Dish: Please Knock and Speak Easy
Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club | 2109 Bayshore Boulevard | Tampa
813-251-0022 | www.cirostampa.com
Traveling back to the Prohibition Era can be as simple as making a dinner reservation, thanks to Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club in beautiful South Tampa. This hidden gem serves an elite list of handcrafted cocktails true to the prohibition era. The staff’s talented bartenders and mixologists create tantalizing creations that will intrigue both guests’ palates and senses. Located inside the historic Bayshore Royal Building on the corner of Howard Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard, Ciro’s is a true escape from Tampa’s modern edge.
The back-in-time experience starts from the ﬁrst phone call to reserve your spot on the guest list. On that call, patrons receive a unique password, one they’ll whisper at the restaurant’s front door in order to gain access. From there, low lights, candles and soft jazz music create the speakeasy ambiance upon arrival. Gather for happy hour or late night cocktails in the front lounge or back library, or enjoy a full evening of drinks and dining seated in a private booth or right at the bar, where you can watch the staff bring the handcrafted cocktail experience to life.
“The ambiance, the level of service and the knowledge and skill of the bartenders set us apart,” explains Robby Wages, General Manager and Beverage Director. “Ciro’s is off the beaten path and it
transforms you to another time and place upon entering.”
Ciro’s cocktail menu has something for everyone. The classic Old Fashioned is made with Old Forester 86 proof bourbon, demerara sugar, angostura and orange bitters, while the Gin Daisy has a more unusual mixture of Bombay Dry gin, house-made grenadine, egg whites, Peychaud’s Bitters, lemon and seltzer. Another favorite is the Intro to Vermouth with Bianco Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, raspberry, lemon, sugar and dry champagne.
The deliciousness doesn’t end with the drinks as Executive Chef Alyna Baker serves up a delicious menu to pair with the perfect cocktail. Savory entrees on the menu include Seared Lamb, Charred Octopus, Duck Breast, Roasted Bone Marrow and Chicken & Wafﬂes. Other favorites include Black Trufﬂe Popcorn, Duck Fat Fries and Oyster Shooters.
Reception to the unique concept has been astonishing as guests ﬂock to the location each and every night. Ciro’s was named in the Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Tampa Bay by USA TODAY Best 10 in 2015, awarded with the Open Table Diner’s Choice in 2015 and voted Best Cocktail Bar in Tampa By Yelp in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
“Patrons love the way Ciro’s makes them feel when they are there,” Wages boasts. “It’s a unique experience that guests rave about and keep returning for special occasions.”
Looking to host a private event? Just past the bookcase is the restaurant’s private lounge, perfect for birthdays, private parties, team-building events or cocktail receptions. This intimate space lets you and your guests enjoy all the deliciousness with the privacy you crave. Ciro’s also hosts Spirit Dinners every few months, and February’s will feature Woodford Reserve, serving four dishes that will be paired with four cocktails.
The restaurant is open Monday–Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday–Saturday from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations are highly recommended. Dress is business casual.