One of the most amazing perks of living in The Rosemary district is the ability to walk, cycle, or quickly drive to downtown Sarasota and enjoy the amazing shows, restaurants, and shopping that the city has become known for. We’ve put together “The Courtyard At Citrus Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide” so that you can easily take advantage of all the fun things this area has to offer, in 20 minutes or less. Learn more about this week’s featured activity– Drinks! Read on for tips for great walkable drink locations.
Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar
Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar, located in Citrus Square and only a few steps from The Courtyard at Citrus, is a local golden spoon-winning restaurant that also features an extensive wine list including: sparkling wines, champagne, old world white wines, new world white wines, dry rose, old world red wines, and new world red wines. The restaurant also frequently features wine maker dinners that feature a particular wine with a delicious food pairing. The restaurant also has a cocktail menu that features a variety of liquor including: Bourbon, Rye, Tequila, Mezcal, Scotch, Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, Rum, Amari, Vermouth, and more!
Mandeville Beer Garden
A quick walk down fourth and a right on Lemon will lead you to Mandeville Beer Garden, where a variety of 32 tasty taps wait for you. You can enjoy a host of delicious snacks along with your beer with tasty menu items such as: Hand Cut French Fries, Waffle Cut Sweet Potato Chips, Panko Crusted Onion Rings, and Fried Pickle Chips. Mandeville Beer Garden offers a variety of types of beers, such as Pilsners and Pale Lagers; Amber and Dark Lagers; Ciders and Meads; Wheat Beers; Blonde and Pale Ales; IPAs (local area featured beers are Cigar City Jai Alai from Tampa and Green Bench Sunshine City IPA from St. Petersburg); Amber, Red, and Brown Ales; Porters and Stouts; Strong Ales; and Specialty Beers (this month is a pumpkin beer!). See the full list here.
The Tea House
A quick 10 minute walk down Orange and a left on Fruitville will lead you to Sarasota’s locally owned and operated Tea House, which features over 130 premium organic & fair trade loose leaf teas. The tea house offers free wifi, open mic nights on Thursdays, and has Kombucha on tap! Their extensive tea menu features Rooibos; Herbal Blends & Fruits Tisanes; Black, Green, White, and Oolong teas; Flowering/Display Tea; Puerh; Mate; and Ayurvedic/Apothecary Tea.
A quick 6 minute walk down Orange and a left on 2nd will lead you to Kahwa Coffee, a local Tampa Bay brewing company that opened their first cafe in 2006 in St. Pete. The coffee, which is roasted in Tampa Bay, focuses on single origin coffees, selecting only 100% Arabica beans. Their signature blends include: Sirocco – Drip Coffee Blend; Mistral – Espresso Blend; Boreas – Light Blend; Zonda – Decaf Blend; and Special Roasts (such as, Organic Colombian, Fair Trade Rwandan, and Organic Bali Blue moon) which rotate weekly. Learn more here.
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