Sarasota Journals

Weekend Trip to Sarasota, Florida

A February 2005 trip to Sarasota by figgy0223

Quote: A friend was closing on his new house in Florida, so my friends and I decided to spend the weekend with him and check our his new hometown of Sarasota!

Columbia Restaurant Retail & Cigars

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Restaurant | "Columbia Restaurant"

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The Columbia Restaurant is a mostly Cuban restaurant in St. Armand just outside downtown Sarasota. The restaurant is huge and boasts an open-air atmosphere with large windows and many tables partially inside and outside. The decor is somewhat tropical and historic, since the restaurant itself dates back to 1905. The menu is very large, with everything from red meat dishes to pastas, chicken, and lots of seafood. Florida is known for its grouper, and the restaurant showcases many different grouper entrées. You'll find an extensive wine list bound in a heavy book, with prices all over the board, from $28 a bottle to over $800 a bottle. We enjoyed the Cakebread Cabernet a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Columbia Restaurant Retail & Cigars
411 Saint Armands Circle
Sarasota, Florida 34236
(941) 388-1026

Gator Club

Attraction | "The Gator Club"

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The Gator Club was a very beautiful and large two-story bar with live music downstairs and pool tables and cigars upstairs, along with a quieter side room adorned with presidential-type decor and beautiful wood. It was a sophisticated but not at all stuffy bar. The prices were higher than what I'm used to (Guinness was $5.50 for a can and Harp was $5 a bottle), but the atmosphere made up for it. They had a nice selection of cigars in the upstairs bar, and cigar smoking is allowed throughout the bar. The music was great and was performed by a group of men in their 40’s and 50’s who sounded very professional and were able to fill up the bar. We didn't spend anytime downst...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2005

Gator Club
1490 Main St.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
(941) 366-5969