The SoHo Backyard
The SoHo Backyard, a high-end gastropub with an industrial-meets-secret garden atmosphere, is the epitome of a ‘hidden gem’ and the best alternative establishment to open up shop on Tampa’s South Howard ‘strip.’ The walls are adorned with vintage photos of Tampa, along with two large TV screens that hang above the bar’s craft and domestic beer, wine and liquor. SoHo Backyard are known for their outstanding duck wings. The wings are only one of the many sides that can be added to a “Build Your Own” Bloody Mary, which can also include sliders and lobster. For a sweet escape from the noise of South Howard street, enjoy a low key night in a beautiful space with great company.
Address & Telephone number: 610 S Armenia Ave. Ste 105, Tampa, Florida 33609, +1 813 284 5928
Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club
Located inside the historic Bayshore Royal Building, Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club offers inventive cocktails and delicious entrees. Grab a stool by the bar, an intimate booth with a curtain, or a spot in the lounge and stay for dinner in order to indulge in high quality cuisine. In order to even set foot in the bar, you must call up for the daily password, walk up to the grand Victorian wooden door with a peep slot that reads, “please knock and speak easy,” and whisper the password to the person on the other side.
Address & Telephone number: 2109 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 251 0022
Having opened in 1979, Pete’s Place has been named the number one karaoke locale for over 15 years, and for great reason. If you’re visiting on a Friday or Saturday, you’ll most likely hear regulars perform their best songs, making the crowds go wild. Pete’s is and always will be the fun local dive bar that, whether you’re playing games, singing karaoke, or lounging on the front deck, will never disappoint.
Address & Telephone number: 4145 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33629 , +1 813 282 9039
Edge Social Drinkery
A modern rooftop bar on the fourth floor of the swanky Epicurean Hotel, Edge Social Drinkery is a sophisticated destination in which to enjoy tastefully crafted cocktails. Each and every cocktail demonstrates the attention to detail, passion and expertise of the cocktail experts behind the bar. They ensure that every drink is taken to the next level by using house-made juices, bitters and simple syrup. No matter how long you plan to stay, Edge is a unique and ideal place to wine and dine or unwind after work.
Address & Telephone number: 1207 S Howard Ave Tampa, FL 33606, +1 813 999 8731
Voted Tampa’s best boutique wine bar three years in a row and home to more than 25 wines by the glass and 7 different wine flights, Cru Cellars is perfect for a date night or a girls’ night out. With over 20 artisanal cheeses and cured meats to choose from, Cru Cellars ensures that every night can be wine and cheese night. In addition to a list of wines from all over the world, there’s also a wine garden in the back, which makes for a secluded and relaxed space in which to enjoy a glass of wine and fresh air.
Address & Telephone number: 2506 S. MacDill Ave Tampa, FL 33629 +1 813 831 1117
The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co.
The Blind Goat Food and Drink Co. pays homage to the prohibition era, when speakeasies were sometimes called Bling Pig or Tiger. The owners chose to name their establishments after a goat, an animal they believe has and always will represent nourishment and companionship. The drinks, as well as the small Mediterranean style bites, are simple and well executed, made with local ingredients in order to support the area’s community.
Address & Telephone number: 4106 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33629, +1 813 515 7962
Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar
If you’re looking for an inviting and cozy atmosphere for a special date night, or even to catch up with friends over a few glasses of wine, Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar is where you want to be, especially as they host live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. In addition to their extensive wine selection, Carmel also serves high quality Mediterranean cuisine. Order from the iPad menu to take charge of the timing and pace of your meal, and enjoy the prized chickpea fries with a flight of wine before finishing off the night with a warm pound or chocolate lava cake.
Address & Telephone number: 3601 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609, +1 813 964 6889
Tiny Tap Tavern
Originally a gas station in the 1930’s and 40’s that doubled in size in 1951 to become the tavern it is today, Tiny Tap Tavern is one of Tampa’s best dive bars, with an entertaining staff and good cheap beer that is always cold and ready for consumption. As a beer and wine only bar, Tiny Tap is the perfect place to hang out with friends for some gold old fashioned fun, whether it be a game of pool or foosball.
Address & Telephone number: 2105 W Morrison Ave, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 254 3872
Yard of Ale SoHo
Yard of Ale SoHo is the ideal bar for any night of the week, as you can enjoy any of over 20 craft and import drafts on tap, more than 75 different bottled beers, and any wine or liquor while enjoying whatever activities or specials the night may have to offer. Whether it’s Monday margaritas, Wednesday trivia, live music Friday, Saturday karaoke or football and wings Sunday, you have the option to participate in corn hole tournaments, human size Jenga and even Connect 4. If you’re just looking to watch a game, grab a seat in front of any one of the 16 televisions with a beer and a house-made pizza for the greatest football Sunday you’ve ever had.
Address & Telephone number: 406 S Howard Ave, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 251 4433
The Lodge Restaurant & Bar
For a more upbeat and club like experience, go to The Lodge Restaurant & Bar and don’t forget your dancing shoes. The Lodge has everything from brunch and lunch to happy hour, dinner and late night service, but weekend nights see the place transformed into a club and lounge with a DJ, go go dancers, and bottle-service for a guaranteed good time. This bar, unlike many others, serves exceptional sushi, which on WTF Wednesdays only costs $5, along with burgers, pizza and a domestic draft selection. Come to the Lodge to watch an exciting sports game, dance the night away or simply meet new people in the area.
Address & Telephone number: 516 S Howard Ave, Tampa, Florida 33606, +1 813 251 5634