Cigar City Brewing is one of Tampa's favorite breweries. This craft brewery regularly concocts different varieties of its regular beers, ranging from IPA's to Espresso Brown Ale. The brewery also always features a good amount of special and seasonal brews. Cigar City offers tours of its 15 barrel brewery. The tasting room features all of the brewery's own beers as well as other local craft favorites. Special events also occur here, including weekly food truck nights.
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.
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.
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.
Downtown Tampa combined with Taps Beer and Wine is the ideal location for a business lunch or casual dinner. The upscale atmosphere—along with choices of more than 250 beer selections and a hundred bottles of premium wine—make the pub a popular destination. The chic yet casual lounge atmosphere is the perfect spot for sipping a favorite libation while socializing with locals into the early morning hours. Taps offers a variety of interesting fare that includes summer rolls, wings, sandwiches, assorted salads, tapas and luscious desserts such as chocolate-covered cherries. Outside seating is available. - Vickie Ferguson
A very popular lunch spot, Miguel's Mexican Seafood & Grill offers large portions of Mexican cuisine, including Burritos, Tacos, Chili con Queso, Tamales and Enchiladas, among others. During the week, super meal deals are featured. Monday's Acapulco Special offers unlimited crab legs and shrimp served with lobster tails. If Fajitas are your favorite, stop by on Tuesday for Fiesta Fajitas for two including a pitcher of margaritas, beer or sangria. Wednesday is Cancun day with two pounds of crab legs as the order of the day. Fried ice cream is a popular dessert feature.
Yeomans Cask & Lion is a gastropub in the heart of Tampa that is known for its delicious British food and cask ale beer served in a family-friendly setting. Two mannequins wearing the bright red uniform of Buckingham Palace Guards stand outside the entrance welcoming the patrons. British flags painted on the walls and the bright red telephone booth like the ones you will find on the streets of London adds to the British vibe of this gastropub. This gastropub is equipped with an outdoor patio as well as indoor seating which is capable of accommodating a large number of patrons visiting daily. A small stage sits in the corner of the dining space which plays host to talented singers and bands on a regular basis. Apart from enjoying live music, you can also spend quality time at Yeomans Cask & Lion by watching sports matches on the large TV screens placed across the dining space.