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SWIM bar and grill, the pool bar and restaurant located on the 8th floor of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater. Any restaurant who offers a 10 page menu, 8 pages consisting of drinks, is a friend of ours. Keri ordered sangria while I ordered a Strawberry Basil Refresher with Cruzan Strawberry Rum, muddled basil and strawberries. This is literally my new "pool drink". Swim offers quite a few cocktails in take home glasses including a coconut monkey or a 45oz “Mega-Rita” Bowl
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I couldn't resist from ordering Grouper Nuggets with Chipotle cocktail sauce. Grouper nuggets (or grouper bites) is a weakness of mine. They were lightly battered and fried. Perfectly crispy little nuggets of white fish. Sorry about your diet Keri....I guess I am a paleo buster.
For Keri's lunch, she ordered the blackened jerk seasoned chicken ceaser salad. I am personally very selective over ceaser salads and this one got the approval from both of us.
I opted for the Chicken, Grilled Watermelon & Arugula Wrap with cilantro mojo. I usually find wraps lacking flavor but that was not the case here. The grilled watermelon may be my new favorite thing. I am not a fan of raw tomatoes and the grilled watermelon is a perfect substitution. The wrap was served with evil homemade chips, which I ate too many of.
After devouring our lunches, we headed off to the beach, rented two chairs and an umbrella and took a long walk down the soft white sand of Clearwater. At this point in the day, the beach was very busy. I am from Daytona Beach and even during our busiest time of year, I have never seen so many people on the beach. I was looking forward to going back to the 8th floor where it was not crowded and I could still look at the beach.
The clouds started rolling in and we decided to head back up to our cabana. Not before ordering one last drink. Keri ordered a Miami Vice which is 1/2 pina colada and 1/2 strawberry daiquiri while I ordered a traditional strawberry daiquiri. We took advantage of the private veranda with drinks in hand and people watched for the remainder of the day.
SWIM Bar and Grill is open to the public for lunch and dinner. They have daily specials and is the perfect location for watching the famous Clearwater Sunset. The service was incredible. Everyone was super friendly and I can see why this is a top rated hotel in Clearwater.
Here are the current drink specials found at SWIM!
Monday's: Laid Back Mondays, two for one domestic beer
Tuesday's: Tropical Tuesday, bartenders coice to create their favorite tropical drink of the day, $7
Wednesday's: Ales in a Pail Wednesday - Create your own bucket of beer
Thursday's: Cruisin Thursday - $1 off Cruzan Rum Cocktails (try the strawberry basil!)
Friday's: Un(wine) Friday - $1 off wines by the glass and live music from 2pm-6pm
Saturday's: Sangria Saturday - Housemade Sangria for $5 and steel pan music from 2pm-6pm
Sunday's: Sunday "Bloody" Sunday - $1 off Bloody MarysEveryday: The half hour before sunset and the half hour after sunset - two for one, classic margaritas, sangria and draft beers.