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Private booths with curtains provide customers with privacy while at Ciro's Speakeasy. That's pretty fancy.Photos by LUIS SANTANA | Times file

From fancy to thrifty, Tampa Bay date ideas that will cause heart eyes

Sometimes you want date night to be fancy, and are willing to spend some extra dollars to get there. And sometimes, you want nothing to do with that noise. There's no special occasion required for getting dressed up and doing something extravagant, just like there's no reason that having a special night out has to  …


  1. 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' is a study in grief that's so much more


    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is where Mildred Hayes vents grief over her daughter's rape and murder, and anger toward a police chief who hasn't solved the case. Ten words on stark canvases setting off a powder keg of poetic cruelty and unexpected redemption.

    Frances McDormand plays an angry, grieving mother in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
  2. With Harry Potter's Christmas, Universal Orlando proves holidays are big business


    ORLANDO — Christmas has finally come to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando in a new holiday attraction opening Saturday. In addition, Universal Studios has completely upsized its holiday parade with more Macy's balloons, stunning floats and snowy effects before Santa and his new sleigh enter for a finale.

    The new eight-minute Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show at Universal's Islands of Adventure will run nightly, starting Nov. 18. It uses projection imaging to create images such as students on brooms appearing  to enchant snowmen, or fill the sky with bright lights. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  3. Local mixologists tackle Drambuie, a whiskey with ties to Bonnie Prince Charlie and Prohibition

    Bars & Spirits


    In July 1746, John MacKinnon helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. In thanks, the prince gave MacKinnon the secret recipe to his personal liqueur, a recipe that many years later would come to be known as Drambuie. An aged Scottish malt whiskey blended with heather …

    Ryan O’Neill’s winning cocktail, the Out of the Skye, contained Drambuie, Monkey Shoulder scotch, a cranberry ginger syrup, meyer lemon juice, Angostura bitters, egg white and an oloroso sherry rinse.
  4. Tampa Bay Times' food critic Laura Reiley wins prestigious Paul Hansell Award


    Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley has received the Florida Society of News Editors' 2017 Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.

    LARA CERRI   |   Times
  5. Artist James Rosenquist put Tampa on the map. See his work at USF.

    Visual Arts

    James Rosenquist put Tampa on the art world map, literally. His 1974 lithograph Tampa-New York 1188, created at the University of South Florida's printmaking workshop, Graphicstudio, brought Tampa to the notice of first-rank museums, collectors, critics and historians.

    James Rosenquist fell in love with the Tampa Bay area, buying land and building a home and studio in Aripeka. He is pictured here in the studio in 2000. In the background is Through the Eye of the Needle to the Anvil, an oil on canvas he competed in 1988. University of South Florida professor Donald J. Saff, who created Graphicstudio in 1968, invited Rosenquist to come to Tampa in 1971.
  6. What's new in theaters this week: 'Justice League,' 'Wonder,' 'The Star'




    How many superheroes does it take to salvage a comic book universe?

    Nativity story The Star features a wide range of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey as a camel.
  7. The CraftArt festival returns and Yoko Ono's flag flies at USFCAM

    Visual Arts


    Work from Steve Palmer, a glass artist from Minnesota, will be on display at the CraftArt Festival.
  8. Weekend fun: St. Pete Beach BikeFest, Chillounge Night, Christmas at Universal, Busch Gardens


    BIG WHEELS: St. Pete Beach BikeFest

    For music planner: Handout photo of Colt Ford. Credit: Average Joes Entertainment
  9. Oak & Stone with self-serve beer coming to St. Pete, South Tampa's Byblos to reopen

    Food & Dining


    Been to Oak & Stone in Sarasota? In early 2018 we'll get one in St. Petersburg at 199 Central Ave., next to the newly constructed Hyatt Place. The concept is wood-fired pizzas mated with a self-serve beer wall highlighting craft beers (mostly locals like 3 Daughters, …

  10. This week's top Tampa Bay concerts: Randy Newman, Tiesto, Et Cultura, more

    Music & Concerts

    THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE: Randy Newman

    Randy Newman