River District Restaurant Picks

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spirits of bacchus

spirits of bacchus

In the heart of the River District in Fort Myers, we highlight some of our favorite restaurants: The Firestone, Spirits of Bacchus, and Twisted Vine Bistro. They smoothly combine innovative culinary flavors, fun libations and beautiful waterfront views situated in the most lovely of settings in the unique historical district. While the restaurants have their own unique flair, they all share a celebration of their setting overlooking the Caloosahatchee River and the downtown River Basin and Park. Step right in for a meal or just a great place to hang out, enjoy a tasty beverage and meal right here in the River District in Fort Myers.

The Firestone

The Firestone is set in a unique historical 4-story building boasting the only waterfront rooftop bar in historical downtown Fort Myers. From the Sky Bar on the top level, patrons can delight in beautiful panoramic waterfront views of the Caloosahatchee River and the River Basin overlooking the Bay. Billing itself as the home to an ultimate dining experience with 4 levels of fun and food, The Firestone has been voted one of the best Happy Hour destinations in Southwest Florida, and voted Best New Restaurant in 2014 by Lee County Gulfshore Life. Come see why celebrity chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse stopped by to try some of Executive Chef Marbin Avilez’s famous dishes. On the first floor, the Firestone Grille Room has a wood-fired grille and serves fresh seafood, prime steaks, and fresh local produce. It’s open for dinner Thursday-Sunday. The second floor, The Loft, offers another seating choice for diners with a cool vibe ambience. The Martini Bar on the third floor has comfortable seating, amazing lighting, and a dance floor with live entertainment open Friday and Saturday nights. The Sky Bar, on the top floor, is the only rooftop bar in historic downtown Fort Myers. It’s open daily at 4 pm for drinks and bar food.

Spirits Of Bacchus

Spirits of Bacchus is a premier neighborhood bar featuring fine wines, classic cocktails and appetizers. It’s open from 4 pm on Mondays through Saturdays. Customers can expect fun Happy Hours and a late night menu, and Spirits of Bacchus serves until Midnight. The neighborhood bar hosts special events, like NFL Ticket Sunday Fundays with a special opening time of 1 pm to view football games. Spirits of Bacchus is located on the corner of Bay and Hendry Streets in downtown Fort Myers in the River District.

Twisted Vine Bistro

Twisted Vine Bistro features fresh seafood, certified Angus Beef and an extensive wine list with over 30 wines by the glass. It is known for its eclectic American food, boutique wines and delicious dining in downtown Fort Myers’ historic River District across from the newly renovated River Basin. Twisted Vine Bistro grows its own spices and herbs in their courtyard garden, and partners with a local in-season produce food hub for its fresh veggies that it uses in its dishes. Open every day for lunch and dinner, Twisted Vine prepares innovative entrees using ingredients it grows from its garden. The courtyard garden is available for private parties and events; the Bistro hosts a variety of wine dinners throughout the year. Each month, Twisted Vine celebrates Ladies Night Mondays with drink specials, complimentary chef-prepared appetizers and raffle prizes. Live entertainment performs on the weekends.

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