5 hottest bars in Tampa
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Best for beer
Love local craft beers? Head to the lively Ybor City area and the Tampa Bay Brewing Company, a family-run microbrewery focusing on house and seasonal brews, cask-conditioned ales and speciality beers created by other independent breweries. There are eight core beers and 38 seasonal brews, as well as an award-winning food menu. Head here for Happy Hour, when you can sample six house specials in the casually welcoming surrounds, which house various different bars.
1600 E 9th Ave, Tampa 33605
Tel: 813 247 1422 www.tampabaybrewingcompany.com
Relax by the river
Tampa’s premier al fresco bar, with stunning 360-degree views of the downtown waterways, the Sail Pavilion is set in a perfect location on the waterfront. Locals and tourists walking, cycling or even sailing past can stop for a refreshing drink from 2pm every day. Live music by local artists livens up the evenings from Thursday to Sunday, and it’s the perfect place to soak up a Floridian sunset –especially if you make the most of Happy Hour.
333 S Franklin Street, Tampa 33602
Tel: 813 274 7778 www.tampaconventioncenter.com/facility-
Tiny Tap Tavern
Loved by locals
A down-to-earth, cash-only dive bar in the cool area of SoHo, the Tiny Tap Tavern is a converted petrol station that has been a favourite Tampa hangout for decades. Chatty bartenders help you find classic tunes on the jukebox and serve up cold, cheap beer. Challenge the loyal regulars to a pool competition, get involved in the inevitable banter and enjoy being welcomed into the heart of one of Tampa’s longest-running and best-loved bars.
2105 W Morrison Ave, Tampa 33606
Tel: 813 254 3872
Improv Comedy Club
Game for a laugh
Located in the historic Ybor City district, Improv is Tampa’s finest comedy club. An intimate venue which, over the last 40 years, has launched the careers of famous comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler and Bette Midler, it provides the ultimate entertainment while you sip your favourite drink. The well-stocked bar serves cool cocktails and bottled beers, along with Champagne and liqueur coffees. A must-try Tampa night out.
1600 East 8th Ave C-112, Tampa 33605
Tel: 813 864 4000 www.improvtampa.com
Fun and funky
An upscale urban hideaway, Fly is an eclectic bar decorated with vibrant murals for a sophisticated feel. Friendly staff are on hand as local musicians and DJs play throughout the week, while the open-air rooftop bar offers an oasis of calm with outstanding views of the Tampa skyline. Cocktails are the highlight of the extensive drinks list, crafted with fresh and flavoursome ingredients, while wines are plentiful and varied, and beers range from local draughts to bottles from all around the world.
1202 N Franklin St, Tampa 33602
Tel: 813 275 5000 www.flybarandrestaurant.com