After 19 years, South Tampa’s Elmer's Sports Cafe will close

Its last day open is Sunday, Jan. 29.

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Known for stiff drinks, good grub and classic dive bar feel, South Tampa’s Elmer’s Sports Cafe will permanently shut its doors later this month.

“To all Elmer’s customers, friends and family that you’ve become after 19 years of drinking together, laughing together and crying together, I’m sad to announce that on January 29, 2023, Elmer’s South Tampa will close,” owner Randy Levin wrote on his sports cafe’s Facebook last week.

Below the closure announcement, regular customers and sports fans alike mourned the loss of their local watering hole—although there's still a few weeks to experience "South Tampa's original sports cafe."

While beer and cocktails are the mainstays, Elmer's—which is located at 5206 S MacDill Ave.—also offers a straightforward menu of wings, burgers, stacked sandwiches, classic bar snacks and salads.

The only other Tampa Bay location of Elmer’s Sports Cafe resides in  the heart of Ybor City at 2003 E 7th Ave. and is open from 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily.

Until its eventual closure later this month, South Tampa's Elmer's is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Wednesday and 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Sunday. Keep an eye on its Facebook for the possible announcement of any farewell celebrations. 

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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