A new bar is set to complement the character and history behind the Loews Don CeSar Hotel.
With a menu of coastal-inspired bar bites, local beer and vintage craft cocktails, Rowe Bar, named after Pink Palace developer Thomas Rowe, is the latest addition to the legendary St. Pete Beach resort.
Cocktails are the nautical-feeling bar's specialty, and they carry titles like Angels on Toast (vodka, kiwi, sauvignon blanc, lime) and Anytime Rickey (gin, aquavit, orange marmalade, lime). Communal punches that serve 4 to 6 and three riffs on a classic julep are also among the selections.
"There were no blender drinks back in the ’20s; everything was made with crushed ice. That's what we're doing in Rowe Bar today," said Eben Klemm, the mixologist retained by Loews to assist in the concept. (A former biologist, he's also created cocktail menus for Loews hotels in Philly and Boston.) “Adding the traditional julep drink that was popular in the ’20s to the menu just makes the Rowe Bar that more attractive and distinctive,” he said in a press release.
"Creating the Rowe Bar gave us the opportunity to provide guests with a distinctive bar atmosphere featuring cocktails they can't find anywhere along St. Pete Beach," Cummings said.
Also on the beverage lineup is Tampa Bay craft beer, including St. Pete Brewing Company's Goliath Imperial Stout and Cycle Brewing's Fixie IPA, while the food side highlights seafood-driven dishes like peel-and-eat pinks, black mussels, a mahi mahi Reuben and crab cake sliders.
The indoor-outdoor Rowe Bar operates 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For up to three hours, diners can use self-parking for $10 per car.