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  1. Aqua Prime Seafood and Steaks

    North Pinellas beaches : 213 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    Hours: 4-10:30 p.m. Mon., 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.Read a review here.

  2. Screwie Louie's Famous Porpoise Pub

    Seminole : 8701 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, 33772

  3. 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 …

  4. J D's Restaurant & Lounge

    North Pinellas beaches : 125 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

  5. Lana's Red Lion Pub

    North Pinellas beaches : 1407 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

    It's an awesomely funky British pub on Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach. A red English telephone booth marks the spot. Walk inside the cozy wooden confines and you're immediately transported away from the tacky condo and tourist trap scene — and the merciless heat. The Red Lion Pub has jus …

  6. 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  …

  7. Sunset Lounge

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 5429 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 34606

    Where Spring Hillians go to get rowdy. It's got 20 televisions, three pool tables, a dart board and always a loud band on Friday and Saturday nights.

  8. 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.

  9. Fubar

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Formerly the home of the eclectic Uptown Bar, this incarnation still draws a sizable crowd with its prime location across from the State Theater. They feature live bands, DJs and specialty promotions, including Champagne Birthdays. The bar only serves beer and wine, but any place that has Laguni …

  10. Cuso's Club and Cantina

    North Pinellas beaches : 2405 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

    One side's an open air bar with a bright mural outside and a nifty neon bikini sign on the wall inside. It's perfect for a stop after a day at the beach. The other's a well-chilled, dark, woodsy bar that rocks with live music most weekends. On our visit, we chatted up an iguana named Boogie.

  11. 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  …

  12. 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 …

  13. Jimmy B's Beach Bar

    South Pinellas beaches : 6200 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    All you really need to know is the signature drink is called a Hot Wet Spot, equally embarrassing to order and to drink: a pina colada with a drizzle of blueberry liqueur, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. But the outdoor deck is gorgeous and features two bars, plus a long boardwalk down to …

  14. Marker 34 Grill

    North Pinellas beaches : 401 Second St. # A, Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    Specializing in fried lobster tail, steaks and seafood, this Indian Rocks favorite has indoor and outdoor seating and what it bills as the largest covered waterfront tiki deck in the area.

  15. Pegasus Lounge

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 10008 N 30th St., Tampa, 33612

    Grimy, gritty and an unapologetically fun place to hang out and drink Jager, the Pegasus is famed for three things: Zombie luaus, live punk and rock almost every night, and Pornaoke. Yep, that would be karaoke with hardcore porn playing on the screen behind you. It's every bit as disturbing as y …

  16. Hard Rock Cafe

    Tampa : 5223 Orient Road, Tampa, 33610

    Replacing the space occupied by long-time party nightclub Floyd's, the 17,500-square-foot restaurant features American casual dining in a rock 'n' roll setting. It has some notable twists on its brand: It's the first with gambling and the first with a burger butcher shop, with its signature Ybor …

  17. Tapas Garden and Wine Bar

    North Pinellas beaches : 321 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    Start off by ordering a pan of the paella, because that's the star of the menu and you won't want to leave without trying it. It will be enough to feed a couple of people, but the made-to-order nature of it means it will take a half-hour. No problem, because a couple of choices of the tapas list …

  18. Crowbar

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 1812 N 17th St., Tampa, 33605

    A top-notch sound system, the best sight lines, comfy patio and mind-boggling variety of bands have established Crowbar as one of the best places to catch a band in Tampa Bay. Ceramic-mosaic columns, red draperies and mirror-backed bar walls contrast against corrugated steel, black polished conc …

  19. Bahama Breeze

    Rocky Point : 3045 N Rocky Point Drive E, Tampa, 33607

    You can't see the Caribbean from this spot on the causeway, but you can hear the islands and get a taste of them here. Lively music makes waits on the veranda more fun. Drinks are mixed with tropical spirits, and meats and fish are done up with fire and spice. The bar scene: Expect a big variety …

  20. Guppy's On the Beach

    North Pinellas beaches : 1701 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33811

    Fresh finfish, Caribbean fire, Southwestern flair and healthful ingredients make fun fusion in Margaritaville-by-the-Sea. Fresh fish gets uptown treatment with everything from papaya and sugarcane rum salsa and brandy sauces to potato crust. Trimmings are packed with fruits, herbs and grains.

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