Located on scenic Bayshore Boulevard, Ciro's Speakeasy & Restaurant provides patrons with the best of both worlds. The fine dining experience and upscale, trendy atmosphere take you back in time to the 1920s prohibition period. Ring the doorbell for admittance then get comfortable in one of the cozy booths lining the walls. Each booth has its own pair of drapes that can be closed for privacy. The menu is diverse with selections including duck, seafood, steak and fondue creations. Ciro's is open until the early morning hours, providing patrons with the ultimate late-night dining experience. Reservations are highly recommended.
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.
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.
Part of Tampa history, The Hub Bar has been around since 1949. Famous for its outstanding cocktails, this bar only serves top shelf liquor in the handcrafted drinks. Black and white checkered floors, walls full of memorabilia from years past and friendly bartenders characterize the venue. Be sure to stop in for happy hour with friends or pop in for a nightcap, whenever you choose to visit, The Hub Bar is sure to please.
The ultimate in late night dancing, The Kennedy has it all. Inside, the lounge is equipped with a superior sound system where the beat is loud and clear whether the music is being spun by the club's DJs or being performed live on stage. Step outside to the Ivy patio for luxury VIP treatment. Experience the best in music, dancing, and your favorite cocktail under the stars. The Ivy has its own full bar and table service so you can enjoy the atmosphere, music and in style and comfort. Reservations are accepted for this upscale, classy dance club near downtown and SoHo.
Much like the blockbuster movie, this rocking bar features a bevy of friendly bartenders, rowdy crowds and flowing liquor. Happy hour takes place Wednesday through Sunday 5-7p, along with other weekly drink specials. Theme nights take place as well, from neon parties to military nights, you're sure to walk into something fun here.
This South Tampa wine shop has a fine selection of more than 350 wines ranging in price from inexpensive to high-end. Cru Cellars is the perfect place to enjoy an evening of fine wine and cheese tasting. Whether choosing a favorite vintage by the bottle or by the glass, their extensive menu is sure to please the most discerning palate. Compliment your wine selection from the menu of specialty cheeses, decadent chocolates and desserts. Select beers are also available. - Vickie Ferguson
One of the prime nightclubs in the city, The Penthouse Club is the place to be for a night of endless excitement. This modern day club is largely frequented by the city's youth, who fill the place up to the brim with energy. Local DJs and live bands keep the crowd alive with a fabulous track list, and keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. In addition, themed nights, ladies nights and other live shows and events add to the excitement at this fine club.
The Brick House Tavern in North Tampa has everything you need including a lively atmosphere, comfortable couches, big screen televisions, a diverse food menu and over 70 choices in beer. Let your palate rejoice with tasty starters like spiked calamari, a stack of buttermilk battered onion rings or fresh shrimp with flash fried cherry peppers for an extra zing. For heartier appetites, try the tavern's fish and chips, country fried steak or pork chops smothered in whiskey barrel sauce. Brew selections range from German Pilsners and Irish dry stouts to Trappist Ale from Belgium and Sapporo from Japan. The tavern is open late and serves food up until an hour before closing. -Vickie Ferguson
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.
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