Top Nightlife Places in Tampa Bay

Top Nightlife Places in Tampa Bay

by Tampa Nightlife Reporter
11.20.2008

Tampa Bay Nightlife

This isn't New York City or Los Angeles, but the Bay area has a decent offering of bars and clubs for those travelers who like cruising around after dark. Some places, such as Beach Nutts and Yucatan Liquor Stand, don't even charge a cover. The nightlife in the area is also marked by high-quality theatrical productions and occasional big-name performers at places like the Sun Dome or Tampa Stadium. If you want the hottest action, you'll find it in Ybor (E-bore) City, Tampa own Latin Quarter.

TAMPA

Tampa Bay Nightlife Top Location to check out. -Tampa Hyde Park Cafe - The spot to sip Grey Goose martinis while putting the techno-fueled dance moves on the micro-skirt-wearing coeds — or to look for Jeter holding court in the VIP section. Just watch out for flying cocktail glasses if you find yourself in the company of fallen American Idol finalist Jessica Sierra, the coked-up celebutard who got busted here last year for dotting a dude above the eye with a drink she hurled. 1806 Platt St.,  813-254-CAFÉ or thehydeparkcafe.com.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 2 to check out -Skipper's Smokehouse Restaurant and Oyster Bar- serves live reggae, blues, and zydeco in addition to dinner. A very popular hotspot, Skipper's is almost constantly filled. Open Tues, We, Sat-Sun. 6:30pm-11pm, Friday 8-11pm. Cover $3-8, but may be more for special events. 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. 813-971-0666 or 813-977-6474.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 3 to check out Blues Ship- features live bands playing jazz, reggae, and blues in a laid-back, informal atmosphere. Most shows start a 8:30 pm Tues.-Sun. Cover charge $2-5. 1910 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City, Tampa. 813-248-6097.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 4 to check out  Brass Mug Pub- is a pub presenting heavy metal and other rock n' roll music nightly. Located near the University of South Florida, the pub also has darts, pool, and video games. A jam session is held every Monday. Cover $3. 1441 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa. 813-972-8152.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 5 to check out Brothers Lounge playing pure jazz, has made it on the Tampa music scene for two decades. Tuesday through Saturday, it's open until 2:30am. Cover $1-3. 501 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-286-8882.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 6 to check out Jazz Cellar- houses the Jazz Cellar Underground Orchestra. Jazz fans from all over flock to this Ybor City club in the heart of Tampa's Latin Quarter. Performances given Thurs-Sat. 9pm-2am. Cover $2-3. 1916 N. 14th St., Ybor City, Tampa. (813(248-1862.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 7 to check out Yucatan Liquor Stand- features music from pop to reggae, country, and alternative in a beach-bar atmosphere. No cover. Drinks cost $1 and up. Open nightly until 3am. 4811 W. Cypress St., Tampa. 813-289-8454.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 8 to check out The Comedy Works- has a dynamic program of live comedy Sunday and Tuesday to Thursday at 8pm. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 and 10:15pm. $5-10 cover. 3447 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-875-9129.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 9 to check outSide Splitters Comedy Club- showcases professional stand-up routines on most nights. Northwest of downtown, Side Splitters charges a $6-8 cover. Shows are at 8:30pm Tues-Thurs. and at 8 and 10:30pm Friday and Saturday. 12938 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-960-1197.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location # 10 to check out The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center a huge, four-theater complex, is a great place to go for Broadway plays, concerts, operas, and special events. 1010 MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-STAR or 1-800-955-1045.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location to check out The Mystery Cafe- presents a murder-mystery dinner show on Friday and Saturday at the Wyndham Harbor Island Hotel. Audience participation is encouraged. $29.95 covers the show and dinner. 725 S. Harbor Island Blvd., Harbour Island. 813-935-0846.

Tampa Bay Nightlife Location to check out The Off-Center Theater housed in the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, is dedicated to a range of area artists presenting music, dance, comedy, poetry, and film. Tickets $3-$12. 1010 MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-221-1001.

Honorable Mention

Tampa Bay Stadium Home of Superbowl XLII with its 74,296 seats, frequently plays host to today's biggest acts. 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-872-7977.

The USF Sun Dome- is another place to go to catch some of today's most popular touring artists. Located on the University of South Florida campus at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-974-3111.

The Tampa Theater- is regarded as the crown jewel of the Franklin Street Mall. Built in 1926, this restored theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers a diverse film program in addition to special events and concerts. Tickets are $5.25 adult, $4 seniors, $2.25 children 2-12; $3.25 adults and seniors on Tues. and at weekend matinees; upwards of $15 for special events. 711 Franklin Street, Tampa. 813-223-8981.

The Warehouse Theater- in Ybor City, features a variety of shows by contemporary playwrights and other performing artists. Tickets run anywhere from $10.50 to $12.50. 112 S. 12th St., Ybor City, Tampa. 813-223-3076.

 

ST. PETERSBURG

Big Catch- is a casual downtown establishment playing live rock and Top 40 hits. Big Catch also has darts, pool, and hoops. Open Thurs-Sat, until 2am. Cover $3. 9 1st St. N.E., St. Petersburg. 813-821-6444.

Club Detroit- features a lounge and outdoor courtyard to go along with its blues, reggae, and progressive DJ dance music. Live rock concerts are often given outdoors. Open daily until 2am. Cover is $2 and up for indoors, $10-18 for outdoor concerts. 16 2nd St. North, St. Petersburg. 813-896-1244.

Coliseum Ballroom- offers big band, country, ballroom, and othe kinds of dancing music in a Moorish-influenced building dating back to 1924. Cover $4-15. 535 4th Ave. North, downtown St. Petersburg. 813-892-5202.

Ringside Cafe- plays jazz, blues, and reggae in a sports-oriented environment (it's housed in a renovated boxing gym). Cover $2 and up. Open Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm until 2am. 2742 4th St. North, St. Petersburg. 813-894-8465.

The St. Petersburg Thunderdome a short drive off I-275 in St. Petersburg, holds 50,000 spectators. Major concerts as well as smaller events are often given. 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. 813-825-3100.

The Bayfront Center- presents a variety of Broadway plays, ice shows, big bands, and circuses. 400 1st St. South, St. Petersburg. 813-892-5767 or 813-892-5700.

The American Stage Company- shows contemporary dramas and comedies all year round. 211 3rd St. South, St.Petersburg. 813-822-8814.

 

THE AREA

The Hurricane Lounge- presents a dynamic jazz program and has been long known as one of the area's best spots to go to find jazz. No cover charge. Sun., Wed., Thurs. 9pm-1am, Fri. and Sat. 9:30pm-1:30am. 807 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach.

Coconuts Comedy Club- is one of the most popular and enduring comedy clubs on the beach, with a constantly changing showcase of live stand-up comedy. Performances Wed-Sun at 9:30pm. Cover $7-10. 5300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach.

Gators On The Pass- boasts one of the world's longest waterfront bars and has a no-smo

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