Wander for after-hours food no more

A round-up of Tampa Bay kitchens open after 10 p.m. and into the night.

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click to enlarge Snag late-night burgers and more in Brandon through Ford's Garage. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Snag late-night burgers and more in Brandon through Ford's Garage.

We get it… the holiday season has left you partied out. But since you know you’re gonna want to go out later sans visiting relatives, here’s an assortment of Bay area restaurants and bars whose kitchens stay open after 10 p.m.

Forgoing diners and fast-food joints, which we assume you can find on your own (they’re on every corner, after all), the list also omits places like Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Red Mesa Cantina, The Dunedin Smokehouse, Cask and others that keep their kitchens open after 10 only on select days (say, Thursdays through Saturdays or Fridays through Sundays). As promised in print, we’ve added those establishments below.

This guide, we think, will prove useful for everyone who’s up and about all through the week. Remember, it just includes spots that keep the late-night fare comin’ every day they’re open. Enjoy!

After 10 p.m.

8th Avenue Pub Delectable wood-fired pies, baked meatballs and more from this well-liked hangout. 103 Eighth Ave. N., Safety Harbor, 727-799-1105, 8thavepub.com.

Acropolis Greek Taverna Pretty standard Greek fare, but it’s good and inexpensive. Try the baked eggplant feta rolls, spice-laced pastitsio, or a festival of meat on the Mixed Grill dish. 1833 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813-242-4545, acropolistaverna.com.

The Burg Bar & Grill A small spot showcasing straightforward Greek and American food along with drinks. 1752 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-894-2874, theburgbar.com.

BurgerFi This modern, relaxed chain has irresistible burgers, hot dogs with a number of topping options and frozen custard. 714 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-440-2283, burgerfi.com.

CDB’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant Opened in 1964, CBD’s showcases traditional Italian cuisine, including chicken piccata, pizzas and antipasto. 5104 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-985-1336, cdbpizza.com.

Craft Street Kitchen Alongside cocktails, wine and draft beer, score comfort food snacks and shareables, “handhelds,” entrees and desserts until close. 3153 Curlew Road, Oldsmar, 727-314-4270, craftstreetkitchen.com.

Cricketers Pub With 24 craft brews on tap, this British eatery boasts bangers and mash, Welsh rarebit, Reubens, Irish stew and more. 2634 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 727-736-1322, cricketerspub.com.

Élevage Part of the Epicurean Hotel, an upscale restaurant with a lounge menu of bar snacks later in the evening, including duck wings, NOLA-style barbecue shrimp and deviled eggs. 1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-999-8726, elevagerestaurant.com.

Engine Rose This open-air joint rocks stalwarts made popular by its older sibling, Engine No. 9, plus newer creations. 2901 Central Ave., St Petersburg, 727-498-8951, no9burgers.com.

Fairway Pizza & Sports Page Pub Anchoring the menu at this comfy restaurant are grinders, or sandwiches, as well as pizzas with nearly 30 topping options. 2901 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor, 727-772-7060, fairwaypizza.com.

Ford’s Garage A craft beer and burger bar with an extensive food lineup and fun atmosphere. 11105 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, 813-661-3673, fordsgarageusa.com.

Hofbräuhaus Draft beer and dishes with Bavarian flavors from this authentically executed German eatery and beer hall. 123 Fourth St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-898-3333, hofbrauhausstpetersburg.com.

Ichicoro Ramen Soulful Japanese cuisine and beverages churn out of the chic-meets-relaxed ramen-ya. 5229 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-517-9989, ichicoroya.com.

Independent Bar and Cafe This food and craft beer go-to offers snacks, German sausages and 13 sandwiches. 5016 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-341-4883, independentbartampa.com.

New England’s Ale House Grille Try the smoked fish spread, margherita flatbread or turkey burger, which CL food critic Jon Palmer Claridge enjoyed. 3419 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor, 727-785-9700, ne-alehouse.com.

New World Brewery Ridiculously good stone-seared pizzas, other casual pub snacks and a regular helping of musicians come from this cool and comfy find. 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa, 813-248-4969, newworldbrewery.net.

Paninoteca Mediterranean Cafe A cozy Mediterranean restaurant with affordable appetizers, pitas and panini. 519 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-341-2525, paninotecacafe.com.

Samurai Blue A nontraditional take on sushi as well as old favorites. An extensive saki selection and primo location sets Samurai Blue apart. 1600 E. Eighth Ave. # C208, Tampa, 813-242-6688, samuraiblue.com.

Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge Shareable dishes, four kinds of tacos and more from this lounge-style restaurant and bar. 777 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, 813-463-1968, tapsrestaurantbarandlounge.com.

After 11 p.m.

The Anchor Bar Everything from burgers and sandwiches to chicken wings and grilled flatbreads on a large, no-fuss bill of fare. 514 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-223-6050, anchorbartampa.com.

the Avenue eat/drink Burgers, sandwiches and other Southern-inflected grub. There are also cocktails and 14 beers on draft. 330 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-851-9531, theavenuedtsp.com.

Bar fly Fresh Florida seafood dishes, including gulf oysters on the half shell, are served at this hangout, plus bottled, canned and draft craft brews. 100 Main St. #106, Safety Harbor, 727-400-4790, barflysafetyharbor.com.

Bella’s Italian Cafe A welcoming SoHo mainstay for close to three decades, Bella’s creates classic, homemade Italian crowd-pleasers. 1413 S. Howard Ave. #100, Tampa, 813-254-3355, bellasitaliancafe.com.

The Brass Tap Sam Adams beer cheese for dipping, sausage plates and additional types of bar snacks. 775 Brandon Town Center, Brandon, 813-654-4712, brasstapbeerbar.com.

Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club Award-winning craft cocktails and sophisticated cuisine that’s designed to pass and share. 2109 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, 813-251-0022, cirostampa.com.

Clear Sky Draught Haus Indulgent chef-driven pub grub, including not-to-be-missed pecan-crusted brie, that pairs well with adult beverages. 680 Main St., Dunedin, 727-286-6266, clearskydraughthaus.com.

Community Cafe A come-one, come-all kind of coffeehouse with a deliciously laid-back menu and ample seating. 2444 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-222-6979, communitycafestpete.com.

Copper Top Pub This frequented 41-year-old pub is stocked with craft beer and smoked wings. 5112 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-988-8656.

Eddie’s Bar & Grill A quintessential sports bar with fried pickles, meatball pizzas, hoagies and other offerings. 1283 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin, 727-734-2300, eddiesbarandgrill.com.

Engine No. 9 Stepped-up burgers and dogs make for seriously good in-between-cocktails grub at this gathering place. 56 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-623-0938, no9burgers.com.

Fat Cat Tavern Choose from mozzarella-stuffed bread sticks, quesadillas with all the fixin’s and more off the late-night food menu. 3665 E. Bay Drive #100, Largo, 727-530-0424, fatcattavernlargo.com.

Ferg's Live Sip while enjoying items such as sandwiches and burgers, pub pretzels and wings inside or out. 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 813-443-8403, fergslive.com.

Five Bucks Drinkery Bar food favorites and one-of-a-kind signatures at this warm indoor-outdoor hangout. 247 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-896-5118, fivebucks727.com.

Fodder & Shine Get in on the “in between menu” of Southern items like fried eggplant biscuit, deviled ham eggs, smoked mullet spread and cornmeal-crusted fried chicken. 5910 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-234-3710, fodderandshine.com.

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill The largest outpost for the Frenchy’s brand has she-crab soup, grouper and a variety of other local seafood among its reasonably priced specialties. 7 Rockaway St., Clearwater Beach, 727-446-4844, frenchysonline.com.

The Hyde Out Don’t miss the American fusion cuisine from this restaurant-bar-lounge, or the DJs who spin tunes once the sun goes down. 1809 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-498-2334, thehydeout.com.

Irish 31 A spot known for its five renditions of boxty, an Irish potato pancake, plus sliders, salads, adult beverages and more. 1611 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, 813-250-0031, irish31.com.

LBC This adult playground cooks up gastropub highlights like buffalo cauliflower, “phatbreads,” pretzel croissants and more. 35631 U.S. Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor, 727-201-3527.

L’oven Pizza A pizzeria that’s been serving Chicago-style, stone-baked pies since ‘89, plus there are subs and wings. 2194 Main St., Dunedin, 727-734-8400, lovenpizza.com.

Mermaid Tavern The awesomely dim neighborhood tavern you and your gang won’t mind stopping by for a bite before (or after) you’re a few drinks deep. 6719 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-238-5618, mermaidtaverntampa.com.

O’Keefe’s Tavern A down-home Irish bar with classic drinking fare such as burgers and sandwiches, fried appetizers and shepherd’s pie. 1219 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, 727-442-9034, okeefestavernonline.com.

Old Key West Bar & Grill Fried banana peppers, hush puppies, Key West tacos and more beachy fare. 2451 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-623-0969, oldkeywestbarandgrill.com.

Punky’s Bar & Grill The new kid in the Grand Central District offering bar staples like appetizers, flatbreads and sandwiches. 3063 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-201-4712, punkysbar.com.

Tony’s Pizza Italian delights, pies and pasta among them, alongside wings, burgers and sandwiches. 320 Main St., Dunedin, 727-286-6242, tonyspizzadunedin.com.

World of Beer Tavern-style items such as chimichurri meatballs, chipotle barbecue chicken flatbreads and Belgian waffle s’mores. 2878 Providence Lake Blvd., Brandon, 813-324-8908, worldofbeer.com.

After Midnight

Anise Global Gastrobar In a swanky setting, this Asian-inspired joint carries cheese and charcuterie, sweets, and snacks, including signature stinky bunz, for after-hours eaters. 777 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, 813-225-4272, aniseglobal.com.

The Bricks Opened by members of the Skatepark of Tampa, this spot has a diverse late-night menu that will please any palate. 1327 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813-247-1785, thebricksybor.com.

Rick’s Reef The beachy decor and late-night food give this casual spot, surrounded by native greenery, a true Florida feel. 6712 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-826-0752, ricksreefstpetebeach.com.

Tampa Tap Room Tasty Cajun-Creole food and a big beer selection are featured at the popular sports bar. 13150 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 813-961-2337.

Three Birds Tavern An established neighborhood noshery with a bill of fare highlighting a mushroom Guinness gravy burger, panko-crusted pickle chips, a hummus of the day and more. 1492 Fourth St. N., St. Peterburg, 727-895-2049, threebirdstavern.com.

click to enlarge Fly Bar's lounge menu is available way past midnight. - Shanna Gillette
Shanna Gillette
Fly Bar's lounge menu is available way past midnight.
1 a.m. & Beyond

Angelo’s A something-for-everyone stop for those seeking homestyle Italian-driven fare before leaving downtown St. Pete. 536 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-623-9018, stpeteza.com.

Cheap From sushi and seafood to burgers and Mediterranean-influenced tapas — even “pigzas” (stone-seared pizzas worth pigging out over) — Cheap has a little something for everyone. 309 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-258-5878, cheapinsoho.com.

Daiquiri Shak A raw bar and grill featuring casual cuisine that’s fit for the beach and accompanying cold drinks. 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 727-393-2706, daiquirishak.com.

Florida Subs & Gyros This place, with hot and cold subs, burgers and Mexican delights, is where you want to satisfy your cravings after hours. 2017 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 727-447-5850, floridasubsandgyros.com.

Fly Bar & Restaurant Epicurean small plates and desserts, such as beef sliders and roasted garlic frites, available until 3 a.m. 1202 N. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-275-5000, flybarandrestaurant.com.

Hattricks Tavern Fish and chips, Reubens and other pub-influenced fare are dished at the sports bar. 107 S. Franklin St., Tampa, 813-225-4288, hattrickstavern.com.

Joey Brooklyn’s Famous Pizza Kitchen Casual quick-serve pizza and Italian for the super night owls. 210 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-822-6757, joeybrooklynsfamouspizzakitchen.com.

Old Northeast Pizza Where to go to fulfill your deepest pizza desires — slices, pies, stromboli, calzones... 718 Second St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-209-2550.

Peggy O’s Kitchen & Taps Formerly Peggy O’Neill’s, this spot offers street tacos, starters like Southwestern egg rolls and a mac ‘n’ cheese bar. 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor, 727-787-7734, peggyos.com.

PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub A neighborhood bar focused on Irish-American appetizers, soups, entrees and more. 2836 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa, 813-374-2338, pjdolans.com.

Surfside Taphouse In the heart of the beach, laid-back eats that include burgers, Cubans and fireball shrimp. 395 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach, 727-201-3530.

Taco Bus A stationary Mexican restaurant-on-wheels with a crowd-pleasing collection. 913 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 813-232-5889, taco-bus.com.

Vito & Michael’s Pizzeria A quaint pizza mecca for after-hours beach revelers that features entrees, pies and dessert. 7704 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, 727-360-3658.

Willy’s Burgers & Booze This waterside dive has deep-fried mac ‘n’ cheese and big-sized burgers. Need we say more? 645 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 727-329-8667.


After 10 p.m. select days

Annata (Friday, Saturday)

Ava (Saturday)

BellaBrava (Friday, Saturday)

Bizou Brasserie (Friday, Saturday)

Boca Kitchen Bar and Market (Monday-Saturday)

Bodega on Central (Thursday-Saturday)

Brady's Backyard BBQ (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)

Brick & Mortar (Friday, Saturday)

Burrito Boarder (Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday)

Casa Tina (Friday, Saturday)

Cask (Thursday-Saturday)

Cassis American Brasserie (Friday, Saturday)

Ceviche (Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday)

Crowley's Downtown (Monday-Saturday)

Datz (Friday, Saturday)

Dööners (Thursday-Saturday)

The Dunedin Smokehouse (Friday, Saturday)

Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe (Tuesday-Saturday)

The Front Porch Grill & Bar (Friday, Saturday)

Hablo Taco (Friday, Saturday)

Haven (Thursday-Saturday)

Kings Street Food Counter (Friday, Saturday)

Maker 39 (Friday-Saturday)

The Mill (Monday-Saturday)

Patanegra (Friday, Saturday)

Pizza Squared (Monday-Saturday)

The Pub Tampa Bay (Monday-Saturday)

Red Mesa Cantina (Thursday-Saturday)

Red Mesa Mercado (Friday, Saturday)

The Refinery (Friday, Saturday)

Rooster & the Till (Friday, Saturday)

Roux (Friday, Saturday)

Rowdies Den (Monday-Saturday)

Sally O'Neals Pizza (Friday, Saturday)

Skipper's Smokehouse (Thursday-Saturday)

Southern Fresh (Friday, Saturday)

Station House (Friday, Saturday)

Stillwaters Tavern (Friday, Saturday)

Square 1 Burgers & Bar (Thursday-Saturday)

Tapping the Vine (Friday, Saturday)

Tap Room at The Hollander (Friday, Saturday)

Tryst Gastro Lounge (Monday-Saturday)

Ulele (Friday, Saturday)

Urban Brew and BBQ (Friday, Saturday)

Urban Comfort (Friday, Saturday)

Whistle Stop Grill & Bar (Friday, Saturday)

Z Grille (Friday, Saturday)

Although these restaurants and bars assured us what time their kitchens close (some times will change based on volume), it’s always good to call ahead.

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