The best places to eat and drink outdoors in Tampa Bay right now
In Florida, it's almost always a good time to be outside. So it makes sense that Tampa Bay would be come to a plethora of top-notch, laid-back beach restaurants and upscale rooftop bars all thriving next to each other in harmony.
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4815 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-231-9522
Enjoy a cold beer, some wine or a cocktail at the self-described “adult playground”, Nebraska Mini Mart. Hosting an assortment of outdoor fun like bocce ball, shuffleboard, ping pong and more, NMM, the brainchild of James Beard semifinalist Ferrell Alvarez, has a menu full of American classics like burgers, chicken sandwiches and fries. Too hot outside? The mart also has indoor seating and frozen treats like shakes and floats. It's only open four days a week, but it's BOGO for kiddos on Thursdays.
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615 Channelside Dr., Tampa, 813-618-5844
Not sure what to do on a day or night out in Tampa? Many would suggest this shipping container park for its lively atmosphere, smorgasbord of businesses, live music, waterfront views and misted fans for the hotter days. It's also home to concepts from two different James Beard-nominated chefs (Dang Dude and Gallito from Ferrell Alvarez, and Edison's Swingamajig from Jeannie Pierola). Whether you’re there to watch the Bolts, drink a beer at LightHaus Beer Garden or grab a cone from Jeni’s ice cream, Sparkman Wharf is one-stop shopping for all-things outdoors.
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501 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-623-9877
Located on the St. Pete Pier, Spa Beach Bistro offers plenty of spaced-out, shaded tables, a nearby beach and view of downtown’s skyline. The menu features an assortment of specialty and customizable pizzas, sides and salads with vegan and kids options and, of course, alcoholic beverages as well as fresh-squeezed lemonade. A perfect summer spot for kids and pets, Spa Beach Bistro is adjacent to a playground and water pad.
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510 Water St., Tampa, 813-314-6666
SiX is Water Street’s rooftop place to be. Located atop the new JW Marriott, enjoy either lunch, dinner or a few drinks from the cocktail menu in SiX’s airy atmosphere and inviting seating which overlooks downtown Tampa.
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5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City, 813-752-9100
Looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of Tampa Bay for a day? This all-in-one winery, brewery, restaurant and farm offers tours, tastings, pickings and hosts a bar with plenty of on-tap and bottle options. The restaurant hosts outdoor seating, live music and a menu with upscale, sustainably-sourced bites like bruschetta and shrimp fondue. And if all that didn’t sell you, Keel Farm also offers a number of kid-friendly amenities like a petting zoo and a playground.
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