Grapes naturally exist in three forms: solid, liquid, and raisin. Imbibe the fruit's most drinkable state with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of light contemporary fare, wine, and cigars at Toast Fine Wine & Cigar Bar, in New Tampa.
The spirited wine bar fetes grown-up grape-juice lovers of all varietals with a plethora of deliciously fermented beverages and savory eats alongside a cozy smoking room ideal for enjoying top-brand cigars. Settle in at one of the hardwood high-top tables or along the timber-culled bar with the mediterranean flatbread teeming with feta cheese, chicken, creamy hummus, and a smattering of kalamata olives ($8), or grab hold of the bumble-bee banini buzzing with a white-albacore-tuna medley in a warm, bready embrace ($7). Like Derrida's interpretation of Dr. Seuss, the deconstructed salad breaks down a list of ingredients for creative herbivores to choose from, including monterey cheese, sundried tomatoes, black olives, and a choice of drizzled dressing ($6). Myriad wine tapas such as the smoked salmon ($9), artisan cheese ($8), and toast-point trio ($6) complement the varied vineyard delights available in the fermentation emporium.
Wine selections rotate weekly and boast fine offerings gleaned from around the globe, available for in-house sipping or to tote home for dining-room dinner dates or hovercraft house parties. Upscale tobacco enthusiasts can enjoy classic cigar choices such as Fuentes, Oliva, and Pardon, while revelers of all predilections can rejoice in the free WiFi, wide-screen TVs, and range of fun-filled events. Tap your toes to the sweet sounds of open-mic music nights, or engage in a revealing Q&A with expert grape-crushing feet during "meet the winemaker" evenings, complete with sample tastings.
- A cigar recomended [sic] by the owner that really made this experience a memorable one. It is a place where you could get lost in the plethora of wines and great beers. – william d., Yelp, 4/12/10
- Somewhere between the live music and the 3 glass [sic] of wine, I realized I loved this place. – Kab, Urbanspoon