Bahamas Again? Try the Tasty Nassau Rum and Food Tour Walking Tour

Nassau rum and food walking tour to John Watling's Distillery.Viator’s Nassau rum and food walking tour hits the spot.

Rum.  It’s the drink of the Caribbean.  Sometime in the 1600’s, someone discovered that when the molasses from sugarcane was fermented, it gave quite a kick.  And it still does.

For me, a repeat cruise to Nassau usually means one of two things:  Stay aboard ship (which many cruisers are doing these days) or walk into town and pick up a new mascara at John Bull department store.

My last cruise to Nassau was different…I wanted to experience something a whole lot more fun.  So off I went on a new shore tour experience: Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour.

My Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour began at Pirate’s Pub & Grill, a very short walk from the downtown Nassau Harbour.  Our fearless leader met us inside the pub and escorted us through the building to a relaxing outdoor area, where chairs and tables were set up in anticipation of our visit.

Introductions made, the first order of business was to tell us a bit of pirate history that flourished in and around Nassau in the late 1600’s until the 1700s.

Our tour leader sets up three different rums, from least to most expensive.

Our tour leader sets up three different rums with three different price points.

Comfortable on the shaded patio it was time to taste and learn a little more about pirate history as we tasted and tried to identify the various flavors of each rum.

Nassau rum and food walking tour at Pirate's Pub

A fresh glass was provided for every new taste. No swish and spit!

Next, we were off on a short walk through the narrow downtown streets to visit Hillside House, the art studio and gallery of Antonius Roberts.

Nassau rum and food walking tour at Hillside House Art Gallery.

Even though the resident artist wasn’t present, we watched a wood sculptor at work.

While Antonius wasn’t there, another local artist was working on a wood sculpture.  Out of nowhere, we were treated to freshly fried and crunchy conch fritters with sliced lime and a slightly spicy remoulade sauce.

Nassau rum and food walking tour group visits Hillside House

Hot and crispy conch fritters were a good idea to follow the previous rum tastings.

After a quick tour of the gallery, we headed for the Graycliff.  If you haven’t been to this centuries-old hotel, you’re in for a treat.

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Nassau rum and food walking tour stops at Greycliff Chocolatier

Built on the site of the original Graycliff Mansion of 1740, the Hotel opened its doors in 1844 as Nassau’s first Inn.

Our guide led us through the dark mahogany-paneled dining rooms, past the pools in the courtyard til we entered the glass doors of the Graycliff Chocolatier.

The aroma of chocolate permeated the entire shop, attacking your senses with “I want chocolate!” demands.  It was only a few minutes later that we were offered rum-infused chocolate truffles.

Nassau rum and food walking tour at Graycliff Chocolatier.

We did our own rum-infusion into the chocolates with the little injectors!

Reluctantly, we were on our way to the next stop, John Watling’s Distillery.

Nassau rum and food walking tour at John Watling's Distillery

First, a look at the beautiful grounds and colorful buildings at the Distillery.  Then we went inside to learn the rum-making process.  

Aside from the distillery, there’s the sorting, labeling and packaging.  It’s all done right there.

Nassau rum and food walking tour at John Watling's Distillery

From a glass lookout, we saw into the huge distillery complex, from start to finish.

We learned how rum was made, starting with sugarcane to molasses, the distilling process and finally the bottling.

Nassau rum and food walking tour at John Watling's Distillery.

Three more rums to sample plus a flakey and fruit-filled dessert.  There’s a lot to learn about rum.

After touring the distillery, we entered the tasting room to try to identify various rum aromas and tastes.  All balanced out with a Bahamian fruit-filled dessert.

Just in case someone didn’t get enough rum during the tour, we were all handed a very tasty rum cocktail to-go.  Our tour was complete.

Whether you’ve been to Nassau 1,000 times or if you’re anticipating your first visit, this Nassau Rum and Food tour is a really fun way to spend a few hours in the afternoon.  The walking tour through downtown Nassau is lovely and everyone loves to hear tales of Blackbeard the Pirate and other colorful privateers and pirates who called Nassau their home. Taste homemade conch fritters, nibble on freshly-made chocolate and sample a whole lot of rum.

And you thought Nassau was only about Atlantis and Paradise Island!

For more information, visit Viator’s Food and Rum Walking Tour page.  The tour departs from Pirate’s Pub and Grill twice a day, at 11am and 2pm.  The tour is available to both hotel and cruise guests.  The cost at this time, is $64.00 per person and sure beats a day at Atlantis!

In full disclosure, I was a guest of Viator to experience this tour.  It would be impossible to not give this tour a rave review. Our guide was informative, funny and made sure that no one went home thirsty or hungry.

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7 Comments

  1. April 8, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Great recommendation! I was looking for some fun things to do on our cruise next week to the Bahamas and this fit the bill. I just booked it. 🙂

  2. Sherry Laskin Kennedy
    April 8, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks for your comment. It’s one of the most fun tours I’ve taken in a while. Have a great time!

    Sherry

  3. Renee
    October 26, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Thank you for the detailed description and review! We are sailing to Nassau in February and we were torn between this tour and the walking and food tour. I think you convinced us!!

  4. Sherry Kennedy
    October 26, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Have fun, Renee! It was a really good time. Thanks for your comment.
    Sherry

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