20 Best Bars in Tampa


Best Bars in Tampa

Tampa is a major business city in the state of Florida. Tampa has a lot of museums and other cultural interests. The Ybor neighborhood is a historic spot, which was formulated by Cuban and Spanish cigar-factory workers during the turn of the 20th century. This place is a dining and nightlife destination, and many of the best bars in Tampa are located here.

On Swann

The drink menu at On Swann features over a dozen cocktails, classics all of them with little tweaks that make it their own! The menu also features a great selection of wine, beer and spirits.

Their food menu has plenty of great options, but you cannot go from here without trying out the Kale Salad. It’s the best thing on the menu.

If you are in Hyde Park and on the lookout for a place that serves great food, only rivalled by the finest drinks in a trendy and classy atmosphere, On Swann should be your pick! They are kiddo and dog-friendly too.

1501 W Swann Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Hyde Park
(813) 251-0110
onswann.com

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

If you are from Tampa and you are a beer fan, you have to experience the Tampa Bay Brewing Company at least once. For one, it is the oldest brewery in all of Florida! They brew flavorful and hoppy IPAs, APAs, sours and fruit-flavored Florida-Weisse.

The food is delicious and freshly made with local ingredients. Even picky eaters will find something to relish on the extensive and wide-ranging options.

The ambience is sophisticated yet accommodative. You could opt for sit-down dining, outdoor seating or opt for delivery or takeout. Whatever your choice, the food and beer will blow you away.

Overall, a superb place for good food and drinks to enjoy with family or friends.

1600 E 8th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
Ybor City
(813) 247-1422
tbbc.beer

City Cigar Brewing

City Cigar has been brewing award-winning beer since 2009. Florida is known for its sun and citrus, and the ales and lagers brewed here remind us of the best that Florida offers! Jai Alai is a great option, but then, they’re all good.

You have the option for flights, so try as many flavors as you can! The ambience is laid back and relaxing, and the music is perfect to set a chill, casual vibe without being overbearing.

Beer is the king here, but the food and service are great too. Come here for drinking some of the best beers in the city in a spacious and beautiful locale.

3924 W Spruce St
Tampa, FL 33607
Westshore
(813) 348-6363
cigarcitybrewing.com

Edison: food + drink lab

Edison is an upscale and trendy open dining space with a wide corner sidebar and a partially open kitchen. It can get pretty loud, but not so loud that conversations become difficult.

The drink menu is daunting, to say the least. A dozen cocktails, beers on draft, an extensive wine selection and a monstrously huge selection of whiskeys feature in it. Drink lab sums it up indeed!

The food menu is eclectic, inventive and delicious. Each dish is beautifully presented, and a treat for the eyes and well as the stomach.

The Edison is a great date night spot with your loved one.

912 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606
Hyde Park
(813) 254-7111
edison-tampa.com

Mr. Dunderbak’s

This place is authentic German! With over 55 beers on draft and hundreds of beers in the bottle. The ambience is casual and laid back, and the inside feels like a German Biergarten. German wall art, traditional music on certain days and delicious German fare make this a place that is authentically German. The ambience is easy-going and relaxed. Best place to chill with a beer!

Mr Dunerbak serves their famous Schnitzel in several varieties which is sure to please everyone. Mr Dunderbak also offers its guests a great time for Oktoberfest. The portion sizes of the food are very generous, so bring your appetite! They are open to delivery and takeout.

14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33613
USF
(813) 977-4104
dunderbaksbeer.wordpress.com

Ciro’s

Ciro, located in the historic Bayshore Royal building, is a classic cocktail bar that pays tribute to the old Hollywood bar of the same name.

Here the mixologists whip up cocktails from a bygone era. They are classic, timeless and delicious! Cocktails here take centre stage, but there are small selections of wine and beer on the menu as well.

The speakeasy vibes are intruding and exciting. You need to give them the password before they allow you in. The ambience is classy, intimate and romantic. It is the perfect spot for a date night or celebration. But Ciro is more than just ambience and great drinks. The food is delicious too.

So, get dressy and celebrate your next special occasion at Ciro and make it a wonderfully special night!

2109 Bayshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606
SoHo
(813) 251-0022
cirostampa.com

Topgolf

Never played golf before? No matter your skill level and experience, the climate-controlled playing bays hat is similar to a bowling lane makes for an enjoyable experience, and maybe you will fall in love with the game?

Topgolf has a full bar serving beer, wine and cocktails. The food is immaculate! I would order the Mac & Cheese bites or the Asian Wings. Delicious and flavorful, there is a slight “kick” to both the dishes that hit the sweet spot.

TVs to watch the big game and live music adds on to the fun and entertainment quotient and atmosphere. It can be a little pricey, but you will end up having so much fun! They are kiddo friendly, so don’t leave the little humans behind!

10690 Palm River Rd
Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 298-1811
topgolf.com

Oystercatchers

Hidden amidst a natural landscape, Oystercatcher is a favorite for those who seek fresh, local seafood. This waterfront locale is serene and tranquil, and the beautiful landscape is only exceeded by the delicious food and incredible service.

The interiors are gorgeous. Just outside the restaurant are a mini beach and a swimming pool area with hammocks and a back patio. There are large windows on one side that offer spectacular views of the water and sunset.

The ambience is upscale and classy, without being too pretentious. Oystercatchers has a full bar serving specialty cocktails and local craft beer.

The food, from the crab cakes to the Lobster Mac to the Grilled Oysters to the Scallops -is just all-around delicious!

2900 Bayport Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 207-6815
hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/florida/grand-hyatt-tampa-bay/tparw/dining

Hattricks

Hattricks has gotta be the Best Sports Bar in all of Tampa! The drink menu has local and craft beers, and the food is standard pub fare which doesn’t stop it from being totally delish! Wine and Premium Whiskeys also finds its place in the drink menu.

The Shake and Bake Wings are best, you’ve got to try them when you’re here! Crispy, juicy and flavorful, it’s everything you want your wings to be!

When the Lightning is playing, the atmosphere here is electric! Hattricks is a great place to watch any sporting events with a chilled beer and killer wings in a relaxed and laid back atmosphere.

107 S Franklin St
Tampa, FL 33602
Downtown Tampa
(813) 225-4288
hattrickstavern.com

The Bricks

Coffee and Cocktails are two things I love best. And Bricks serves both. Located in the historic Ybor City, they opened their doors in 2010, and specialize in locally roasted coffee, classic cocktails, beers, ciders and more in a hipster, classy and elegant ambience.

Whether you are on your cheat day and want to indulge a bit, or you are looking for something healthy, the food menu has options for everything. The Bird and Pig Sandwich is a popular dish here. Experience authentic Cuban cuisine here in Tampa at the Bricks.

They have options for sit-down dining and outdoor seating. They also have delivery and takeout options.

1327 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
Ybor City
(813) 247-1785
thebricksybor.com

Mermaid Tavern

The Mermaid Tavern offers more than 50 craft and standard beers and 60 wines, with 30 being by-the-glass options in a relaxed, cozy and chill ambience. The drink menu is rotated constantly, to something new for the patrons on their visits every time!

The food is traditional pub greasy food, so don’t count those calories here. They are open for delivery and takeout.

You can choose to dine inside or in their outside patio area where papers are allowed in, and they too get to experience the magic of the mermaid Tavern!

The place features big-screen TVs and board games to have fun with when you come as a group. And you damn well should! To enjoy the beers and lively vibes.

6719 N Nebraska Ave
Tampa, FL 33604
Seminole Heights
(813) 238-5618
mermaidtaverntampa.com

The Pub Tampa Bay

This is kind of an upscale British Pub without the frills and pretentiousness. The drink menu served 20 draughts, and around 30 bottled/canned beer. The cocktail list has 16 delicious options to choose from.

The Scotch and eggs, and Fish and Chips are two of the best dishes on the menu, and they are stellar!

The ambience is a delightful mix of sophistication and easy-going, and they are kiddo-friendly. Plenty of nice options on the menu for your little ones too!

If you are looking to experience a slice of Britain in Tampa, do it at the Pub Tampa Bay. You won’t be disappointed!

2223 N West Shore Blvd
Ste B212
Tampa, FL 33607
International
(813) 443-5642
experiencethepub.com/tampa-bay/

Bar Louie Tampa

This place is pretty special. If you enjoy delicious and refreshing cocktails, Bar Louie has you covered. But the best part? Bar Louie’s, “Cocktails for a Cause” initiative donates $1 of each “Bourbon and Spice cocktail sold until December 31st to the “No Kid Hungry” cause. Did you know $1 can feel up to 10 kids in need! Apart from cocktails, they also serve a small selection of wines and Margaritas.

There are plenty of smashing deals to make use of. For instance, for Bruch, they serve bottomless Mimosas for just $10! Tuesdays are for $5 craft burgers. They are open for delivery and takeout. The wait staff is friendly, engaging and prompt.  The kiddos will love the Cheeseburgers, Chicken Fingers & Fries, and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

This would be a nice spot for a date night. Come here for the cocktails, craft burgers and bottomless Mimosas!

2223 North Westshore Blvd
Ste B-202
Tampa, FL 33607
International
(813) 519-1900
barlouie.com

Coppertail Brewing Co

As they say, “Inspired by Florida. Brewed in Tampa.”

This place is steeped in history and decorated with old relics, each of which has a story to tell. Here you will see reclaimed wood from Arturo Fuente building and a long-buried train rail which now forms the bar foot rail. Full of history, full of character and full of thrilling tales to tell – that is Coppertail for you!

Typically, there are 20 beers on tap at any point, and they are offered on rotation. This place was formulated by people with a passion for the art and love of brewing.

Coppertail has a great beer selection, IPAs, Belgian, sours, stout, porter, wheat ales, a pilsner and Kolsch.  They also have wine on their drink menu, and the food is quite good.

So come here to chill with some great beer in this hipster, trendy and industrial vibes of Coppertrail. They are welcoming of kids and dogs too.

2601 E 2nd Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
Ybor City
(813) 450-1781
coppertailbrewing.com

Yeoman’s Cask and Lion

This is a British Pub with a difference. Yeoman’s Cask is a modern casual Sports bar with the eclectic pop art of English icons and memorabilia everywhere.

Lively, fun and energetic, it stands apart from other Traditional Pubs but keeps the authentic English vibes and soul intact.

The food they serve is comforting British food, including hand-crafted burgers, grilled wings, toasted sandwiches, Fish & Chips, and Mac N’ Cheese. The Drink menu features an extensive list of over 50 bottles and drafts from local and international breweries. They also serve wine and a little over a dozen delicious cocktails.

They are open for sit-down dining, outdoor seating, and offer delivery and takeout. If you are looking for a smashing good place to watch the game or stop by pre or post-game, then you have found the perfect one.

202 N Morgan St
Tampa, FL 33602
Downtown Tampa
yeomanscaskandlion.com

The Independent

Did you know that the Independent was the first craft beer bar in the neighborhood? The pioneer for craft beer in this part of town has 14 taps that rotate every day to keep things fresh and interesting, along with more than a 100 hand-picked bottles, featuring the finest from the country and around the world. The wine list is also extensive and well-thought-out.

Hipster, trendy and classy, “The Indie,” as this German Beer bar is fondly called, also has good food to pair with the great drinks. Cuban Sandwich, Pretzel, Mojo Pork Tacos and Caprese Panini are the best-selling dishes on the menu and most popular.

They have a dog-friendly outdoor patio. They are open to delivery and takeout. The wait staff is attentive, efficient and affable.

Between the beer and delicious food, top-notch service and nice ambience, you will have a great time at the Independent.

5016 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
Seminole Heights
(813) 341-4883
independentbartampa.com

Duffy’s Sports Grill

This is another great sports bar on our radar. Why? Fantastic libations, delectable food, impeccable service and TVs galore! What more could you want of a Sports Bar? The drink menu features around 20 beers, several wines and half a dozen classic cocktails like The Cosmopolitan, Margaritas and Long Island Iced Tea.

Wings, burgers, Salmon, Reuben, Pretzels are all equally scrumptious. And, there are more!

The ambience is a balance of classy and casual, and during game nights, this place can be jamming!

1580 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33607
Westshore
(813) 875-7340
duffysmvp.com

Haven

Haven is a wine and spirits haven indeed! With around 300 bourbons and 40 wines by the glass, this is THE place to enjoy some of the finest wine and spirits in a trendy, classy and relaxed space. The Haven also specializes in 60 kinds of cheeses and a variety of charcuteries that pair delightfully with the wine menu.

The vibe and ambience are perfect for a date night or a girls night out. They have amazing happy hour deals too!

If you are looking for a beautiful place to enjoy some delicious food and quality wine, the Haven is ideal for that.

2208 W Morrison Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
SoHo
(813) 258-2233
haventampa.com

World of Beer

Around the World in 100 sips only at the World of Beer! Yes, the World of Beer that opened its doors in 2007 as a place for craft beers, now has over a hundred beers from all over the globe! The Spirits selection is just as epic! There are refreshing cocktails to be had as well.

Pretzels, burgers, wings, Mac & Cheese are all impressive. So come here with an appetite! They have great happy hour offers. They have sit-down dining, outdoor seating and a rooftop patio where you can catch planes, land and takeoff. Spectacular!

The ambience is trendy, chill and casual. They are welcoming of kids and fur babies. What with music and TVs it can get quite loud.

If you are on the way to the mall, or the airport, stop by the World of Beer and grab a cold beer, and if you have the time, a bite too!

Travel around the world, one sip at a time at the World of Beer!

5311 Avion Park Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
Westshore
(813) 930-5499
worldofbeer.com

The C House

The C House is located in the historic Seminole Heights district. The C House really shines when it comes to Champagne, Cheesecake, Charcuterie and any other goodies that you can think of that start with the letter C. Cookies and cupcakes? Yes! Ceviche, Canadian Bacon and Cheeseburgers? Oh yes! Craft beers and cocktails? Emphatic yes! I could go on, but you get the idea.

The idea of how the owners zeroed in on this quirky name is fun! The owner had wanted to open a place that offered the combo of Champagne and Cheesecake. The more they brainstormed, they realized every dish they came up with started with C. So, they threw in every other dish they could think of and the rest, as they say, is history!

There are around 80 wines, a dozen crafted cocktails, 5 classic cocktails and more than 30 Canadian, craft and canned beer.

The ambience is hipster, trendy and casual. There’s a Children’s menu in place for kids, and the patio is dog-friendly. They are open to delivery and takeout.

The C House
6005 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33604
Seminole Heights
(813) 488-4813
thechouse.com

Tampa has plenty of great options if you love craft beer and cocktails. Cocktail bars, breweries and beer gardens allow you to enjoy these two to your heart’s content. There are also some great Sports bars for a fun night during game time. There are a few great British pubs for you can for the authentic British experience. Throw in a couple of speakeasies for an intimate and magical experience and bars offering stellar spirits collection, and the list is complete!

I hope this list comes in handy when you are looking for great watering holes in Tampa!

Ren

Ren is the Editorial Director here at BARPX. She loves writing, running, hanging out, and enjoying her free time with friends and family. Got a new idea for an article? Hit her up at ren [at] barpx.com.

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