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Tampa Bay's Top 40 Bars: Reader Picks

tbt* tallied over 10,500 votes in the Ultimate Bar contest this year. Here are the 40 bars that got the most love.


tbt* tallied over 10,500 votes in the Ultimate Bar contest this year. Here are the 40 bars that got the most love.

tbt* tallied more than 10,500 votes in the Ultimate Bar contest this year. Here are the 40 bars that got the most love.

BRANDON

Brass Tap, Brandon

A craft beer experience

775 Brandon Town Center

813-654-4712

With a large number of taps, Brass Tap is able to showcase a variety of drafts with a strong focus on local, Florida-based brews.

tbt* Pick: Drink Like A Local Night • $2 off local drafts • Thurs. 7-close

O'Brien's

Brandon's favorite neighborhood Irish pub

701 Lumsden Rd.

813-661-9688

This newly remodeled local pub has multiple events every night, live entertainment, corn hole, trivia and karaoke all popping at an outdoor tiki bar.

tbt* Pick: $10 All You Can Drink • Fri. 7-9

The Stein & Vine

Neighborhood pub, craft beer, wine & food

827 W Bloomingdale Ave.

813-655-4786

This local pub has 42 rotating craft beer taps, 36 wines with 4 on tap and an extensive bottled beer selection to make this neighborhood pub more than just delicious food.

tbt* Pick: Lunch & dinner specials • Daily

TAMPA

Anchor Bar

Nautical, neighborhood sports bar

304 E Davis Blvd.

813-489-4573

Anchor Bar offers award-winning wings with a vast collection of local and national craft beers on tap and strong, delicious cocktails.

tbt* Pick: Happy Hour • $1 off all drafts/wine & $3 wells • Mon.-Fri. 11-7

Anise Global

Innovative cocktails, global bar food

777 N Ashley Dr.

813-225-4272

The Korean-ish inspired menu is largely in support of the short-but-smart list of house cocktails overseen by SoHo's speakeasy mixologist mastermind. Live deejays on weekend nights lend Anise a nightclub feel.

tbt* Pick: Ladies' Night • Wed. 7-1

Ferg's Live

Live music & live sports

490 Channelside Dr.

813-443-8403

Located right across from Amalie Arena, Ferg's Live is a great place to pre- and post- game any concert, Storm or Tampa Bay Lightning game. Their Stage in the Sky is constantly filled with local musical acts.

tbt* Pick: Daily Happy Hour Specials

Irish 31, Westchase

Modern, upscale, neighborhood Irish pub

10102 Montague St.

813-510-3931

Irish 31 has all of the intimate, comfortable aspects of a neighborhood pub, with a chef-driven menu, wall-to-wall televisions, live entertainment and pup-friendly patios.

tbt* Pick: Ladies Night • $3.10 wines,

wells & drafts • Wed.

Tampa Tap Room

Locally owned Creole, neighborhood pub

13150 N Dale Mabry

813-961-BEER

A gastro pub with a full liquor bar and 39 taps of world-class beer, this unique tap room offers a delicious collection of Cajun and Creole cuisine and is a fantastic place to watch any New Orleans football game.

tbt* Pick: 50¢ wings & $2.50 domestic

bottles • Mon.

SOUTH TAMPA

Irish 31, Hyde Park

Modern, upscale, neighborhood Irish pub

1611 W Swann Ave.

813-250-0031

Dubbed "The People's Pub," Irish 31 aims to tap into the heart and soul of its neighborhood by creating the ideal experience for all.

tbt* Pick: Sunday Brunch with $5 Bloody Marys, $4 Mimosas & $4 Screwdrivers

The Dubliner

Tampa's Biggest Little Pub

2307 W Azeele St.

813-258-2257

A SoHo institution for the last 12 years, the Dubliner is known for its comfortable vibe created by the laid-back Irish pub housed in a historic, cozy house with a deck made for live music.

tbt* Pick: Wednesday Liter Night, Football Specials

The Hyde Out

Make drinks, not war

1809 W Platt St.

813-498-2334

In addition to a full sushi menu and American-inspired cuisine, the Hyde Out offers one of the largest high-end liquor selections in Tampa Bay.

tbt* Pick: Taco Tuesday, $10 All You Can Eat, $4 Tequila Shots

The Soho Backyard

South Tampa's "SoHo For Adults"

610 S Armenia Ave.

813-284-5928

Aimed at finding a balance between SoHo's infamous craziness at MacDinton's and the sedate 717, Soho Backyard looks to break from the chaos.

tbt* Pick: Happy Hour • 1/2 off everything, excluding premium & ultra-premium spirits • Mon.-Fri. 4-7

NORTH TAMPA

Brass Tap, Wesley Chapel

A craft beer experience

Brookstone, 2000 Piazza Ave.

813-991-4343

With a large number of taps, Brass Tap is able to showcase a variety of drafts with a strong focus on local, Florida-based brews.

tbt* Pick: Drink Like A Local Night

• $2 off local drafts • Thurs. 7-close

Gaspar's Patio Bar

The best kept secret in Temple Terrace

8448 N 56th St.

813-988-6959

Ever had that song in your heart you need to sing? Gaspar's Patio Bar is known for offering karaoke every night after 9.

tbt* Pick: Super long Happy Hour • Daily 11-7

Mr. Dunderbak's

Tampa's Original European & Craft Biergarten

14929 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.

813-977-4104

Tampa's oldest, original European and craft beer hall, Mr. Dunderbak's offers the most eclectic and unique draft list with over 54 draft beers, an aged bottle list of over 50 rare and vintage bottles from Belgium, Germany and England and over 500 different bottles of beer, wine and mead to choose from.

tbt* Pick: Great in September/October for Oktoberfest specials

Stage Left

Kitchen. Bar. Live Music.

24400 State Rd. 54

813-949-4334

With a strong focus on local vendors and small businesses, Stage Left has fresh, farm-to-table food with great drinks and nightly live music.

tbt* Pick: Daily lunch specials showcasing on-premise BBQ-smoked meats

Copper Top Pub

Craft beer & smoked wings

5112 E Fowler Ave.

813-988-8656

Keeping of-age USF students quenched for three decades, the Copper Top is a pitchers-and-plastic cups place. It's best known for two things: an actual, shiny copper-topped bar, and spicy, air-smoked chicken wings.

tbt* Pick: All you can drink • $8 • 9-1

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS

Red Star Rock Bar

Seminole's heavy pourers

5210 N Florida Ave.

813-237-0012

This new Seminole Heights hangout prides itself on showcasing local art and local music, its rocking staff and, of course, heavy pours.

tbt* Pick: Happy Hour • Mon.-Fri. 4-7 & Sat.-Sun. 12-5

YBOR

James Joyce Irish Pub

Irish Pub & Eatery

1724 E 8th Ave.

813-247-1896

This Ybor staple offers one of the largest selections of Irish whiskey in the world, a massive Scotch wall, 50 craft beers on tap and award-winning food.

tbt* Pick: $5 Carbombs & $7 Long Island Iced tea pitchers

Brass Tap, Ybor

A craft beer experience

1600 E 7th Ave.

813-241-0000

With a large number of taps, Brass Tap is able to showcase a variety of drafts with a strong focus on local, Florida-based brews.

tbt* Pick: Drink Like A Local Night

• $2 off local drafts • Thurs. 7-close

HOLIDAY

Orbit 19 Lounge

Hip, eclectic, secret

1542 US Hwy 19

727-937-8330

Orbit 19 prides itself on serving 250 brand-name spirits, quality wines and cocktails with fresh, organic ingredients. If you're not looking for liquor, they also have 19 beers (mostly craft) on tap and over 75 bottled beers.

tbt* Pick: 2-for-1 Bloody Marys & Mimosas • Sun.

TARPON SPRINGS

Eagle's Nest Lounge

Fun, friendly, drama-free atmosphere

1208 N Pinellas Ave.

727-938-3465

An eclectic bar with curious designs (bar stools made from race car wheels), this lounge is a great place for live music and a local hotspot "where no one is a stranger."

tbt* Pick: $10 domestic buckets

Tarpon Tavern

Top-rated restaurant

21 N Safford Ave.

727-945-1000

Located on the Pinellas Bike Trail in a historic 1925 building with an Old World European feel, this bar serves top-rated hand-crafted dishes, along with 30 local and international draft beers.

tbt* Pick: BOGO Fish & Chips • Tues.

The Original Grill

Fun tiki meets old-school Florida

900 N Pinellas Ave.

727-934-7484

Looking for a bit of Key West in Tarpon Springs? The Original Grill looks to re-create the beach town vibe, with food and drinks to match, right on the Sponge Docks.

tbt* Pick: It's always happy hour • $3 wells, $2 domestic drafts & $3.25 house wines

SAFETY HARBOR

Harbor Bar

Safety Harbor's Patio Bar

840 Main St.

727-726-8044

After a recent renovation, Harbor Bar has added an expansive 1,500 square-foot patio, 12 TVs and a new paint job. The local watering hole offers a wide collection of games with quarterly Beer Olympics.

tbt* Pick: 2-for-1 wells during Happy Hour • $3 Jim Beam Kentucky Fire

Nolan's Pub

Where strangers are friends and the friends are stranger

230 Main St.

727-400-6998

A neighborhood bar with a friendly atmosphere, this local pub offers 22 beers on tap and looks to be a place where customers feel comfortable and forget the worries of the day.

tbt* Pick: Open Jam Sessions • Thurs.

CLEARWATER

1933 Pub

We raised the bar

2245 Nursery Rd.

727-532-1972

Not your standard "bar fare," 1933 Pub prepares everything fresh and with their own flair. They carry popular craft beers and focus on outstanding food and service.

tbt* Pick: $3.95 Build Your Own Burger • Wed.

The Brown Boxer

Upscale sports pub and grille

483 Mandalay Ave.

727-441-6000

Depending on the time of day, The Brown Boxer is completely different. Whether it is an upscale sports environment or a great music venue, they strive to meet everyone's needs.

tbt* Pick: $3.50 rotating beer of the month • $500 cash giveaway on NFL Sundays

Freaki Tiki

Best tiki bar NOT on the beach

28778 US Hwy 19 N

727-329-6160

A beach-themed party destination popular with the college and hospitality crowds, this bar offers cheap drinks and beloved sink-or-swim specials.

tbt* Pick: Ladies' Night • $7 AYCD wells, select beer & house wine • Thurs.

LARGO

Finley's Irish Pub

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

13477 Belcher Rd. S

727-535-7858

A beautiful, clean Irish Pub where you feel welcome the moment you walk in the door, with one of the most renowned trivia nights run by two locals.

tbt* Pick: 2-4-1 Fish & Chips Mon.

• 50¢ Wings • Sun.

Mako's On the Rocks

Diversified, fun, welcoming, luminous

14450 Walsingham Rd.

727-595-6256

A modern, friendly cocktail lounge and nightclub featuring impressive prices and a variety of live entertainment.

tbt* Pick: Live music!

SEMINOLE

Big Jim's Famous Steak Tavern

Good food, good drinks, good friends

10395 Seminole Blvd.

727-518-6201

A casual restaurant with a big beer list and an upscale bar feel. The wine and liquor selection covers plenty of ground, but those 50 beers on tap aren't going to drink themselves.

tbt* Pick: Happy hour • $3 wells &

$2.25 select domestics • Daily

ST. PETERSBURG

3 Daughters Brewing

Craft beer in a social, interactive setting.

222 22nd St. S

727-495-6002

3 Daughters is one of St. Pete's large craft beer breweries and an adult playground. This brewery offers beloved craft beer, live music on weekends and tons of games in their warehouse area: cornhole, darts, with board games and table tennis inside.

tbt* Pick: $7 growler fills • Thurs

The Amsterdam

Live music, craft beers, ciders and meads

1049 Central Ave.

727-623-4950

The largest selection of meads, ciders and biers in St. Pete alongside the best live music, comedy and art shows.

tbt* Pick: $2 off drafts & 1/2 off all

bottles of wine • Mon.-Fri. 3-7

Kahuna's Bar and Grill

Your perfect escape from the everyday

10515 Gandy Blvd. N

727-576-7800

A St. Pete tradition for over 20 years, Kahuna's Bar and Grill offers a mixture of old-school arcade games, pool tables, darts and generous pours to keep everyone moving.

tbt* Pick: All You Can Eat Nacho Bar

• $2.45 • Mon. nights

ST. PETE BEACH

Harry's Beach Bar

Locals' favorite beachfront bar

5300 Gulf Blvd.

727-363-5125

Located at Sirata Beach Resort, Harry's is one of the oldest beach bars on St. Pete Beach and a great place to relax around the fire pit with live music on weekends and amazing west coast sunsets. The casual menu features something for everyone; wings, sandwiches, salads and flatbread pizzas.

tbt* Pick: Don Q Rum Buckets • $10

Swigwam

35 years of history

336 Corey Ave.

727-363-7944

A beach dive bar without the less-desirable elements of a dive bar. Swigwam is a local favorite with live music.

tbt* Pick: $1.50 Drafts • Mon.-Fri. 10-6

TREASURE ISLAND

CJ's On the Island

Sports and entertainment bar

115 107th Ave.

727-360-1760

CJ's has it all. From live band karaoke (you'll feel like a rockstar) and dollar wells (maybe even more of a rockstar) to a weekly, free burlesque show. This Treasure Island staple is worth the trek to join their party.

tbt* Pick: $1 wells • Mon.

GULFPORT

O'Maddy's

Beachin', sportin', good timin'

5405 Shore Blvd. S

727-323-8643

A fun beach bar with a great atmosphere, O'Maddy's combines unique eats from a great chef with cheap drink specials.

tbt* Pick: $3 Rum Punch &

$3 house wines • Thurs.

MADEIRA BEACH

Daiquiri Shak

Great food, cold daiquiris

14995 Gulf Blvd.

727-393-2706

From sweet to sour and everything in between, Daiquiri Shak offers over 30 daquiri flavors and is THE place to get a strong, cold drink.

tbt* Pick: Rewards program • 5% back on everything spent, discounts, birthday specials and more

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