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.
Ruby's Elixir is a far cry from the usual club lounges and uber cool nightclubs. This bar and club takes you right to the 1950s, where pin-up themes dominated the scene. The club literally keeps its doors open for all and there is no barrier between the inside and outdoor patio; dark lighting within and bright exteriors give you best of both the worlds. Ruby's owners clearly want to focus on providing a space to patrons, where they can enjoy live music or carry on with casual conversations. Though primarily it features live jazz and blue music concerts, other genres are played here too. Cocktails, beers, liquors and other drinks further add to the fun mood.
One of the best local spots in town for food, fun and entertainment is the Friendly Tavern where the name speaks for itself. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner you can enjoy a tasty meal such as the tavern's signature chili, burgers, steak sandwiches and cold brews. Stop by for happy hour after work and stay until the early morning hours listening to live music or entertaining the crowd with some quality karaoke. Friendly has a full liquor bar to create your favorite cocktail, so sit back and enjoy the casual atmosphere inside or sit outside to savor the gulf breezes. Smoking is only allowed outside. -Vickie Ferguson