1. Adventure Island

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    Adventure Island's 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages. The park's laid-back Florida Keys theme is punctuated with corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool and a rambling river.The 17,000-square foot Endless Surf produces rolling waves up to 5 feet high. Paradi …

  2. The Brass Mug

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 1450 Skipper Rd, Tampa, 33613

  3. Tavern at Bayboro

    St. Petersburg : 121 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33707

    The "Tav," a fixture on the University South Florida St. Petersburg campus since 1981, put in a more substantial kitchen a while back and owner Tom Herzhauser decided the time was ripe for menu changes. With friends at Fish Busters in Madeira Beach and Nachman's Native Seafood in Redin …

  4. Kahwa Cafe

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 204 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    True coffee snobs know that freshness counts. What could be fresher than a shop roasting its own beans? Kahwa creates its own blends right in St. Petersburg for distribution to coffee shops and direct to consumers. The shop has now opened its own retail cafe for java lovers who want a cup on the …

  5. AMF University Bowl

    Tampa : 13109 N 56th St., Tampa, 33617

    A favorite hangout of USF students, this alley offers a decor that's disappointingly uncollegiate, save for a "Bull Pen" sign on the bar refrigerator. In the over-21 room, grown-ups can enjoy friendly bar service, more than a dozen TVs and a juke box.The bowling: Lasers, black lights,  …

  6. Pinarama Bowling Center

    MacDill Area : 5008 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33611

    A favorite among South Tampa hipsters, this 16-lane facility is furnished with kitschy retro tables and vinyl chairs. During Friday and Saturday night cosmic bowling, the speakers pump whatever people order on the jukebox — usually disco. Non-bowlers can check out the small bar and restaur …

  7. GameTime

    Ybor City : 1600 E 8th Ave # A147, Tampa, 33605

    Formerly known as GameWorks, this arcade/restaurant/sports bar is a one-stop destination for fun times. ** Text below provided by this business**When you're ready to take your play to a whole new level, GameWorks is your place. You'll find dozens of ways to challenge your skills, compete with y …

  8. Bobalouie's Grille and Sports Garden

    Tampa : 1913 Bearss Ave. E, Tampa, 33613

    Suburban retreat meets college hangout (it's an official USF Bulls bar), but that might be oversimplifying Bobalouie's. You'll run into all types at the friendly sports bar and restaurant. There' no beer garden like the name might have you believe, but a small screened patio with TVs allows for  …

  9. O'Maddy's

    Editor's pick

    Gulfport : 5405 Shore Blvd., Gulfport, 33701

    This full-liquor bar has tasty sandwiches with a kitschy, nautical interior and large wooden deck that overlooks the water. Karaoke starts at 9:30 every night and that's where you'll find Eckerd, Stetson and USF St. Pete students belting out tunes. During the afternoon, don't be surprised to fin …

  10. O'Toole's Irish Pub

    Brandon : 1215 W Brandon Blvd. , Brandon, 33511

    O'Toole's Irish Pub is a true boozer, as the Irish would say - a place of craic. So what exactly is craic, you might ask? Well, it's a mixture of music, drinks, friendly conversation, and an upbeat atmosphere, all of which equals a good time - and all of which describe O'Tooles. In a spot like B …

  11. Smiley's Coffeehouse

    Largo : 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33774

    This coffee shop at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks is a place for the college -aged groups to gather. The coffeehouse features local bands and improv comedy teams on Friday nights. $3 cover charge for admission during Friday night shows.

  12. Gators Cafe & Saloon

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island, 33706

    Depending on when you visit Gators, it's either (A) one of the best sports bars in Tampa Bay (on Florida Gators game days), (B) one of the randier college-party scenes on the beach (on summer bikini-contest days), or (C) one of the bigger and better beachy-touristy bars on the beach (most of the …

  13. Gator's Dockside

    Tampa : 5840 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    Gator's is an All-American, everything-Sunshine-State, Parrothead kind of joint. Like an alligator hunting lodge meets modern Florida retreat. You'll feel most at home if you're a University of Florida grad - obviously; almost as comfy if you're a USF Bull. If you're a Seminole or Hurricane fan, …

  14. The Ale and The Witch

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This craft beer oasis is tucked away off the street, but that's okay because the intimate setting and the outdoor courtyard make you feel like you've discovered your own private brewery. With 32 ever-changing beers on tap, you can explore to your heart's content. Experiment with a flight of four …

  15. Bayboro Cafe & Catering

    St. Petersburg : 1110 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Breakfast, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, with live music Friday and Saturday nights. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.

  16. Peabody's Billiards

    Editor's pick

    New Tampa : 15333 Amberly Drive , Tampa, 33647

    A sports bar for those who like to get active, Peabody's features 14 pool tables, more than 15 electronic dart boards, a couple of Dragon Punch games and dozens of TVs. With countless high-tops and more than 30 beers on tap, it also might be New Tampa's best spot to watch a game. The Palms, Peab …

  17. Shephard's Beach Resort

    Editor's pick

    Clearwater Beach : 619 S Gulfview Blvd. , Clearwater, 33767

    What first opened in 1976 as the Lagoon has morphed from a rather pedestrian lodge to a full-fledged waterfront resort of the highest order. The entertainment complex known as Shephard's now features a hotel, restaurant, lounge, two killer tiki bars, private beach and a double-level nightclub ca …

  18. Parrot's Cove Bar and Grill

    Tampa : 3001 University Center Drive, Tampa, 33612

    An outdoor party deck, Parrot's Cove helps North Tampa residents and USF students get a beach vibe without leaving the concrete strip of Fowler Avenue. Yuengling rules the tap here, thanks to the plant just a keg roll away. Buds are also on tap, while house specials like the Parrot in a Blender  …

  19. Copper Top Pub

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 5112 E Fowler Ave. , Tampa, 33617

    Keeping of-age USF students quenched for three decades, the Copper Top is a pitchers-and-plastic cups place, with pool tables, NASCAR on the tube and Cream on the jukebox. It's best known for two things: (1) an actual, shiny copper-topped bar, and (2) spicy air-smoked chicken wings, arguably the …

  20. Bulls Club Billiards & Games

    Tampa : 1251 E Fowler Ave. Unit D, Tampa, 33612

    A wacky, pretty much unsanitary, many say incredibly fun drinking game has made The Bulls Club one of the most popular hangouts for USF Tampa students. The venue advertises "more than 10,000 square feet to accommodate pool, dance floor, full liquor bar, games, stages and more." The "more" would  …

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