Guide to Ybor City

Raubi Perilli December 10, 2010 Comments Off

Ybor is easily the most historic, diverse and unique neighborhood in Tampa. In a simple stroll down 7th Avenue, which runs directly through the heart of Ybor City, you can catch a taste of Tampa – past, present and future. Historic, brick buildings line the street and house progressive and eclectic boutiques and night clubs creating a combination of old and new, odd and original, and bold and exposed.

Ybor Restaurant Guide

The Bricks of Ybor - One menu item says it all. P2B2JR – Yes, this is a combination plate that includes a tall boy PBR and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Love this Skatepark of Tampa bar/cafe/restaurant. www.thebricksofybor.com

The Columbia - This historic Cuban/Spanish restaurant has been serving quality food in this exquisite atmosphere since 1905. columbiarestaurant.com

The Blue Dog Bistro - A bistro sports bar where you can enjoy the game with some grub that won’t make you feel 10 pounds heavier by half time.

Acropolils - A complete Greek celebration with food, drink, music, belly dancing, paper napkin explosions and sometimes even some plate breaking. www.acropolistaverna.com

Bernini - Sophisticated Italian dinning where you can play fancy but spend cheap with 1/2 price entrees before 7pm. www.berniniofybor.com

New York, New York Pizza - Frank Sinatra would have sang about this pizza. On the Web.

Fresh Mouth - Burgers, fries, and shakes that taste like the 50′s. On the Web.

Hamburger Mary’s - Gay-friendly bar and grill with nightly events of Mary-oke, drag queen bingo and female impersonation shows. www.hamburgermarystampa.com

Row Boat Mediterranean Cuisine -  Not just another gyro stand – Row Boat is authentic Greek cuisine that tastes like it comes fresh out of a household kitchen along the Mediterranean. www.rowboatybor.com

Roma Pizza - Stumble out of a club and right into 2 am pure pizza bliss.

The Stone Soup Company - The Soup Nazi would approve of these delicious homemade concoctions but not the Stone Soup theory of “Mo’ Soup for You!” www.stonesoupco.com

Samurai Blue - Swanky Sushi joint with rolls that look like art and a cocktail bar serving sexy, sake-infused specialties and saketinis.   www.samuraiblue.com

Green Iguana - A great bar and grill is defined by a delicious menu, great drink specials, classic live music performances and an inviting atmosphere. Green Iguana proves that you can have it all. www.greeniguana.com

Tampa Bay Brew Co. - You simply can’t have enough locally crafted microbrews and a menu filled with pairing appetizers and entrees.  www.tampabaybrewingcompany.com

Ybor Bar Guide

Centro Cantina - Plopped right in the heart of Centro Ybor, this chill, 2nd-story, outdoor bar makes it easy to feel like you are in the middle of a wild night in Ybor, without feeling all of the pressure of actually being stuck on 7th. On the Web.

Gaspar’s Grotto - If a pirate were to retire from pillaging, decide to use his remaining booty to invest in an establishment serving quality, Cuban and island-influenced foods and rums from around the world, it would be Gaspar’s. It is Gaspar’s. www.gasparsgrotto.com

New World Brewery - Go sit in the beer garden and enjoy an extensive selection of microbrews, imports and seasonals as well as awesomely good live music and pizza. www.newworldbrewery.net

Doppel Decker -There is a reason that German bars have a reputation for a drink-slamming good time. It starts here with a Das Boot. www.doubledeckertampa.com

James Joyce Irish Pub - Follow the steps up to this 2nd story Irish bar and you’ll never know what you’ll find – live music, bag pipers or jello wrestling. Find it On Facebook

Coyote Ugly Saloon - You’ve seen the movie. Now go to the bar. And no, Tyra Banks doesn’t work there, but there are girls dancing on the bar. www.coyoteuglysaloon.com/tampa

Crowbar  - Rock and roll with this courtyard bar of live music and the best karaoke in Tampa. www.crowbarlive.com

R Bar – Bar games galore in this local lounge attached to Row Boat Mediterranean Cuisine. www.rbar.com

Ybor Events and Things to Do

Ybor Saturday Farmer’s Market - Every Saturday Centennial Park in Ybor hosts an open air market with stands selling locally-grown produce, fresh-baked breads, flowers, artwork, candles and more.  www.ybormarket.com

Ybor Art Colony Open House - 2nd Saturday of the Month – Watch the art come alive in this studio open house with live painting demos and artist meet and greets.

Art on 19th Street - 1st Saturday of the Month – The businesses on 19th Street in Ybor City, between 8th and 9th Avenues, host an open house event featuring live art demonstrations, music, and more.

Ybor Shops and Cafes

Agora - Eastern-influenced, quirky home decor shop with candles, incense, tapestries and all things Zen.  www.shopagora.com

Revolve Clothing - Buy one of a kind at this clothing and accessory boutique that sells, buys and swaps vintage and eccentric styles. On The Web.

SPoT Skate Shop - All the clothes, equipment and accessories you’ll ever need to fit in at this shop’s big brother The Skatepark of Tampa. www.skateparkoftampa.com/spot/default.aspx

Tre Amici @ The Bunker - Enjoy a cup of organic/fair trade coffee or tea, a glass of wine or craft beer at this independent coffee house where local music and art live on the walls and in the speakers. On the Web.

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