1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, FL 33607
Categories: Music venue
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
Parking: Lot, Street, Garage
More in this neighborhood: Ybor City
The club at 1503 Seventh Ave. has been a lot of things over the years, including an X-rated movie house and a rock 'n' roll club called Masquerade, which hosted concerts by the likes of Phish, the Killers and Dave Matthews Band. Today it's the Ritz Ybor, one of Tampa's top concert venues — with a capacity of about 1,500, it has welcomed performers like Lady Gaga, Smashing Pumpkins and Lauryn Hill, among many others. Renovated in 2008, the Ritz, quickly became one of the area's top event spaces — it hosted Maxim's annual star-studded Super Bowl party in 2009. An impressively ornate entrance and hallway leads into the ballroom, which is tiled in black and white and draped in red curtains. There's a bar in the back of the ballroom, and one in a VIP balcony that overlooks the dance floor. Flanking the main entryway are two lounge rooms, each with its own bar — perfect for ducking into for a quick sip during the opening act.
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Conveniently located in the heart of historic Ybor City, The RITZ Ybor is a short trolley ride away from the Channelside district, a mere 2-3 miles from downtown Tampa and the University of Tampa and a 15 minute car ride from Tampa International Airport. It is located within walking distance of the Centro Ybor Entertainment Complex and the Ybor City Hillsborough County Community College campus. The Centro Ybor Parking Garage is conveniently located directly behind The RITZ Ybor.