Rum bus bar arrives in Manchester with The Violet Hour

Appleton Estate rum bus

Rum cocktails will be served from a classic Jamaican-style bus in Manchester for the next four weeks, staffed by one of the city’s top bars.

The Appleton Estate Rum Bus arrives in Great Northern Square on Thursday (July 17), with a bar and seating on board as well as an 80-capacity outdoor seating area with benches and parasols.

The cocktail list is being curated and delivered by the team from The Violet Hour in West Didsbury, south Manchester, all made with Appleton Estate rums. They will range from the classic Rum Punch, Mai Tai and Jamaican Mule to a specially created drink called a Rum & Raisin Nice Dream.

There will also be limited-edition weekly specials that will be announced via Twitter at @RumSummer2014. It is being supported on social media by the hashtag #rumbusMCR.

Dan Pollard, owner of the Violet Hour, said: “From the moment we saw the Appleton Estate Rum Bus we knew it would be perfect for a summer of rum in Manchester. The quality, attention to detail is second to none, as of course is the rum.

“Following the huge success of The Violet Hour in Didsbury, this is our first project in the city centre and we can’t wait for everyone to get on board.”

The Appleton Estate Rum Bus is inspired by the Jamaican Omnibus series bus, which operated in Kingston from 1948 until the late 1970s.

The whole experience takes you on a journey to Jamaica, to an age of heritage and tradition, and to the place where Appleton Estate started to make some of the finest rum in the world back in 1749.

The bar is hand made in the same coach-building style as the bus itself, featuring hand-riveted joints and rolled aluminium top with the Interior maintaining all of the original features, from luggage racks to skylights and seats.

The seats that needed to be removed have been adapted to create the outdoor seating area while the interior is furnished with vintage luggage and props.

The Appleton Estate Rum Bus opens for a private launch on July 17 and then to the public from Friday July 18 to Sunday August 17. It will open seven days a week from midday to 11pm.

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