BEST BARTENDERS

Rob and Alice, the Swigwam

For a collective four decades, Rob Williams and Alice Aitken-Kloss have been slinging beers at St. Pete Beach’s Swigwam bar. They nail down the weekend shift, when the place overflows and swells out onto the sand. Their Bloody Mary on Sunday morning is sublime — spicy, peppery, and enough hair of the dog to take the edge off your headache and the blur out of your eyes. The frozen rumrunner also packs a wallop but goes down easy. Williams and Aitken-Kloss’ style is no-style: low-key, friendly, efficient and able to juggle tourists, bikers, regulars and beach newbies without breaking too much of a sweat. 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-0889 (behind the Travelodge; parking is available on weekends at the Shells lot next door).

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