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Bars & Spirits

  1. Drink of the week: Chimay Dorée

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    It's no secret that some of the best beers in the world come from Trappist monasteries in Belgium. For many drinkers, myself included, the brews of the monks of Abbaye de Scourmont in the city of Chimay were the introductions to Belgian beer in general.

    Chimay Dor?e has complex and susprisingly rich flavors.
  2. From Orval to Samuel Smith to Dogfish: stock up on bottled beer

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    Every time I step into the beer store, I see something new. Beers I've never seen before, on the shelf, every time I visit. Few would — or should — complain about plentiful options, but there is a downside to such an embarrassment of riches.

    Brooklyn Lager
  3. Bar review: Don CeSar's Rowe Bar serves top cocktails

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    I was recently in Seattle and got a tip to visit the Slow Boat Tavern, a nearby neighborhood bar. I stood at the bar, staring at a small bottle selection, and the bartender pointed to a menu board. It listed 10 beers, a cider, a cabernet, a port and two cocktails (one of which being the woefully underutilized vermouth …

    Rowe Bar at the Don in St. Pete Beach.
  4. Drink of the week: Bollinger NV Special Cuvee Brut

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    "Bolly, darling!"

    Any fan of Absolutely Fabulous will recognize that war cry. The BBC comedy series, which ran from 1992 to 2004, starred Jennifer Saunders as London PR agency owner Edina Monsoon and Joanna Lumley as magazine editor Patsy Stone. The pair are enthusiastic party girls and dedicated followers …

    Drink of the week: Bollinger NV Special Cuvee Brut
  5. Bar review: ¡Cuatro, the 19th hole at TPC Tampa Bay

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    The 19th hole. Despite the importance that the nickname would suggest, many golf course clubhouse bars and restaurants are strictly utilitarian — bland, bare-boned affairs that rarely ascend beyond burgers and beer, the occasional Bloody Mary. This is the case at even many of the nicer courses.

    ?Cuatro, at the TPC Tampa Bay golf course, has an extensive wine and beer selection as well as cocktails.


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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