IF YOU GO:
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.