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  1. Barley Mow Brewing Co.

    Largo : 518 West Bay Drive, Largo, 33770

    Jay Dingman and Colleen Huffman decided to open the nano-brewery and attached bar in 2011. They currently brew about 14 different beers, including their flagship beer, a black IPA called The Unkindness.

  2. Pickled Parrot

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 5526 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 34606

    Weekly entertainment includes a live band and DJ from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Salsa Sunday, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, with free salsa lessons and Latin foods. Miss Dynamite, 8 p.m.-midnight Monday. Stars N Barz karaoke, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Ladies Night/Top 40 Dance hits …

  3. 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  …

  4. 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 …

  5. 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  …

  6. Dublin House Pub

    Largo : 479 Seminole Blvd., Largo, 33770

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

  7. 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 …

  8. Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The staff is talkative and friendly as well. The gang at Durty Nelly's is young, fun and friendly. Beer, liquor and a bit of wine make up the menu at Durty Nelly's. Imports are the only beers on tap and bottles are a mix of domestic and import. The bar is fully stocked with the necessary liquor  …

  9. Elmer's Sports Cafe

    MacDill Area : 5206 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, 33611

    The second of two Elmers, this is no junior. It's bigger and comfier than its Ybor brother, with a huge U-shaped bar, tall and regular-size tables accommodating around 150 people. Because it's cleaner than your average bar and there's no smoking inside, the brick walls and painted wood paneling  …

  10. Five Bucks Drinkery

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 247 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Hours: 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-3 a.m. Sun.

  11. GAME Bar

    St. Petersburg : 615 Ninth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Under new management in early 2012, GAME's "We're Game'' motto reflects it's many options: pool tables, darts, games, a jukebox and more.

  12. Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill

    Editor's pick

    St. Petersburg : 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33705

    Ferg's is one of the best sports bars in Tampa Bay. Situated just a deep fly ball from the Trop, this converted gas station has become a pre-game ritual for many fans, and not just for baseball. Bucs, USF, Lightning — Ferg's pulls them in for all of 'em with its burgers, wraps and wings ( …

  13. Fort Knox

    North Pinellas beaches : 17850 Gulf Blvd., Redington Beach, 33708

    The Vibe: a classic dive bar with all the trimmings, and a short walk from the beach. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.Read more here.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 …

  16. Pro Shop Pub

    Downtown Clearwater : 840 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    Clearwater's gay answer to Cheers. It's also one of the longest running gay bars in Pinellas, having been established in 1976. That should tell you something about the loyalty of its patrons.

  17. Osceola Tavern

    Editor's pick

    East Pasco : 13941 Seventh St., Dade City, 33525

    The Osceola Tavern has only been around since 1999, but the building it's in has been a Dade City fixture since the 1890s, and was a saloon at least as far back as 1910. Classic rock jukeboxes, live music on weekends and a whole mess of folks who don't feel like heading to Hillsborough for a goo …

  18. 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 …

  19. 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  …

  20. 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 …

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