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The historic Latin quarter of Ybor City was once the home of Cuban immigrants who set up factories to manufacture cigars. Eventually, the warehouses were converted into the many restaurants, bars and shops that today attract visitors and residents to this vibrant hot spot. Designated as a National Historic Landmark District, Ybor City is widely known for its wild nightlife and rich culture. Check our pick of the best bars it has to offer.
The Coyote Ugly Saloon is a thriving hot spot with a festive environment ready to make its patrons dance and drink the night away. The staff show off their moves as they line dance the hours away on top of the bar and invite patrons to join in the fun too. Come and get your cowboy on at this unique bar with a great atmosphere.
Crowbar is the ideal spot to kick back and discover new music with a cold drink in hand. The feel of the bar is intimate and private due to its size, yet it manages to recruit an impressive array of up-and-coming musical acts; they are always on the lookout for local and national bands and singers as well as ones that hail from overseas. The music changes every night and patrons can experience any genre from jazz to ska music to metal and even reggae. Crowbar’s excellent bar service is affordable and offers some great American bites. It also boasts a quiet outdoor patio and a pool table.
This tri-level music bar and club welcomes a mature crowd in a romantic and stylish setting. The first level is where patrons will be able to enjoy live music while hanging out on cozy red couches and dim-lit alcoves. There’s a burlesque show upstairs and the third floor is home to a rooftop bar with private cabanas and a great panoramic view over Tampa’s beautiful skyline. The dress code requires patrons to don more formal attire as they listen to some old school jams. Ybor City Jazz House plays jazz, 70’s disco, 80’s pop, and even hip-hop.
Liquid Lounge is a modern and trendy bar that has a dance floor and excellent bar service. The local staple is very gay friendly and has fantastic happy hour deals. The mood of the bar is accentuated by the colorful lighting and the dark jungle-esque feel. The music is heavily Latin, which makes for an authentic flavor of what Ybor City is all about. Liquid Lounge leaves its patrons always wanting more – no wonder so many come back night after night.