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  1. Fire Bar & Grill

    Tampa : 3023 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33609

    New in 2012, the décor is a little clunky and amateurish, but Fire is certainly smokin' on the culinary front, having hired chef Ryan Kelly, a Culinary Institute of America grad and longtime alum of Roy's and most recently Tampa Bay Brewing Co. He has a serious knack of bringing contempor …

  2. Tate's Pizzeria and Sports Bar

    South Tampa : 3342 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33629

  3. Big Jim's Tap House

    Largo : 9220 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33771

    Philly cheesesteaks, beef on weck, pizza, subs, craft beers, microbrews. Hours: 11 a.m. till late, daily.

  4. Mellow Mushroom Pizza

    Clearwater : 2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 33759

    Across from Clearwater Mall. Pizzas, subs, vegetarian and gluten free options; bar with liquor, local craft beers, wine.Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

  5. Mike's Tap and Tavern

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 169 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Vibe: Classic pizza and beer joint upgrade, with flat screens galore, plush lounge area, large beer selection, full bar.Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thur. - Sat., Closed Sun.Read more here.

  6. Lagerhaus Brewery & Grill

    Palm Harbor : 3438 E Lake Road S, Palm Harbor, 34685

    Owner Franz Rothschadl claims an impressive family tradition of brewing, all the way back to the 15th century.You can enjoy up to 23 regular and seasonal beers in European measurements — half-liter, liter and the old favorite: a large glass boot.

  7. Slyce Pizza Bar

    North Pinellas beaches : 311 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    "Hip" is the word that comes first to mind at Slyce, the down side being that it can be noisy and a little frenetic. As per the pizza, there are some shock-value pies: A Coney Island topped with chili and sliced Sabrett dogs; the super-spicy Sunburn with chilies and hot sausage and a s …

  8. Bici Trattoria

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 437 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun..

  9. 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  …

  10. BellaBrava

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 204 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33704

    With its location along Beach Drive, it offers a hip yet affordable contemporary Italian menu that leans heavily on wood-fired pizzas (note especially the one with the fried egg on top) and boldly flavored and rustic pastas. Sidewalk seating expands the seating options, and a lively bar keep it  …

  11. Casa Tina's Pan Y Vino Wine Bar

    Dunedin : 369 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    This little tapas and wine bar was born when Casa Tina moved to larger digs. Owned by the same folks though, it offers more than two dozen wines by the glass, tapas and small plates that use local or organic ingredients, plus desserts and coffees. It recently added a brick over for organic pizzas.

  12. 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 …

  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. Market on 7th

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 1816 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Located across the street from Gaspar's Grotto, Market on 7th is an understated haunt for night owls on the Ybor strip. It's got brick walls, a pool table, a few chairs on the sidewalk and a great stage for live music (stop by on Thursdays for a sample). You can get cheap pizzas that are greasy  …

  15. Garage Bar & Grill

    Channelside : 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33602

    The industrial-looking sports bar serves pizza, quesadillas, burgers and sushi.

  16. Ricky T's

    South Pinellas beaches : 10601 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    This beloved Treasure Island outpost offers great burgers, beer and pizza. In 2007, tbt* readers voted it Tampa Bay's best place to get cheap beach eats.

  17. Hideaway Cafe and Recording Studio

    Grand Central District : 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

    Read more here.

  18. Old Northeast Tavern

    St. Petersburg : 201 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33707

    Neighborhood flavor and friends are reborn on this warm and worn corner. It's got an inventive pizza and sandwich menu with portobellos, artichokes, good cheeses and a serious wine list. And you can still hang out under the glow of the beer signs. On any given Friday or Saturday you'll find neig …

  19. New York New York Pizza Bar

    Ybor City : 1512 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    Pretty good pizza for a place that's about as New York as North Dakota. No more schlepping pizza slices on foot; late-night dining indoors helps partiers rest their weary feet.

  20. Original Boardwalk Grill and Sports Bar

    Clearwater : 126 Island Way, Clearwater, 33767