1. The Manhattan Dolce Bar & Bistro

    South Tampa : 4328 W El Prado Blv., Tampa, 33629

    Read a review here.

  2. Cuvee 103 Restaurant and Wine Bar

    Clearwater : 2454 McMullen-Booth Road, #103, Clearwater, 33759

    Hours: 3-10 p.m. Mon., 3-11 p.m. Tues.-Tues.-Wed., 3-midnight Thurs., 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 2-8 p.m. Sun.Read a review here.

  3. Terra Sur Cafe (Carrollwood)

    Carrollwood : 5358 W Village Drive, Tampa, 33624

  4. Terra Sur Cafe (South Tampa)

    Westshore : 5401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33609

    Read a review of the bar here.

  5. The Wine Studio

    South Tampa : 4106 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, 33629

    Sharon Stewart had a wine bar of the same name back in the 1980s in Sarasota, before its time, evidently. The new place in Palma Ceia has hit its stride with low-slung couches and tables that seem like someone's homey kitchen, classic movies that play softly against one wall and a soundtrack tha …

  6. Crumb & Cork

    Tampa : 501 N Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The menu is dominated by artisanal cheeses and charcuterie sourced from some of the world's greats and the wine list serves up about 150 bottlings, 100 by the glass, with many unusual finds (and a number of glasses as low as $5). A collaboration of Joshua Pillock and Joseph Saine (Joseph is more …

  7. Ceviche St. Pete

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 95 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    That cocktail of marinated fish is only one item on the biggest spread of hot and cold tapas laid out on both sides of the bay. The Tampa location is dark and cozy, St. Pete's open to the embarcadero. Crowds and food are fast and fun: olives, quail, sherried chicken livers and albondigas. The ba …

  8. The Living Room

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 487 Main St, Dunedin, 34698

    Sarah Johnson wants people to hang out in the Living Room, and Dunedin residents have responded favorably. The affordable small-plate menu has been embraced for its novelty and vegetarian friendliness. A plate of snappy haricots verts is perfectly paired with almonds and shallots in a classic br …

  9. Blue Martini

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

    Blue Martini calls its fare heavy appetizers, but there's not a chicken wing or onion ring in sight. Instead, the short menu features contemporary Asian-Mediterranean fusion: sesame-seared tuna, sliced beef tenderloin, hummus, calamari salad. And don't miss the killer 6-inch-tall chocolate cake. …

  10. 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.

  11. The Veranda

    Tarpon Springs : 10 W Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Part of the Riverside Grille House, this bar offers outside seating and small plates menu.

  12. Cheap

    South Tampa : 309 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    The industrial-chic, low-light, loud-music place has a high funk-factor provided by wonderful found-object murals and the use of minivan banquettes in the booths, complete with seat belts. Cheap boasts colorful mix-and-match china, gorgeous sangria pitchers and lovely swirled stemware. The conce …

  13. Spain Restaurant & Tapas Bar

    Downtown Tampa : 513 N Tampa St, Tampa, 33602

    In a downtown that has tumbleweeds and buzzards (we're kidding about the first item but the second is oddly true) it's encouraging to know that there's a hot spot for swank mingling, great sangria and tasty tapas. Renovated in 2003 by Abell Garcia, the space features a dominant use of white, plu …

  14. Grape at International Plaza

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd. # 217b, Tampa, 33607

    Cool purple club chairs invite lengthy investigation of the more than 120 wines available by the bottle, glass or half glass, divided into categories by the relative "weight" or body of the wines. Goofy descriptions and lack of vintage years make the list a little frustrating for the s …

  15. King Corona Cigars Cafe & Bar

    Ybor City : 1523 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    More about the cigar than the bar, this is a great place to buy gifts for out-of-town loved ones. They sell smokes, accessories and merchandise depicting Ybor history. Dark-wood paneling, burgundy flourishes and overstuffed chairs all lend to the relaxed atmosphere. It's like a good ol' boys --  …

  16. 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 …

  17. Ceviche (Tampa)

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 2500 W Azeele St, Tampa, 33609

    That cocktail of marinated fish is only one item on the biggest spread of hot and cold tapas laid out on both sides of the bay. The Tampa location is dark and cozy, St. Pete's open to the embarcadero. Crowds and food are fast and fun: olives, quail, sherried chicken livers and albondigas. The ba …

  18. Taps & Tequila

    St. Petersburg : 1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33705

    A combination tequileria and craft beer garden with a unique upscale-rustic aestheticHours: 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Sat.-Sun..Read more here.