Lauded in its inaugural year by the Tampa Bay Examiner, The Clearwater Film and Music Festival's sophomore showcase spotlights more than 60 films from around the globe alongside diverse musical acts. This year's films include the 2011 Academy Award–winning comedic short film God Of Love, which reveals the romantic adventures of a lounge-singing darts champion, and the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection Challenging Impossibility, which documents the uplifting transformation of one man's mind and body. The upstart festival has developed the steel-ribbon Wavecrest Awards, which honor the best director, best actor, best actress, best slow-motion jump from an exploding hot-dog stand, and more.
Coconuts Comedy Club, located in Jack’s Joint since 1998, has been luring in chuckle-seekers for more than two decades with a glittering stage filled with nationally touring comedians. To keep growling stomachs from heckling comedians out of frustration, visitors can mute tummy rumbles with a full menu bursting at the seams with saucy wings, 14-inch hand-tossed pizzas, and brawny steaks.
Wining and dining yourself is easy at Clearwater, whose eclectic menu will mollify even the grumpiest of your taste buds. Begin a romantic dinner for yourself and your cute hitchhiker with a starter of brandied shrimp ($9), hummus and grilled pita bread ($7), or a salsa trio with tortilla chips ($6). Ask your server to whip out the award-winning wine list and double-team your main course with a glass of Borsao ($7) and a chipotle chicken quesadilla ($9); a pairing of pizza margherita ($9) and Vicolo pinot grigio ($7); or, in celebration of the day you saw your first squid, a glass of Marcel Martin Tetê de Cuvée Brut Cremant ($10) and a specialty cinnamon-apple and brie quesadilla ($10). Stop in during the daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and say goodbye to the sad and perplexed hours with two-for-one house wine, or drop by on the second and fourth Friday of every month for a free wine tasting.
The bartenders and servers at Cork N Brew Bistro bar and lounge pour an array of beverages that pair with small, Tapas-style plates. Diners can cook dishes themselves on a lava rock, a stone slab heated to 824 degrees Fahrenheit by an oven imported from England. The food itself arrives raw, allowing guests to prepare it to their desired level of doneness. Each cut of protein?such as sea scallops, filet mignon, or lamb tenderloin?is served with a side of house-made dipping sauce.
Inspired by a love of travel and the art of pairing food and drink, Cork N Brew Bistro has crafted a menu of flavors that blends seamlessly with a selection of old and new world wines and 22 craft beers. In addition to signature lava rock dishes, diners enjoy small plates of bar fare ranging from a hot baked pretzel nugget to a cured meat and cheese plate and a variety of flatbreads. On the weekends, live music adds to the lounge's atmosphere.
From a stunning, beachside vantage point overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Palm Pavilion has been serving up a quintessential seaside dining experience for more than 80 years. Stroll up the coast and perch on the shaded outdoor patio or take a break from the sea breeze in the casual, sunlit interior. The menu offers an array of landlubbing eatables and sea-faring cuisine, such as the Hurricane Shrimp, where three skewers of crunchy crustaceans are blown through a whirlwind of spices, landing safely on a cushion of black beans and rice ($14.99). Or, lose your sea legs with a 10-oz. black Angus top sirloin ($17.99). Sworn enemies of the sun can enjoy its colorful demise while sipping a cool piña colada ($6.50) and soaking eager ears in live music.