Happy Hour Sarasota – Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar
We’re getting Happy Out On St. Armands! 🍸
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🌴 It’s Island Time! And we’ve got a happy hour that will put you in a laid-back, island mood.
HAPPY HOUR BASICS
WHAT: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar
WHERE: 300 John Ringling Blvd. (941) 388-2888 (St. Armands Circle)
WHEN: Daily, 3PM to 5PM
😎 AH, THE ISLAND LIFESTYLE
We all live or vacation here for a reason. A lot of those reasons include our beautiful weather and beaches. There is also no snow shoveling required. That’s a BIG plus too!
As far as brands go, there isn’t a name more associated with that theme than Tommy Bahama. Whether you’re buying one of their signature pieces of casual wear or sipping on a rum drink, TB will get you in the mood!
• Tommy Bahama is no newcomer to this whole casual lifestyle thing. Their first restaurant opened back in 1996 in Naples, FL. But they’ve been clothing us in non-stop “vacation mode” for 30+ years!
🖼️ THE 10,000 FOOT VIEW
IT’S EASY TO GET THAT ISLAND TIME FEELING!
🎶 Yes, they have LIVE Happy Hour music! What did you expect from Tommy? There is nothing that says “Let the Happy Hour Begin” than maybe a little Boat Drink music. I think most of us can agree on that.
• Happy Hour Tommy Bahama style is a “Bar Only” event. They have a comfy bar area for you to make some new friends or just hang with some old ones.
• Of course, they have beer. It’s not a super extensive selection that you may find at other places around town. But handmade craft cocktails are really more their thing.
Yeah, I’m usually a beer guy. But I was not about to let the opportunity slip to let my expert mixologist, Alexandra, show me how a Mai Tai gets made the Tommy Bahama way.
📝 Tommy Bahama is SO good at the cocktail game that they have their very own cocktail cookbook. AND it’s part of our subscriber giveaway package!
🤷🏻♂️ WHAT’S THIS PLACE LIKE?
It’s the definition of “Upscale Casual.” You’ll feel comfortable in your preferred choice of island wear. Probably not a bathing suit. But also, definitely not a tux! 🤵🏻♂️
• The bar is long and comfortable.
• There’s not a ton of standing room here. But there is lots of sitting space. There are also a few booths that run just opposite the bar.
• You’ll be greeted by a friendly host and seated at either a table (if you’re having lunch or dinner) or directed to the bar to start your happy hour adventure!
⭐ LET’S TALK HAPPY HOUR!
Let’s work through this in manageable pieces, shall we?
😋 TASTY TIDBITS
They offer seven happy hour bites priced from $7 to $10. The options include their World-Famous Coconut Shrimp! 🦐
Other choices: Warm Goat Cheese Dip • Duo of Dips • Pulled Pork Sliders • Cheeseburger Sliders • Hummus with Garlic Bread • Blackened Mahi Tacos
🍸 MORE THAN JUST FOOD
To accompany all of that delicious food, you’re going to need some adult beverages. There are 13 wine options, five handmade cocktails, five martini variations, well-drink specials, and one draft beer. 🍺 I’m not 100% sure why there’s only one draft beer. That’s just the way it is.
📸 PRETTY AS A PICTURE
AND, of course… 🍤
From the test kitchen. The day that we made our stop, we were lucky enough to get a taste of a dish that may, at some point, hit the happy hour menu.
These need to be made available to the general appetizer-eating public immediately. These didn’t seem like they needed any more perfecting.
Here we go with our thoughts on the Tommy Bahama Happy Hour.
👨🏻🦱 TIM’S TIPS
• Perfect, comfortable interior. Just what you would expect from the Tommy Bahama brand.
• Great craft drink. They’re using fresh squeezed juices in all of their recipes.
• Lots and lots of choices. There is something here for everyone and every taste.
🙍🏻♂️ LARRY LIKES
• The bar staff here is first-rate. Alexandra knows how to mix up a memorable cocktail.
• This is a quieter atmosphere. More “adult-like” than some happy hour spots you could pick. If this is your crowd, you will love it!
• The live music adds to the happy hour wind-down atmosphere. After all, it is “Island Time”!
🎥 A LITTLE BONUS – We’ve got a video!
Back in July 2022, Amanda at Tommy Bahamas showed us how to make their classic G & T. We’re going to show it to you (again!). Cheers! 🍸
✅ BOTTOM LINE
A solid happy hour experience. It’s a little bit of an older crowd. It’s St. Armands. The parking garage helps. But this will be a challenge in season. Solution: Go Now! The craft cocktails are the star of the beverage side of the menu. The Mahi Tacos and Coconut Shrimp lead the way on the food end of things. Bar seating = an opportunity to make some new friends!
🎁 Free stuff is always good. And this is some GREAT free stuff. All you need to do to enter is hit the link below, and we’ll enter you for our drawing. This is a gift package that is loaded with fun AND useful Tommy stuff. Thanks to them for putting all of that together for one of YOU!
You have to be a Sarasota Bites newsletter subscriber to be eligible to win. If, for some unexplained reason, you’re not, you can do that here.
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