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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Tampa Nightlife

A Taste for Wine

Escape the city hustle by ducking upstairs into this romantic, tucked-away bar with a New-Orleans style balcony, live music on weekends, and an impressive wine list.

241 Central Ave., FL, 727-895-1623, www.tasteforwine.net/
Tags: romance | nightlife


Located near Tampa's cruise port, the complex combines a theater multiplex, IMAX, multiple eateries, shops, bowling alley, and live music venues under one roof.

615 Channelside Dr., FL, 813-223-4250, www.channelsidetampa.com
Tags: nightlife | shopping mall

Georgie's Alibi

Friendly and casual, the attractive brick video bar attracts a loyal gay following for its weekly drink specials, filling sandwiches, pop music, and small dance floor.

3100 Third Ave. N., FL, 727-321-2112, www.georgiesalibi.com
Tags: gay and lesbian | nightlife | great value | bar

Seventh Avenue/Ybor City

Follow the 20-something crowds to one of the breweries, bars, or nightclubs that dominate an eight-block stretch of the Latin Quarter's main drag and side streets.

Between Republica de Cuba and 22nd St., FL, www.visittampabay.com
Tags: nightlife

Tampa Theatre

Built in 1926, this opulent city landmark hosts classic movies, concerts, special events like the Halloween gargoyle hunt, and backstage tours. Live organ music still opens most films.

711 N. Franklin St., FL, 813-274-8981, www.tampatheatre.org
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | smart splurge | things to do | history

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