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Need a drink? Here’s some good news: Following last week’s executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Tampa Bay restaurants — though shuttered for dine-in business during the coronavirus pandemic — may now serve packaged alcohol to-go. This means you can still enjoy your favorite cocktail while hunkered down at home. Check out these establishments pouring carryout cocktails.
7th & Grove
The Ybor City restaurant and nightclub hybrid has transitioned into a weekends-only model, accommodating call-ahead and curbside pickup requests Friday through Sunday. So long as a food item is purchased, you can take your pick from three to-go cocktails that range from $9 to $11. They are the Peach Grove Palmer with Crown Royal, Blue & Boozy Bubbly with Luc Belaire Rare Rose and Grove & Berry Spiked Lemonade with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. To score one of 7th & Grove’s signature southern martinis, priced at $3.77 when you buy an entree, place an order between 4 and 8 p.m. Friday or Saturday during “Social Hour.”
1930 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 602-0960. 7thandgrove.com.
The Harbour Island bar and kitchen does a number of specialty drinks for takeout, including mimosa, Bloody Mary and margarita kits. Available at $8 each or $18 with a triple shot (!), the cucumber fizz and PB&J Old Fashioned are among the featured cocktails to-go. Others can be mixed up by request.
601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 107, Tampa. (813) 605-3333. americansocialbar.com.
Beans & Barlour
Buy any Beans & Barlour to-go cocktail in a sealed bottle and the craft coffee bar and dessert lounge doubles your order.
538 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 440-4540. beansandbarlour.com.
In addition to sangria and bottles of wine, all cocktails are available to-go. The restaurant throws in a free quart of sangria with carryout purchases of $25.
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10 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 209-2299. ceviche.com.
The Channel District tavern is serving a full bar menu of beer, wine and cocktails to-go, all served in plastic cups with a lid. Pretty much every kind of cocktail can be ordered, from simple gin and tonics to Moscow Mules, gimlets and martinis. Just in time for the hotter days ahead, the bar is also serving frose. (That’s frozen rose.)
116 N 12th St., Tampa. (813) 252-3444. districttaverntampa.com.
Forbici Modern Italian
The Italian restaurant and Roman-style pizza spot is selling large-format versions of some of its most popular house cocktails. Sicilian margaritas, Negronis and Old Fashioneds are all served to-go in 32-ounce bottles for $45 each. Each container is enough to make approximately six drinks.
Hyde Park Village, 1633 W Snow Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8001. eatforbici.com.
Bottled margaritas join canned beers and other takeout items at this modern Mexican joint in the SoHo district. Call ahead or walk in for pickup. Limited delivery is also available.
915 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 868-5463. eatgreenlemon.com.
The trendy South Tampa restaurant is serving bottled versions of some of its craft cocktails to accompany a streamlined takeout food menu, so you can still feel fancy while eating your duck quesadillas and Brussels sprouts salad at home. The cucumber and elderflower soda is made with Crop organic cucumber vodka, elderflower liqueur, bitter lemon and homemade cucumber and thyme soda ($9).
2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. (813) 258-2233. haventampa.com.
This Hawaiian-themed cafe’s tiki bar mixes a list of five to-go cocktails, including the Mai Tai, Honu Punch (three kinds of rum, falernum, lime, lemon, guava, passion fruit, pineapple, orange juice, bitters, agave cinnamon syrup) and Painkiller. Each is served in a sealed 16-ounce Mason jar.
516 Grant St., Dunedin. (727) 333-7777. thehonurestaurant.com.
The Hub Bar
The longtime downtown Tampa dive known for its heavy-handed pours is serving batched drinks to-go out of quart containers. Margaritas and Bloody Marys are both $20 per quart, which the staff say equal “four drinks at the Hub, eight drinks everywhere else.” (Read: They’re super strong.) Depending on the day, different specials on batched whiskey sours and other drinks are also available.
719 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 229-1553.
A trio of 12-ounce to-go cocktails are up for grabs at the carryout-slinging Meat Market. There’s the $20 Fresco Pepino (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, cucumber puree, ginger simple syrup, mint) and the $16 margarita (Corazon Tequila, lime, agave), as well as the $20 Quarantini (vodka, blood orange puree, elderflower liqueur, Cocchi Americano). Each is crafted to serve two.
Hyde Park Village, 1606 W Snow Ave., Tampa. (813) 280-1113. meatmarket.net.
Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequilas
House, skinny and premium margaritas are to-go ready for pickup customers — and discounted up to roughly 65 percent off Miguelitos’ regular pricing. The skinny and premium varieties are priced at $75 for 21 drinks (1 gallon) and $45 for 11 (half gallon), while the house marg is $45 for 21 drinks (1 gallon) and $25 for 11 (half gallon). No matter which version you opt for at the chic South Tampa Mexican spot, the 16-ounce ’ritas (equivalent to 2 ½ drinks) are $16 and the 8-ounce ones (equivalent to 1 ½ drinks) are $10.
2702 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 872-5600. miguelitostampa.com.
The Moon Under Water
All cocktails of the long-running British tavern are takeout-friendly, as are the $3 bottled and canned brews. Spend $25 or more to score a free quart of beer.
332 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-6160. themoonunderwater.com.
Though both the Carrollwood and Wesley Chapel locations have closed, the St. Petersburg flagship remains open and is serving both curbside takeout and an abbreviated drinks list. The craft cocktails are $10 and come in sealed mason jars. The selection includes classics like the Old Fashioned and Manhattan, as well as house specials like the Brown Butter Dram made with brown butter Old Forester bourbon, allspice dram, sage and lemon. For Sunday brunch, the crew will throw in a complimentary bottle of bubbles and orange juice with any order of $25 or more, so you can make your own mimosas while digging into your breakfast pizza or fried chicken and waffles from home.
8300 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 329-6041. noble-crust.com.
Social House is doing both food and drinks to-go. The signature lemonade (George Dickel rye whiskey, lemonade, peach, black tea), Brunch Water (Damrak gin, Crop organic cucumber vodka, Mr. Q soda, lime) and frozen strawberry daiquiri (Don Q rum, Appleton rum, strawberry, lime) are among the bottled cocktail highlights. This sports bar in Seminole Heights sells beer and wine for at-home imbibing as well.
6310 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 321-2329. socialhousetampa.com.
The restaurant features to-go sippers like Cucumber Roe (gin, lime, basil, cucumber caviar, black sea salt) and Kentucky Wake Up Call (coffee-infused bourbon, black walnut and orange bitters, espresso sugar). Carryout bottles of wine are also discounted by 25 percent.
655 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-0999. rococosteak.com.
As part of its new Curbside Cocktail menu, the Grand Central District bar and restaurant is now serving an abbreviated drink list composed of some long-running favorites, including Pistachio Mai Tais, Salty Dogs, Fin and Tonics, and Calm Before the Storms (a potent mix of chamomile, bourbon and bitters). All the drinks are poured into tiny vacuum-sealed plastic pouches with accompanying garnishes, like rosemary sprigs and candied blood orange slices.
2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 258-7883. trophyfishstpete.com.
World of Beer
Tampa area locations of the bar and kitchen chain with more than 350 craft beer options are selling $6 house cocktails to-go. Request carryout from the Brandon, Fowler Avenue, South Tampa, Tampa International or Westchase location to land everything from Old Fashioneds and margaritas to mojitos and Cosmopolitans. All bottled and canned brews are also 30 percent off. World of Beer’s Tampa International outpost even has a crowler machine to package your 32-ounce draft of choice into a sealed can.
Locations vary. worldofbeer.com.
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