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Bradenton

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  • Kid-friendly

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Bars:

  • Rasher Tierney's Irish Pub


    Cuisine: Pub
    Features: Dance club, Happy hour, Irish, Karaoke, Late-night dining, Live music

    Bradenton: 5106 14th St. W, Bradenton, 34207

    Out of town but worth the drive for Tampa Bay residents, Rasher Tierney's offers a spacious Irish pub-style atmosphere with good grub and many fresh brews on tap. Bradenton kingpins Have Gun, Will Travel and Sons of Hippies play often, as well as reggae and Irish folk bands. You'll even catch some Tampa Bay bands, too. One of the area's best small music venues.

  • Bonefish Grill (University Park)


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale
    Features: Children's menu, Date night, Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Bradenton: 8101 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, 34201

     Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, shareable dishes that don't require a lot of utensils. Something to nibble over drinks with friends, including a new American wagyu burger ($10.90), Bang Bang shrimp tacos ($8.90) and tempura-battered fish and chips ($10.90). As for the main entrees, Bonefish unfortunately hides its light under a bushel of sauces. But the concept is otherwise resoundingly contemporary. More affordable than many of the other upscale national chains, on a couple of visits it seemed to be a favorite girls-night-out destination, whole posses clinking wine glasses and spoon-fighting for a bite of very respectable creme brulee ($5.50). Its martini menu (most drinks hovering in the laudably reasonable $7.50 range) has stylish bells and whistles (house-infused pineapple tequila, Danish blue-stuffed olives, plenty of pomegranate juice), and a broad by-the-glass wine program is arranged lightest to most full-bodied, very user friendly.

  • Bonefish Grill (Bradenton, Cortez Road W)


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood upscale
    Features: Children's menu, Date night, Kid-friendly, Takeout

    Bradenton: 7456 Cortez Road W, Bradenton, 34210

     Bonefish Grill's mother ship opened on Fourth Street N in 2000. Now more than 150 locations strong, it was selected the best value in the seafood category by Consumer Reports in June 2009. The menu at Bonefish has been fairly steady, but there is some movement in a new direction: affordable, shareable dishes that don't require a lot of utensils. Something to nibble over drinks with friends, including a new American wagyu burger ($10.90), Bang Bang shrimp tacos ($8.90) and tempura-battered fish and chips ($10.90). As for the main entrees, Bonefish unfortunately hides its light under a bushel of sauces. But the concept is otherwise resoundingly contemporary. More affordable than many of the other upscale national chains, on a couple of visits it seemed to be a favorite girls-night-out destination, whole posses clinking wine glasses and spoon-fighting for a bite of very respectable creme brulee ($5.50). Its martini menu (most drinks hovering in the laudably reasonable $7.50 range) has stylish bells and whistles (house-infused pineapple tequila, Danish blue-stuffed olives, plenty of pomegranate juice), and a broad by-the-glass wine program is arranged lightest to most full-bodied, very user friendly.

  • Darwin Brewing Co.


    Features: Outdoor seating

    Bradenton: 803 17th Ave. W, Bradenton, 34205

    Brewery, bar and beer garden creating Peruvian-inspired brews.

    Hours: 4-10 p.m. Thur., noon-10 p;m. Fri.-Sat.

  • Stonewood Grill & Tavern


    Cuisine: American upscale, Seafood upscale, Steak house
    Features: Date night, Martini, Upscale

    Bradenton: 7110 Cortez Road W, Bradenton, 34210

    Like staring into a glass of Merlot, Stonewood offers dark comfort, with cherry wood and low-lit eating and drinking areas. Four-seater booths and hardwood floors orbit an oval bar, and little jail-cell-looking cabinets hold liquor bottles overhead. A wine case the size of a king-size mattress holds choice selections in crisscross shelves. Yuengling, Heineken and the standard domestics are on draft, while an extensive list of wines and liquors caters to the professional crowd that often comes to throw a few back with friends and spouses. At the bar booths, you can get any of the regular entrees, from swordfish to spiced-up pot roast, or stick with tasty treats like baked brie or steak quesadillas.

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