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.
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.
Set along North Nebraska Avenue in downtown Tampa, Blue Note is probably the city's most highly-rated live music bar that plays host to some of the most upcoming acts in the country. Whether you're a fan of classic rock, country or jazz, this could very well turn out to be one of your favorite hangout spots. The place has a smooth divey feel to it, thanks to its dim lights, casual ambiance and sleek decor. The performance space is placed at a decent elevation and offers great visibility for the audience in attendance. A diverse selection of local spirits and brews are available at the bar.
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.
Stop by the Dubliner Irish Pub for happy hour a pint of Bass or Guinness. Try and pay a visit on Sunday when they have drink specials with a DJ and great music. If you're looking for live action, you can enjoy live musical entertainment until 2a on most nights. Be sure to bring your appetite and sample some of their tasty appetizers such as Stout Wings and Irish Nachos, their scrumptious Dubliner Burger or Shamrock Smothered Chicken sandwich, specialty pizzas or their authentic Irish entrées including Classic Fish & Chips, traditional Shepard's Pie and Corned Beef & Cabbage.