Drinking Made Easy slugs one down at St. Pete's Mandarin Hide

"We were their last filming of the day," Mandarin Hide owner/partner Tony Casoria said. "They had shot a couple other bars/restaurants in Tampa Bay earlier in the day, and while the crew set up, we all had some cocktails to get loose."

According to Casoria, Lamprey got behind the bar and made a few drinks with resident mixologist Jason Fackler. One drink in particular (the Blue Blazer) involves lighting a drink on fire and pouring it from one glass to another.

"Zane definitly lit the bar on fire," Casoria said. "We also uncorked our Manhatthan Barrels that have been maturing for 7 weeks and all had a drink. This cocktail will also be featured on the show."

Lamprey got laughs in his usual comedic fashion. His cohort Steve McKenna jumped in the venue's claw foot Champagne tub, with ice and Champagne and all. Lamprey practiced his saber skills with several Champagne bottles.

"To saber," said Casoria, "one uses a large sharp knife to chop of the top of a Champagne bottle as opposed to uncorking it. (Lamprey) once held the Guinness World Record for most Champagne bottles sabered in one minute until he was recently beat. He plans to have another go at the World Record coming up in Washington, D.C."

After filming for over three hours, Lamprey and the crew socialized for a couple of hours at Mandarin Hide and had more drinks and did some pancake shots.

"We are very proud to have had Zane and the show at our little St. Petersburg bar," Casoria said. "The Mandarin Hide was the only bar in St. Petersburg to be on the show, it is nice to have St. Petersburg represented on the show, especially considering all the major cities that the show films in. They just came from Hawaii and Miami."

The Mandarin Hide episode of Drinking Made Easy will air sometime in October 2011 on HDNET.


Things got hectic, but in a good way, when Zane Lamprey and the crew from HDNet's Drinking Made Easy hit the Mandarin Hide around 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

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