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  1. Beaune's Wine Bar

    Ybor City : 2009 N 22nd St., Tampa, 33605

    Beaune's Wine Bar is a classy yet comfy lounge, perfect for a first date or an intimate night with friends. Beaune's (pronounced "bones," after the city in Burgundy) wine shop has been a go-to place for local oenophiles, and the wine bar gives wine lovers a place to linger in the eveni …

  2. Donatello Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 232 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33609

    The blush is not off the rose at this nearly 30-year-old Tampa original. In the dining room, tuxedoed waiters have the assurance only longtime employment provides, whether that's guiding guests through the menu or whipping up a tableside Caesar (the best in town). The food is rigorously traditio …

  3. 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 …

  4. Della's After Dark

    Brandon : 608 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, 33511

    It would probably be cool enough to just hang out with a glass of wine and listen to the live jazz musicians in the dining room. But that you'll want to try one of the chorizo meatballs, or one of the other beautifully presented dishes from chef Alex DellaGrotta. And if the jazz trio doesn't mak …

  5. Lobby Bar

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    This unpretentious bar adjoining the Garden Restaurant is classic St. Pete — no need for a sports theme, blaring jukebox or gimmicky shot specials here. If you're a whiskey drinker, get an Old Fashioned: they do it right here. If you'd rather take the lighter route, there's a homemade, che …

  6. Ringside Cafe

    Fourth Street Garden District : 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    A converted house on Fourth Street that now ranks as the top blues bar in the 'Burg, Ringside Cafe has a tiny stage that has been rocked by national rockers. They include Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers) and local hero Damon Fowler, among others. On Friday and Saturday nights, the living-room …

  7. Fox Jazz Club

    Editor's pick

    Westshore : 5401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33609

    Located in the Lincoln Center, it has two bars with different vibes. The first one has a dance floor and band playing high-energy jazz fusion. The back lounge has a more relaxed feel, with live music four nights a week. Live music plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings.Read more here.

  8. Urban Culinary Cuisine

    Tampa : 10016 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, 33647

    The restaurant Web site describes itself as serving traditional southern cooking with an urban flair in an intimate atmosphere. The New Tampa restaurant's tantalizing menu includes a pork chops, fried chicken, salmon and the chef's special catfish. Side dishes are all the comfort food standards: …

  9. Green Iguana (Ybor)

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 1708 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The most visible of the Green Iguana gang thanks to its digs smack-dab on Seventh Avenue, this location has been a destination for locals and tourists since 1994. A fixture of the Ybor nightlife scene, it has five full bars, two large dance floors, stage and second level DJ booth. The music runs …

  10. Marchand's Bar & Grill

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The Vinoy has undergone a major makeover that includes retooling of Marchand's, showing off the central Vinoy Bar. A small wine cellar room provides an enviably intimate dining space for four. But perhaps the biggest change is the dining concept: One side used to be Marchand's, with a Mediterran …

  11. Maximo

    Sarasota : 1296 First St., Sarasota, 34236

    Italian and bold South African cuisine including ostrich, with special theater menu offered in season.Hours: 5 p.m. until late Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.- until late Sat.-Sun.

  12. Floribbean Restaurant and Lounge

    Sarasota : 1400 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    Lunch and dinner specials, brunch on Sunday.

  13. 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 --  …

  14. Green Iguana (S West Shore)

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 4029 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 33611

    The first Green Iguana emerged in a quiet neighborhood off South West Shore Boulevard. It's the smallest, funkiest and for the majority of South Tampa residents, the most beloved. The air-conditioned tiki bar out front is where rock bands and solo acoustic play every night. It's also where one o …

  15. Take 2 Lounge

    Carrollwood : 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    If you're tired of your living room and want to watch the football game or play Nintendo Wii in another living room with a full bar and comfy couches, then Take 2 Lounge is the place. Attached to the Tampa Pitcher Show, a restaurant and movie theater in Carrollwood, the lounge radiates a '50s fe …

  16. Semeraro's Italian Cafe & Piano Bar

    Grand Central District : 1620 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

  17. D'Cajun Blues Roadhouse

    St. Petersburg : 3090 34th St North , St. Petersburg, 33713