Having a partner turns bouncing a ball into a tennis match, a monologue into a conversation, and a bear attack into a slightly longer bear attack. Experience the power of pairing with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to a Sundays in September VIP tasting party and complimentary valet parking at The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar (a $35 value). Choose from the following dates:
- Sunday, September 4, 5–8 p.m.
- Sunday, September 11, 5–8 p.m.
- Sunday, September 18, 5–8 p.m.
- Sunday, September 25, 5–8 p.m.
The Bungalow rolls out the red carpet for its first annual Sundays in September tasting series, in which guests can drink to the fleeting vestiges of summer with dozens of liquor, wine, and beer tastings and sample delectable Floridian fare from the fall menu. Each event features a Bacchanalian smorgasbord of red and white wines from a visiting vineyard in conjunction with microbrewed samples from the likes of Sam Adams, Magic Hat, and Kona Brewing Co. Live music flavors the air with sweet c-sharps and smoky f-minor chords as guests mingle with like-minded gourmands, pausing midsentence to sip on margaritas or munch on hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant’s chefs.
On September 4, flavored cocktails from Bacardi Vodka supplement Sierra Nevada’s seasonal selection. Moscow Mules distribute hind kicks to somnolent taste buds on September 11, while Belgian beer and cheese pairings on the 18th whisk palates away to the land of milk and brussels sprouts. Local breweries play tug-o’-war with the ribbons of smoke issued from Cigar City’s beer taps at the final feast on September 25. To further quench the thirst for adventure, The Bungalow will also hold raffles for trips and brewery tours at each event. When the three hours of merriment have run their course, guests will walk away with free pint glasses, allowing them to experience the thrill of drinking from a real restaurant-quality glass at home.
The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar
Originally built in 1919, the building that houses The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar has seen its fair share of history in the making. But today it's a haven for spirited revelry that even earned a spot on CBS Tampa Bay's 2014 Best Sports Bars In Tampa Bay. To start with, The Bungalow's private skybox—a 1,200-square-foot luxury suite with its own bar, poker room, and vault of vintage Sports Illustrated issues—provides an uber-premium game-day experience. But the rest of the restaurant is more than prepared to accommodate fans. Twelve flat-screen TVs adorn the walls, providing plenty of viewing opportunities throughout the dining areas and around the fully stocked bar. On some days, celebrations are known to spill out onto the outdoor patio section, which features shaded seating and its own views of the surrounding foliage.
The Bungalow's menu also shares the vibrant, eclectic spirit of its environment. Beginning with traditional comfort foods, the chefs incorporate Latin, Cajun, and international flavors into their dishes, creating distinctive items with familiar roots. Orders of shrimp and jalapeno-spiced grits arrive with roasted salsa, and beer-battered fish and chips are accompanied by remoulade and a key lime tartar sauce. The chefs even inject a bit of Cuban flair into the egg rolls by stuffing them with mojo pork, salami, ham, and swiss cheese. Perhaps most importantly, pints of beer, shaken martinis, and specialty cocktails all help keep spirits high between bites.