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  1. The Niagara Tap

    Largo : 11950 Seminole Blvd., Largo, 33778

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 …

  5. 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 …

  6. 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.

  7. 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 …

  8. 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.

  9. Haymarket Pub

    St. Petersburg : 8308 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    If you're into show tunes and Sinatra, this dive bar's a safe place to perch a while. You just have to know that you'll likely be surrounded by older gay men and the guys who love 'em. Seriously, though, take some friends, be respectful and crank up those Ethel Merman tunes and belt 'em out at t …

  10. Tiny Tap Tavern

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 2105 W Morrison Ave., Tampa, 33606

    A dive in tony SoHo? You bet, and it's one of the best in Tampa Bay. It's certainly Tampa's oldest, having opened in the 1930s. Low-key, lo-fi and low-cost (cheap PBRs keep the Urban Outfitters crowd coming back for more), Tiny Tap's an unfussy oasis in a desert of chic.

  11. Gulfport on the Rocks

    Gulfport : 5413 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

    Waterfront but not beachy, it's just across from Williams Pier and Boca Ciega Bay. The thick fog of smoke inside is shorthand for "no food served here." You're ordering shots. Don't argue with us.

  12. 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  …

  13. Duffy's Tavern

    Manatee beaches : 5808 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 34217

  14. Corner Club

    Seminole Heights : 1502 E Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33610

    Don't be daunted by the exterior. The industrial gray-painted and brick building looks like something out of a post-Apocalyptic Western. Inside, it's a cozier and friendlier world, full of down-to-earth regulars who range from guys in punk bands to plumbers and real estate brokers. Get drunk on  …

  15. Pete's Place

    South Tampa : 4145 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 33629

    No-nonsense, down-to-earth folks hang out amid the weathered wood and cast-nets with toy fish caught in them. Jim Beam neon fixtures mix with Christmas lights that illuminate a U.S. flag, and video games include the oddly out-of-place Sega Golden Axe video game. Pool tables for less than a buck  …

  16. The Hub

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 719 N Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    A Tampa icon, this downtown dive bar has a bad reputation for serving the strongest, most affordable cocktails in the city limits — maybe the entire state! And then there's the wildly eclectic crowd. Jobless vagrants, UT students, after-work professionals, well-dressed Tampa Theater concertgoe …

  17. Banana Boat

    Gateway : 13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Since it's a waterfront bar, we'll forgive -- heck, embrace -- Banana Boat's dive-ocity. Wear shorts and flip-flops on the deck. Or cool off in the AC inside. No drafts here, but that's okay. Get a load of Banana Boat's makeshift gallery of antique humor, like the faux Great White hanging above  …

  18. Mahuffer's

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 19201 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, 33811

    Don't miss this South Pacific-styled gem of a beach bar on your way up Gulf Boulevard. Four decades old, low-ceilinged and slathered in graffiti and beachabilia — fish nets, crab trap markers, boat parts, bras, dollar bills and more photos than you can imagine — the outrageously quirky Mahuf …

  19. Retreat

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 123 S Hyde Park Ave., Tampa, 33606

    How can you not love a bar that, when faced with losing its liquor license, produced a photo from 1946 that showed the bar serving the hard stuff, proving its right to sell hooch should be grandfathered in? A favorite among University of Tampa seniors and downtown drones, the 61-year-old bar (wh …

  20. 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.

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