Explore Tampa's Lively Bar Scene to Find the Perfect Hangouts

Tampa has a lively bar scene, so if your idea of fun includes enjoying a couple drinks while socializing with friends, there is a perfect spot waiting for you here. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, 10 Best has put together a list of some of the most popular spots for hanging out and kicking back.

Several spots on the list have been selected for those who wish to enjoy Tampa’s outdoor lifestyle, such as the Sail Pavilion. Hands down the best outside bar for enjoying spectacular views of the downtown waterways.

If tasting some of our local craft beers is more your style, you might want to check out the Tampa Bay Brewing Company in the historic Ybor City neighborhood. Ybor City leads the way when it comes to Tampa nightlife, so we made sure to include a couple of options from this neighborhood to get you started on your nocturnal explorations.

From upscale and sophisticated options such as downtown’s Fly Bar to down-to-earth dive bars such as SoHo’s Tiny Tap Tavern, there are a full range of options to choose from. Whatever you’re looking for, you are sure to find your perfect watering hole.

If you want to get off the beaten path, try Rick's on the River. Located on the Hillsborough River just north of downtown, Rick's is a popular local hangout catering to the river boating community. Amenities include a boat ramp and marina with...  Read More

Gaspar's Grotto is a popular bar and restaurant located in Tampa's Ybor City historic neighborhood. Perfect for visitor's who have not had the opportunity to experience the annual Gasparilla Celebration, Gaspar's celebrates the famous pirate...  Read More

Tiny Tap Tavern
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Converted from a gas station in 1951, Tiny Tap has been a cherished Tampa favorite for decades. This tried-and-true dive bar's friendly clientele and cheap prices make it a refreshing respite from its upscale SoHo surroundings. Friendly,...  Read More

Four Green Fields
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Named after Ireland's four provinces, this cozy, neighborhood pub is housed in a thatched-roof cottage amid a grove of palm trees. Once inside, surrounded by pints of Guinness and lilting accents, you'll feel that you've been transported to the...  Read More

Seminole Heights
Red Star Rock Bar
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Red Star Rock Bar is located in Tampa's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood. Occupying a small narrow storefront on Florida Avenue, what it lacks in size inside, it makes up for with an outdoor patio and stage area outside. The decor is...  Read More

A one-of-a-kind gem in downtown Tampa, this eclectic bar features a sophisticated but inviting atmosphere with vibrant murals highlighting the urban chic décor. Daily entertainment is provided by live music or DJs, with regulars playing during...  Read More

The Hub

Excuse the pun, but this classic dive has been the "hub" of Tampa's drinking scene since 1949. While a lot has changed since the early days when fancy clothes were worn and local judges were regulars, a lot has stayed the same. Strictly for the...  Read More

Handcrafted brews are always on tap at this family-run microbrewery, located in Centro Ybor. Within these walls, patrons clamor for house and seasonal brews, cask-conditioned ales, and specialty beers created by other independent breweries. The...  Read More

The Sail Pavilion
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers

Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Sail Pavilion is a 360 degree, outdoor bar located right on the waterfront. Convenient to downtown amenities such as the Tampa Bay History Center, the Tampa Convention Center, and Amalie Arena, the Sail...  Read More

The indisputable leader among the craft breweries in Tampa, Cigar City Brewing prides itself on creating nationally prized craft brews on an intimate scale. There is a large, unpretentious tasting room, perfect for checking out what's on tap and...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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