New bar with Scotland's largest collection of rum to open in Edinburgh 

Friday 29 March is the grand opening of Ruma: the capital’s brand-new specialist rum bar home to over 100 bottles of the spirit; the largest collection across the whole of Scotland.

Published 20th Mar 2024
Updated 20 th Mar 2024

Opening its doors in Edinburgh at the end of March, Ruma - Scots Gaelic for Rum - will offer Scotland a wider selection of rum than ever before.

Based at 39-41 Broughton Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, the brand-new independent bar will welcome rum lovers with a high-quality range of signature cocktails including inventive twists on classic rum serves. 

Run by two experienced operators in the Scottish bar scene, Jamie Shields and Steven Aitken, the specialist rum bar will be a laid-back, inviting. 

With a wonderful Scottish rum selection, Ruma will be showcasing not just what’s made on the other side of the world, but what’s made on its doorstep too.

Ruma Edinburgh

Listing rums from all over the globe as far as Barbados, Guyana and Fiji, Ruma also stocks a wide range of Scottish rums from producers such as Ninefold Distillery, J. Gow, Islay Rum and Matugga Rum. 

Ruma is moving into the space which formerly belonged to Treacle, one of the city's most renowned bars. Joining a thriving area for the capital’s drinks scene, the centrally-located Broughton Street is home to an array of innovative bars and restaurants. 

Ruma co-owner, Jamie 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. 

“There’s something so magical about the Edinburgh hospitality scene and customer’s thirst for knowledge.

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"To have our very own specialist rum bar as a platform to serve and educate people is a dream come true. We’ve got rums from all over the world. Also some beautiful bottles from right here in Scotland.

"We can’t wait to open our doors, see familiar faces and make new friends. We are so excited and so proud to be opening Ruma.” 

Ruma Edinburgh
Jamie and Steven. Picture: Danny Mcmaniel

Steven Aitken, Ruma co-owner, 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.

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"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.” 

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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