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Experience Sarasota: The Cottage

Experience Sarasota: The Cottage

The Cottage’s lounge-themed late night ‘get happier’ hour has locals and tourists alike congregating at this cozy joint after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy great drink specials and select delectable bites from The Cottage kitchen.

When you arrive at The Cottage on Siesta Key, it is immediately reminiscent of a dreamy wooden beach home complete with Adirondack chairs out in front and a nice porch for enjoying some drinks while a cool breeze coming in the front entrance to remind you just how close you are to the Gulf.

The hostess and serving staff are friendly and cheerful, like a group of old friends who are happy to see you again, even if it’s your first time there. As you enter the bar and restaurant area, you feel like you’ve entered an awesome laid-back beach shack with a surprisingly complimentary upscale vibe.

The Cottage gives you the sense of a getaway with all the feels of hanging out at home, minus the couch, yoga pants, and Netflix. It’s quickly gaining a reputation as the newest weekend spot for anyone who wants a chill place to go after a high-energy happy hour or a nice dinner out on the key. Although Chef Evan has some amazing farm to fusion menu items you should definitely check out earlier in the evening as well.

The Cottage’s lounge-themed late night ‘get happier’ hour has locals and tourists alike congregating at this cozy joint after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy great drink specials and complementary hand cut chips from The Cottage kitchen.

“This is a new experience for all of us. There isn’t anything like this out there,” says Brandy Sheldon, general manager of The Cottage on Siesta Key. The concept offers something unique to the bustle and busyness of the strip with louder bar scenes, live music, and flashy lights.

“We’re offering a more intimate experience - somewhere people can come on a date and enjoy a conversation with one another,” adds Sheldon.

The establishment in its design and location alone offers a more laid-back atmosphere nestled on Avenida Messina, a side street off the main Siesta Key strip of bars and restaurants.

Fun historical fact: The Cottage was actually built in the early 1900s as a bungalow style home and was relocated to the key in the 1960s after being sold by its family owners. So you see why it’s no wonder it feels like home away from home – because that’s exactly what it is.

The custom cocktails and drink specials are rather inviting as well, priced affordably enough for you to enjoy a night out without breaking the bank. Bartender Dillion Murray crafted two specialty libations that are a must-try when you visit The Cottage. If you’re a fan of old fashioned drinks, don’t miss out on The Village Manhattan. For classic with a modern twist, give the Herb and Ginnie a try. This wine and gin cocktail is just one of the creations that the bar has concocted using fresh herbs from their rooftop garden.

The bar also boasts a wide selection of bourbons, ryes, and whiskeys for the connoisseurs in the crowd.  If craft beer is more your thing, you’ve come to the right place, especially since all craft drafts are $3 during their late night happy hour. The trio of homemade chips paired with delicious drinks, some subtle house music and TVs at the bar featuring your favorite sports will make The Cottage your new late night destination when you’re searching for something beyond the standard bar and club scene.

Be sure to follow The Cottage on Facebook to get the latest updates on their drink and menu specials.

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