The Best Bars in Tampa, Florida

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8 June 2018

On the west coast of Florida lies Tampa, the bustling city on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. With good weather year-round, the night-life in Tampa never quiets down: there’s something to do every single night of the week. Here are some of the best bars in the city to visit for an authentic and memorable time during your visit to Tampa.

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Yard of Ale

Bar, American, $$$
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With over 20 beers on draft and 75 bottled beers available, Yard of Ale certainly has plenty of options for the beer fanatics. In the heart of the lively SOHO district, Yard of Ale provides a fun environment with daily specials on food and drinks. Come here for the life sized jenga games and atmosphere that brings Tampa locals always coming back for more.

The SAIL Pavilion

Bar, American, $$$
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Right on the water in downtown, The SAIL is nestled in the middle of the Tampa Convention Center. The location of the Pavilion is perfect for any tourist, walking distance from many of the downtown locations and the Channelside district. Food trucks also visit the bar frequently which will perfectly compliment any beer or cocktail enjoyed on the Riverwalk.

Skipper's Smokehouse

Bar, American, $$$
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With a charming dive appearance and welcoming atmosphere, Skipper’s Smokehouse is a hidden gem of Tampa Bay. This place has a casual vibe and great history; it was purchased in 1980 by three Air Force comrades. Come here for the famous Skipperdome, a large backyard concert area under massive oak trees that is home to live music six nights a week.

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