Bourbons set up for tasting with a variety of treats. Photos: University of Kentucky Press

Book Review: "Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?"

Several years ago my wife and I decided to give up beer for Lent. I know, I know, who gives up beer… for Lent… at the start of baseball season and — duh — right before St Patrick’s Day? Well, if not for Lent, I might not have been introduced to Mark — Maker’s Mark, […]

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Q is for Quarantinis: A toast to the purveyors of life-saving libations

For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue, a celebration of people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition is now arriving in local mailboxes, but if you can’t wait for […]

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SAFETY FIRST: A shielded cashier's counter at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

The ABC's of Selling Liquor During a Pandemic

It’s not just restaurants that are having to find new ways of serving the public during the current crisis. Wine purveyors and liquor stores are facing challenges, too. But there’s this big difference: Where many restaurants are struggling to stay afloat, wine and liquor stores are seeing a big uptick in business.  With 125 stores […]

Desserts made with Old Forester inside the Epicurean Theatre.

Walkin' in a Whiskey Wonderland: What I discovered at the Whiskey Tampa Foxtrot Fest

Bern’s Steak House held its third annual Whiskey Tampa Foxtrot Fest from November 6-9 with unique dinners, tastings, and classes for whiskey lovers. These were hosted throughout the week at The Epicurean Hotel, Haven Restaurant and Bern’s Steak House. This year they also celebrated Women in Whiskey, who help propel the industry forward. Proceeds from the event […]

EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge at the Epicurean.

R is for Rooftop Bars: Highball High Spots in Tampa Bay

A to Z: The Ultimate Luxury Lifestyles List is duPont Registry Tampa Bay‘s annual compendium of the best our region has to offer. Each year we choose a different set of categories and then select businesses that are top-of-the-line in each category. This year: Art to Zinfandel (and everything luxurious in between). Remember when Pass-A-Grille’s venerable Hurricane was the only […]

Whiskey Cake at International Plaza boasts a selection of more than 300 whiskeys.

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar: Something for everyone (even if you're a wine girl)

I’m a wine girl. So why am I recommending a restaurant called Whiskey Cake? Because, despite the name, the Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar at International Plaza is about a lot more than whiskey (although they carry over 300 selections of said beverage). It’s about unique, delicious, food; smooth mixed drinks you might not normally try; and […]

Room 901. (Photo by Debra Camfferman.)

The A to Z Ultimate Luxury Lifestyle List: C is for… Cocktails

A to Z: duPont Registry Tampa Bay’s encyclopedia of luxury “A to Z: The Ultimate Luxury Lifestyles List” is duPont Registry Tampa Bay‘s first-ever compendium of the best our region has to offer for fans of luxury living. The list is organized by category: D is for Dining, R is for Resorts, etc., and under each letter we single […]


Bombay To Bourbon

Trendy Bourbon Spirits Make for Spirited Adventures Gin and bourbon are this season’s IT girls in the cocktail world. Both are increasingly in demand and hard to get, especially the craft spirits. Bombay Sapphire and Hendricks Cucumber gin are still popular, but it’s the small batch gins that get all the love, especially those from […]

Luscious Libations

AMERICAN SOCIAL Regional American eatery, sports bar and craft brew mecca, Harbour Island’s 15,000 square foot restobar serves brunch, lunch, dinner and most importantly, brilliant drinks. Happy hours 4-7 pm Mon.-Fri., $5 burgers Monday, Ladies Night Thursday and other deals draw the cool cats and young professionals at the two bars. INTERMEZZO COFFEE & COCKTAILS […]


Discover CW’s Gin Joint in Downtown Tampa

A Sip of Nostalgia At CW’s Gin Joint One step inside CW’s Gin Joint, and you are instantly thrown back to a time when fine spirits were savored in a casual atmosphere that exuded style and gentility, without pretentiousness, where notable and obscure liquors added a warmth and refinement to any conversation. And owner CW, […]