Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NEW on TBOD's "Bars & Clubs" ~ Bellini's & O'Maddy's

If you've never hit up Gulfport for a night out, grab a cab and just do it. The whole downtown area of Beach and Shore Blvds is lined with super cool nightspots. One's like O'Maddy's, that you've probably heard of and one's like Bellini's, that are hidden gems. We decided to do two shoots in one night so you could get the real feel of Gulfport. If you wanna dress up? Cool. If not, well, that's cool too.
First off, O'Maddy's stole my heart. So much so, that my friends and I are heading there this weekend to celebrate my birthday. Yeah, it's that kind of place. I dig it big time. The atmosphere is laid back, the staff is cool, drinks are cheap (and stiff!), and the food is off the charts. . . "I'll have the Roast Beef on Kummelweck, please." Oh, and the view of Boca Ciega Bay isn't bad either. So many people have been telling me about this place for so long and yes, I WAS missing out. . . but, not anymore.

After having my fill of O'Maddy's fine grub, we headed a couple of blocks North to Bellini's Tapas y Mas for some of the best drinks in the Bay Area. Yeah, this was a GREAT night out! They're located right behind the La Fogata Churrascaria (same owners) and the Brazilian feel carries over into this hip little lounge. In fact, their specialty is the caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, which I knew I just had to try. And yep, it was fantastic. Full of fruit and yummy cachaca (watch the show!). They also have out of this world mojitos, martinis, and a world class beer and wine selection. A perfect end to this night out!

Airing now on Tampa Bay On Demand, channel 340!

Until our next night out. . . Rachel

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