Happy Hour Hotspot: Armani’s

I had the pleasure of enjoying a Ladies Night Out Happy Hour with my fellow Tampa Bay Bloggers at Armani’s recently. I cannot believe I have been sleeping on this gem. If I am honest, Armani’s isn’t exactly in my usual broke girls budget but what I did not know was that they offer happy hour at the bar during the week. Now you know I love a happy hour and being able to experience a place like this on a budget is one of the many reasons why.

Armani’s is located in the Grand Hyatt on Bayport in between Tampa and Clearwater in an area called Rocky Point. Even as a Tampa native, I sometimes forget about this hotel (which is why it makes for a perfect getaway). Its location is ideal for those wanting to enjoy the Tampa city life in tandem with great views of the water and quick access to the beaches.

Armani’s is on the 14th floor of the hotel so the rooftop views are spectacular. It is a perfect place to wind down and watch the sunset over a great cocktail and bite to eat. We sat in the lounge area but there is not a bad seat in this restaurant. The restaurant has floor length windows from front to back with views of the bay visible from every single one.

 

Happy Hour at Armani’s is available in the lounge area Monday through Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The menu includes a selection of  both food and wine. You know the hour ain’t happy for me if there is no food included so I was pumping my fist when I saw this menu.

I started my night with the featured cocktail, a Peach Martini which was made with Vodka and Peach Schnapps.

 

Armani’s treated us to a sampling of all of the food items offered. I have pictured them below.

I loved the Crispy Pork Belly with Polenta. This was like having chicharrón with cheese grits, it was all of the comfort food this fat girl could desire on a plate. I loved it so much I asked for a second portion and ate it all by myself. 

The Bison Carpaccio was another fave of mine too. I am not usually a fan of carpaccio because it is often paired with horseradish. This, however, was a culinary creation that surprised and delighted me. I was so glad we had a few people who do not eat raw meat in our group so I was able to enjoy their portion. The carpaccio was topped with truffled yolk frivolezza, pickled red onion, smoked sea salt, and crostini.

The Lamb Ragu Tortellini, I mean who doesn’t love freshly made pasta especially when it is stuffed with lamb.

The charcuterie was a great combination of meat and cheese for the land and sea lovers. Even the veg heads were able to enjoy this platter as well. 

The Grilled and Chilled Octopus was served with a garlic-milk braised fennel puree and carrot top pesto. This was the most unique dish we sampled. It was very different from any other octopus dish I had ever tried before.

Even though I am not a fan of the rubbery octopus usually served other places, this was not a preparation I loved either. It’s hard to write about this dish because I appreciate the fact that Armani’s presented something different from what’s usually served but the texture and flavor did not appeal to me. This is the only dish I sampled during happy hour that I would not order again.

Armani’s takes pride in its product and it is evident in the quality of all of the food we tasted. The General Manager, Mike explained to us that everything is locally sourced and in-season as much as possible. As someone who eats out a lot, having good quality food is important to me. 

Based on this experience I would definitely return to Armani’s again. After sampling the happy hour menu, I am going to save up for a splurge so I can dine in for dinner sometime soon. 

 

 

As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was afforded an opportunity to sample the happy hour menu at Armani’s in exchange for sharing my experience with you.  As always my opinions are my own and there is no fluff here.

 

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29 Comments

  1. August 12, 2017 / 10:04 AM

    Went to Armani’s years ago when I first moved to Tampa but had forgotten all about it, until now. Great pictures, you’ve got me wanting to hit the roof again!

    • Tia
      August 14, 2017 / 8:14 AM

      Marti, it had gotten off of my radar as well but I am so glad it is back. You can’t beat the ambiance and the food was delicious too. Please let me know about your experience when you return.

  2. August 12, 2017 / 10:39 PM

    This is a gem in deed. Haven’t had the opportunity to check out many dinning places in that area and this one has moved to the top of my list. Between the food and views it seems like it would be a great dinning experience. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Tia
      August 14, 2017 / 8:15 AM

      My pleasure. It is totally worth a visit. A perfect date night for you and the hubs even. If not I’ll join you for a girls night out.

  3. August 14, 2017 / 8:50 AM

    Tampa has been a city I’ve always wanted to visit and after reading this might be sooner rather than later. This sounds like a great place to have drinks, food and a beautiful scenery.

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 8:06 AM

      You definitely should make time to come visit sometime soon. I would recommend waiting until the Fall when it cools off a bit. Let me know if you do and I will be sure to give you lots of great recommendations for places to eat and things to do.

  4. August 14, 2017 / 9:06 AM

    There is nothing like a good happy hour to try out a place before you dive in head first. The view, food and drinks all looked amazing. Hoping you write another post when you go back to splurge for dinner.

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 8:07 AM

      I agree happy hour is a great option for so many reasons. I will definitely write another post when I dine for dinner and Ill let you know when I do.

  5. August 14, 2017 / 8:41 PM

    This looks like a great spot! My mom is from St. Petersburg, and I don’t make it to Tampa as much as I’d like to. I will definitely add this place to my list the next time I visit!

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 8:09 AM

      Its funny how folks on either side of the bridge usually stay on their side. When you come back let me know and Ill gladly take you to a few of my favorite places on this side of the bridge. I am planning to explore St. Pete more as well.

  6. August 15, 2017 / 1:58 AM

    That place looks great for happy hour! The food looks so delicious! This post definitely made me hungry! Haven’t been to Tampa in years. I will put this place in the list should I return.

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 8:11 AM

      Isn’t it awesome when food looks AND tastes good. Tampa is getting a lot of updates, you should come back and visit again.

  7. August 15, 2017 / 4:21 AM

    The next time I visit Tampa I will definitely be swinging into Armani’s. I looks absolutely amazing! The food is calling me right now.

  8. August 15, 2017 / 8:45 PM

    This place was nice and I was able to taste a few items I’ve never tasted before. I can see myself enjoying this place again in future as well.

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 8:12 AM

      It was great getting to hang out with you. Events like these are perfect for expanding our palates.

  9. August 16, 2017 / 12:11 AM

    Wow! This property is gorgeous and the food looks absolutely divine! I wish I’d known about this place when I was in Tampa! I’ll definitely have to remember the next time I’m down that way.

  10. Kiwi
    August 16, 2017 / 12:40 AM

    I love a great happy hour. You took some amazing photos and I would love to try that Peach martini.

  11. August 16, 2017 / 7:55 AM

    I have to look for an Armani’s in Atlanta! I think that the food looks amazing!

  12. August 16, 2017 / 8:17 AM

    I loved the views there! I really enjoyed that pork belly dish.

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 9:51 AM

      Me too! I will be back for that again real soon.

  13. August 16, 2017 / 9:37 AM

    I love rooftop bars like this. My husband and I make an effort to find them for our date nights in Atlanta.

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 9:53 AM

      Yes, this place is perfect for a date night. Us single girls go with our other single friends instead. I will have to be sure to get your Atlanta list before I visit next time.

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 9:34 PM

      Thank you Marsha!

  14. August 16, 2017 / 6:00 PM

    The food looks so delicious! I hope to try it sometime!

  15. August 21, 2017 / 4:42 PM

    I do believe that Pork Belly is calling my name! And that view…beautiful!!!

    • Tia
      August 21, 2017 / 10:16 PM

      It was definitely high up on my list of faves!

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