Cheers to Bandit Coffee Co. for getting a beer and wine license earlier this month. That means locals can get their booze buzz at the coffee shop, located at 2662 Central Ave. in St. Pete.
Beverage Director Seth Davis is excited about the new development: "We also have a new food program in the works, but when we got the green light to start serving beer and wine, we figured, why wait?"
Bandit has installed a wine rack that's fully stocked with "natural" wines, which Davis explains are certified organic, and ready to drink now — aka there's a comparatively short shelf life for these bottled blends.
Considering Winesmith's recent closure, Davis figured Bandit could fill the gap of a wine shop for locals with this new program. "It is sad to see Winesmith go, we want to be a full packaged retail and highlight vineyards that have sustainable farms."
Those vineyards range from Croatia to Chile, and are run by families who have kept the business going for generations. "It's the same way we source our coffee, from small producers we trust."
Bandit is serving up $8 house wines and a few brews on draft as well as select cans.
"Our wine corking fee is only $5, we want to take away the stigma that you have to drink wine in a fancy, formal setting with a $15 corking fee," Davis explains.
Bottles of wines and brews can also be purchased to take home.
BCC will host a wine tasting next Wednesday, May 1, at 7p.m. with City Beautiful Beverage Co., featuring their organic, biodynamic and low-intervention wines.
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