3322 U.S. 301, Tampa, FL 33619
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
A living, breathing, bucking machine on the skirts of East Tampa, the Bull is Florida's answer to Billy Bob's in Fort Worth: A veritable honky-tonk heaven, a place where the only thing sexier than a belle in boots is the intro to Copperhead Road. The numbers speak for themselves: 31,000 square feet (making it Tampa Bay's largest nightclub), 9 bars, 20,000 patrons a month, $95,000 worth of liquor on hand at any given time. And then there's this one: $9.95. That's the cost of a concert ticket to see Joe Nichols, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan or Jamey Johnson, all of whom have played the Bull in the past year. John Rich and Brooks and Dunn occasionally come by, and have been known to hop up on the stage for surprise sets. The club is clean, secure and friendly — co-owner Lewis Surratt Sr. roams the pool area most nights, hobnobbing with customers — and Thursday college nights can draw upwards of 3,000 people. You'll still get your cowpokes in Dingoes and shooter shirts, sure, but after midnight, most of the crowd is college-aged and comfortable. Lest you think the Bull ain't nothin' but a country bar, know that there's a Top 40 floor on the second level that attracts a fairly diverse crowd. Of course, when all the ladies are line-dancing in skintight Wranglers and tank tops, who cares what music they're playing?