Best Of 2017

Best Hotel Bar That Isn't
David Warner

No, Hotel Bar isn’t in fact a hotel bar. It’s something more ingenious: A bar featuring cocktails associated with famous hotel bars. If there are better places to taste a Sazerac or an Old Fashioned (like, say, Roux or Anise), the emphasis on classic quaffs is nevertheless commendable — not to mention trendy. Plus, the bread is the best in town (Jamison B. Breadhouse Bakes) and there’s a limited-but-well-curated bar menu, including a transcendent avocado and fava bean bruschetta and a delicious pork and mushroom risotto. Add personable servers, bar staff and a convenient location and it's no wonder this has become a go-to after-work spot — attracting on one spring evening an eclectic crowd of business folks, A-gays, hipster beards and fancy blondes in evening gowns. All told, Hotel Bar is another factor making downtown Tampa into a downtown you actually want to spend time in. —David Warner

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Best All-Around Restaurant
Todd Bates

  • Runner Up: Ulele
  • Runner Up: Datz
Best Bagels

  • Runner Up: Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Runner Up: Clearwater Bagels
Best Bakery (Bread)

  • Runner Up: La Segunda Central Bakery
  • Runner Up: Alessi Bakery
Best Bakery (Pastries)
Best Bakery (Pastries)

  • Runner Up: Alessi Bakery
  • Runner Up: Frida's Cafe & Bakery
Best Banh Mi
freshcrackedpepper via Wikimedia Commons

  • Runner Up: Bamboozle Cafe
  • Runner Up: Saigon Deli
Best Bar Crawl
Brew Bus

  • Runner Up: Bar Crawl Nation (St. Pete)
  • Runner Up: Tampa Noles Pub Crawl
Best Bar Food
Courtesy of Dunedin Brewery

  • Runner Up: Engine No. 9
  • Runner Up: Mermaid Tavern