No more whining about being hungry at wine bars in 727area. Charcuterie plates laden with luscious dried fruits, savory nuts, honey, olives, cheeses, and cured meats from pate to salami are all the rage! Why not graze with a few friends so you can sample the bounty? Check out our picks for the best wine bars from St. Petersburg to Clearwater serving delicious charcuterie.
Annata in Downtown St. Petersburg has something for every palate plus an amazing happy hour, live early evening jazz, and attentive service. Don’t miss the shrimp chorizo, duck prosciutto, roasted herb almonds, smoked house ricotta, truffle ham, and charred octopus.
Just south of Clearwater in Indian Rocks Beach, Bella Vino serves prosecco, craft brews, and boutique wines with artisan meats and cheeses (pick two and add cornichons, date walnut crackers, or dozens of other delicacies) or enjoy light fare such as smoked fish, Tuscan bean dip, caviar, or artisan grilled cheese sandwiches.
Indulge your Zabar fandom here with gourmet meats, cheese, knishes, and succulent sandwiches (rosemary chicken and ham). The Olde Brooklyn Sodas substitute for wine here until you get home with your cheeses and some bottles from nearby Hawthorne Bottle Shop or Winesmith.
Hawthorne Bottle Shop is a wine market, charcuterie haven, and craft beer lounge where you can enjoy sour cherry brews and my personal fave, the Coachella veggie sandwich with balsamic glaze, house-made blueberry mayo, brie, avocado, and more.
Flute & Dram is quite glam with elegant décor, sophisticated charcuterie, and a caviar menu served with Mother of Pearl spoons. Their craft cocktails, sensational Scotch, whiskey menu, and craft brews pair well with duck foie gras, shrimp cocktail, or the cheese plate, the chef’s choice.
Intermezzo is a pop-up oyster bar at night with a new menu including the Basil Gin Rickey or Aperol Spritz, wine, beer, and café plus Monday night bocce leagues, making this hip coffee/cocktail bar the “it” spot.
This wine bar in St. Petersburg has a scratch kitchen offering unique jars filled with burrata and veggies, iconic dried fruit (chorizo dates), nuts, and charcuterie boards fit for Zeus. Buy a bottle of wine to go or drink there, or order craft beers and wines in this nostalgic hideaway with rocking chairs out front. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch!
Nibble wine, cheese, meats, olives, Italian pastries, and more here, or take it home. This legendary market/restaurant is also known for its Saturday wine tastings, homemade pasta, and Nonna-made entrees.
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The Mill has exquisite cuisine, craft cocktails, wines, and the best farm-to-table dining in town from the Breakfast Club Cheese and Charcuterie platter (cheeses, duck bacon, lamb bacon, Mill breakfast sausage, gator bacon, pickled eggs, Porter mustard, seasonal marmalade, honeycomb, and fried biscuit) to the sweet pea hummus and glorious salads.
In addition to wine by the glass, Sea Salt serves oysters, truffled devil eggs with pecan dusted goat cheese and grape truffles, baked goat cheese, and fried mozzarella with tomato jam and basil for happy hour at their bar, a popular gathering spot for the hoi-polloi, and that’s just the bar menu in this exquisite restaurant and enophile fave!
If you're looking for something tasty to pair with your wine, these wine bars from St. Petersburg to Clearwater serve the best charcuterie.
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