John Watling's Distillery, Nassau

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Tour John Watling's Distillery at the historic Buena Vista Estate and see the "Spirit of The Bahamas" rum being bottled in small batches the old-fashioned way by Bahamian hands. Nestled on a hill between lush tropical gardens overlooking the harbor, the 1789 distillery took its name from "a pious pirate who sailed the Bahamian seas." Take a self-guided tour that directs you past antiques dating back more than 300 years to the warehouse, which stores over 1,000 white oak barrels. Do not miss the chance to savor a variety of handcrafted quality rums or signature Bahamian cocktails at the tavern, the walls of which are covered in historical photographs of the area. Plan to visit John Watling's Distillery during your Nassau vacation using our convenient Nassau trip itinerary maker .
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  • The distillery is but a short walk from Bay Street. Our guide for the free tour gave a very good presentation and explanation of the different runs produced here. The bar offered a tasting of the rums...  more »
  • We learned how the rum factory is linked to the history of the Bahamas - the production is only for local sale! We enjoyed the drinks at the tasting room and the patio outside. Oh Yeah, we bought two ...  more »
  • This a really great story here in Nassau! A local distillery that makes outstanding products! The free tour guide was outstanding and the rum sampling at the end of the tour was great! I would highly ...  more »
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  • This is a really nice distillery. Everyone is super friendly and learning the history of neighboring islands and rum was really cool. Uncle Will who works at the bar had been there since the beginning and he has a lot of knowledge about the various rums. He's also a really great guy. I highly recommend shopping by as the tour is free, and definitely try all the rums. If you like vodka, they have vodka as well and its a very different, but delicious, taste as it is made with cane sugar!
  • Piña Colada's were the best I've ever had! The tour was very detailed and keep your attention the whole time. The grounds of the property were gorgeous! And the staff were very polite and friendly! They kindly will call you a cab once you are done, so you don't have to walk back down the terrible hill!
  • Loved it. Great rum and vodka. Buy here to save a few dollars.
  • Quick and dirty tour of the history of the location which is pretty interesting. The drinks are good after the tour. You get an opportunity to taste all the rums in the bar.
  • Best Piña Colada I've ever had. Definitely worth it for a quick tour and a drink. All of the staff was very friendly and it is one of the few places they do not pressure you to buy anything.

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