On Saturday afternoon, a small crowd occupied about half of the barstools and comfortable chairs in the renovated 114-year-old First Congregational Church on Florida Avenue in Tampa Heights.
My take: I hope it stays that way. In fact, I thought twice about even mentioning this gem-of-a-bar that will become a destination for Cigar City visitors, whether they're connoisseurs or prefer the $4 Arturo Fuente Curly Heads like me.
- Its owners spared no expense in remodeling the long-empty church house.
- From the giant walk-in humidor with a top-shelf selection to the members-only lounge ($2,500 a year for Gold, $5,000 for Platinum) to the stained-glass windows, this enormous, classy establishment feels like both a local hangout and the place you bring your bad-ass boss when she lands at TPA.
Mark my words: This is a game-changer for the region.
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