Who can resist the allure of tapas? Small plates of cheeses, meats, and fried food… the perfect way to celebrate the end of the work day. While traditionally Spanish in origin, tapas come in a variety of forms inspired by global cuisine. From new and trendy to classic and cozy, here are seven Sarasota tapas bars to hit during happy hour.
Columbia Restaurant has been serving authentic Spanish cuisine in Sarasota since 1905. Find all your favorite traditional tapas here, including Queso Fundido and Gambas “Al Ajillo,” Spain’s most popular tapa. Bring a few friends so you can sample several plates, and make sure to order a glass of sherry or other aperitifs to round out the experience!
Salsas & Boogaloo
Get your groove on and your grub on at Salsas & Boogaloo. The trendy Sarasota tapas bar serves up delicious Latin fusion cuisine along with live Latin entertainment called “Boogaloo,” which originated in the 1960s. The tapas menu includes hunger-crushing burritos, tacos, Mexican burgers, and sloppy joes.
The Table Creekside
For a view that’s as fine as the food, dine at The Table Creekside. Admire the gorgeous waterfront while you indulge your cravings at one of the finest Sarasota tapas bars. These small plates are inspired by global cuisine and made from fresh, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. During happy hour, the tapas are just $5.00 and include Bacon Jam Flatbread, Short Rib Rangoon, and Chilean Sea Bass Fritters.
Get your fill of ceviche and other Peruvian delights at Selva Grill. The dinner menu offers shareable starters including empanadas, crab cakes, and jumbo sea scallops. Slide up to the bar at happy hour for a mojito or craft cocktail and happy hour bites such as crab-stuffed mussels and pulled pork tostadas.
1812 Osprey A Neighborhood Bistro
1812 Osprey is a neighborhood bistro serving New American-style cuisine. The tapas are made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and the menu changes regularly to reflect the season. The restaurant’s select menu of small plates includes Fish Tacos, Bucatini Amatriciana Pasta, and Cauliflower Dukkah.
W XYZ Bar
Grab a drink and a few tapas at the trendy W XYZ Bar. The tapas menu includes cold and hot snacks and small plates. The cold menu features a fruit & cheese plate and hummus, while the hot menu offers fried favorites such as loaded potato skins and mac N cheese bites. If your sweet tooth strikes, the brownie bites are the perfect remedy. Share them with a friend or enjoy them alone – we won’t tell!
When you think of tapas, you probably don’t think sushi. But Kazu’s 2.0 has a killer tapas menu that makes it a hot happy hour spot. Order “Japas” such as gyoza, shrimp dumplings, and spring rolls and wash them down with Sapporo or cold sake. Stay a while and show off your singing chops with a little karaoke!
As you can see, Sarasota tapas bars all have tasty small plates to please every palate. Which are you most excited to try? Did we miss your favorite tapas spot? Let us know the next time you stop by! If you’re moving to Downtown Sarasota or just looking for a new home in the city, we’d love to have you come by so that we can show you around our brand new luxury apartment community! Visit our leasing office or take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online. Give us a call at (941) 217-1315 to schedule a tour.
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