Largo Cultural Center, which has presented the community with year-round entertainment and more than 40 artists this season, will host the cheerful event that will have the audience tapping their feet and bobbing their heads in glee. Tried and true sing-alongs and holiday hits will provide the soundtrack for this interactive auditory experience. The woodwinds and strings behind the operation will be manned and womanned by the highly talented string quartet Arioso, which is composed of members of the Florida Orchestra. Both Santa fans and scrooge groupies, or scroogies, will get in the yuletide spirit during an upbeat performance that’s capable of melting hearts and passing snowmen.
With 40 different ales and lagers on tap, Willard's is a craft-beer haven for brewthusiasts and amateur appreciators alike. A giant chalkboard that spans the length of the bar displays the expansive menu of pourable pleasures and includes information about each beer's alcohol content. Kick off the summer with a smooth glass of Bell's Oberon—wheat ale with a spicy hop character and a mild fruity aroma ($4.50), or savor the flavor of organically grown hops with a classic pale ale such as Peak Organic's Simcoe Spring ale ($6.00). Major labels, including Lagunitas and Cigar City provide patrons with reliable standbys, and a diverse selection of beers, ciders, and stouts take adventurous taste buds on a flavor rollercoaster. The average price per pour runs between $4 and $7, and on certain nights brews can be downed to the beat of live music.
Amid a downpour of confetti, beams of laser lights, and the pulsing beats of a live DJ, partiers trip the light fantastic on a two-level dance floor at ZO Lounge. Designed as a respite from the daily grind, ZO Lounge couples its nightly music, which ranges from top 40 hits to live local artists, with specialty martinis, cocktails, champagne, and beer poured at two full bars. An adjoining outdoor patio offers fresh air and a more relaxed setting in which to mingle and socialize, though it remains in full range of the entertainment. Every night of the week, ZO Lounge honors a different theme, such as Old School Dance Party Saturdays and Techno Tuesdays, in which DJs spin dubstep and electro-house music while simultaneously fighting robots with their turntable needles.
The chefs at Taverna Skara never stray far from garlic, tahini, olive oil, and other quintessential Greek seasonings. Chilled dips, such as hummus, and warm appetizers, such as grilled haloumi cheese, kick off meals before waiters bring out rich entrees, such as pastitsio, which layers thick pasta, ground beef, and béchamel sauce inside a traditional clay pot. As diners sip Greek and Napa wines, they settle into blue pillow-topped banquettes beneath a mural of Greek figures draped in togas sewn from some of Zeus’s old curtains.
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.
Housed in an entertainment hotspot, Viaggio bursts with distinct flavors and ingredients inspired by various European cuisines within its romantically lit upscale confines. Accidentally brush fingers with your date or the amiable stranger at your table over a plate of splitable tapas such as the garlic feta shrimp ($12) or the potato- and spinach-flanked filet and chorizo ($11). Especially hungry diners or those who failed Sharing 101 can lasso the gargantuan succulence of the 24-ounce sterling-prime-porterhouse steak swaggering in house-crafted steak sauce ($38). The lobster- and crab-crusted Atlantic swordfish spears oceanic appetites ($29) and the stuffed-chicken breast delights feathered fowl fans ($17).