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the Sail

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Categories: Bar, Restaurant

Features: Beach/Waterfront, Date night, Dog-friendly, Happy hour, Live music

Alcohol: Full bar

Parking: Lot

More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

However you arrive at the Sail Pavilion — by foot, boat, bike or car — just get there by sunset.

What? Never heard of it? The Tampa Convention Center's circular bar opened on the Riverwalk in 2009. In-the-know cyclists and boaters find it, conventioneers and hotel guests wander over. And there's live music on the weekend from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sail Pavilion opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Bartender Freddy Turner pours complimentary shots at sunset. He's got a full bar, several beers on tap and a variety of wine. Last call is usually 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m. other days. Food is not served.

Parking is free, if you can find a spot in the convention center cul-de-sac. Boat docking is, too, at 11 public slips.

Pets get their own treats and all the water they can lap up in stainless steel dishes.

Now you're in the know, too. -- Amy Scherzer, Times Staff Writer

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