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  1. Tavern at Bayboro

    St. Petersburg : 121 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33707

    The "Tav," a fixture on the University South Florida St. Petersburg campus since 1981, put in a more substantial kitchen a while back and owner Tom Herzhauser decided the time was ripe for menu changes. With friends at Fish Busters in Madeira Beach and Nachman's Native Seafood in Redin …

  2. Retreat

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 123 S Hyde Park Ave., Tampa, 33606

    How can you not love a bar that, when faced with losing its liquor license, produced a photo from 1946 that showed the bar serving the hard stuff, proving its right to sell hooch should be grandfathered in? A favorite among University of Tampa seniors and downtown drones, the 61-year-old bar (wh …

  3. GameTime

    Ybor City : 1600 E 8th Ave # A147, Tampa, 33605

    Formerly known as GameWorks, this arcade/restaurant/sports bar is a one-stop destination for fun times. ** Text below provided by this business**When you're ready to take your play to a whole new level, GameWorks is your place. You'll find dozens of ways to challenge your skills, compete with y …

  4. O'Maddy's

    Editor's pick

    Gulfport : 5405 Shore Blvd., Gulfport, 33701

    This full-liquor bar has tasty sandwiches with a kitschy, nautical interior and large wooden deck that overlooks the water. Karaoke starts at 9:30 every night and that's where you'll find Eckerd, Stetson and USF St. Pete students belting out tunes. During the afternoon, don't be surprised to fin …

  5. Kahwa Cafe

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 204 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    True coffee snobs know that freshness counts. What could be fresher than a shop roasting its own beans? Kahwa creates its own blends right in St. Petersburg for distribution to coffee shops and direct to consumers. The shop has now opened its own retail cafe for java lovers who want a cup on the …

  6. 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  …

  7. O'Toole's Irish Pub

    Brandon : 1215 W Brandon Blvd. , Brandon, 33511

    O'Toole's Irish Pub is a true boozer, as the Irish would say - a place of craic. So what exactly is craic, you might ask? Well, it's a mixture of music, drinks, friendly conversation, and an upbeat atmosphere, all of which equals a good time - and all of which describe O'Tooles. In a spot like B …

  8. Bayboro Cafe & Catering

    St. Petersburg : 1110 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Breakfast, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, with live music Friday and Saturday nights. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.

  9. Peabody's Billiards

    Editor's pick

    New Tampa : 15333 Amberly Drive , Tampa, 33647

    A sports bar for those who like to get active, Peabody's features 14 pool tables, more than 15 electronic dart boards, a couple of Dragon Punch games and dozens of TVs. With countless high-tops and more than 30 beers on tap, it also might be New Tampa's best spot to watch a game. The Palms, Peab …

  10. Shephard's Beach Resort

    Editor's pick

    Clearwater Beach : 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 33767

    What first opened in 1976 as the Lagoon has morphed from a rather pedestrian lodge to a full-fledged waterfront resort of the highest order. The entertainment complex known as Shephard's now features a hotel, restaurant, lounge, two killer tiki bars, private beach and a double-level nightclub ca …

  11. Gators Cafe & Saloon

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island, 33706

    Depending on when you visit Gators, it's either (A) one of the best sports bars in Tampa Bay (on Florida Gators game days), (B) one of the randier college-party scenes on the beach (on summer bikini-contest days), or (C) one of the bigger and better beachy-touristy bars on the beach (most of the …

  12. Gator's Dockside

    Tampa : 5840 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    Gator's is an All-American, everything-Sunshine-State, Parrothead kind of joint. Like an alligator hunting lodge meets modern Florida retreat. You'll feel most at home if you're a University of Florida grad - obviously; almost as comfy if you're a USF Bull. If you're a Seminole or Hurricane fan, …