By Justin Grant, Tampa Bay Times correspondent – Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:38pm  –See original article.

Photo by Luis Santana – TBT – “Made in the shade: Gill Dawg’s Tiki Bar & Grill is a sprawling and soon-to-be-expanding compound on the banks of the Cotee.”

There’s a full liquor selection as well, dominated by flavored vodkas from 360, Absolut, and 3 Olives. The wine selection is minimal, but a wine and liquor expansion is under way.

An expansion for the whole property is under way. The second bar will feature indoor seating (everything is currently outdoors), as well as a selection of boutique wines, single-malt Scotch and cigars. The boardwalk along the water is being extended all the way out to the end of the property, with a third bar to be installed there. And why not another bar, while they’re at it? A fourth bar will be placed in Wayne’s World Event Center.

It’s pretty ambitious. But judging from how busy the place was, it might be just what Port Richey needs. If all goes as planned, Gill Dawg will be a sort of playground-slash-paradise for folks who love being in the Florida outdoors but also have a taste for fine beverages.

About the festival: Gill Dawg is jumping straight into the fray and throwing a full-scale Bayou Beer Festival on Saturday, featuring unlimited tasting of more than 50 craft beers, many from local and other Florida breweries. If you’re in the area, this seems like fine introduction to Gill Dawg.

My backyard’s closer and slightly cheaper, but I’d absolutely consider again making the two-hour round trip to Gill Dawg’s soon. It’s a one-of-a-kind place, and the weather’s just right for a day in the shade, surrounded by the beautiful Florida scenery that I often forget we have.