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The Top Bars in Tampa, Florida

If you’re looking for a fun night out, look no further than the best bars in Tampa that offer everything from a haunted tea house bar to a pirate-themed bar experience.

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Whether you’ve come to the city for work or pleasure, are excited about spending a week in meetings, or on thrilling rides at Bush Gardens, it’s well worth your time to check out the local nightlife.

I’ve been all over the city and have a few recommendations for the best night-out destinations Tampa offers. Keep reading to explore what I loved about the best bars in Tampa.

Ciro’s Tampa

2109 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 251-0022
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Ciro’s Tampa is one of the best bars in the city. It’s a classic cocktail bar inside the historic Bayshore Royal Building on Bayshore Boulevard.

The bar takes and recommends reservations, and so do I. I don’t think I would’ve been able to get into the bar without one.

It’s a high-class, busy establishment I will not forget anytime soon. Ciro’s Tampa has a great cocktail menu and skilled mixologists that offer some of the best-tasting drinks in the city.

EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge

1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 999-8700
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EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge is one of my Tampa favorites. It’s a cutting-edge bar that offers carefully crafted cocktails and a small selection of high-quality wines.

The bar also serves small plates with both expected and unexpected menu options. The bar is on South Howard Avenue in the Epicurean Hotel.

They also have a rooftop lounge area with views of the Tampa skyline that I love.

Gaspar’s Grotto

1805 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 248-5900
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If you’re looking for something a little different, give Gaspar’s Grotto, a creative pirate bar and restaurant, a try. It’s on E 7th Avenue, in the middle of Historic Ybor City.

It’s one of the best-known bars and restaurants in the city and offers a special Sunday brunch that you just have to try! There is an indoor and outdoor area, and all the spaces pay homage to the pirate Jose Gaspar.

If you’re looking to splurge a little, the restaurant also has a VIP lounge on the outdoor Sandbar patio.


1903 Market St, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 296-2702
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M.Bird is an indoor, outdoor bar with a lovely aesthetic that screams Tampa. It’s on the roof of Armature Works and has incredible views of the city that I can’t get enough of.

Huge umbrellas over comfortable porch seating, and the inside are tastefully decorated. They offer food and drinks, including beer, rum, cocktails, wine, and more.

They also have a great brunch menu. I recommend trying the breakfast ancho beef tacos.

Lowry Parcade

1213 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
Phone: (813) 915-9180
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Lowry Parcade is a classic arcade bar on W Waters Avenue that makes for an entertaining evening out. They offer local craft beers and endless classic arcade-style games to enjoy.

You’ll find unique drinks on their menu, like the Punk Lemonade and Ayinver Celebrator. I highly recommend trying the veggie burger or the pulled pork for food.

Everything I’ve had there is super delicious and goes well with their fun, laid-back atmosphere.

Blind Goat Tampa

4106 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629
Phone: (813) 515-7962
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Blind Goat Tampa is a social bar drenched in the city’s history. It’s a popular hot spot designed for working adults, an atmosphere you’ll feel as soon as you walk through the door.

They serve craft beers, interesting cocktails, and small plates with a variety of delicious menu options to try, including a hummus platter and nachos.

The bar strives to tap into a history of American nightlife, and I enjoy it every time I stop. You can also become a VIP member if you love it, as I do!

Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar

1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 999-8726
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Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar is on S Howard Avenue in the Epicurean Hotel and offers carefully crafted food and drinks. It’s a sophisticated bar that most patrons spend all evening in, rather than jumping from place to place.

They offer timeless recipes that are heavier on the budget but well worth it. Their executive chef, Jonathan Atanacio, has worked at the hotel for five years.

The Castle

2004 N 16th St, Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 247-7547
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The Castle is a staple of historic Ybor City. It opened in 1992 as a small saloon and has stuck to its roots. Today, you can try their selection of scotches, bourbons, tequila, and some interesting mixed beers from different countries.

The bar is also a great choice if you have an event to host; they have five different areas to choose from in the building and have hosted everything from fashion shoots to corporate parties.

World of Beer

5311 Avion Park Dr, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 930-5499
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World of Beer on Avion Park Drive is a large, pet-friendly, relaxed bar and event space great for groups. They offer games, a large patio, and even free wifi.

So, no matter the evening out you’re looking for, their establishment will have something to offer. I love their delicious food menu (which you can also order to go!).

Some of my favorites are the German Pretzel and Crispy Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.

The Sail Plaza

333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 274-7778
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The Sail Plaza offers Tampa Bay’s best mojito! The bar is located on S Franklin Street and is a relaxed, low-key location with a 360-degree open-air seating area on the waterfront.

You can visit for the food, the views, the drinks, or if you’re like me, for all three. They’re right next to the Tampa Convention Center and hard to miss!

SpookEasy Lounge

1909 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 857-5125
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The SpookEasy Lounge is the only haunted Kava Kava bar you will find in the city! It’s on N 15th St and openly welcomes ghouls and spirits of all kinds.

While hoping for a scare, you might want to try some of their tea, coffee, or delicious food items, like the Bone Daddy Burger and Temporal Tacos.


2612 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 450-3797
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Shuffle offers food, beer, wine, music, and Florida’s first and only indoor Shuffleboard. If you think this combination is unique, just wait till you step through the door and see the action first-hand.

The bar also has a full kitchen and six rotating taps. Some of their bar snacks include nacho, tater tots, tacos, and a large pretzel that I tried hard not to eat!

Hotel Bar

200 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 999-4080
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Hotel Bar is in downtown Tampa and is known for its crafted drinks and modern aesthetic. It’s a classy-looking bar that’s well-suited for a night out.

Some of their drinks include the Queen’s Park Swizzle and the Vieux Carre. I really recommend trying the Hidden Springs Orange Crush American Wheat beer too, or the Magnanimous Brecher Bier-Helles Lager.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re from the city or not, there’s no doubt that you’re going to want to try some, or even all, of the best bars in the city.

I highly recommend visiting as many of these unique bars as possible and enjoying the creative atmospheres they offer.

If you’ve been to any of these amazing Tampa bars, let us know in the comments!

Best Bars in Tampa

  1. Ciro’s Tampa
  2. EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
  3. Gaspar’s Grotto
  4. M.Bird
  5. Lowry Parcade
  6. Blind Goat Tampa
  7. Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar
  8. The Castle
  9. World of Beer
  10. The Sail Plaza
  11. SpookEasy Lounge
  12. Shuffle
  13. Hotel Bar
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Rocco

Rocco is a Florida State University alumnus with years of bartending and hospitality experience. From slinging hundreds of vodka sodas a night in jam-packed college bars to serving carefully crafted cocktails in upscale restaurants, there’s not much he hasn’t done behind a bar. Now, Rocco shares his knowledge and passion for all things alcohol-related here on My Bartender for bibulous readers everywhere to enjoy.

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