Caña Rum Bar
Tucked away in the bottom floor of one of Downtown’s many unassuming stone buildings of a certain age, Cana is anything but the kitschy tourist trap one might expect. Instead, the bar exudes all the elegance and understated class that is the dominant motif of every bar in the 213 Group. Though unlike it’s siblings, Cana is mildly more exclusive, requiring an annual membership for a mere $20. Aside from a warm and convivial atmosphere conducive to conversation, Cana also shares with bars like Seven Grand and Las Perlas that most important trait: a dedication to classic mixology, and the creativity to turn those drinks into novel cocktails that never depart too far from tradition.
Take, for instance, Cana’s interpretation of the classic tiki cocktail The Zombie, or as they like to call it: “28 Days Later.” The classic Zombie is a dangerously drinkable mixture of citrus and fruit juices, spiced simple syrup and various rums. Cana plays with this basic template, adding, among other unexpected ingredients, a healthy dose of mezcal, which imparts its characteristic smokiness.
The results of this and other experimentation are invariably delicious: balanced, nuanced cocktails that make one reconsider a class of cocktails unfairly associated with sickeningly sweet, over-the-top assaults on the tastebuds. As with the drinks, Cana itself likewise refrains from an unfortunate history of tackiness in favor of an urbane elegance befitting its Downtown locale—and the results simply have to be experience firsthand.
Michael De La Madrid