Seven Tampa Bay distilleries to visit if you’re looking for some good local rum

For a lot of people, the idea of drinking rum evokes visions of sitting poolside with a frozen daiquiri or splashy mojito in hand, or one of a sun soaked pirate taking a swig from a well-worn bottle. It’s an understandable cliche, as rum's rise to popularity is often associated with people of the Caribbean, who early on adopted it as a refreshing drink to beat the summer heat (and yes, rum is complicated).

National Rum Day is Wednesday, Aug. 16, which is still in the midst of the summer swelter here in Florida and a far cry from the few blissful months of relief we’ll get towards the end of the year. There are plenty of bars in the Tampa Bay area to indulge in a rummy tiki drink or high-end rum cocktail, but a fun and more inventive approach to drinking the spirit is to check out one of the area’s distilleries.

If you’re afraid you’re too much of a rum novice to enjoy the distillery experience, you may be surprised to find that these modern facilities offer a welcoming and informative approach for any level of consumer. Most will provide samples and tasting flights, and some even offer a facility tour if you reserve your spot in advance, so check their individual websites for details.
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Florida Cane Distilling
This Ybor City distillery prides itself on providing a warm and educational experience that includes a tour followed by handcrafted cocktails and samplings. While the brand’s main portfolio consists of flavored vodkas, you can also find three different blends of rum here, as well as two bourbon options, and even moonshine. These guys really stepped up during the height of the pandemic by providing batch hand sanitizer to the local community. 1820 N 15th St., Ybor City. Photo via canevodka/Facebook

Florida Cane Distilling

This Ybor City distillery prides itself on providing a warm and educational experience that includes a tour followed by handcrafted cocktails and samplings. While the brand’s main portfolio consists of flavored vodkas, you can also find three different blends of rum here, as well as two bourbon options, and even moonshine. These guys really stepped up during the height of the pandemic by providing batch hand sanitizer to the local community.
1820 N 15th St., Ybor City.
Photo via canevodka/Facebook
OlogyWhile the main focus of this Tallahassee-based brand is beer, the spirits it produces are equally as impressive. Housed in the former home of Angry Chair Brewing on North Florida Avenue, Ology has quickly found its footing as a staple in the community since opening in September of 2022. The barroom provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere and the service is laidback and friendly.   6401 N Florida Ave., Tampa. @ology_tampa on Instagram

Ology

While the main focus of this Tallahassee-based brand is beer, the spirits it produces are equally as impressive. Housed in the former home of Angry Chair Brewing on North Florida Avenue, Ology has quickly found its footing as a staple in the community since opening in September of 2022. The barroom provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere and the service is laidback and friendly.
6401 N Florida Ave., Tampa.
@ology_tampa on Instagram
82°W Distilling
This Seminole Heights spot credits itself as the first craft rum distillery in Tampa city limits and was a key player in updating zoning regulations to further aid distilleries citywide. The open-air concept and fun tropical theme make the space an excellent fit for the area’s burgeoning cocktail scene. The rum offerings range from daiquiris and mojitos to painkillers and rum Bloody’s, but the brand has evolved to include bourbon and gin, as well as an agave based spirit. 6430 N. Florida Ave, Tampa 
Photo via 82westdistilling/Facebook

82°W Distilling

This Seminole Heights spot credits itself as the first craft rum distillery in Tampa city limits and was a key player in updating zoning regulations to further aid distilleries citywide. The open-air concept and fun tropical theme make the space an excellent fit for the area’s burgeoning cocktail scene. The rum offerings range from daiquiris and mojitos to painkillers and rum Bloody’s, but the brand has evolved to include bourbon and gin, as well as an agave based spirit.
6430 N. Florida Ave, Tampa
Photo via 82westdistilling/Facebook
 Tampa Bay Rum Co.
If you’re looking for a truly Tampa experience, this spot, located in historic Ybor City, is it, matey. The pirate themed- space is home to several variations of Gasparilla Rum, an homage to the area's vibrant history and culture. Staff members are happy to provide a short but informative tour before you settle down at the Buccaneer Bar with your favorite potable. 2102 E 4th Ave., Ybor CityPhoto via  gasparsrum/Facebook

Tampa Bay Rum Co.

If you’re looking for a truly Tampa experience, this spot, located in historic Ybor City, is it, matey. The pirate themed- space is home to several variations of Gasparilla Rum, an homage to the area's vibrant history and culture. Staff members are happy to provide a short but informative tour before you settle down at the Buccaneer Bar with your favorite potable.
2102 E 4th Ave., Ybor City
Photo via  gasparsrum/Facebook
St. Petersburg Distillery
You’ve probably seen spirits from this distillery at your favorite watering hole, but if you’d like to learn more about the distilling process behind the bottle, stop by the brick and mortar location in St. Pete’s Warehouse District. The staff is well-trained to give you the full rundown of the company’s history and portfolio and is happy to answer any questions you have along the way. The customizable four spirit tasting experience allows you to choose from permanent offerings like rum, bourbon and gin as well as limited edition small batch blends. 
800 31st St. S, St. PetersburgPhoto via cityofstpete/Flickr

St. Petersburg Distillery

You’ve probably seen spirits from this distillery at your favorite watering hole, but if you’d like to learn more about the distilling process behind the bottle, stop by the brick and mortar location in St. Pete’s Warehouse District. The staff is well-trained to give you the full rundown of the company’s history and portfolio and is happy to answer any questions you have along the way. The customizable four spirit tasting experience allows you to choose from permanent offerings like rum, bourbon and gin as well as limited edition small batch blends.
800 31st St. S, St. Petersburg
Photo via cityofstpete/Flickr

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