January 24, 2020

The 25 under-the-radar bars in Tampa everyone should try

Just because a bar isn't always jam packed, doesn't mean it isn't loved. Here you'll find some of Tampa Bay's essential dive bars, classic holes-in-the-wall spots, hidden sports bars, and even watering holes inside of grocery stores.

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Hampton Station  
5921 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
A laid-back dining spot in Seminole Heights with tasty laid-back chow like pizza and wings that complement the roomy bar's pours of craft beer. Diners can sit on the covered, outdoor patio or choose a spot inside at the bar. Kids are not allowed. 
Photo via Hampton Station/Facebook

Hampton Station

5921 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa
A laid-back dining spot in Seminole Heights with tasty laid-back chow like pizza and wings that complement the roomy bar's pours of craft beer. Diners can sit on the covered, outdoor patio or choose a spot inside at the bar. Kids are not allowed.

Photo via Hampton Station/Facebook
Ricks on the River  
2305 N Willow Ave, Tampa
Open 365 days a year, Ricks on the River triples as a marina, bar and grill. Diners can dock their boat for free while they visit, or keep it there for a fee. The riverside venue has three bars, including an oyster one, and daily live music.
Photo via Nebraska Mini-Mart/Facebook

Ricks on the River

2305 N Willow Ave, Tampa
Open 365 days a year, Ricks on the River triples as a marina, bar and grill. Diners can dock their boat for free while they visit, or keep it there for a fee. The riverside venue has three bars, including an oyster one, and daily live music.

Photo via Nebraska Mini-Mart/Facebook
Lowry Parcade & Tavern  
1213 W Waters Ave, Tampa
Tampa’s first tavern and arcade opened in 2016. In addition to pinball machines and old school arcade games, they host trivia nights and events with drink specials and live music.
Photo via Lowry Parcade/Website

Lowry Parcade & Tavern

1213 W Waters Ave, Tampa
Tampa’s first tavern and arcade opened in 2016. In addition to pinball machines and old school arcade games, they host trivia nights and events with drink specials and live music.

Photo via Lowry Parcade/Website
Skipper’s Smokehouse  
910 Skipper Rd, Tampa
Turning 40 this year, Skipper’s Smokehouse is known for its live shows under what locals have dubbed the “Skipperdome.” Their menu is filled with fish platters and wings, but there is a veggie burger thrown in too. Happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 4 – 8 p.m., and includes wing specials. 
Photo via Skipper’s Smokehouse/Website>

Skipper’s Smokehouse

910 Skipper Rd, Tampa
Turning 40 this year, Skipper’s Smokehouse is known for its live shows under what locals have dubbed the “Skipperdome.” Their menu is filled with fish platters and wings, but there is a veggie burger thrown in too. Happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 4 – 8 p.m., and includes wing specials.

Photo via Skipper’s Smokehouse/Website>
C. 1949  
6905 N Orleans Ave, Tampa
C. 1949 is a craft beer bar that keeps it local. With 40 taps and 100 bottles and cans, as well as wine and house-made sangria, there’s something for everyone. Guests can enjoy happy hour daily from 4 – 7 p.m. on the large patio outside or around the pool tables inside.
Photo via C. 1949/Facebook

C. 1949

6905 N Orleans Ave, Tampa
C. 1949 is a craft beer bar that keeps it local. With 40 taps and 100 bottles and cans, as well as wine and house-made sangria, there’s something for everyone. Guests can enjoy happy hour daily from 4 – 7 p.m. on the large patio outside or around the pool tables inside.

Photo via C. 1949/Facebook

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