Whole Foods Offers Bars Serving Wine, Beer, and Tapas at Select South Florida Locations

Whole Foods Offers Bars Serving Wine, Beer, and Tapas at Select South Florida Locations

Grocery shopping can be stressful, from the mile-long track from your parking spot, to the crowded isles, and never-ending check-out lines. Sort of makes you think how much easier it would all be if you could shop with a glass of wine or beer in hand.

Well, the next time you visit Whole Foods in select South Florida locations -- you can. The upmarket grocer is now in the bar business, opening small bar areas within its stores serving craft beer and local wine -- even small plates.

See also: Whole Foods Opening Four New South Florida Stores

Since 2012, more than a dozen Whole Foods stores have opened their own bars. The move comes after a nationwide test where small, locally focused beer and wine bars were opened inside Whole Foods Markets in California, Arizona, Illinois, and Texas.

Across the country, like-minded chains are slowly introducing beer and wine within their stores. Even Starbucks has been testing beer and wine at a few locations in the Seattle area. The idea: it's a low-cost way to make money, while elevating the customers' shopping experience.

Today, South Florida is home to three in-store Whole Foods bars at the Naples, Coral Gables, and Wellington markets. Further north you can find bars in the Orlando, Tampa, Clearwater, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville stores. Each has a unique name, set-up, menu, and hours.

Dubbed simply the Naples Bar, at the Naples Whole Foods store you can find over 30 wines by the glass (some vegan and organic); dozens of local and nationally-sourced craft beers on draft; and a food menu that offers pizza, burgers, chicken wings, salads, and specialty grilled cheese melts. The hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

In Palm Beach County, the Wellington Whole Foods stands as the only local bar in the Broward and Palm Beach County area -- for now. Upcoming stores -- including the new West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, and Davie locations -- will also have bars.

The Wellington bar is located inside the market near the bakery. Known as The Stirrup, it offers eight taps featuring a variety of craft beer, as well as wine and food. During the week (Monday through Thursday) the bar offers snack specials for $8 including a charcuterie plate, burgers, wings, and pizza. The Stirrup is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.



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