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Restaurant: Ciro’s Speakeasy & Supper Club (Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa)

posted by on 2010.07.21, under link, Travel
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I’m still freaking out a bit. I don’t even want to write about this place because I want to keep this gem away from everyone but at the same time, I want to tell everyone in the area about it. I’m in love. I couldn’t even sleep when I got home because I was in such awe. (I got home at roughly 2am…)

Okay, I am getting way too excited. Beginning. It’s Oz‘s birthday. We had already been out to dinner @ Jackson’s Bistro. (Another post another day!) One of his friends wanted him to meet up w/ them at a “speakeasy”. As soon as I heard the term, “speakeasy” I was visualizing the Great Gatsby & terribly excited.

We parked on a random side street, & as far as we knew, the directions that were given to us “Find a random wooden door in a garden, & ring the bell”. After walking for a block or two, we found it.

There was no one outside. It was just a door. Us girls asked Oz to ring the bell. Shortly, the little peep hole opened up, someone looked outside, asked us who invited us! & then closed the door & let us in.

Wow! As soon I walked in, I was taken back. I looked at Gabi, & just BEAMED. We have been looking for a swanky place for ages now! A little hole in the wall jazz club. Swoon Swoon Swoon!

We were asked to sign in & read the house rules. I don’t recall all the rules, just to “speakeasy” & “if a man comes up to greet you, gently raise your chin & look away”. Super cute. The host walked us back to our booth, we had a party of 8, so it was a huge booth, we were all seated comfortable. The table in the booth, is actually a series of smaller interlocking tables at different heights. The booth was made out of the silkiest, smoothest leather (or faux leather?) There were privacy curtains. Red lighting. Candles. Are you ready…? Jellyfish tanks!

The setting is completely original, surprisingly intimate, and has a really laid-back vibe. I asked the host when entering how many people they could set, since upon entering it looked like a pretty small place. They said they can seat up to 75 & do rent out the place for private parties, they also have a *huge* booth for parties of 15+.

The food was amazing. We had ordered between this eight of us- 2 orders of truffle popcorn… Omg! It was delicious- popped in truffle oil, w/ garlic & other seasonings sprinkled on top -we all loved it, fries that are fried in duck fat served with garlic something? (compote?) & tamarind ketchup… YUM. Cheese fondue, which I only tried a bit of but was also divine. Dark chocolate fondue… served w/baby churros, fresh mango, kiwi, strawberries, peaches… fresh oysters & scallops… I’m not a seafood fan at all, but everyone who tried it said it was the best they’ve ever experienced.

The drinks were amazing. Everything is made “classically” -They use fresh, muddled fruit to craft customized, gourmet drinks, revived specialty cocktails from the early 20th century, & the bartenders will make you just about anything you ask for. The bartender, George was the most knowledgeable bartender I’ve ever experienced & a genuine conversationalist. (It does help that he was wearing a vest & his sleeves were rolled up & complimented Gabi on her “extraordinarily refined palate!” & said he could make me fall in love w/ my most despised liquor…. gin!) My first drink was named the “lycee love hotel”, I was a bit nervous about it because it had mint in it, but it was amazing & fresh. There were many drinks, I’m not sure I could remember them all, but the other drinks that really stood out was the rum sour (made with real lemon juice & egg whites instead of the run-of-the-mill sweet & sour most bars use!! Cocktail revival!) & a drink that was sweet & milky w/ habanero pepper… a kick but was so nice to sip on.

I have not one negative comment about this place! As soon as Gregg gets home, I’m taking him there…stat! (Oh, & everyone else I know.) Go now!

(All pictures come from another amazing review which you can read here.)

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First rule of Speak-Easy Club!

mike! ( July 21, 2010 at 11:42 am )

what?! I wanna speakeasy!

Jen ( July 21, 2010 at 11:42 am )

Holy. Shit. I’ve been wanting to find a great little bar that served REAL cocktails. Like, a bar with no sour mix in the building. With a really great old school bartender. That actually muddles shit together.

The food sounds amazing, even if not so vegetarian friendly… But back to the cocktails. How can you not like gin, woman?! I’m a little biased, it being my favorite along with tequila. But I’m a total gin-and-tonic girl. Sooo… did he make you like it or what??

Anyway. This has totally inspired me. I must step up my search to find something like this around Ft. Laud./Palm Beach!

Layne ( July 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm )

Allison, the place sounds awesome. But my question is – If you are writing kickass reviews like this, why aren’t you using yelp.com?

NateBW ( July 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm )

Nate! I am a huge yelper. I just found this place extra special! Maybe I will go post a link….

Allie ( July 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm )

Howdy just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

Frankie Burrer ( February 16, 2011 at 7:28 am )

How did I NOT know the name and exact location until now?! I’m a Tampa hidden gem addict…then again I moved away 7 months ago cuz this city has a cultural deficiency! Went last night for my girl’s bachelorette party since our reservation at Ceviche’s didn’t follow through. The manager there referred us to Ciro’s and he tried to explained how to get there. It was such a delightful mystery as we were walking trying to find the place. Then to be greeted by a guy who opened a little window through the door added to the enigmatic factor (we knocked since we didn’t know there was a doorbell lol). Our initial reaction when our group of 7 took our first step inside was of awe and wonderment. It’s places like this that makes me miss Tampa sometimes.

Thao Tran ( June 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm )

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