Drinking and eating have gone hand in hand ever since the discovery of chicken fingers and grapes. Partake in an age-old tradition with today's Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of relaxed dining and drinks at Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro on Clearwater Beach, recipient of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.
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 outdoor courtyard adds the finishing touch of character to Clearwater, providing a pet-friendly space for oenophiles and dog fanciers alike. On the last Saturday of each month, bring your canine master to the outdoor courtyard for Yappy Hour, a night out for your furry friends and a monthly fundraiser for local pet-rescue groups.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave Clearwater a 2008 Award of Distinction. Its Yappy Hour has been highlighted by the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune. Seventy-nine percent of Urbanspooners like it, and six TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes:
- The dogs get water and treats from Island Dog Outfitters while their people taste wines from Chateau La Paws in a monthly benefit to support dog charities. – Steve Kornacki, Tampa Bay Tribune
- We shared chipotle chicken quesadillas and brushetta. The food and wine were outstanding. This establishment is dog friendly too. Sitting on the outside patio is a must. Homeade [sic] cheesecake was the end to a perfect dinner. – maggiemook, TripAdvisor
- If you haven't been to Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro, you are missing out. It has a great wine list, awesome food, and great entertainment!!! You will be pleasantly surprised to find something cultured, fun and affordable to do on Clearwater Beach. – Angel, Urbanspoon