New cocktail festival, Whiskey Wonderland, arrives this December in St. Pete

New cocktail festival, Whiskey Wonderland, arrives this December in St. Pete

We’re sipping and strolling in a Whiskey Wonderland. That’s right, I Love the ‘Burg and Coastal Creative have teamed up to craft the most spirited holiday event in the Sunshine City, Whiskey Wonderland. Note, this event is a 21+ only. The festivities will include whiskey provided by St. Pete Distillery, Kozuba & Sons, and Dark Door Spirits. 

On Saturday, December 4, bartenders representing restaurants and cafes from across the Tampa Bay region will each craft a specialty whiskey-based cocktail, and you get to be the judge! 

The current list of participating restaurants/bars includes some of the best local concepts in the Tampa Bay region: 

  • Cassis
  • Crafty Squirrel
  • Five Bucks Drinkery
  • Hunger/Thirst Group
  • Kahwa Coffee
  • Left Bank Bistro
  • Oyster Bar
  • Postcard Inn
  • Red Mesa 
  • Spice & Tea Exchange
  • Swingers Patio Bar & Grill
  • TeBella Tea Company
  • The Lure
  • Tiki Bar at Dr. BBQ
  • Tropez
  • Tryst


In addition to a medley of whiskey cocktails, the event will feature a local art and vendor market, plus a food truck alley featuring some of your favorite mobile food hubs in the region. 

Our favorites La Strada Mobile Kitchen, Bubbas Boneless Ribs, Crab Daddy’s Surf & Turf, and Glorious Pies.

This ticketed event will offer two different time slots for attendees to choose from: 12pm-3pm, and 5pm-8pm. There will also be special VIP tasting hours available from 11am-12pm, and 4pm-5pm. 

Tickets for general admission include 10 whiskey cocktail samples and cost $30. VIP tickets are $75 and grant you 1 hour of exclusive access to all of the tastings, a private VIP area with treats to snack on and a commemorative t-shirt to mark the occasion.

Each guest will get to vote on the Best Cocktail for our People’s Choice Award. Critics will also select their favorite cocktail on the night. 

A portion of the proceeds from Whiskey Wonderland will benefit HOOAH Inc. a nonprofit whose mission is to lend support to forward deployed servicemen and women, their stateside families, and returning veterans with a high level of understanding, compassion, and empathy. 

Our friends over at LocalShops1 have helped assemble a fantastic vendor market replete with some of the most superb artists and vendors in the ‘Burg. The current list of participating vendors include: 

  • Apple Love Designs
  • Asian Home Gifts
  • Brownies Botanicals
  • Corrie Sosnowsky Designs
  • Craft Tee
  • Hello Myrth
  • How’s Your Day Honey
  • JB’s Sweet Addiction
  • Kukui Maca
  • Luminate Salon & Boutique
  • Main Street Boys Empanadas
  • Mermade Florida
  • Mirror Mirror on the Ball
  • Moonlit Macarons
  • Psychic Paula
  • Revolutions Records
  • Simeow Studio
  • Stoned and Sterling
  • Sweet Water Education Events Training
  • The Sewing Ninja Studios

Whiskey Wonderland is located inside Coastal Creative in the heart of the Grand Central District in St. Pete!

📍2201 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

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