The Rum House Bade Farewell on Saturday


Last month, we reported that the Rum House would be closing on Sept. 30. But the bar, which has sat on the ground floor of the Edison Hotel for more than three decades, shuttered on Saturday night.

Jeremiah Moss was there and has a report: Van Morrison was on the jukebox, the Yankees-Red Sox game was on the TV, and bottles of Bud crowded the tables. “Quiet at first,” Moss writes, “the place soon filled with rowdy tourists who like to drink. Not fancy tourists, either. More the type with not a lot of money to spend, hellbent on having a big time in the Big Apple as best they could.”