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Fine Wine and Wings at The Warehouse #Wingsday

Dive Bars, South Tampa, Sports Bars, Wings, Wingsday

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, and I am guilty as charged. For the last two years, several people have told me to try the wings at one of South Tampa’s finest dive bars, Warehouse Lounge, and I have been putting it off and putting it off until today. Being that it was my day off and a few of my buddies were on vacation, I decided to invite them to join me for Wingsday at the Warehouse. (Truth be told, I did not want to go alone.)

Jason, Tommy and Fireball Tony

On Wednesdays, they feature $0.50 wings, so I ordered 30. Ten Honey Mustard, ten Garlic Parm and ten Hot. I was intrigued by the Honey Mustard, as I always like to try something different. Out of the three, it was my favorite. The wings were average in size and all three variations were fried nice and crispy. I enjoyed the Honey Mustard wings and preferred them over the others. They were nicely coated with the sauce and had good flavor.


I was looking forward to trying the Garlic Parmesan after hearing from several people that they were tossed with large chunks of fresh garlic. While I did see the large pieces of garlic, I found the wings to be dry and lacking flavor and didn’t see an ounce of Parmesan. They were not “bad” but I would have preferred more of a true Garlic Parm flavor.


The hot wings were just average. I love hot wings with flavor and found these to be a bit bland. If I were to order wings from here again I would probably try a mixture of hot and garlic. Other wings sauces include medium, mild, teriyaki, blackened and jerk. Every Wednesday they feature $0.50 wings which is a great deal.


The highlight of my visit was browsing through their wine/liquor store. It had been several years since I stopped in and forgot about their incredible wine selection. Although small, they feature a fantastic selection which includes some of my favorites such as this bottle of Two Left Feet by Mollydooker Wines. A beautiful blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot, it has notes of dark berry and plum fruit with lots of spice.


Another incredible find was a 2009 Hugh Hamilton Jekyll & Hyde Shiraz Viognier which is 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier. With scents of blackberry compote, warm plums and mulberries, the palate will be treated to hints of violets, chocolate and bacon. I, of course, just had to pick up a bottle.


If you are looking to pick up some great wines for your next gathering, be sure to stop by the Fine Wine Warehouse on Gandy. With a knowledgeable staff and a great selection of wine and hard to find spirits, there is something for everyone.


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