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  1. The Rack

    South Tampa : 1809 W Platt St., Tampa, 33606

    Eightball and tekka maki are a combo made in yuppie heaven. A poolroom sushi hall, The Rack opened to an enthusiastic audience in 2002 at the site of the Blue Gardenia restaurant. No one's bringing their own spiffy Schon or Predator cues, but there's decent play at most of the tables in the fun, …

  2. Four Green Fields

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 205 W Platt St., Tampa, 33606

    The oldest Irish pub of South Tampa's big three and the most prestigious in all of Tampa Bay, perhaps all of Florida, Four Green Fields proudly advertises itself as "America's only authentic thatched roof pub." There are also two wooden decks and a bar in the rear outside area. It's go …

  3. O'Keefe's Family Tavern and Grille

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Clearwater : 1219 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, 33756

    The best Irish bars have a legend. Here's O'Keefe's: In 1972 or 1973, a car crashed through the bar, destroying much of an addition known as the Cedar Room. Among the casualties was a painting of a naked lady, which (as the story goes) is rumored to be the wife of late founder Bill O'Keefe. The  …

  4. Kahuna's Bar and Grill

    Editor's pick

    Gateway : 10515 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 33702

    It may not be the only place where Parrotheads and bikers can mingle in peace, but it's certainly the only place that also has a Lord of the Rings pinball machine. Even as a housing development is being built all around it, Kahuna's is still kicking in its spot across from Derby Lane, with games …

  5. Dubliner Irish Pub

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 2307 W Azeele St, Tampa, 33609

    Laid-back and charming, the Dubliner has been a SoHo favorite since 2002. It's on Azeele, just off South Howard, around the corner from its sworn enemy, MacDinton's. The Dubliner brims with charm, and serves 14 beers on tap, but it has one serious drawback: no liquor license. (A Dubliner that op …

  6. The Undertow

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 3850 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    On weekends, its seems all of Tampa descends on this St. Pete Beach favorite. With two buildings, a patio in the sand and a strange running-water moat inset in the long oval-shaped bar, it's a delightful place to grab a rum drink and some wings. Some nights there's live reggae, some nights it's  …

  7. Friendly Tavern

    Editor's pick

    North Pinellas beaches : 18121 Gulf Blvd., Redington Shores, 33708

    Darts and one of the beach's best karaoke nights on Tuesday (this was supposedly the first bar in Pinellas County to get a karaoke machine) are reason enough to hit this longtime local favorite. But Friendly is a place where summer and winter beachgoers alike go for cold ones and killer conversa …

  8. MacDinton's Irish Pub

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    MacDinton's opened in 2002, same year as its chief competitor, The Dubliner. Unlike The Dubliner, MacDinton's has a liquor license, which it uses to make an assortment of mind-blowing "bombs" that are very popular with drinkers in their early 20s. An expansive booze emporium, MacDinton …

  9. Wine Exchange Bistro & Wine

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 1609 W Snow Ave., Tampa, 33606

    For nearly two decades, The Wine Exchange has been a defining part of swanky Old Hyde Park Village. In March 2009, the bistro and wine bar relocated to its big, gorgeous digs from a smaller spot around the corner. Order grape by the glass or bottle while scanning the room for Tampa big shots lik …

  10. Mangroves SOHO Restaurant and Bar

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 208 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Established in 1996, Mangroves has been a key player in making SoHo one of the region's top dining and drinking districts. The two-story restaurant and bar, which also features a deck with private cabanas, doubles as a nightclub on the weekends. Superior service makes this an excellent place to  …

  11. Columbia Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The granddaddy of them all, Columbia Restaurant bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida as well as the nation's largest Spanish/Cuban restaurant, with 13 rooms extending one full city block. Some of these waiters have been here a lifetime, there are stirring flamenco show …

  12. Mr. Dunderbak's

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa, 33613

    We won't go so far as to call Mr. Dunderbak's snobby. But trust us, if you try to order a Bud Light there, you'll definitely catch hell from the regulars. Dunderbak's — which recently moved from University Mall to an ornate biergarten/marketplatz-style outpost in a New Tampa shopping center †…

  13. 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 …

  14. Press Box Sports Emporium

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 222 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33609

    We've been in a lot of press boxes over the years, and trust us — we've never seen one containing a stuffed bobcat. Plastered with sports memorabilia, jerseys and autographs — and yes, a stuffed bobcat — this dugout-like South Tampa mainstay is where you want to go for any pay-per-view box …

  15. O'Brien's of Carrollwood

    Editor's pick

    Carrollwood : 11744 Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    Since 1991, the Carrollwood O'Brien's has been the pub of choice for nearby residents ranging in age from barely 21 to retirees. Fair prices, great Irish whiskey and beer selections, live music, a tiki bar, Emerald Isle food and one of Tampa Bay's biggest and best St. Patrick's Day parties make  …

  16. Splitsville

    Editor's pick

    Channelside : 615 Channelside Drive, Suite 123, Tampa, 33602

    Channelside's Splitsville is a 27,000-square-foot is a club that happens to have a few bowling lanes, 12 to be precise. Splitsville is all upscale razzle-dazzle, with great food and drinks to go with your strikes and spares. It has two bars, pool tables and a dining lounge. Arrive at 7:30 on a S …

  17. Green Iguana (Anderson Rd)

    Editor's pick

    Town 'n' Country : 9202 Anderson Road, Tampa, 33634

    The biggest of the bunch, the Veterans location on Anderson Road flaunts the "largest climate controlled Tiki Hut in Florida." We weren't able to verify that claim, but are in agreement that it's huge. The fun-plex also features ample indoor and outdoor seating, three full bars, as well as pool  …

  18. O'Brien's Irish Pub of Brandon

    Editor's pick

    Brandon : 701 W Lumsden Road, Brandon, 33511

    It also has locations in Riverview and Plant City. But this is one of our favorites. Tucked into the dark streets of suburban Brandon, the neon green shamrock that tops O'Brien's is a beacon of night life. The atmosphere is casual — Irish pub meets Applebee's — and it's perfectly acc …

  19. 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. …

  20. Yeoman's Road Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Davis Islands : 236 E Davis Blvd., Tampa, 33606

    It's hard to miss the red (nonworking) British telephone booth outside Yeoman's Pub on Davis Islands. The story told around the bar is that original British owners got it as a gift in the '80s from Def Leppard, the English rock band, when it was on tour in Tampa. The new owners have no British c …

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