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Bars & Spirits

  1. Bar Review: Cisco's House of Brews worth remembering

    Bars & Spirits

    Funny story: I was at Cisco's House of Brews in Lutz, sipping a Superfuzz blood-orange pale ale from Elysian (a $3.50 beer of the month special) and researching this story when I looked across the bar and noticed a wall plaque featuring a newspaper story. It was too far to see clearly, but I could just make out the …

    Featured among the 45 bottled beers at House of Brews are La Fin Du Monde and Delirium Tremens.
  2. Big Beer takes liking to craft varieties

    Bars & Spirits

    If one were to categorize the trajectory of craft beer in the first half of the 2010s, it would certainly involve a focus on rapid, unprecedented growth.

  3. Second and wine: Grab a glass and enjoy the football game at home

    Bars & Spirits

    About this time most years I write a rousing column about football stadium tailgate parties and the hearty wines that go with them.

  4. The bar at Villa Bellini? Bellissimo!

    Bars & Spirits

    After driving past Clearwater's Villa Bellini several times, I developed a hunch that the restaurant might have a worthwhile bar. I often have good hunches.

    Take a look behind the bar and you’ll see that Villa Bellini is worth a visit even if you’re not up for Italian dining.
  5. Drink of the Week: a recipe for Frosé, or frozen rosé

    Bars & Spirits

    Despite summer ending for the rest of the country after Labor Day, the warm, yearlong temperatures of the Sunshine State mean frozen drinks are as never ending as our summer. The most popular summertime slurps often turn traditional alcohol such as wine or beer into icy, fruity smoothies.

    Photo of frose cocktail, for Taste Drink of the Week.


Can you spy the famous Skipper's Smokehouse collectibles?

See if you can find the collectibles listed below behind the bar at the famous Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Use your scroll wheel or double-click to zoom into the picture. Click and drag to move the picture around. Once you find a collectible, click to see a larger version.

Here's what you need to find:

Buddy Guy portrait  |  Signature Drink  |  An Ode to Hippies  |  Pachinko  |  Man v. Food Photo  |  Pyramid-shaped "Blues Trophy"  |  A gift from their gator meat supplier


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