Best Of 2007

BEST HISTORIC BUILDING: The Cuban Club

Built in 1917 for El Círculo Cubano — a recreational society of Cuban immigrants — this neoclassic clubhouse features several distinct event spaces. The 18,000-square-foot patio is marked by a mini-amphitheatre and full-service bar. The basement has been transformed into a handsome cantina with a glossy sunken dance floor, performance stage and rosewood bar. Walk up the stairs and there’s the 350-seat Roland Manteiga Theater. Head up another flight, and encounter the Grand Ballroom, the Cuban Club’s most exceptional and stunning space, located on the top floor. Its original hardwood floors have been completely restored and refinished; the original chandeliers sparkle with soft lights and hang from a 20-foot-high ceiling; and two corner terraces offer amazing views of Ybor City and downtown Tampa. Each room, or all of them combined, are rented to the public for various functions — wedding receptions, fundraisers, corporate luncheons — but the Cuban Club is best known as the setting for Tropical Heatwave, WMNF’s annual music festival.