Tampa is a large metropolis along the gulf coast with a vibrant business, culture, and arts scene. As the second largest city in Florida, Tampa has a diversity of attractions to enjoy for both natural and urban experiences.
One of the most important aspects of any major city is its bar and restaurant scene, and Tampa doesn’t disappoint.
I went looking for the best happy hour in Tampa and found a vast array of bars, taverns, and restaurants that you can read about below.
103 E Jackson St, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 694-7001
Overlooking the Tampa RiverWalk in downtown Tampa, GenX Tavern is a funky hipster bar that every generation X member will enjoy.
It has old-school arcade games, a video game station projected on a pyramid of old box TVs, old high school lockers, and so much more.
I loved their corn dog nuggets and pickle chips, which I washed down with a cheap draft beer.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $2 off draft beer, $5 jameson green tea shot, $7 tang-a-rita, $5 house liquors, $6 house wine, $5 corn dog nuggets, $5 pickle chips, $8 gen x smashburgher, and $10 pizza.
American Social – Tampa
601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 605-3333
Overlooking the Pointe Marina on Harbour Island, American Social is a massive waterfront restaurant and bar with a beautiful outdoor deck to watch the boats coming in and out.
They offer extensive menus of American food for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Their full bar serves craft cocktails, wine, shots, and artisanal brews.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $6 hornitos margarita, $8 premium liquors, $10 hand-crafted cocktails, $7 call liquors, $6 house liquors, $6 house wines, and $6 select draft beers.
915 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 868-5463
Green Lemon is a colorful, urban-chic Mexican food restaurant and margarita bar in Tampa’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
It’s a family-friendly restaurant with a festive atmosphere. Colorful murals of Mexican street art line the walls.
I loved their loaded Locos Nachos to soak up a massive 36 oz house margarita, served in a fishbowl to share with friends.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $6 shot of tequila (milagro or altos), $5 red sangria, $8 (16 oz) or $12 (24 oz) soho signature, $6 (16 oz) or $10 (24 oz) gl’s house margarita, $13 (36 oz) gl’s house margarona, $10 choice of 3 tacos, and $7 locos nachos.
Yeoman’s Cask and Lion
202 N Morgan St, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 224-9367
Located a few blocks from Tampa City Hall and Amalie Arena in Tampa’s Channel District, Yeoman’s Cask and Lion is a modern pub and sports bar.
The sleek industrial chic interior houses pool tables, giant screen TVs, and comfortable lounges to enjoy delicious cocktails, beer, and elevated pub fare.
I took advantage of their cheap draft beer to enjoy alongside an over-the-top burger.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – $2 off wine, cocktails, and drafts.
2208 W Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 258-2233
Haven is a stunning, upscale New American bistro and bar in a beautifully designed modern space in Hyde Park.
The atmosphere is elegant and lively, and the presentation of food and drink is the definition of culinary art.
In addition to craft cocktails, wine, and beer, Haven has a whiskey menu with over 100 varieties.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $4 cocktails, $7 premium cocktails, $3 beer, $5 wines (by the glass), and $6 bar bites.
107 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 225-4288
Another Channel District favorite, Hattricks, is a large, lively tavern and sports bar that’s been a downtown fixture since 1997.
Its walls are lined with sports memorabilia and massive big-screen TVs to watch all your favorite sporting events.
They’re a great place to go with large parties, taking advantage of their double happy hour beer bucket deals.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm until closed – $1 off all pints, $3 off for 12 oz bud light or coors light drafts, $17.50 buckets of bud, bud light, coors light & miller lite, $20 buckets of corona & corona light, $21.50 buckets of bud light seltzer, white claw & high noon, and half-price house wines.
116 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 252-3444
Named for the Channel District in which it lies, District Tavern is a friendly downtown gastropub with a casual and welcoming atmosphere.
They offer an ever-changing list of craft beers, eight rotating beers on tap, cocktails, and an extensive selection of New and Old world wines to accompany elevated pub fare.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm – offers available at the location.
930 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 773-8626
Bulla Gastrobar is an upscale gastro bar modeled off Spanish tapas bars. Located in Historic Hyde Park North, Bulla Gastrobar is a family-friendly restaurant serving authentic tapas, from patatas bravas to gazpacho.
I recommend trying their delicious sangria, which is discounted by the glass or in a pitcher for happy hour.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $5.5 to $21 de temporada, $2 to $4 beers, $6.5 to $7.25 cocktails, $4.5 to $5.25 sangrias, $5 to $7.5 red wine, $4 to $6.5 white wine, and $4.5 to $5 sparkling wine.
Blind Goat Tampa
4106 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629
Phone: (813) 515-7962
Teetering between Palma Ceia West and Culbreath Heights, The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co is an industrial-chic cocktail bar and restaurant serving a massive menu of tavern fare to accompany an equally extensive cocktail, spirits menu, and types of beer.
I had a cheap glass of red wine to accompany a discounted Strong Islander pizza loaded with meatballs, sausage, and pepperoni.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $4 premium wells!, $2 upgrade to a 22 oz mug, $5 house wines, $4 select drafts, $5 cocktail & food special of the day!, and $5 tito’s handmade vodka, jameson whiskey, screwball whiskey, and captain morgan rum.
1327 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 247-1785
The Bricks is a coffee house, cocktail bar, restaurant, and music venue all in one quaint and romantic space in Ybor City.
They’re a family and student-friendly place by day and a lively bar with live music by night.
They offer 7 craft beers on tap, yummy shareable plates, and high-end cocktails.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $3.50 drafts, wells, house wine, sangria, and $2 off all shareable plates.
Bernini of Ybor
1702 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 242-9555
Another Ybor City location to grab drinks, Bernini, is a modern Italian restaurant with a refined atmosphere.
They’re a popular lunch and dinner spot, serving both traditional and innovative Italian dishes accompanied by a full bar and an impressive wine list.
It’s hard to beat half-price entrees and 3$ martinis for lunch and early dinner.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 11:30 am until 7:00 pm – $3 western son martinis and half-price entrees and pastas.
Forbici Modern Italian
1633 W Snow Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 251-8001
Located in a fashionable multiroom space with a vintage meets gaudy-chic decor in Hyde Park, Forbici Modern Italian has a fun and lively atmosphere to accompany a great cocktail and food menu.
They also have a dog-friendly outdoor patio. Their classic craft cocktails were expertly mixed.
I recommend staying for dinner so you can try their Roman-style pizza.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm – $8 cocktails, $5 house wine, $4 to $5.5 beer, and $4 to $10 snacks.
Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar
1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 999-8726
Elevage SoHo Kitchen and Bar is a stunning high-ceilinged New American restaurant in Historic Hyde Park.
It is a fine dining establishment inside the high-end Epicurean Hotel. Their cocktail menu is first-rate, using all the top-shelf spirits.
Their happy hour cocktails may be the best deal in town just because the ingredients and mixing are so good.
I recommend Epic Manhattan if you’re a whiskey fan.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $5 cocktails, $3 to $5 beer, $5 to $6 wine, and small plates.
Grillsmith – Carrollwood
14303 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: (813) 269-1500
Grillsmith is a traditional American restaurant and cocktail bar in Lake Magdalene inside a lovely open dining space with a covered outdoor patio.
Their kitchen revolves around an open-fire grill, serving up flame-grilled steaks, seafood, flatbreads, and more. I loved their vodka martini.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Wednesday from 4:00 pm until closed – $$6 to $9 starters, $5 select spirits, $4.5 house wines, $7 craft cocktails, $5 craft beers, $6 martinis, whiskey, bourbon, rye, and scotch.
Brio Italian Grille
2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 877-3939
Located inside the International Plaza and Bay Street Mall in West Tampa, BrioItalian Grille is a family-friendly yet elegant Italian restaurant with a classic menu of pasta, salads, antipasti, entrees, and desserts.
I enjoyed a glass of wine with a delicious bruschetta sampler all for under 15 dollars!
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $7 starters, $7 cocktails, $7 house wine, $7 sangria, and craft beer.
The C House
6005 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
Phone: (813) 488-4813
The C House is a romantic New American restaurant inside a cool wooden dining space inside a converted auto repair shop in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood.
The “C” in C House stands for charcuterie, champagne, and cheesecake. It also stands for “consciously curated,” serving fancy dishes using locally and responsibly sourced ingredients.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm – $8 cocktails, $4 canned & canadian beer, $7 wine & bubbles, and $4 to $14 cool bites.
MacDinton’s Irish Pub
405 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 251-8999
MacDInton’s Irish Pub is a sports bar and Irish tavern in Courier City, offering an authentic lineup of Irish pub food, whiskeys, and beer.
Their lively atmosphere is a great place to watch a sports game with friends while enjoying a pint of stout.
For an authentic happy hour appetizer, try their Shepherd’s Pie Boxty Balls.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday all day – half-price drinks & apps. Tuesday from 8:00 pm until closed – $5 maestro dobel tequila, $5 bacardi & flavors, $5 bogo wells, $5 crown, $5 seltzers, and $5 grey goose. Wednesday until 8:00 pm – half-price drinks. Thursday from 8:00 pm until closed – $1 beer. Friday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – $10 open bar. Saturday from 8:00 pm until closed – $10 pitcher of tequila cazadores, bacardi, teeling whiskey, or grey goose vodka.
Whether you’re looking for an Irish tavern, high-end bistro, or hipster arcade bar, you’ll find the best happy hour in Tampa on my list of establishments.
After hopping around Tampa to get great deals on food and drinks, let me know which happy hour you enjoyed most in the comments section.
Happy hour deals are subject to change. Always call ahead or check online for the latest info!
Best Happy Hour in Tampa
- GenX Tavern
- American Social – Tampa
- Green Lemon
- Yeoman’s Cask and Lion
- District Tavern
- Bulla Gastrobar
- Blind Goat Tampa
- The Bricks
- Bernini of Ybor
- Forbici Modern Italian
- O’Brien’s Irish Pub
- Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar
- Grillsmith – Carrollwood
- Brio Italian Grille
- The C House
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