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  1. The Brass Mug

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

  2. Nauti-Nancy's Food Shack & Crows Nest Pub

    Downtown Clearwater : 700 Eldridge St., Clearwater, 33755

    Home-cooked seafood in a casual setting.Read a review here.

  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. Hideaway

    St. Petersburg : 8302 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    It touts itself as the oldest lesbian bar in the United States, celebrating its 40th year in June 2009. The secret to its longevity? Its dive atmosphere makes it a great place for to just hang out and shoot pool. And karaoke and acoustic jam nights attract a pretty good crowd. Just one piece of  …

  5. Mastry's Bar & Grill

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 233 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    They call it St. Pete's truest dive bar. It's dank, smoky and cavelike, all right, but that isn't why we love it. We love it because Babe Ruth used to drink there, and Billy Martin, and (legend has it) Jack Kerouac. We love it because Minnesota Fats played piano there years ago. True, those were …

  6. VIP Lounge

    Seminole Heights : 6905 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Country-flavored neighborhood dive since the late 1950s.

  7. Skipper's Smokehouse

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

    Skipper's is an institution. Generations of music lovers have called themselves regulars at this classic, Old Florida-themed establishment. Not only does it provide a spacious outdoor concert area, communal benches and beachy sand add even more charm, and its restaurant serves some of the best F …

  8. Dublin House Pub

    Largo : 479 Seminole Blvd., Largo, 33770

    A neighborhood pub for 25 years with full liquor, 10 brews on tap.

  9. The Emerald

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    It's probably the coolest place to go on a Wednesday night in St. Pete, thanks to Filth, a party with a good range of older and newer music that turns the place into basically a hipsters' lounge. The rest of the week, it's a top-notch destination for affordable rum-n-Cokes, vodka tonics and a wh …

  10. 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 …

  11. Miss Kitty's Hilltop Lounge

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 504 N Broad St., Brooksville, 34601

    This classic small-town honky-tonk can trace its origins back to 1952, when it was opened as the Hilltop Lounge and Restaurant, according to local historian Bob Martinez (no, not THAT one). It offers pool tables, the largest dance floor of any bar in Brooksville and a stage that has hosted, alon …

  12. Sea Critters Cafe

    South Pinellas beaches : 2007 Pass A Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    This turquoise and yellow splashed landmark on the corner of the 21st Street bridge stands has a back porch so close to the bridge that it feels like a Chevy might take a nose dive into your quesadillas. Inside, mounted sharks, fish tanks and layers of wooden benches make up the decor. No memora …

  13. The Niagara Tap

    Largo : 11950 Seminole Blvd., Largo, 33778

    Vibe: Prototypical neighborhood dive, but with a busy calendar and daily specials.Read more here.

  14. Drunken Clam

    South Pinellas beaches : 46 46th Ave., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    No, not the one in Quahog. This is dive across the street from St. Pete Beach is a local watering hole for a middle-aged crowd of beach bums, bikers and the like. NASCAR, Lynyrd Skynyrd, even a cigarette machine -- this is not the sort of place you go just to be seen. It's a place you go to drink.

  15. Skip's Bar & Grill

    Dunedin : 371 Main St. , Dunedin, 34698

    Definitely the place to be for soaking in the laid-back vibe of Dunedin's downtown. This is one of those hangouts where the patio is the main attraction, relegating the bar to second place. The small outdoor area looks out on Main Street, with a few picnic benches and palms.

  16. Ka'Tiki

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 8803 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    When Jimmy Buffett sang of lost salt shakers and days lost to tequila, he was probably thinking of the Ka'Tiki, where being a beach bum is still considered a respectable profession. Strong, $3 cocktails, awesome tiki setting, great live music (provided you have a strong tolerance for Margaritavi …

  17. Porpoise Pub

    Seminole : 8701 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, 33772

    A friendly dive bar with charm and a lot more going for it than meets the eye, the Porpoise Pub is housed at the site of an old-school aquarium, and the bar used to be a dolphin tank. Now folks get tanked on cheap beer, play trivia and watch the game on one of the many TVs.

  18. Alan & Michele's Monkey Bar

    Clearwater : 1681 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 33755

    Dressed up like the Jungle Book set in a dive bar, this monkey hole is a lot of neon and tiki bar decor with bamboo and palm tree action. Southern rock dominates the jukebox, and pool tables get the shark treatment. A fun spot for older singles, 40s and up crowd.

  19. Sail Inn

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 6107 Broad Street, Brooksville, 34601

    This is a road house in the truest sense of the term, a clapboard building three miles south of downtown Brooksville on what was formerly the main north-south highway in western Florida, U.S. 41. It has been open since 1970, and boasted a jukebox packed with country music classics even when 45 r …

  20. The Reservoir

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 1518 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Quick, dirty and no-nonsense, the Reservoir is the best place to get a drink early in Ybor. Jager ($4 a shot) is the specialty, and you can easily walk in and stumble out 30 minutes later. Tip o' the cap to everyone's favorite barkeep, Mama, a finalist in tbt*'s 2009 Ultimate Bartender Contest.

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