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  1. Beer Belly's Cafe

    Tampa : 5016 E Busch Blvd. # 113, Tampa, 33617

    This large sports bar and grill layout features the familiar wood, old booths and a bar half the size of the place that's surrounded by games. They have good beer and food specials on a menu that features every fattening food you can think of. One last note: Fun karaoke.

  2. Green Parrott Pub

    Carrollwood : 11759 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    The beauty of a dive is there is always more than meets the eye. One glance at Green Parrot might have newbies shying away - there's graffiti scrawled in old varnish on the bar, torn vinyl bar stools, billiard-chalk-dusted wood paneling and beer lamps, and the pervasive smell of fryer grease. We …

  3. The Slug

    Tampa : 12950 Racetrack Road , Tampa, 33626

    The Slug is a lot like Westchase - cookie-cutter. Even so, it's got the intimacy of a dive bar without the ugliness. Blond and attractive women tend bar, wearing dressy black spaghetti string tops. There's no food, but they've got to-go menus for nearby restaurants. There's a sweet digital jukeb …

  4. Daiquiri Deck & Oceanside Grill

    North Pinellas beaches : 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708

    Daiquiri Deck is part sports bar, part beach bar, part neon-trimmed patio. And it specializes in ... do we even need to say it? Among the many fruity concoctions offered: the Mexican Bitch, the Pain in the Ass and the Banana in the Bush. Bottom's up!

  5. 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.

  6. Kahuna's Bar and Grill

    Editor's pick

    Gateway : 10515 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    It may not be the only place where Parrotheads and bikers can mingle in peace, but it's certainly the only place that also has a Lord of the Rings pinball machine. Even as a housing development is being built all around it, Kahuna's is still kicking in its spot across from Derby Lane, with games …

  7. The Undertow

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 3850 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    On weekends, its seems all of Tampa descends on this St. Pete Beach favorite. With two buildings, a patio in the sand and a strange running-water moat inset in the long oval-shaped bar, it's a delightful place to grab a rum drink and some wings. Some nights there's live reggae, some nights it's  …

  8. L.A. Hang Out

    Lutz : 16411 N Florida Ave., Lutz, 33549

    Tons of screens with DirecTV Football Ticket on Sundays. The split-level establishment has a set of games - air-hockey, darts, pool - up a step or two from the bar area, which runs from the center of the wood-floor sprawl to the west wall. The east wall sports a stage for live tunes and karaoke  …

  9. 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  …

  10. 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 …

  11. Barnacles

    Brandon : 926 Providence Road, Brandon, 33511

    With it's 450 TVs, Barnacles may look like a typical sports bar and grill, but there's a lot more going on. The waitstaff walks around singing every tune blaring from the speaker system, handing out trivia prizes.

  12. Shipwreck

    Clearwater Beach : 647 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater, 33767

    This might be Clearwater Beach's best kept secret. The small strip mall dive on the far north end of Clearwater Beach sits close to a few motels that have survived the condo invasion and provides the perfect after-sunset spot to chill with a cheap pitcher of beer. The dim, shanty-like atmosphere …

  13. Horse & Jockey British Pub

    South Pasadena : 1155 Pasadena Ave. S # A, South Pasadena, 33701

    Don't be surprised to see a few Brits sipping a Bass at this longtime pub and restaurant. Many attest the Horse & Jockey is king of local British pubs. Brits Lea Doyle and his wife, Emma, bought the place in 2008 after frequenting it for years. It serves high tea upon request and offers nightly  …

  14. Dog Saloon

    South Tampa : 3311 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, 33629

    In the Dog House? Get over your blues at the Dog Saloon. It's in ritzy South Tampa, but has a casual neighborhood feel. The Saloon has one of the most laid-back atmospheres in the area, and is perfect for that Monday or Tuesday when you just wanna grab a beer at a low-key place.

  15. Varsity Club All American Cafe

    Countryside : 24091 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater, 33763

    Easily one of the biggest sports bars in this part of the bay area, Varsity shows sports games on all sorts of channels, with more than a dozen TVs and all the major season tickets. There's a full-on game room in the rear, including Tee, bowling and shooting games, and a dining area sits between …

  16. 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 …

  17. Chase Club

    Westchase : 12129 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, 33626

    The Chase Club has a dimly lit atmosphere perfect for an after-work cocktail or refuge on a hot summer's day. Inside, a long bar seats about 20 people, and there are eight high-top tables. Behind the bar are six TVs and a huge big screen. In the foyer are several Internet-connected arcade games, …

  18. Take 2 Lounge

    Carrollwood : 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    If you're tired of your living room and want to watch the football game or play Nintendo Wii in another living room with a full bar and comfy couches, then Take 2 Lounge is the place. Attached to the Tampa Pitcher Show, a restaurant and movie theater in Carrollwood, the lounge radiates a '50s fe …

  19. The Brass Mug

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

  20. 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  …

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