The Bartistry Bahamas Competition

What better way to taste the flavours of The Bahamas, than through a glass. A new bar tour is in town and it allows guests to do just that. An idea founded by the Commonwealth Brewery Limited, was created to encourage and showcase the bar culture in New Providence.

The competition featured eight signature spirits — Johnnie Walker Black, Hennessy Pure White, Baileys, Don Julio Silver, Campari, Ketel One Vodka, Ricardo Coconut Rum and Hendrick’s Gin. Also included were 13 bars which prepared a different cocktail for each of the spirits. Each drink was uniquely different and gave a sample of the variety, creativity and flavours of The Islands. This is an interesting and unique opportunity for guests to sample and see the culinary taste of The Bahamas, through a self-guided tour or guided bar crawl.

Sales Manager for Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes (HORECA), Ms. Strachan said: “it is an opportunity to experience The Bahamas the Bahamian way”. “We are organizing bar crawls so that when guests visit our shores, they can experience The Bahamas. We also want to share our bar culture so that local bartenders can be creative with the cocktails. Many of these cocktails also have local ingredients; for example, Wild Thyme has a cocktail with avocado and one with tamarind sauce. The bartenders are really creative with local ingredients so the guests may be able to find cocktails throughout the Caribbean, but I doubt they’ll be able to find another cocktail with tamarind sauce, avocado or Ricardo Coconut Rum. They’ll have the chance to experience the taste of The Bahamas our way,” said Strachan.

Originally a four-week competition, the Bartistry competition began with 10 bartenders and ended with three battling for first place. The winner of it all was Derek Blackmon, who created a combination of two cocktails — Hennessy Dreams, which featured Hennessy Pure White; the other featured Don Julio and was called a Smoking 42. Supported by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, this tour adds to the selection of culinary experiences available for guests while enjoying our capital city. It also encourages creativity and entrepreneurship from talented locals, while adding to the scope of our tourism product. It has two spins, where you can either do it as a self-guided tour where you go into one of the 700 Wines & Spirits stores and collect a brochure and go from bar to bar on your own, or you can do a bar crawl with the tour company and 700 Wines & Spirits collaboratively. As it is the first of its kind on the island and one that has been well received by local bartenders, it is expected to become an extremely popular tour.

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