Behind bars: Five brothers, many choices

Shots and martinis with funky names are nothing but fun for bartender Sarah Logaglio, at Vandy’s 5 Brothers Sports Bar & Italian Eatery. One of her favorite shots is the pineapple upside-down cake, because it tastes just like the dessert. It’s made with vanilla vodka, pineapple juice and grenadine.

Other fun shots she likes to make behind the bar include the peanut butter and jelly shot and the Dreamsicle shot. The peanut butter and jelly shot contains a mix of grape vodka and Franjelico (a nutty liquor). The Dreamsicle consists of Kasmir vanilla (a smooth blend of vodka and brandy) and a little bit of orange juice. “It tastes exactly like those popsicles with orange on the outside and vanilla ice cream in the middle,” Logaglio said.

A new shot list is available now because the restaurant just added a bunch of new flavored vodkas to the tiki-roofed, 30-seat bar.

One shot, called attitude adjustment, mixes Irish cream with root beer vodka, Schnapps and Southern Comfort. “It’s all layered. That’s fun,” Logaglio said.

In addition to the new shots, the sports bar serves up a number of martinis and has added some new ones to the mix, including one called banana cream pie, made with vanilla vodka, creme de banana, Irish cream and a tiny bit of grenadine. Another is the blue channeltini, with citrus vodka, blue Curacao, lemonade and a lemon peel twist dropped into the martini glass. “It’s fun. It’s good because it’s not just your every day normal martinis. It’s fun martinis,” Logaglio said.

Aside from unique shots and martinis, a popular drink on Sundays at the sports bar is the $5.50 bloody Mary. With celery salt around the rim and a homemade bloody Mary mix, served with vodka, it contains a skewer filled with treats like queen-sized green stuffed olives, a sweet pickle, chunks of Colby jack cheese, salami, pepperoni and a pepperoncini. When patrons order one for the first time, Logaglio said the looks on their faces tell it all. “They’re like, ‘Oh my gosh – that’s my lunch,’” she said.

Vandy’s 5 Brothers Sports Bar & Italian Eatery hosts happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, with reduced drink prices. For game days on the weekend, they run pitcher and bucket beer specials, like $6 pitchers on Sundays. All day every day, patrons can order Seagrams wine coolers for $1.50.

Logaglio, 23, worked for 5 Brothers Pizza as a waitress when she was 18, and moved along with the merger of Vandy’s and 5 Brothers a few years ago. She’s only been behind the bar about a year, but loves talking sports with all the locals – especially football. “It’s fun to see how excited everyone gets for their teams. They interact. They go crazy. It’s a good energy,” she said.

If you go...

Vandy’s 5 Brothers Sports Bar & Italian Eatery

1083 N. Collier Blvd.

Open daily at 11 a.m.


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