I've read all the Doc Ford novels by Randy Wayne White that gave this place and its sister on Sanibel their name so I was interested to see what they had to offer. Since my wife and I were walking and drinking and eating all day, we weren't hungry when we arrived at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grill. We heard live music, but couldn't tell where it was coming from. Apparently, there's an inside dining area and deck on the upper level and a lower bar and stage area outside on the lower level. We were directed to the lower level since we wanted to listen to the band. We each ordered beer and enjoyed the band for a while until they took a break. It wasn't busy for a Saturday afternoon in February. We starting asking the bartender about the rum choices and she gave a rum menu. Several selections and the offering of "flights" (three smaller shots) of various rums. I asked some questions and was surprised hen I was told "I don't know much about rum, I'm a vodka girl." It's a rum bar!
But she was pleasant enough so I selected three of the more premium level rums for my flight. I got my flight and, since she asked, I explained the difference between the three rums to the bartender allowing her to smell the differences between a caramel smelling rum vs. one with hints of vanilla and coffee. The premium flight was $19, but a good chance to try something new. And full shots of those same rums would be about $18 each.
We want to return again to try eating there. When leaving, it was mobbed upstairs although there were only a few people downstairs.
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