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Ybor City

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Categories: Attraction, Tourist attraction, Other

Parking: Garage, Lot, Street

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With its picturesque balconies and brick facades, this historic area that once housed cigar factories is just east of downtown Tampa and is one of its most vibrant entertainment districts.

It's main drag is Seventh Avenue, which has a Bourbon Street vibe on weekend nights, though still open to traffic. At one end you'll find the Columbia, one of the oldest (f. 1905) and largest Spanish restaurants in the state. On the other end are gay-friendly bars that make up the Gaybor district. In between are chain (Coyote Ugly) and independent (James Joyce Pub) bars, restaurants, nightclubs and shops.

Live music is plentiful in this district, with venues such as Crowbar, the Orpheum and the Ritz theater offering major acts and indie artists.

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Each year, Ybor City hosts several major events: Guavaween, a Halloween celebration that draws cute children in the daytime and outrageously dressed adults for a parade later in the evening; the Knights of Sant Y'ago Knight Parade, a smaller, but still raucous version of the Gasparilla Parade held earlier in the year; Tropical Heatwave, a one-day music festival that brings in more than 40 acts on several stages in mid-May; and the Rough Riders St. Patrick's Day Parade in March.

Parking can seem daunting, but two major parking garages and several off-street lots provide plenty of spaces. There are at least three hotels in the district: Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn. The district is a short cab or trolley ride from the Channelside district. It's not recommended that you venture too far from the main portions of Ybor, because it's bounded by some high-crime areas.

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