Martin Cate is a rum and exotic cocktail expert and the owner and creator of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco. Smuggler’s Cove features the largest rum selection in the United States and features cocktails from over three centuries of rum history. The Sunday Times of London has named Smuggler’s Cove one of the 50 Greatest Bars on Earth.
In a global industry survey for Drinks International Magazine, Smuggler’s Cove has been named one of the Top 50 Bars in the World for six consecutive years. Smuggler's Cove was named Best American Cocktail Bar 2016 at the 10th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, one of the Top Ten Food & Beverage concepts of the last 25 years by Cheers Magazine, one of the 13 Most Influential Bars of the 21st Century by Liquor.com, and named to Esquire Magazine's Best Bars Hall of Fame in 2016.
Martin is a passionate rum collector and conducts educational seminars and judges rum & cocktail competitions across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also the co-owner of Hale Pele in Portland, False Idol in San Diego, and a partner in Lost Lake in Chicago. Martin’s 2016 book “Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki” won the 2017 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Beverage Book and the 2017 Spirited Award for Best Cocktail Book.