Dance, Play and Party the Night Away at Tampa's Top Nightspots



As the sun goes down and the lights come on, Tampa gets ready to have a good time. While the Ybor City and SoHo neighborhoods may host many of the top spots, there are plenty of options located throughout the city. To help you plan the perfect night out, 10 Best has put together a list of the top options. Get ready to move to the groove, laugh out loud, get lucky, or enjoy a great show.

From high-brow to low-brow, Tampa has a dynamic live music scene. One of the city's most original live music venues is Skipper's Smokehouse, a legendary local hangout where you will hear both local and national acts playing everything from reggae to ska.

If you're looking for something a little more glamorous, check out Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Here you'll find everything you need for a complete night out - award-winning restaurants, live music, and of course a massive casino with a full selection of both slots and table games.




Hyde Park Cafe has been setting the tone in the SoHo bar scene for over a decade now. With three distinct areas, all types of clientele come to dance, drink, or just hang out. The Velociti Room is your DJ-led dance party, spinning everything...  Read More




Among the most entertaining gay bars in Tampa, Florida, this high-energy club is a sweet spot to shimmy like you mean it on an expansive dance floor bathed in flashing lights. After busting every move you've got, retreat to the balcony where...  Read More


Ferg's Live
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Ferg's Live is a live music venue and sports bar located in downtown Tampa next to Amalie Arena. With a chic, urban vibe, interior seating is bright and airy, however the real star is their huge courtyard. Featuring two bars, tons of seating and...  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




Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Casino features over 170,000 square feet of sumptuously decorated gaming space offering 24/7 access to a huge selection of your favorite games. Whether you are partial to slot machines or want to try your hand in the...  Read More




Get your yuks on at Tampa's Improv Comedy Club located in the Ybor City historic district. This is the same Club that for 40 years has launched the careers of countless famous comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, David Spade and Bette Midler, just...  Read More


Topgolf Tampa
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Located in Brandon, a 15 minute drive from downtown is Topgolf Tampa. This unique entertainment complex offers a 3 level golf range for players of all ages and abilities to hone their skills playing target-oriented games. A state-of-the-art...  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




A legendary local hangout, Skipper's Smokehouse is wonderfully Old Florida and attracts a faithful crowd of regulars. The decor is perfectly done in Florida-shack style, looking like it's made of corrugated tin and brightly painted plywood held...  Read More


David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
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The Straz Center is Tampa's world-class center for the performing arts and hosts most of the area's major cultural performances. Here you can enjoy performances from the Florida Orchestra and Opera Tampa, as well as popular music greats such as...  Read More


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Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye

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