About The Retreat

First established in 1938, the Retreat appears in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most draft beers ever sold.

With our recent reopening, we are pleased to bring back the Retreat by capturing some of the original aura.

The mural on the wall is authentic and original; representing a gathering of founding regulars from the yesteryears. It is hoped that these figures will look on as new friendships are forged and new characters pass through time at the Retreat.

The Retreat has won Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay As Best College Hangout for 2 years in a row (2011-2012)!


Meet the Staff

Jeremy Lane - The Retreat TampaGeneral Manager – Jeremy Lane

My name is Jeremy and I am the general manager of The Retreat. I have been with the Green Iguana Company for four and a half years. I have been in the hospitality business for 15 years and everyday is still something new. I am currently attending school for a degree in Hospitality and Tourism management. I am married to a beautiful woman who has to deal with my crazy schedule. I have a great family that I enjoy spending my free time with.

Korene Shelton - The Retreat TampaBartender – Korene Shelton

My name is Korene Shelton and I was born and raised in Iowa. I was an intercollegiate athlete for 2 years at ECC and went on to finish my education at both South Dakota State University and the University of Iowa. I’ve been in the hospitality business for approximately 15 years. My true passions and interests include my family, faith, fitness and nutrition, animals (proud owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier), books, sports, and serving others.

David Cuenca - The Retreat TampaBartender – David Cuence

David Cuenca, from Tampa originally. In the business about 18 yrs. I love Bartending, especially at the retreat because no matter who you are, everyone gets along and has a good time here.

Aukje - The Retreat TampaBartender – Aukje Reeves

Hi, I’m Aukje and I bartend at The Retreat. I am originally from Kentucky where I graduated Murray State with degree’s in Criminal Justice and Sociology. I have been in the service industry for the past nine years and I’ve been with Green Iguana Corp for the past four and a half years. When I am not pouring cocktails, I enjoy playing with my two puppies and doing outdoor activities!

Cara Baker - The Retreat TampaBartender – Cara Baker

I’m Cara Baker from Tampa, FL and I’ve been a bartender for 3 years. I’ve worked at Hooters for 5 years and the Retreat for 1. In my spare time I like to lay by the pool and I love traveling out of the country. I am a student at University of Central Florida and plan on attending University of South Florida this year.

Shane Lindsey - The Retreat TampaBartender – Shane Lindsey

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. A true Tampa native! I attended school at TBTHS and studied criminal justice at Hillsborough Community College. I like to actively involve myself in athletic activities like softball, golf, and lifting weights. My future plans include joining the police force and hopefully creating a family within the next 5 years.

Dalton Diehl - The Retreat TampaSecurity – Dalton Diehl

I was born and raised in Riverview FL. Graduated from Tampa Bay tech high school. Attended and played football for Western Kentucky University and Stillman College. I am currently working security for The Retreat while also working as a personal trainer.