HOBART | Rude Boy is a Caribbean themed bar inspired by owner Alexia Kallis’ travels through Cuba and the Caribbean. Walk inside and the influences are immediately apparent, from the faded blue wall, tin roof, bright pastel pink and green lighting to the use of wooden furnishings and plants. It’s like stepping into a renovated colonial building in the Caribbean, the kind we recently discovered when in the Caribbean city of Cartagena in Colombia.
A risk with any themed bar is that the theme will be used as an excuse to cover a litany of sins on the food and drink front, but thankfully Rude Boy doesn’t stray down this path. The drink menu at Rude Boy is extensive and features an assortment of quality drops to suit all tastes. Classic cocktails like the dark and stormy and pina colada are on tap, while more complex classics and house originals are made to order. Seven taps and a decent bottle range give lovers of cider, craft beer, and not so craft beer more than enough to choose from, while a full pages of mostly Australian wines covers a variety of styles, including some interesting experimental options.
The spirit selection is impressive and, as one would expect, there’s a particular focus on rum – 110 different types in fact. 4 different themed rum flights give you the chance to sample 4 x 15ml pours of different rums, and for those who aren’t sure about rum, this gives a great opportunity to appreciate just how good straight rum can be.
For food its a sharp menu of Caribbean dishes like the Cubano sandwich with roast pork, smoked ham, swiss cheese, house blend mustard, and pickles, school prawns with jerk seasoning and citrus aioli, Jamaican goat curry and of course, spicy jerk chicken.
Great food, great drinks, and top tunes all combine to make Rude Boy a fun bar that’s well worth a visit if you’re in Hobart.
130 Elizabeth Street
Tue – Wed: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Thu – Fri: 3:00pm to 12:00am
Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am