Bar-ing Up on Fifth Avenue South

Where Craft Cocktails Cure The Summer Heat

If you’re like me, this heat is killing you! I do have, however, an answer that will take the edge off. Try visiting three of our exclusive craft cocktail bars on Fifth Avenue South.

So, what’s the difference in a classic cocktail and a craft cocktail? While they both must be sipped, not slugged, the craft cocktail is a little classier and takes more skill, e.g., craft and creativity, to make. A mix of curated ingredients and unique garnishes, craft cocktails take longer to blend and boast more exotic or engaging names than classic ones. Indeed, Fifth Avenue South is on the cutting edge of the craft cocktail movement. Here’s a list of bars in order of establishment and a little flavor of each.


Opened in 2015, Bar Tulia is the brainchild of Vincenzo Betulia, chef and culinary genius, who was ahead of his time in the craft cocktail movement in SWFL. “I founded Bar Tulia because I thought Naples was missing something…a real gastro pub, a small place to grab a quick bite and go but get the same quality food and drink as a top restaurant,” says Vincenzo, who also owns Osteria Tulia and The French. “At first people didn’t get the craft cocktail part of it, but then it exploded in Naples, and we’ve never looked back.”

Even during COVID-19, Vincenzo kept things going and created a beer garden adjacent to Bar Tulia, providing a community haven where residents could come and experience some kind of normalcy.

“Bartenders are like chefs,” says Vincenzo. “They make their own tinctures, drams, rum blends, and infusions. They don’t just show up for work when the bar opens. Our company director of cocktail development, Diego Vera, from Bolivia, comes in most days at 9:00 AM to experiment and create even more exciting drinks. He is truly the magician behind the craft cocktails we serve.”

Bar Tulia features traditional drinks like “Painkiller,” and custom-designed ones like “Basilica” and “Aventine Hill” that are reflections of Vincenzo’s Italian heritage. “We change our menu quarterly but keep our classics too,” says Vincenzo. He notes craft cocktail bars have another advantage. “They’re a great place to meet people.”

Bar Tulia is located at 462 Fifth Avenue South.


Established in late 2019 by hometown boy Marty Kenney, who grew up on Marco Island, Sidebar is exactly that, a bar on the side of the 505 building on Fifth Avenue South. The name also conjures up other thoughts such as "Sidebar" conversations or the old classic cocktail, the sidecar, an enchanting cocktail of brandy, lemon juice, and orange liqueur.

“An expertly crafted cocktail alone doesn’t necessarily make for a memorable evening,” says Kenney, who has owned bars and restaurants in Naples for 26 years. “Standout experiences are as much about atmosphere and meticulously designed spaces as they are about special concoctions. Our goal at Sidebar is to provide guests with a cozy, intimate environment for a moment of respite and escape.”

“What’s unique about Sidebar is we do not serve any food,” says Marty. “But we do have more than 250 types of bourbons and around 50 'scarce' tequilas. We also have a special bar license that allows us to sell a package to go.”

Marty, always the entrepreneur who is working on a number of new projects in the Design District, says Sidebar’s clientele is as diverse as its craft cocktails, one of which is named “Long Day on Keewaydin” and another the “Sidepiece.” The latter is made with St. George’s gin. “We change our cocktail menu at least three times a year,” says Marty. “The idea is to keep evolving.”

Sidebar is located at 475 Fifth Avenue South.

The Vine Room

The Vine Room, Fifth Avenue South’s most recent craft cocktail inspiration opened with a roar…roaring 20s that is…in late 2021. This unique speakeasy-style bar and restaurant is the vision of owner Philip McCabe, Jr. Philip says, “I want our guests to have an overall experience that is different from anything in Naples. From walking through a vine-covered door into surroundings of a bygone era with exciting craft cocktails and a distinctive menu, we want everyone to have a transportive experience.”

“One of the most intriguing things is The Vine Room’s traveling theme,” says Philip. “The interior design features traveling vintage artwork that is literally a story book of different chapters, and our craft cocktails are also transportive. A favorite is the 'VR Margarita' poured in a martini glass and topped with faux ocean foam sprinkled with black sea salt, and our 'Hidden Treasure' comes in a lit treasure chest that smokes when opened. The cocktail itself is a part of our South American chapter and includes rum-based Caribbean flavors.”

To enhance the experience, The Vine Room keeps clientele seated. There may be a line outside the door, but inside it’s a different story, where the focus is on quality not quantity, according to Philip.

The Vine Room also boasts a huge wine list of 140 labels, including Romanee-Conti. A summer promotion, “Wine at the Vine on Wednesdays,” includes 50% off all bottles up to $300.

The Vine Room is located at 465 Fifth Avenue South.


Did you know by Weisberg Wealth Management

For the first time since March 2022, the Federal Reserve did not raise the Federal Funds Rate at its June 14th meeting after raising rates a total of 5.0% at the last 10 consecutive meetings. This is the largest move in interest rates since the rate hikes of 2005-2006 (Housing Market Boom) when the Fed raised rates 17 times totaling 4.25% in hikes over a 2-year span. If you have questions, please reach out to Rich Weisberg, CRPS, Financial Advisor, RJFS and President at Weisberg Wealth Management at 239-367-7152 or Located at 400 Fifth Avenue South Suite 302.

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Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Join us here on Fifth Avenue South for these upcoming events.

Fourth of July Parade

July 4 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The dazzling floats start on Broad Avenue South and make their way down Fifth Avenue South and 8th Street South near Cambier Park.

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ARTScool Summer Youth Art Program

June 5 to July 28

Naples Art Institute ARTScool students will learn by participating in immersive art activities incorporating varied techniques and media, including painting, drawing, paper, clay, printmaking, sculpture, and more! Classes sell out fast so don’t wait to register!

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Disney's The Little Mermaid JR.

July 20 to 23

Gulfshore Playhouse Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

July 5 to 23

The Naples Players Get your tickets early and don't miss out on this timeless retelling of Victor Hugo's renowned novel. This show will be performed at Community School of Naples (13275 Livingston Rd.)

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Coffee Talk at Truluck's

July 14 | 9:00 a.m.

Coffee and continental breakfast with Rich Weisberg and special guest speaker, Meg Stepanian, Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District. RSVP 239-367-7152 or

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Evenings on Fifth

July 13 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

An array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South, plus dining, shopping, and more.

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Fifth Avenue South Business' Updates


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Start or End Your Night at Truluck’s
Sip Sip Hooray! Raise those spirits with some superb summer cocktails and join us as our skilled mixologists whip up sensational moments by the glass. Managing Partner and Beverage Director, Dave Mattern, spotlights our newest summer cocktails in our latest blog. You won’t believe the magic they’re mixing into every sip. It’s a must-try summer menu you don’t want to miss. Your table is waiting.

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Call of Africa’s Native Visions Galleries

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