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Czar

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http://www.myspace.com/czarvodkabar

Categories: Bar, Nightclub

Features: DJ/Techno, Dance club, Upscale, tbt* Top Bar

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

More in this neighborhood: Ybor City

Lookit: When you talk about Czar, the word "hipster" is going to get tossed around a lot. There's just no way to avoid it. Sideways haircuts, thrift-store sundresses, skinny jeans and huge sunglasses (yes, even at midnight) — all of these are de rigueur at Czar. On the other hand, the vodka drinks are out of this world. The decor — unapologetic Soviet iconography, chandeliers, sofas, giant video screens and throwbacky white vinyl booths — is part Banksy, part bordello, even a tiny bit SoBe. They've hosted tremendous indie rock acts, including Ladytron, Les Savy Fav, Matt & Kim and The Hold Steady, who closed an epic 2008 gig by inviting fans up onstage for a 10-minute rendition of Killer Parties (which is set in Ybor City). And the DJs? Well, if you're not turned on by A-listers like Girl Talk, Diplo, Steve Aoki and A-Trak, we just don't know what to tell you. "It's really hip, a little left of the center and definitely not for the mall-nightclub crowd," general manager Sandy Hein told tbt* in February. "The more creative types of Tampa hang here." Czar is a bar that by all rights should be located in Hollywood, or at least Brooklyn — not Ybor City. And yet there it sits on Seventh. Enjoy it while you're still young enough to pull off a keffiyeh.

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