Martin Cate

Beverage Director, Mixologist, Owner
Martin Cate

San Francisco

About Martin Cate

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 called 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 featured as 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, and one of the 13 Most Influential Bars of the 21st Century by Smuggler’s Cove was declared one of America’s Best Bars by Playboy Magazine and was named to Esquire’s Best Bars in America Hall of Fame. Martin is a passionate rum collector who conducts educational seminars and officiates rum & cocktail competitions across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He is also the co-owner of Whitechapel in San Francisco, Hale Pele in Portland, False Idol in San Diego, and a partner in Lost Lake in Chicago. Martin and Rebecca Cate's book “Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki” was published by Ten Speed Press in June of 2016 and won the 2017 James Beard Award for Best Beverage Book and the 2017 Spirited Award for Best Cocktail Book.


  • 2017 Best Beverage Book
    James Beard Foundation
  • 2017 Spirited Award Best Cocktail Book
    Tales of the Cocktail
  • 2016 Best Cocktail Bar in America- Smuggler's Cove
    Tales of the Cocktail

At My Venues

Banana daiquiri
$$, Full Bar, Tiki Bar, Avondale
"Not exactly a “dish” but good enough to be considered both an appetizer and dessert. Lula Cafe is down the street from Yusho, and the banana dolphin will always hold a special place in my mouth. Make sure to eat the banana to maximize potassium intake."
$$, Happy Hour, Reservations, Full Bar, Tiki Bar, Cocktail, Fillmore
"The decorated bar has an awesome atmosphere and really great rum/tiki drinks. The cocktail list is huge, but so far, every one I've tried has been delicious and fun."
Distillery 209 Gin - Whitechapel Edition
$$$, Happy Hour, Reservations, Modern, Full Bar, Cocktail, New American, Tenderloin
"WE LOVE RUM! But we serve a host of delightful gin cocktails. While supplies last, we will be highlighting @distillery209 gin..specially bottled for @whitechapelsf in cocktails that call for gin....and it's delicious! Meanwhile at Whitechapel...Plantation Rums special SC bottling of Barbados XO is being featured in a Millionaire Cocktail! #sfbars #ginbar #gin"
At my venues