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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. No Spoon Cafe

    University Area : 1515 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Bull's House doubles as No Spoon Italian restaurant. A huge college hangout, if that's your bag. Also, you can eat or drink for as cheap as it gets in the USF area. They may only have Yuengling to accompany the Bud station on the taps, but Tuesdays make it all worthwhile with a weekly "kill-the- …

  4. Rock the House

    South Pinellas beaches : 7370 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    As the name implies, this bar rocks, and rocks hard. Patrons are probably more inclined to hear Buckcherry screaming through the speakers or Led Zeppelin keeping the vibe alive. It's a huge joint with plenty of space to move around, and it offers tasty grub, karaoke and live music, and a strong  …

  5. 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.

  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. 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.

  8. Fortunato's After Dark

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 259 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    It's a great spot to slip in on a downtown Pete barhop or a hangout when you're in the mood for something chill. Score a Pabster for a couple bucks, a decent range of weak domestics or a few interesting scores (a la microbrews) on a rotating basis. Check the nightly specials, as they are abunda …

  9. 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  …

  10. Corner Bar

    South Tampa : 302 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Sit back and watch the wildness along Howard Avenue from the Corner Bar porch. Here, the atmosphere is laid back, and the staff friendly. Unlike other places along the strip, it's rarely crowded, so bring your friends. The regulars are a mix of the SoHo socialites who want a break from the scene …

  11. 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 …

  12. 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  …

  13. 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.

  14. Azalea Lounge

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 1502 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 33602

    GaYbor might be the best known local district for LGBT drinking destinations, but if you're looking for something a little quieter and laid back, duck into the gay bar (but definitely straight friendly) Azalea Lounge. It's a beautiful old building with a comfy, closed-in back patio. Just pace yo …

  15. 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  …

  16. 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 …

  17. London Bus Pub

    Seminole : 5667 Seminole Blvd. , Seminole, 33772

    One of Seminole's cutest visual landmarks. The exterior sports a faux front porch pub facade with painted-on windows, wooden shutters and a cartoon red lorry with headlights that turn on. Modestly priced sports bar grub, comfort food and British staples. On Sunday, you can't order from the menu, …

  18. The Boneyard

    Ybor City : 1823 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33675

    Don't be scared by the name. It's neither goth hotspot nor biker bar, mostly eclectic everyday folks who love music of all types. The decor includes a small dance floor, plenty kitsch hanging overhead and a DJ area next to tall painted tables.Newcastle, Bass and Heineken are the cream of the spo …

  19. Elmer's Sports Cafe

    Ybor City : 2003 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    No need to get dressed up to have a drink at this neighborhood hangout. If you're not looking for the posh and pomp of the Ybor crowds, look for Elmer's. If you're a Redskins fan, throw on that hog's nose and belly up to the bar. They have great Monday Night Football specials.

  20. 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.

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