IF YOU GO:

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - TRAVEL - IN­FOR­MA­TION: www.visit­tam­pabay.com

WHERE TO STAY:

The Birch­wood, 340 Beach Dr. NE, St. Peters­burg. 727-896-1080. www.the-birch­wood.com. 1920s apart­ment build­ing-turnedswank 18-room bou­tique ho­tel, with rooftop bar. Rooms from around $275.

The Ho­tel Zamora, 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-4568900. www.the­hotelzamora.com. Beachy, white­washed ho­tel with a rooftop bar. Rooms start at $200.

Epi­curean Ho­tel, 1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-999-8700. www.epi­cure­anho­tel.com. From the folks be­hind famed Bern’s Steak House, a 137-room culi­nary­themed ho­tel with food and beer classes. Rooms start at $180.

WHERE TO EAT:

Peg’s Cantina, 3038 Beach Blvd., Gulf­port. 727-328-2720. www. pegscant­ina.com. Bun­ga­low-turned-brew pub serv­ing Mex­i­can food and lots of lo­cal brews, in­clud­ing those made by pro­pri­etor Peg’s son, Doug Dozark, Cy­cle Brew­ing’s brewer. Mahi tacos are es­pe­cially good ($15).

Cigar City Brew­pub, 15491 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813-962-1274. www.cigarci­ty­brew­pub.com. Brew pub spawned by Cigar City Brew­ing, serv­ing many lo­cal beers on tap. Bet­ter-than-av­er­age pub fare with Cuban Ital­ian in­flu­ences, in­clud­ing a good Cuban sand­wich ($10).

Mer­maid Tav­ern, 6719 N. Ne­braska Ave., Tampa. 813-238-5618. www. mer­maid­tav­ern­tampa.com. Kitschy nau­ti­cal-themed hip­ster beer-and-wine pub with big se­lec­tion of lo­cal beers. Eclec­tic menu fea­tures Tampa Bay blue crab chow­der (around $11) and goat tacos ($9).

WHERE TO DRINK:

Cigar City Brew­ing, 3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa. 813-348-6363. www.cigarci­ty­brew­ing.com. Tast­ing room open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun­day to Thurs­day; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fri­day and Satur­day.

Bar­ley Mow Brew­ing Co., 518 W. Bay Drive, Largo. 727-584-7772. www.bar­ley­mow­brew­ingco.com. Open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Mon­day through Fri­day; noon to 2 a.m., Satur­day and Sun­day.

Cy­cle Brew­ing, 534 Cen­tral Ave., St. Peters­burg. 727-320-7954. Open 3 p.m. to mid­night, Mon­day through Thurs­day; noon to 3 a.m., Satur­day; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sun­day.

3 Daugh­ters Brew­ing, 222 22nd St. South, St. Peters­burg. 727-4956002. www.3dbrew­ing.com. Open 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mon­day and Tues­day; 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day; 2 p.m. to mid­night, Fri­day; noon to mid­night, Satur­day; and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sun­day.

Rapp Brew­ing Co., 10930 En­deav­our Way, Semi­nole. 727544-1752. www.rapp­brew­ing.com. Open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mon­day through Thurs­day; 3 p.m. to mid­night, Fri­day; 2 p.m. to mid­night, Satur­day; and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sun­day.

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