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Ultimate Bar Guide

Can you spy the famous Skipper's Smokehouse collectibles?

See if you can find the collectibles listed below behind the bar at the famous Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Use your scroll wheel or double-click to zoom into the picture. Click and drag to move the picture around. Once you find a collectible, click to see a larger version.

Here's what you need to find:

Buddy Guy portrait  |  Signature Drink  |  An Ode to Hippies  |  Pachinko  |  Man v. Food Photo  |  Pyramid-shaped "Blues Trophy"  |  A gift from their gator meat supplier

  1. Ultimate Tampa Bay Bars Quiz: What type of bar are you?

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    If you're having trouble trying to decide the best Tampa Bay bar for you, start with our Ultimate Tampa Bay Bar Quiz to find out what bar type you are. When you're finished with the questions, we'll match you up with some suggestions perfect for your preferred bar scene. If you want to check out more area bars after …

  2. Ultimate Bar Guide: 3 Tampa Bay bars with amazing waterfront views

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Right around sunset, the No. 1 reason might be the view. Here are three bars with awesome waterfront views.

     Customers gather to watch the Florida sunset on the "Hurricane Watch Roof-Top" deck at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant in St. Pete Beach. The Hurricane, 807 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-9558, thehurricane.com.
[Luis Santana | Times]
  3. Heard of the Stein & Vine? It's the top bar for tbt* readers

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    How far would you go for a really good bar?

    Owner Ty Mathis of the Stein & Vine poses for a portait in his Brandon gastropub. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  4. Ultimate Bar Guide: 12 Tampa Bay bars perfect for when you're feeling down and out

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Sometimes, of course, you go to bars when you're not feeling your best. Here are 12 local watering holes that'll cheer you up when you're feeling down, depressed or like you just want to get away from it …

    Got a hangover? Dr Randy Shuck's Hangover Burger at O'Maddys in Gulfport should do the trick. The 8-ounce burger is topped with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, double cheddar, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and onion. [Luis Santana | Times]
  5. Ultimate Bar Guide: 14 Tampa Bay bars that feel like communities (and a few where you might fall in love)

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. One big reason? A sense of community. Here are 14 bars that make us feel like we're embracing the community around us, bars that make us feel at home .. and a few bars where you might just fall in love.

    Husband and Wife Alex Cusick and Amy O'Hara lead the Trivia at Finley's Irish Pub in Largo. [Luis Santana | Times]
  6. Ultimate Bar Guide: 8 Tampa Bay bars to indulge your hedonistic desires

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Here are eight bars, clubs and even a winery where you can cut loose on the weekends and indulge your wildest party instincts.

    DJ Zomboy performs at the Amphitheatre.
  7. Ultimate Bar Guide: 9 Tampa Bay bars with unusual drinks you've gotta try

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Here are nine bars serving unusual, sometimes totally unique spirits you can't get anywhere else.

    The Old Fashioned made with Bulleit rye at Grille One Sixteen in Tampa. [Jay Cridlin  |  Times]


  8. Ultimate Bar Guide: 6 bars serving a taste of Tampa Bay's music culture

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Here are six bars where you can experience Tampa Bay's vibrant musical culture firsthand.

    Rich Whiteley & Company perform in the courtyard in front of the Ale and Witch in St. Petersburg. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  9. Ultimate Bar Guide: 6 Tampa Bay bars with great nights, specials

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Here are six bars with deals and specials that make us want to get out and drink.

    Happy Hour: Bernini

    Luis Santana  |   Times (8/19/2013, Tampa, FL)   Photo for the 2013 tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide featuring the $9.99 whole Maine lobster at the James Joyce Irish Pub in Ybor City. In this photograph the lobster is paired with a Guinness priced at $6.50. [Luis Santana | Times]
  10. Ultimate Bar Guide: 14 sports bars for cheering, bar games and (maybe) meeting athletes

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Here are 14 of our favorite Tampa Bay sports bars, from places to cheer on local pro and college teams to bars where you can play a few games yourself.

    Michi Litchford, James Litchford, Andrew Mauerman, and Sean Ruane who are members of the Tampa chapter of the American Outlaws chant during a recent USA Men's Soccer match against Azerbaijan at Macdinton's Irish Pub in Tampa.
  11. Ultimate Bar Guide: 17 Tampa Bay breweries and beer bars worth a toast

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Craft beer is everywhere here, and plenty of bars and breweries serve it up right. Here are 17 of our favorite places to grab a cool local brew.

    Luis Santana  |   Times (8/13/2014, Tampa, FL)    Examples of Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Mug Club members decorated mugs.[Luis Santana | Times]
  12. Ultimate Bar Guide: 8 Tampa Bay beach bars worth their shaker of salt

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    For this year's tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide, we tallied up more than 100 reasons we love going to bars in Tampa Bay. Here are eight beach bars on both sides of the bay that are more than worth their shaker of salt.

    Three-day weekend!: Hogan's Beach

    Overview of RumFish Grill & Bar on St. Pete Beach Thursday, July 10, 2014.

JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times
  13. Ultimate Bar Guide: 100 reasons to drink on the wall...

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    All summer, I've watched friends and colleagues on Instagram participate in a hashtag challenge called #100happydays. The idea is to post a photo every day of something that makes you feel great about life. And in racking your brain to find something new to post, you end up finding elements of joy just about …


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  1. World of Beer adds cocktails to its bar menu

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    I've used a variety of arguments to persuade friends who "just don't like beer" to divert a round of bar-hopping to the nearest beer bar.

    They have wine.

    Now at World of Beer in Brandon: The Maple Manhattan, Beerberry Cosmo and Gin N’ Jam cocktails.
  2. Florida breweries score medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

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    I recently returned from Denver and the GABF, where I sampled an outrageous number of medal-winning beers. Florida breweries, including two from Tampa Bay, took home a few of these medals, three in all. Here are this year's medal-winning beers from the Sunshine State:

  3. Press yourself a fresh pint with home-infused beer

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    I recently tried a peculiar product that a friend brought back from a trip to Japan. It's called Beer Rich, and it's a beer-sized bottle filled about a third of the way with various flavoring ingredients, in this case rose petals and other botanicals. The idea is to mix it with hot water, let it cool in the fridge and …

    You can use a French coffee press for the ingredients you use to infuse your beer at home.
  4. Members-only @Cost Bar aims for exclusivity in St. Pete's bar scene

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    Every new bar seems to promise an original concept, but coming through on such a promise is a different story. You can play with décor, themes, specialties and niche products all you want, but promising to revolutionize nightlife is a surefire way to oversell your brand.

    The @Cost Bar in downtown St. Petersburg. Can members-only hack it?
  5. Hanson debuts Mmmhops beer at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Fans started lining up at 6 a.m. to see Hanson talk beer.

    From left, Taylor, Isaac and Zac Hanson introduce their new beer, called Mmmhops, at Epcot in September.