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  1. Bar review: Ybor City's Big Easy Bar does its NOLA muse proud

    Bars & Spirits

    I first wandered into the Big Easy Bar in Ybor City during a raucous pub crawl.

    On weekends, the Big Easy’s two full bars get plenty of action, and there’s a spacious dining area that can handle a nice crowd. The bar staff whips up fine cocktails, including this Oak Fired Old Fashioned cocktail, shown, which takes a citrus-y version of the classic and serves it in a glass that has been smoked over oak.
Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*
  2. Local craft beer of the week: 1888 Russian Imperial Stout at Pinellas Ale Works

    Bars & Spirits

    Some local breweries maintain such a dominant presence in particular style categories that it's easy to forget there are others out there. For example, when imperial stouts come up, who doesn't automatically think Cigar City, Cycle and Angry Chair?

    Local craft Beer of the Week for 5/19: Pinellas Ale Works 1888 Russian Imperial Stout. Photo by Justin Grant
  3. Bitters: What exactly they are, and how to use them in cocktails and more

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    Think of bitters like the spice rack of the cocktail world.

    Hunter Bryant, the bar manager at Haven in Tampa, has created a variety of bitters concoctions for his own collection. His infusion ingredients range from black walnut and vanilla bean to hot pepper, dill and blood orange.
  4. Local craft beer of the week: Last Days of Summer by Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

    Bars & Spirits

    Summer may be a month away, but Tampa Bay Brewing Co. got a big head start last week, releasing its annual Last Days of Summer seasonal brew, which typically comes out sometime around late August.

    At just 4.2 percent ABV, Last Days of Summer has a fresh, satisfying taste.
  5. Bar review: Grateful Fed Pub in Urban Style Flats in downtown St. Petersburg

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    While I'm aware of the diehard fanbase associated with the Grateful Dead, I'll admit that I can't name a single song or album by the band. So when I learned that a Grateful Dead-themed pub had opened in downtown St. Pete's Urban Style Flats building, the news didn't hit me with any particular urgency.

    The Grateful Fed Pub is in the Urban Style Flats building in downtown St. Petersburg. This drink is the popular Grateful Dead cocktail, only $5. 
Luis Santana/tbt*

Can you spy the famous Skipper's Smokehouse collectibles?

See if you can find the collectibles listed below behind the bar at the famous Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Use your scroll wheel or double-click to zoom into the picture. Click and drag to move the picture around. Once you find a collectible, click to see a larger version.

Here's what you need to find:

Buddy Guy portrait  |  Signature Drink  |  An Ode to Hippies  |  Pachinko  |  Man v. Food Photo  |  Pyramid-shaped "Blues Trophy"  |  A gift from their gator meat supplier

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