To experience one of the best pints of Guinness in the city, a visit to this authentic thatched-roof establishment is a must. The pub sports all things Irish, including live folk music, excellent food and fine Irish whiskeys. Allow plenty of time: this place is popular and is usually packed. Traditional favorites such as Shepherd's Pie, Dublin Fish and Chips and authentic Irish Stew are featured on the menu. Add a pint of your favorite lager or ale and join the lively crowd at the bar or head outside to the deck where there's plenty of room to revel in.
Hyde Park Café located in trendy South Tampa features some of the smoothest music and hippest crowds in town. It is the perfect place to see or be seen as you dance the night away to the hottest tunes played by the coolest DJs. If you want to do your own entertaining, stop by on Wednesday night and belt out a few notes in the karaoke competition. Mingle with old and new friends alike at one of three inside bars or the candlelit courtyard. Best of all, they are served all night long.
Season 52 aspires to create delicious dishes using the freshest vegetables and seasonings along with moderation in oil to enhance the flavor of the food through wood-fire grilling and brick-oven cooking, as well as minimizing the caloric intake of its guests. Enjoy a fully satisfying meal that includes succulent salmon, fresh crab, grilled trout, roasted chicken and lamb, and specialty flatbreads. Meals sizes are appropriate, allowing enough room to try one of the restaurants mini-indulgence desserts, such as Belgian chocolate rock road or pecan pie with vanilla mousse. The full bar features refreshing cocktail selections including chocolate martinis to pineapple cosmopolitans.
For an alternative to the regular nightclub scene, the Castle is definitely the place to be. Starting downstairs, make your first stop at the black granite bar and order a cold brew or cool cocktail, while the DJ spins classic Goth and Old Wavetunes. Then take the party upstairs where the large dance floor, bar, light show and giant projection screen stand, blasting sounds from New Wave to Electro. All this will keep you entertained till the wee hours. Dress style is up to you, so feel free to wear your most creative costume. Only 18 and above allowed.
If you are ready to try smoked mullet, fried grouper, grilled catfish, or award-winning Gator Black Bean Chili, this is the place to go. Skipper's Smokehouse is a combination of a tropical Key West bar mixed with a lively restaurant with eccentric decorations. Add to that a dash of live nightly music and you will have your taste buds dancing and your toes tapping at the same time. This is always a happening nightspot and is one of the best concert venues around.
One of St. Pete's distinguished downtown night venues, Jannus Live features a variety of rock, alternative and Western musical performers. Dress casually, sit in the open air and order from a full bar while nibbling light fare from the small menu. Jannus Live is not large, but actually seeing the show is not always easy; there are benches to stand on to see over other people. The Green Room nightclub draws the crowds when no acts are performing at the courtyard.
Enjoy a round of drinks and delicious meal at the Green Iguana and Grill after work with friends. Indulge in their creative cocktail selection accompanied by items like wraps, burgers, sandwiches and much more. You can also enjoy live music shows performed by various local artists in different genres.
81Bay Brewing Company, established by three friends who bonded over their love for beer, is a microbrewery with its own taproom. The spacious taproom features picnic tables, a separate stage for musical performances, TVs, and games such as table tennis, darts, Corn Hole as well as card and board games. Cold beers such as Reel Slo Irish Red, Hook'd On Hefeweizen and Not On Porpoise Dunkel Weizen Bock are dispensed from the large bar. You can BYOF to the taproom or pick up bar bites from an on-site food truck.
This simple spot has an intriguing approach to Italian dining: it lists the pastas, the sauces, the add-ons, then you mix and match until you've got just what you want. Penne, rigatoni, linguini and other pastas; sauces ranging from basil pomodoro to spicy lemongrass, green basil pesto and creamy four cheese and more; and add-ons that stretch from baby shrimp to yellowfin tuna, artichokes, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes ... the list goes on. You'll also find brick-oven pizza in similar create-your-own options, brick-oven wraps, fresh salads and beverages including beer. Do check the website or call for opening hours.
Enjoy your favorite brew of wine at Cork accompanied by a light menu featuring wings, crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, assorted pizzas, and chips with dips or salsa. Nightly specials include Two-for-One wine on Tuesdays, Wednesdays have friendly competitions for Wine & Wii night, and Thirsty Thursdays offer a flat-rate open bar and live musical entertainment. Specials keep on coming with happy hour on Friday, offering discounts on all beer and wine and live music with no cover charge. Pizza Sunday finishes the week, serving sizzling pizza with wine or beer discounts. Ages 21 and over. - Vickie Ferguson
From Monday night Jenga tournaments and Wednesday trivia night to thirsty Thursdays and fun day game day on Sunday, every night has something fun and exciting for patrons of Yard of Ale SoHo. Everyone here enjoys cold brews, good food and plenty of nightly entertainment with a wide selection of import and craft drafts along with an impressive assortment of bottled beers. Open until the wee hours, Yard of Ale SoHo in south Tampa is the ideal place to go after a night at the Forum, catching a movie at Channelside or dancing in Ybor City. -Vickie Ferguson