25 lounges, speakeasies and hidden bars in Tampa Bay, and how to find them all

From speakeasies where a password is always required, to laundromats that are actually great watering holes, and no-frills lounges that are way…

By Sofía García Vargas

Dirty Laundry
1742 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-493-0040
You better pick up the phone when it rings in this ordinary-looking laundromat. A voice will tell you a code to punch into the washing machine, unveiling a vibrant indoor space and a relaxing outdoor patio.
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Everything up for bid during CL's Holiday Auction benefiting Metropolitan Ministries (11/22-11/29)

Get your shopping list ready! Our annual virtual Holiday Auction is a unique opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences you won't be able to find…

By CL Staff

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Shaquil Barrett Signed Custom Football
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All the burgers you can try during Tampa Bay Burger Week (11/4-11/14)

When life throws you a burger, eat it. From Thursday, November 4th, through Sunday, November 14th, 2021, we're teaming up with Tampa…

By CL Staff

The Avenue DTSP
    330 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg
    (727) 851-9531
    theavenuedtsp.com
    
    The DTSP - $10
    8oz handmade burger with house made bourbon bacon, onion jam and yellow American cheese on a brioche bun
    
    Ask about adding a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail!
    
    Takeout (call-in), Curbside pickup, Dine-in
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Photos of Thievery Corporation playing St. Pete’s Jannus Live

The DMV was in the ‘Burg last night when Washington D.C.'s Thievery Corporation brought its “Outernational Tour” to St. Petersburg’s Jannus Live…

By CL Staff

Photos of Thievery Corporation playing St. Pete’s Jannus Live
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Photos of Thrice returning to St. Pete’s Jannus Live with Touche Amore

Nearly 10 years after announcing a hiatus (and seven years after coming back from said break), Thrice returned to St. Petersburg for…

By CL Staff

Photos of Thrice returning to St. Pete’s Jannus Live with Touche Amore
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Photos of Chris Jericho's Fozzy, Shinedown and more at Tampa’s 98Rockfest

Gasparilla Music Festival wasn’t the only party happening in downtown Tampa this weekend. On Saturday, active-rock radio station 98Rock held its 98Rockfest…

By CL Staff

Fozzy
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Photos of 311 playing Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre last weekend

311 Day arrived in Tampa last weekend when the Nebraska rock band hit MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Florida to finally…

By CL Staff

311
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Photos of Walk the Moon and Jany Green playing St. Pete’s Jannus Live

If you were in downtown St. Petersburg and thought you heard “Shut Up and Dance” in your head, it wasn’t the earworm…

By CL Staff

Photos of Walk the Moon and Jany Green playing St. Pete’s Jannus Live
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Everything we saw at last weekend’s ‘Fancy Women Bike Ride’ in downtown Tampa

Sunday was World Car-Free Day, and some Fancy Women rode through downtown Tampa to do their part. The group joined others from…

By CL Staff

Everything we saw at last weekend’s ‘Fancy Women Bike Ride’ in downtown Tampa
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Photos of Rebelution at St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park

California reggae-rock band Rebelution has outgrown its regular St. Petersburg stop of Jannus Live, and moved on to the Sunshine City’s big…

By CL Staff

Photos of Rebelution at St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park
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Photos of Beartooth headlining Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

Like any good Ohioan, hardcore band Beartooth has connections to Tampa Bay (the group’s design team is partially based in Tampa). On…

By CL Staff

Beartooth
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Chris Stapleton helps Tampa fans forget they’re still in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic

I thought I was ready for a big concert. I hadn’t been to anything on a grand scale since Gasparilla Music Festival…

By CL Staff

Chris Stapleton helps Tampa fans forget they’re still in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic
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Photos from Amalie Arena's epic Freestyle Explosion 2021 in Tampa

Cotdamn. A megabill featuring freestyle and hip-hop artists from the golden years was at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa last Friday. See…

By CL Staff

Stevie B.
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Photos: Kings of Leon and Cold War Kids play Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Kings of Leon fans have been spinning the band’s latest album, When You See Yourself, since March, but they finally saw themselves…

By CL Staff

Photos: Kings of Leon and Cold War Kids play Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
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34 kid-friendly activities to do within driving distance of Tampa Bay

What follows is a list of kid-friendly activities that’ll help you not only entertain junior, but yourself, too. We’ve arranged them by…

By CL Staff

Snorkel Ichetucknee Springs State Park
    171 miles from Tampa International Airport
    12087 SW US-Hwy 27, Fort White. Open 8 a.m.-sunset.
    Daydream while floating over deep-cyan ripples of Ichetucknee’s spring-fed flows.  Eventually, make your way to the Blue Hole, where 67 million gallons of water flow each day from seemingly endless dark blue depths. This relaxing river float holds glass-like waters and endless family photo backdrops. Admission runs $6 per vehicle.
    Photo via Pengd0t, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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All the beautiful people we saw at Tampa Theatre’s ‘Summer of Soul’ block party

Critics and movie fans alike can’t say enough good things about “Summer of Soul,” the directorial debut from The Roots drummer Questlove,…

By CL Staff

All the beautiful people we saw at Tampa Theatre’s ‘Summer of Soul’ block party
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Photos from the Florida punk concert where tickets were $18 if you were vaccinated, $999.99 if you’ weren’t

In many ways, Teenage Bottlerocket’s sold-out Saturday night concert at the Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT) looked like a lot of the other…

By CL Staff

Teenage Bottlerocket
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All the restaurants you can visit during Tampa Bay Restaurant Week (Now-June 27)

Creative Loafing’s annual Food Issue is officially online and on stands and, to celebrate, we're hosting our 15th annual Tampa Bay Restaurant Week now through…

By CL Staff

Red Mesa Restaurant
    4912 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703
    (727) 527-8728
    redmesarestaurant.com
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Photos of Mindwash and Wreath rocking Tampa’s Hooch and Hive

In a sharp drop from peaks around 5,000 daily deaths, just more than 300 people are now dying daily in the U.S.…

By CL Staff

Mindwash
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All the deals you can try during Tampa Bay Taco Takeover (Now-5/4)

Live every day like it's Taco Tuesday! Now through May the 4th, enjoy two full weeks of takeout and dine-in taco and…

By CL Staff

Haven
    2208 W. Morrison Ave, Tampa
    (813) 258-2233
    haventampa.com
    
    
    Buy three $5 tacos, get one free
    
    Enjoy three shaved beef tacos with coal roasted onions, danger sauce, cabbage, and smoked paprika to get a 4th taco free (yes, our duck fat tortillas are handmade to order)!
    
    Add on a Corona beer for $3 from 5 to 7 p.m. daily
    
    Takeout (call-in)
    Online ordering (pickup)
    Curbside pickup
    Dine-in
    
    Please note: Haven is closed on Sundays and will be closed for Bern’s Winefest private events on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.
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Photos from Crowbar’s ‘Who Run the World’ concert in Ybor City on Friday

Tampa promoter Healthy Phoenix staged two shows at Ybor City venue Crowbar this weekend, with the first being a Friday night ‘Who…

By CL Staff

Photos from Crowbar’s ‘Who Run the World’ concert in Ybor City on Friday
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Everything we saw at the 2021 Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City

The 2021 edition of Plant City’s beloved Florida Strawberry Festival wrapped up on 11 days of fun and food over the weekend.…

By CL Staff

Everything we saw at the 2021 Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City
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Photos of Sienna Queen and Ken Apperson playing Tampa’s Hooch and Hive

  West River venue Hooch and Hive has maintained a robust event calendar since reopening late last year, and it welcomed garage-rock…

By CL Staff

Photos of Sienna Queen and Ken Apperson playing Tampa’s Hooch and Hive
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Everything we saw when Discord Theory played Tampa’s Hooch and Hive

For months now, the Tampa Bay live music scene has scratched and clawed for ways to put on safe concerts while locals…

By CL Staff

Everything we saw when Discord Theory played Tampa’s Hooch and Hive
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All the deals you can try for $10 or less during Tampa Bay Pizza Week (2/18-2/28)

Life happens, pizza helps. Tampa Bay Pizza Week is back! Now through February 28th, enjoy 10 days of pizza specials $10 and…

By CL Staff

Fabrica Pizza
    Multiple locations
    fabricapizza.com  
    $10 - Margherita pizza.
    Takeout (call-in), Dine-in
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Photos from the ‘lawncert’ live music series in Tampa’s Rivercrest neighborhood

Seth Lynn is one of Tampa Bay’s most unique live acts, and on Sunday he showed Tampa’s Rivercrest neighborhood just why. “Anyone…

By CL Staff

Photos from the ‘lawncert’ live music series in Tampa’s Rivercrest neighborhood
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Photos of Perception, Noan Partly and Katara Trio playing downtown Tampa’s socially-distant Rock the Park

It’s 2021, but coronavirus is still very much a thing—but so is the need for live music. After moving to virtual sessions…

By CL Staff

Photos of Perception, Noan Partly and Katara Trio playing downtown Tampa’s socially-distant Rock the Park
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21 bucket list activities to do in Tampa Bay before summer is over

From alligator spotting to road tripping to spring hopping, Tampa Bay is full of summer activities. Here are a few things to…

By CL Staff

Go for a swim in a 7-acre pool
    31885 Overpass Rd., Wesley Chapel, (813) 527-0775 
    Epperson Lagoon is a seven-acre man-made lagoon in Wesley Chapel. Equipped with an obstacle course, swim-up bar, beach area, big screen TV viewing and clear water, Epperson Lagoon is one of a kind. An adult day pass starts at $24.99 with kayak and paddleboard rentals starting at $10.
     Photos via Epperson Lagoon Facebook
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20 Tampa Bay roadside attractions everyone should visit at least once

You know it, we know it: Florida is weird. Anyone wanting to embrace the state's long history of roadside attractions and oddities…

By CL Staff

 Monkey Island 
    10985 W. Xanadu Path, Homosassa, (352) 628-2474 
    Spider monkeys inhabit their own little island on this chunk of land in the Homosassa River. Guests can dine nearby the mini island and watch the monkeys swing around their platforms, ropes and replica lighthouse. But the best place way to see this spot, is from the deck of the Florida Cracker Monkey Bar, which has a deck with a bird's eye view of the island.  
     Photos via Florida Cracker Monkey Bar/Facebook
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All the people and bands we saw at Tampa's Gasparilla Music Festival 2020

In spite of a cold Saturday and underlying concerns about coronavirus, thousands still descended upon downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park for two…

By CL Staff

Blake Yeager c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
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