Southern Nights, formerly G-Bar, is a popular gay club in the heart of Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood. Catering to the full LGBT spectrum, each night features a rotating list of events including a lesbian night with burlesque show on Friday and a night for the men featuring drag performances on Saturdays. In addition, Tuesday's focus on the service industry, Wednesday's feature an amateur drag contest and Thursdays are college night. Each night features a variety of drink specials. The club has a dramatic, slightly posh atmosphere, complete with dazzling laser projections, plasma screens and a thumping top-notch sound system.
Located in Ybor City, Bradley's on 7th is a popular gay bar that has something going on every day of the week. The decor is uniquely rustic and features realistic-looking trees and a stream running down the length of the bar. Happy hour leads off each day with 2-4-1 drink specials through 7pm. On Thursday's Bradley's lets the amateurs show their stuff hosting a strip show for cash and prizes. Friday and Saturdays feature DJs, hot dancers and drag shows at 11:30 pm and 1:15 pm.
Recently re-opened under new management, the Body Shop Bear Bar is a gay bar located in North Tampa. This is a friendly and comfortable neighborhood spot to relax and enjoy good company. There is a full bar and smoking is allowed. No food is served, but they do host a "Bear Buffet" with free pizza on Tuesdays. There are large screen TVs, pool tables and dart boards to keep you busy. Want to get outside and enjoy the weather? No problem, there is an outdoor patio featuring drink specials. Drinks are reasonably priced all the time, but you can get an even better deal during happy hour from 3-8pm daily.
If you're heading across the bridge from Tampa to St. Petersburg, you might want to check out Enigma while you're there. Located downtown in the Edge District, a vibrant and and eclectic historic neighborhood with a variety of dining, shops, and entertainment. The bar itself has an upscale feel while still offering reasonable prices and strong drinks. The staff are friendly and the place has a welcoming vibe. There is always something going whether it's a laid back night of pool and karaoke, or all dialed up with a DJ or drag show.
Quench Lounge is a popular club located across the Howard-Franklin Bridge in Largo that bills itself as an "all-welcoming" LGTBQ bar although it serves a mainly gay clientele. Every night is a party at this friendly spot with a neighborhood vibe featuring karaoke, drag queen shows, game nights and guest DJs just to name a few. If you've ever wanted to be a drag queen, be sure to check out their amateur drag search events on Thursdays where you can win $100! This is a fairly upscale club but the drink prices that won't break the bank. Inside is smoke free, but outdoor smoking is allowed on the patio.
Tampa's Reservoir Bar located in historic Ybor City bills itself as the the finest hole in the wall in town. Open to all, this fine dive bar serves both gay and straight clientele who are looking to do some serious drinking. The bar features a wide variety of specialty beer and some sinister concoctions brewed up by the friendly bartenders. Sit at the bar or strut your stuff playing bar games including darts, pool, and a few other drinking games. It's happy hour till 7pm every day and Saturday and Sunday drink specials feature fresh squeezed margaritas and homemade Bloody Marys for $4.00.
Hamburger Mary's is a bar and grille location in Tampa's Ybor City historic district. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night guests are treated to risque "HamBingo" hosted by some of Tampa's most popular drag queens with proceeds going to local charities. Friday and Saturday nights feature two drag shows each evening. As its name suggests, the menu features a good selection of specialty burgers as well as a variety of sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Located on the second floor overlooking busy 7th avenue, there is a nice size outdoor patio perfect for enjoying the weather and people watching.
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 danced-out clubbers sip cheap, tasty drinks and chat with the sociable staff. The Honey Pot also features Steam Fridays with phenomenal drag shows for men and Tease Saturdays with sensational specials for women including $1 drinks from 10 pm - 11 pm. There are also plenty of special events and guest DJs.
This massive club has a different theme for nearly every night of the week, ranging from pop video night to goth or trance. There are 3 different areas for music, and 5 areas altogether to hang out, each offering something a little different and it's a good bet you'll leave having seen something completely new. Despite the alternative clientele, everyone in The Castle is friendly and welcoming. Because The Castle is so wide-ranging, it's a good idea to check their website before you go to see what you might be getting yourself into.
One of the most welcoming, laid-back gay clubs Tampa has to offer, City Side is located in trendy South Tampa. The lounge boasts friendly bartenders, fantastic (and long-lived) happy hours and a well-stocked game area. The venue holds 3 different bars; the main bar, a sports bar featuring lots of flat screen TVs, and patio bar that is only open weekends. As talented DJs spin Top 40 hits, patrons shake it on the dance floor or sip drinks under the stars on the outdoor patio. Visitors are also delighted by daily events like Fetish Friday, Throwback Thursday, Sunday Funday featuring drag queen bingo, Saturday and Wednesday feature karaoke, and Tuesday nights are game nights with free pool.