Epicurean's EDGE upgrades its rooftop digs in Tampa

Expanded food and drink selections are among the Hyde Park lounge and bar's updates.

click to enlarge In Tampa, the Epicurean's rooftop hangout, EDGE, has made some changes and additions. - Epicurean Hotel
Epicurean Hotel
In Tampa, the Epicurean's rooftop hangout, EDGE, has made some changes and additions.

The rooftop lounge and bar at Hyde Park's food-driven Epicurean Hotel has received a refresh. Opened in December 2013, EDGE Social Drinkery recently expanded its food and drink selection with updated menus and new cocktail, wine and beer options.

"As the only rooftop lounge in the area, EDGE is still a fairly new venue, but we want to keep the concept exciting and fresh," said Epicurean general manager Tom Haines in a statement.

Almost doubled in size, wine and beer list includes local offerings, while "edgier" specialty cocktails — such as the Slurring Soccer Mom (Stoli Elit, St-Germain, fresh lemon juice and berry reduction) — accompany classics like your Moscow Mules and Old Fashioneds.

On the food side, made-to-order small plates have also been added, short rib quesadillas and duck lettuce wraps among them, as have desserts, now offered alongside port, sherry and Madeira.

Other additions include a 60-inch TV; colored lighting that illuminates the bar area; new artwork from artist Dalek, specially commissioned by the Epicurean and its older sibling across the street, Bern's Steak House; and upgraded seating in the form of striped cushions featuring gray, blue, orange and cream cushions, plus burnt orange throw pillows.

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