma will open on Friday 29 March at 39-41 Broughton Street. 

22 March 2024 - Lucy Schofield