1. A Taste for Wine

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Bern's may have the better wine list, but many of us would rather hang out at A Taste for Wine. The wrought-iron balcony offers a great view of Central Avenue in St. Pete. Inside, there's art on the walls from JJ Watts gallery, and live music on weekends: jazz, folk, flamenco, pop, etc. They als …

  2. World of Beer Carrollwood

    Editor's pick

    Carrollwood : 12904 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    It's a sweet formula: 500 beers, ales,lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe, live music, a largely professional crowd and servers that know an Ayinger Brau-Weisse from aWeltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell at a squint. The hophead's dream destination features a clean, snug indoo …

  3. Tryst Gastro Lounge

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 240 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Banquettes suitable for the likes of Marie Antoinette (had she been a barfly), a long onyx bar capped by a crowd of dazzling pendant lamps, shimmery silver wallpaper and a reflective mosaic tile backsplash on the bar — it's about as stylish a nightspot as we've seen in these parts. It has  …

  4. Citrus Park House of Beer Gastropub

    Odessa : 8552 Gunn Highway, Odessa, 33556

    Craft beer bar with 40 microbrew and import taps, with growlers available for purchase. Limited menu includes flatbreads, beer float.Hours: 3 p.m.- 1 a.m. Mon-Thurs, noon-2 a.m. Fri-Sat, noon-11 p.m. Sun.

  5. World of Beer Brandon

    Brandon : 2878 Providence Lakes Blvd., Brandon, 33511

    The sweet formula of 500 beers, ales, lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe has landed in Brandon (it's 50th location), along with tavern fare.

  6. New World Brewery

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 1313 E Eighth Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Beloved by the Chucks-and-hornrims set for hosting early concerts by artists like My Morning Jacket, Animal Collective and Okkervil River, New World is a fixture for any local band that hopes to make a name for itself in Central Florida. The shedlike outdoor stage is still as intimate a setting  …

  7. Empouria, the Art of Beer

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 29 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Formerly the Independent, John Vellines' new venture emphasizes high end Belgian, German, and other European varieties including Polish and Czech, plus rare and vintage beers. Cork-finished beers and international beers from around the globe showcased different days of the week.Hours: open 4 p.m …

  8. The Pub

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    An outpost of a small chain of English gastropubs clustered in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida, it took over the Bamboo Club space at International Plaza, with great outdoor tables, cozy leather booths and lots of bar seating. It's a sprawling place, emphasis on what's on tap, with a menu that is fit …

  9. MacDinton's Irish Pub

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    MacDinton's opened in 2002, same year as its chief competitor, The Dubliner. Unlike The Dubliner, MacDinton's has a liquor license, which it uses to make an assortment of mind-blowing "bombs" that are very popular with drinkers in their early 20s. An expansive booze emporium, MacDinton …

  10. The Brass Tap

    Editor's pick

    Wesley Chapel : 2000 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel, 33543

    Like everything else at the Shops at Wiregrass, the Brass Tap has become a magnet for Wesley Chapel commuters looking for something fun to do at night besides Applebee's. Not a lot of wine, but with more than 40 beers on tap and another 300 domestics, imports and crafts in a bottle, there's so m …

  11. Hyde Park Cafe

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 1806 W Platt St. , Tampa, 33606

    Named the top bar in the Tampa Bay area in 2009 by free weekly tbt*, Hyde Park Cafe is a see and be seen kind of place. You haven't truly partied in Tampa if you haven't woken up hung over after a Tuesday night at the Cafe. Tuesdays are for the real partiers who aren't afraid to stay out late on …

  12. Dubliner Irish Pub, Citrus Park

    Citrus Park : 12836 Henderson Road, Tampa, 33625

    Mahogany, oak and plenty of bric-a-brac make for an inviting, Irish setting in this cousin to the famed SoHo Dubliner. The biggest difference in the two is that this one has a full liquor license, something the other one doesn't.Enter to the left if you wish to quietly eat, drink and chat. There …

  13. Peg's Cantina & Brew Pub

    Editor's pick

    Gulfport : 3038 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, 33701

    Notice first the crazy-fabulous beer list: an array of Belgian ales and lambics, as well as all those American microbrews with the adolescent names (Butthead bock, anyone?). During the week, the menu is healthy, homey Mexican; on the weekend, they crank up the pizza oven and turn out unfussy, sa …

  14. World of Beer Tampa Palms

    New Tampa : 17004 Palm Ponte Drive, Tampa, 33647

    It's a sweet formula: 500 beers, ales, lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe, live music, a largely professional crowd and servers that know an Ayinger Brau-Weisse from a Weltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell at a squint. The hophead's dream destination features a clean, snug in …

  15. World of Beer St. Petersburg

    St. Petersburg : 5226 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33703

    It's a sweet formula: 500 beers, ales, lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe, live music, a largely professional crowd and servers that know an Ayinger Brau-Weisse from a Weltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell at a squint. The hophead's dream destination features a clean, snug ind …

  16. World of Beer Land O' Lakes

    Editor's pick

    Land o' Lakes : 2081 Collier Pkwy, Land O'Lakes, 34639

    It's a sweet formula: 500 beers, ales,lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe, live music, a largely professional crowd and servers that know an Ayinger Brau-Weisse from aWeltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell at a squint. The hophead's dream destination features a clean, snug indoor …

  17. The Brass Tap (Brandon)

    Brandon : 775 Brandon Towncenter, Brandon, 33511

    This Wesley Chapel favorite has expanded south. With its monstrous selection and friendly social environment, it's sure to gain a following in Brandon. While there's no food, there are three nearby restaurants that deliver to the bar. The wine and cigars are a nice touch, and no doubt many patro …

  18. Shamrock's Ale House

    Tampa : 7805 Temple Terrace Highway, Tampa, 33637

    Gastro pub for sports fans, with NFL and college games, baseball on big screen TVs, in a family friendly environment.

  19. World of Beer Westchase

    Editor's pick

    Westchase : 9524 Linebaugh Ave. W , Tampa, 33626

    Westchase's megapopular World of Beer is a sweet formula: 500 beers, ales, lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe, live music, a largely professional crowd and servers that know an Ayinger Brau-Weisse from a Weltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell at a squint. The hophead's dream des …

  20. Tampa Tap Room

    Editor's pick

    Carrollwood : 13150 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    It looks like any other Carrollwood strip-mall bar ... until you lay eyes on the bar. With an astounding 51 beers on tap, including a tower of six Belgian ales, the Tap Room is a hops-lover's paradise. Be careful if you wander in with a Bucs jersey on because this is a Steelers hangout. (This wa …

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