Best Of 2013

Best secret garden: Mandarin Hide

Best secret garden

If you want to hide out at Mandarin Hide, the popular cocktail spot in the heart of St. Pete’s Central Avenue party district, plow through the crowds clogging the bar to the intimate outdoor space at the back: a tiny, brick-walled, wooden-benched space with the same high-level mixology and sexy bartenders as the front of the house, but with a much quieter ambience — unless there’s a show at Jannus, in which case you can sit back, sip your cocktail, and listen to the music for free. 231 Central Ave., St Petersburg, 727-231-4007, mandarinhide.com.