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Spirits

Spirits: Going tropical

Spirits: Going tropical

Kalua Beach Bar provides ideal setting to chill and savor a Rum Runner, Tropical Tease, Blue Lagoon, and other drinks.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Kalua Beach Bar’s cool lakeside vibe offers the idyllic, picture-perfect ambiance to enjoy a cocktail or fruity…
Spirits: Speak-teasy

Spirits: Speak-teasy

Handlebar Lounge is bringing a new type of atmosphere to Mount Dora.  Photos provided by Anna-Marie Williams. Walking up the dark stairwell into Handlebar Lounge, located above the Mount Dora Marketplace, the entrance opens up to a cozy bar with…
Spirits: Homegrown

Spirits: Homegrown

Dragon Flower Winery uses only the freshest local fruits to make tasty wine.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Opening their own winery was a long-time dream of Maggie Peacock and Dean Gunter that finally materialized April 28, 2018.  Dean familiarized himself with…
Spirits: Deja “new”

Spirits: Deja “new”

Friends bring new life to familiar corner hot spot in downtown Clermont. Photos: Nicole Hamel The Southern on 8th Kitchen & Bar created quite a buzz with its ‘Eat, Drink and Be Southern’ motto within a month of opening in…
Spirits: Cheers!

Spirits: Cheers!

Bully Brewing offers dog treats made from Leesburg brewery’s grains for your pooch and tasty craft beers for their humans.  Beer and dog lovers, Bully Brewing is for you.  Leesburg’s newest family owned and operated microbrewery is a fun, dog-friendly…
Spirits: A toast to creativity

Spirits: A toast to creativity

Chop House serves drinks with a shots of innovation. Photos: Nicole Hamel Everything can be improved by adding bacon.  Double cheeseburger? Add bacon. Scrambled eggs? Add pieces of bacon. A hurricane is about to ravage Florida? Add lots of bacon. …
Spirits: Mastery of Muscadines

Spirits: Mastery of Muscadines

Lakeridge offers 1,600+ reasons to visit Florida’s largest premier winery.     Photos: Nicole Hamel Jeanne Burgess’ eyes light up when she talks about wine, and her words clearly indicate she knows her stuff. That’s no surprise considering she has…
Spirits: Creating a buzz

Spirits: Creating a buzz

Jose Villafana, Jr. taps into the increasingly popular craft beer scene. Photos: Nicole Hamel Pam Gordon remembers the first time she saw the dark brown liquid cascading into a glass with milky white bubbles rising to the top. She brought…
Spirits: Taking the town by storm

Spirits: Taking the town by storm

Restaurateur adds brewery, more nightlife on tap for downtown Leesburg. Photos: Douglas Tyler The owner of Pint Sized Pub, Main Street Cantina, Brick and Barrel, and the former 24 Tap Room is again bringing events and nightlife to the City…
Spirits: Not for the weak of heart (or liver)

Spirits: Not for the weak of heart (or liver)

The strong drinks and countless options at Crafted Concoctions in Tavares will have you coming back for more.  Photos/Videos: Nicole Hamel Craig Williamson and Rebecca Doherty, owners of BTW (Burgers, Tacos, Waffles) in Tavares, decided to branch out, about three…
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