A swanky dining and entertainment destination with an… interesting name has popped up in downtown Safety Harbor. It’s called Gigglewaters Social Club & Screening Room.
No, really — Gigglewaters, a nod to what adult beverages were called in the late 1920s. But “giggle water” isn’t the only thing that inspired the speakeasy-style newbie with a modern industrial spin, which opened at 737 Main St. on May 21.
While developing Gigglewaters, owners Richie Wilson and Rachel Fine — who are best known for their careers in the TV industry and also, no joke, invented Shittens, the viral mitten-shaped wet wipes — were influenced by the establishments they used to frequent in New York City as well. They’re Brooklyn transplants, after all, so it’s no wonder the Big Apple was worked into the place’s look and menu of indulgent comfort foods.
Frito pie, bacon-wrapped and deep-fried hot dogs, and ricotta cheesecake are among the highlights during lunch and dinner (I could dedicate a whole column to dissecting all of the over-the-top options, so peep the menu for yourself). The food’s backed up by a solid cocktail list.
Separate from the social club, Gigglewaters’ screening room component is an intimate theater where classic flicks — think Pulp Fiction, Sixteen Candles and The Big Lebowski — are shown while guests get their grub on. Truffle popcorn with a hint of citrus is the house favorite.