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Downtown Tampa by night

Besides Channelside, downtown Tampa has a thriving scene for dinner or late-night drinks:

Fly Bar & Restaurant: It has an all-day menu until late, late; a share-it-with-friends approach to world-beat small plates; suave cocktails; a little live music; and a minimalist-hip decor. On the rooftop is a smallish bar with a great view of the Tampa skyline. The beer selection is outstanding, from Delirium Tremens to Lost Coast Great White to Titan India Pale Ale. 1202 N Franklin St.; (813) 275-5000.

Aja [290 S Meridian Ave.; (813) 223-5758] is a swanky late-night club with an outdoor patio and great views of downtown Tampa.

Malio's Prime Steakhouse: An upscale restaurant for wheeling and dealing, with fat steaks and chops, plus seafood and pasta. Full bar. 400 N Ashley Drive, Suite 310; (813) 223-7746.

Pour House at Grand Central: With concrete floors, exposed ductwork and high ceilings, this urban hipster joint has 40 taps and 60 craft bottle selections. Beer and wine only. No food, but they offer menus for ordering from nearby restaurants. 1208 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 112; (813) 402-2923.

Taps Wine & Beer Merchants: It's posh. It's urban. It's got pleasant food. It's got 60 wines by the glass, a massive wall of beers, 350 bottles and dozens of drafts arranged by categories like lambics, India pale ales and pilsners. Full bar, too. 777 N Ashley Drive; (813) 463-1968.

Paninoteca Mediterranean Cafe: It is adorable but with a big-city feeling, serving punchy, flavorful Mediterranean mezze, salads and warm panini. 519 N Franklin St.; (813) 341-2525.

On the outskirts of downtown is a jewel for fine dining, Mise en Place [442 W Kennedy Blvd.; (813) 254-5373]. It's renowned for its ever-changing menu and the city's smartest cheese program.

Downtown Tampa by night 08/14/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:58pm]

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