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  1. Habibi Cafe & Hookah Bar

    Editor's pick

    St. Petersburg : 1632 E Seventh Ave., St. Petersburg, 33605

  2. 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  …

  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. 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 …

  5. 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  …

  6. 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 …

  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. The Brass Mug

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

  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. The Social

    Orlando : 54 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, 32801

  11. 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  …

  12. 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 …

  13. 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 …

  14. 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 …

  15. Shephard's Beach Resort

    Editor's pick

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

  16. 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 …

  17. 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, …