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Ybor City

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • Gaspar's Grotto


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Dog-friendly, Gaming stations/trivia, Happy hour, Karaoke, Live music, Outdoor seating, Sports, tbt* Top Bar

    Ybor City: 1805 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Any place with "Gaspar" in its name must be a beloved place in Tampa. This one is no exception. Owners Eric and Shere Schiller are super-active in the community, often hosting fundraisers and other benefits at the longtime Ybor bar. Krewes love it, thanks to the pirate theme. But even if you're not into puffy shirts and beads, you'll still dig Gaspar's fun events (Beer Olympics), sporty, eclectic decor and embrace of the animal kingdom — regular Yappy Hours, fishtanks behind the bar, a resident bar cat named Tanker Ray. Schiller once said that if the calico feline dies, he'll have him stuffed and mounted in the bar. At Gaspar's, where Tampa's history is celebrated in every direction, that would feel just about right. And attention Pittsburgh fans, this is an official Steelers Nation Chapter bar.

  • Beaune's Wine Bar


    Cuisine: Bistro, French
    Features: Jazz/Blues

    Ybor City: 2009 N 22nd St., Tampa, 33605

    Beaune's Wine Bar is a classy yet comfy lounge, perfect for a first date or an intimate night with friends. Beaune's (pronounced "bones," after the city in Burgundy) wine shop has been a go-to place for local oenophiles, and the wine bar gives wine lovers a place to linger in the evenings over steamed mussels, confit of duck, or salad Nicoise. The wine list is a well-cataloged roster of mostly European import wines, but the choices are vast. Beaune's is open from 5- 10 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.

    Read more here.

  • Bernini Restaurant


    Cuisine: Fine dining, Italian
    Features: Party room, Upscale

    Ybor City: 1702 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Back in the '90s, Bernini's lionhead roared with hipness, and it's still king of this jungle. The old gold interior is comfy now, the service is both old-pro and young. The menu's modern standards of crisp pizzas, rustic pastas and smart salads make it a fine room for dealmaking dinners or urbane lunches. The bar scene: Pull back that dragonfly door handle and enter a world more sophisticated than most of the joints on the Ybor strip. The renovated bank building from Ybor's cigar heyday boasts marble floors, burnished red paint and mini chandeliers. Bernini's hosts a standard beer selection and killer martinis and the opportunity to hobnob and sip scotch with Tampa's elite and listen in on sordid gossip.

  • Acropolis Greek Taverna (Tampa)


    Cuisine: Greek
    Features: Outdoor seating

    Ybor City: 1833 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Look for a frenetic bouzouki band and the stirring Greek song stylings of Babi Lavidas, plus belly dancers on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Then add in people leaping up to gyrate through a quick zeibekiko or sousta, punctuated by the occasional sound of breaking plates, and you have yourself a Hellenic hootenanny. Tables outside are nice, but you might miss out on the action in the columned dining room. Owners Sam and Costa Waez have taken a traditional Greek taverna setup and infused it with Ybor fun.

  • Columbia Restaurant


    Cuisine: Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Children's menu, Date night, Icon, Kid-friendly, Takeout, tbt* Top Bar

    Ybor City: 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The granddaddy of them all, Columbia Restaurant bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida as well as the nation’s largest Spanish/Cuban restaurant, with 13 rooms extending one full city block. Some of these waiters have been here a lifetime, there are stirring flamenco shows most nights, and owner Richard Gonzmart has an evangelical zeal when it comes to authentic Cuban sandwiches and the tossed-tableside 1905 Salad. The bar scene: Head straight to the glorious bar inside Tampa's most historic restaurant, and order yourself a mojito. If it's not the best you've ever had, it'll be damn close. Stirred with sugar cane and bursting with lime and mint, it'll make you feel like Hemingway in Havana.

Bars:

  • Gaspar's Grotto


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Dog-friendly, Gaming stations/trivia, Happy hour, Karaoke, Live music, Outdoor seating, Sports, tbt* Top Bar

    Ybor City: 1805 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Any place with "Gaspar" in its name must be a beloved place in Tampa. This one is no exception. Owners Eric and Shere Schiller are super-active in the community, often hosting fundraisers and other benefits at the longtime Ybor bar. Krewes love it, thanks to the pirate theme. But even if you're not into puffy shirts and beads, you'll still dig Gaspar's fun events (Beer Olympics), sporty, eclectic decor and embrace of the animal kingdom — regular Yappy Hours, fishtanks behind the bar, a resident bar cat named Tanker Ray. Schiller once said that if the calico feline dies, he'll have him stuffed and mounted in the bar. At Gaspar's, where Tampa's history is celebrated in every direction, that would feel just about right. And attention Pittsburgh fans, this is an official Steelers Nation Chapter bar.

  • Market on 7th


    Cuisine: Pizza
    Features: Live music, Outdoor seating, Pool tables, tbt* Top Bar

    Ybor City: 1816 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    With a  full liquor bar it's a favorite haunt among night owls on the Ybor strip. They have a stage set up for live music, and you can get pies until about 1:30 a.m.

  • Beaune's Wine Bar


    Cuisine: Bistro, French
    Features: Jazz/Blues

    Ybor City: 2009 N 22nd St., Tampa, 33605

    Beaune's Wine Bar is a classy yet comfy lounge, perfect for a first date or an intimate night with friends. Beaune's (pronounced "bones," after the city in Burgundy) wine shop has been a go-to place for local oenophiles, and the wine bar gives wine lovers a place to linger in the evenings over steamed mussels, confit of duck, or salad Nicoise. The wine list is a well-cataloged roster of mostly European import wines, but the choices are vast. Beaune's is open from 5- 10 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.

    Read more here.

  • New World Brewery


    Cuisine: Deli, Pizza, Pub
    Features: Import specialist, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Ybor City: 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Beloved by the Chucks-and-hornrims set for hosting early concerts by artists like My Morning Jacket, Animal Collective and Okkervil River, New World is a fixture for any local band that hopes to make a name for itself in Central Florida. The shedlike outdoor stage is still as intimate a setting for local music as you're going to find in Tampa Bay; artists stare you straight in the eye while they play. Even if you're not into music, the patio garden is a nice respite from the craziness of Ybor. They no longer brew beer here, but the 18 or more beers on tap are still excellent (sorry, Simpsons fans, the Duff Beer signs are only decorations), and the no-frills pizza, quesadillas and tacos are great for munching.

  • Bernini Restaurant


    Cuisine: Fine dining, Italian
    Features: Party room, Upscale

    Ybor City: 1702 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Back in the '90s, Bernini's lionhead roared with hipness, and it's still king of this jungle. The old gold interior is comfy now, the service is both old-pro and young. The menu's modern standards of crisp pizzas, rustic pastas and smart salads make it a fine room for dealmaking dinners or urbane lunches. The bar scene: Pull back that dragonfly door handle and enter a world more sophisticated than most of the joints on the Ybor strip. The renovated bank building from Ybor's cigar heyday boasts marble floors, burnished red paint and mini chandeliers. Bernini's hosts a standard beer selection and killer martinis and the opportunity to hobnob and sip scotch with Tampa's elite and listen in on sordid gossip.

Attractions:

  • Gaspar's Grotto


    Cuisine: American casual, Breakfast or brunch, Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Dog-friendly, Gaming stations/trivia, Happy hour, Karaoke, Live music, Outdoor seating, Sports, tbt* Top Bar

    Ybor City: 1805 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Any place with "Gaspar" in its name must be a beloved place in Tampa. This one is no exception. Owners Eric and Shere Schiller are super-active in the community, often hosting fundraisers and other benefits at the longtime Ybor bar. Krewes love it, thanks to the pirate theme. But even if you're not into puffy shirts and beads, you'll still dig Gaspar's fun events (Beer Olympics), sporty, eclectic decor and embrace of the animal kingdom — regular Yappy Hours, fishtanks behind the bar, a resident bar cat named Tanker Ray. Schiller once said that if the calico feline dies, he'll have him stuffed and mounted in the bar. At Gaspar's, where Tampa's history is celebrated in every direction, that would feel just about right. And attention Pittsburgh fans, this is an official Steelers Nation Chapter bar.

  • Beaune's Wine Bar


    Cuisine: Bistro, French
    Features: Jazz/Blues

    Ybor City: 2009 N 22nd St., Tampa, 33605

    Beaune's Wine Bar is a classy yet comfy lounge, perfect for a first date or an intimate night with friends. Beaune's (pronounced "bones," after the city in Burgundy) wine shop has been a go-to place for local oenophiles, and the wine bar gives wine lovers a place to linger in the evenings over steamed mussels, confit of duck, or salad Nicoise. The wine list is a well-cataloged roster of mostly European import wines, but the choices are vast. Beaune's is open from 5- 10 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.

    Read more here.

  • Bernini Restaurant


    Cuisine: Fine dining, Italian
    Features: Party room, Upscale

    Ybor City: 1702 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Back in the '90s, Bernini's lionhead roared with hipness, and it's still king of this jungle. The old gold interior is comfy now, the service is both old-pro and young. The menu's modern standards of crisp pizzas, rustic pastas and smart salads make it a fine room for dealmaking dinners or urbane lunches. The bar scene: Pull back that dragonfly door handle and enter a world more sophisticated than most of the joints on the Ybor strip. The renovated bank building from Ybor's cigar heyday boasts marble floors, burnished red paint and mini chandeliers. Bernini's hosts a standard beer selection and killer martinis and the opportunity to hobnob and sip scotch with Tampa's elite and listen in on sordid gossip.

  • Acropolis Greek Taverna (Tampa)


    Cuisine: Greek
    Features: Outdoor seating

    Ybor City: 1833 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Look for a frenetic bouzouki band and the stirring Greek song stylings of Babi Lavidas, plus belly dancers on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Then add in people leaping up to gyrate through a quick zeibekiko or sousta, punctuated by the occasional sound of breaking plates, and you have yourself a Hellenic hootenanny. Tables outside are nice, but you might miss out on the action in the columned dining room. Owners Sam and Costa Waez have taken a traditional Greek taverna setup and infused it with Ybor fun.

  • Columbia Restaurant


    Cuisine: Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Children's menu, Date night, Icon, Kid-friendly, Takeout, tbt* Top Bar

    Ybor City: 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The granddaddy of them all, Columbia Restaurant bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida as well as the nation’s largest Spanish/Cuban restaurant, with 13 rooms extending one full city block. Some of these waiters have been here a lifetime, there are stirring flamenco shows most nights, and owner Richard Gonzmart has an evangelical zeal when it comes to authentic Cuban sandwiches and the tossed-tableside 1905 Salad. The bar scene: Head straight to the glorious bar inside Tampa's most historic restaurant, and order yourself a mojito. If it's not the best you've ever had, it'll be damn close. Stirred with sugar cane and bursting with lime and mint, it'll make you feel like Hemingway in Havana.