Bar review: The Bungalow in Tampa delivers tropical tastes in a homelike setting – St. Petersburg Times
Bungalow-style houses are common in South Tampa, to the point that there are several bars and restaurants built right into classic Old Florida homes. The cozy, laid-back setting that the name “bungalow” suggests just seems to be a perfect fit for a neighborhood eatery and bar.
And wouldn’t you know it, there happens to be a place called The Bungalow in South Tampa, and the name is quite fitting, considering it’s a bar and restaurant that occupies an old bungalow home originally built in 1919. With a menu consisting of Florida-style fare with a Cuban twist and house cocktails leaning toward the tropical end of the spectrum, it’s just the kind of place where one may stop by to capture that classic Old Florida vibe.
Like any home, the Bungalow is divided into two distinct sections — inside and outside. This Bungalow utilizes the outdoor portion of the property in much the same way a resident might (albeit on a larger scale), with a patio deck and small bar, all surrounded by palm trees and other sub-tropical foliage. The patio is the place for weekend brunches, where guests can construct custom Bloody Marys from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as on Friday and Saturday evenings, when there’s live music on the deck. If the weather is nice, it’s also good for watching the game on one of several flatscreens; if the weather is less-than-nice, there are misting fans above.
Inside, the homey atmosphere is extended with hardwood floors, exposed brick, a tile fireplace, and lots of windows where the sun can shine in. An abundance of natural light is something you don’t find often in bars and restaurants, and it creates a breezy, open vibe that I think more establishments could benefit from.
Day and night, there are more flatscreens for the sports crowd, positioned seemingly in every corner throughout the different rooms, which are made up of a main bar area, a larger dining section, and a small lounge. The main bar area is nice enough, but it extends all the way to the kitchen and a soft drink station, which seems a bit odd if mostly unobtrusive.
Behind the bar is where I tend to focus, and I noticed that premium spirits were the standard offering, with a particular emphasis on small-batch whiskeys, such as Blanton’s, Knob Creek, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit Rye, and Woodford Reserve. The latter was fantastic in the Lemon-Basil Manhattan, a tart and aromatic version of the classic whiskey vehicle. The house cocktails were heavy on the rum and tropical juices, nodding to the Cuban influence of many of the food menu items.
The Bungalow also has a tidy beer selection, with plenty of the domestic easy-drinkers that are likely on perpetual-pour during big games, as well as a solid line of seasonally rotating craft beers from some of the bigger names, such as Kona, Widmer and Chimay, as well as local brews from Tampa Bay Brewing Company and Cold Storage Brewing. Wine drinkers will find something to like in the concise but high-quality wine list, which offers detailed descriptions of each wine, covering a suitably broad range of styles.
Overall, The Bungalow seems less about making a quick impression and more about creating a comfortable and low-key vibe, similar to what you might find as a guest at a friend’s home. For a neighborhood hangout in a part of town with many dining and drinking options, I think The Bungalow makes a good case for a laid-back afternoon — or evening — meal and cocktail.
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Summer has officially kicked into high gear in Southern Nevada, and Dunhill Homes is making life a splash at its Tuscany Village master plan in Henderson. With dozens of amenities including large community pools and an award-winning golf course, Tuscany Village is the place to beat the heat this summer.
“More than anything, home shoppers are looking for convenience and amenities when they embark on their new-home search,” said Marina Petric, sales agent at Tuscany Village. “There is no other community in Henderson that offers so many amenities and benefits for such a low monthly fee. Not only does Tuscany Village offer residents exclusive use of its multimillion dollar recreational facility, but also a 24-hour guard-gated entrance, 50 channels of cable television and no special improvement fees like most other communities require.”
Dozens of indoor and outdoor activities are offered to residents every day. From relaxing at the pool or playing tennis to working out in the gym or taking a class, residents have many choices for fitness and fun.
“And, of course, convenience is top-of-mind with 12 beautifully designed floor plans, six of which are single story,” Petric said. “You will not find more options for single-story living in Henderson than at Tuscany Village. Each home is unique and offers additional options for personalization.”
Among Tuscany Village’s flexible single-story plans is the Roma 1810, which measures 1,810 square feet and includes two bedrooms, two baths and a home office. Options include a three-car garage on selected home sites, powder room, third bedroom and a fireplace.
“This is the perfect plan for those who want a single-story home, but still want the private areas that a two story offers,” Petric said. “The home office is in the far front of the home adjacent to the garage and front entry, so it is completely separate from the main living areas. And the master suite is to the rear of the home with an option for its own back patio.”
Six other single-story plans at Tuscany Village range from 1,215 to 2,683 square feet with prices starting in the $ 150,000s.
In addition to Dunhill Homes’ La Vita Tuscana recreation center, Tuscany Village is home to an award-winning golf course set within the rolling hills of the area. Designed by renowned golf course architect Ted Robinson, the groomed fairways and greens offer a challenge to any level player. The course has twice been named Golf Magazine’s No. 1 golf course in Las Vegas in its annual BBQ (Bang for the Buck) quotient. It is open to residents and the public.
“During the summer months, the golf course also offers special pricing for early tee times, and recently introduced a brand-new outdoor patio with a kitchen and barbecue at the club,” Petric said. “Our golfers are in heaven when they spend the morning on the greens and the afternoon with a cold beverage at the club.”
The resort lifestyle continues at La Vita Tuscana with a full-size gym, equipped fitness center, aerobics room, basketball and racquetball courts, among other indoor fitness options. Outside, residents and their families enjoy a 25-meter lap pool, a resort-style pool, oversized spas, large covered cabanas, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, abundant walking trails and a children’s playground.
All floor plans at Tuscany Village are certified by the Energy Star program. Tankless water heaters, radiant-barrier roofs, dual-pane low-e argon gas vinyl windows and other energy-efficient elements are included as standard features in the homes.
To visit Tuscany Village, take Lake Mead Drive in Henderson heading east. Follow the signs to the community and turn left on Mohawk Drive to the main entrance.