Guide to Harbor Island

From the shore, Harbour Island may seem out of range. Yes, there are monstrous mansions that surround the water-front property and almost all of the residential communities come with a security guard and famous Rays, Lightning, Yankees, and/or Buccaneers player resident. But even if you can’t afford to live on an island with Tampa’s elite, you can visit their local establishments and indulge in a nice meal or cocktail in one of their local waterside restaurants.

Harbour Island Restaurant Guide

Cafe Dufrain – Contemporary waterfront bistro where food isn’t just about eating, its about tasting. www.cafedufrain.com

That’s Amore Restaurant – Romantic Italian restaurant with beautiful views of downtown and live jazz on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. www.thatsamorerestaurant.com

Pizza Pazza – Pizza doesn’t always have to be just cheese, dough and sauce. Try one of Pizza Pazza’s specialty pies and spice up that slice with caramelized onions, Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, dried cranberries or glazed walnuts. www.pizzapazzapizzeria.com

Jackson’s Bistro – Dine by day, party by night at this waterfront sushi-serving, DJ-spinning Bistro and Nightclub. www.jacksonsbistro.com

Guide to the Channelside District

Channelside Courtyard

Channelside is the ultimate high energy, entertainment smorgasbord. You can catch a quick bite to eat or sit down for a full course meal; watch a movie or play pool or bowl; wave goodbye to a cruise ship or wave goodbye from a cruise ship; visit the fish or drink like a fish; shop, dance, sing, and have a ball in a place that literally has it all on a waterfront property just minutes from downtown.

Channelside Restaurant Guide

Hooter’s - No explanation needed. www.originalhooters.com

Precinct Pizza – New York-style Pizza is in high demand in Tampa. Have it delivered or stop in for a slice on your stumble out of Splitzville. www.precinctpizza.com

Oishi Sushi & Hibachi Grill - Get out of Tampa and take a trip to Japan. The authentic ambiance of Oishi will have you thinking you traveled across an ocean for dinner. www.restaurantoishi.com

Thai Thani – Or maybe you’d rather travel to Thailand for your dinner. Thai Thani, which is under the same ownership as Oishi, is about as close as you can get to traditional Thai without taking a trip to afar. www.thaithani.net

Splitzville – Yes, Splitzville has food too. And good food at that. So pair up your drinks with some munchies – pizza, sushi and 10 different kinds of sliders.www.splitsvillelanes.com

Tina Tapas – Sometimes the best things in life come in small packages… or on small plates. The best thing about Tapas is that you can order 3 or more dishes without looking like a pig. So sample away. www.tinatapas.com

Pour House Tampa

Channelside Nightlife & Bars Guide

Wet Willies – Because every Floridaparty district needs a bar that serves a colorful rainbow of alcohol-infused frozen drinks.www.wetwillies.com

Pour House Tampa (at Grand Central) – Where beer is boss, and hoppy, malty goodness flows from over 40 craft brew taps. www.pourhousetampa.com

AJA (Towers of Channelside) – Two-stories and 12,000 square feet of posh, ultra-modern, high-energy nightlight, dancing and beautiful people. www.ajachannelside.com

Florida Aquarium

Channelside Events, Activities and Attractions

The Florida Aquarium - This 250,000-square-foot Aquarium is home to over 20,000 Aquatic plants and animals. No wonder it is on the Top 10 List for Aquariums in the U.S. www.flaquarium.org

Channelside Cinemas 10 and Giant Sony Imax Screen – Take Movie Night to a whole new level at Channelside Cinemas 10 where you can catch a new Blockbuster on the Sony Digital Cinema 4K Projection and enjoy a full liquor bar. www.channelsideimax.com

Tampa Bay History Center – Take a trip through 12,000 years of Tampa Bay history with interactive and immersive exhibits, a movie theater and a Columbia café. www.tampabayhistorycenter.org

St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa’s indoor arena is not only home to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm, it hosts massive concerts, crazy events (like Bull Riding and Cirque du Soleil) and sporting events.  www.sptimesforum.com

SS American Victory Mariners Museum – This floating museum is one of only 4 fully-operational WWII ships in the country. And it’s not just for show, the American Victory hosts events like Ghost Tours and Beerfests throughout the year. www.americanvictory.org

Yacht StarShip - Who wants to dine waterside when you can dine in the water? This floating restaurant serves brunches, lunches, dinners and special events while cruising through the water surrounding Downtown.  www.yachtstarship.com

South Tampa Entertainment Guide

South Tampa

Not all of South Tampa’s treasures fit perfectly into a neighborhood niche. There are plenty of great people, places and things located in the space between Tampa’s more defined neighborhoods. So as not to neglect those hot spots blurred by boundaries we’ve got a list of the best things Right-Around the region – in Palma Ceia, Seminole Heights, Kennedy Blvd. area, and deep South Tampa.

South Tampa Restaurant Guide

Datz Foodie Market and Loft Bar (MacDill Ave.) – It is pretty much impossible to describe the delights of Datz in one sentence so I will leave a line from their website to explain why this culinary delicatessen is so wonderful. “Together we are shamelessly unapologetic flavor crusaders and Datz is our playground.” www.datzdeli.com

Wright’s Gormet Deli (S. Dale Mabry) - This Tampa legend has been making signature gourmet deli sandwiches, salads, soups, cakes and breads since 1963.  www.wrightsgourmet.com

Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar (3601 W. Swann Ave.) - A modern movement for good food and good times. Carmel is a forward thinking Mod Med (modern Mediterranean) restaurant with small dishes and wine parings that allow you to create any type of night you want.

Walter’s Press Box Sports Emporium (S. Dale Mabry) – Between the Stadium seating, wall of televisions and sports memorabilia, this is the next best thing to flying out of the state to catch a game with your hometown team. www.pressboxsports.com

Brick House Tavern and Tap(N. Dale Mabry) – More than a man-cave. Call it a castle. This sports bar is equipped with leather couches, elevated American comfort food and big screens as far as the eye can see. www.brickhousetavernandtap.com

SoHo Sushi (W. Kennedy Blvd.) - Somewhere has to be the king of South Tampa sushi. All hail the king. www.sohosushi.com

Bahama Breeze (Rocky Point) - Fall into island time and some frozen drinks in this open-air setting where its easy to forget you’re at dinner not on vacation. www.bahamabreeze.com

Kojac’s House of Ribs (Gandy Blvd.)- Homemade BBQ chicken and ribs served in style – on picnic tables on the front porch of a classic Southern bungalow home. www.kojaksbbq.net

The Colonnade (Bayshore) - Tampa’s family tradition since 1935, the ‘Nade serves quality seafood with waterfront views of beautiful Bayshore. www.thenade.com

The Refinery (Seminole Heights) – You’ll need to visit the Refinery often if you plan on keeping up with their menu. It changes every week to coordinate with what locally-grown, fresh produce and ingredients the cooks can find from local farmers. www.thetamparefinery.com

Ella’s Folk Art Cafe (Seminole Heights) Have a little art with your entree at this hip Seminole Height bungalow. Ella’s brings in all local art and music to entertain guests as they enjoy a menu filled with delish dinner plates of burgers, pizza and soul food. www.ellasfolkartcafe.com

The Bungalow (W. Kennedy Blvd.) – Fall into island time in this restored 1919 Bungalow serving Tampa’s best examples of “Florida-Style” cuisine. www.bungalowtampa.com

South Tampa Bar & Nightlife Guide

The Kennedy SoHo

The Independent (Seminole Heights) - This sophisticated bar is more like a beer cafe – a great place for quality conversation, refined finger foods and craft beer.

The Kennedy (W. Kennedy Blvd.) – This gorgeously posh nightclub is home to sizzling DJ performances that fuel the fire for one of the best dance floors in the area. www.thekennedysoho.com

Shops Right Around South Tampa

Why Not Boutique (MacDill Ave.) -  Any grandmother, sister, girlfriend or other woman in your life will be happy with a unique gift from this green boutique. www.whynotboutique.com

Squaresville (Bay to Bay) - Find something funky in this vintage clothing and home decor shop filled with odd-ball home accessories and one-of-a-kind fashions. www.squaresvilletampa.com

Guide to Tampa’s SoHo District

MacDintons

First off, SoHo= (South – uth) + (Howard – ward). In other words,SoHogets its name from the street South Howard. WhileSoHomay be named after one street it is quickly growing into one ofSouth Tampa’s hottest neighborhoods for Twentysomethings. Practically the entire length of the street, which runs fromKennedy Blvd.all the way down to Bayshore, is littered with vibrant night life, varied cuisine and attractive Twentysomethings.

SoHo Restaurant Guide

The Green Lemon (Formerly The Lime) - Serving a complimentary combo of big screen tvs and Latin-influenced bar foods, rice bowls, salads and tortilla wraps. www.eatgreenlemon.com

Ceviche - Any restaurant with over 60 menu items is good in my book. Especially when every single tapas plate is delicious. www.ceviche.com

Daily Eats - SoHo’s only diner-style grub perfect for a beer-soaked belly morning breakfast or brunch. www.dailyeatstampa.com

The Lodge - (Dinning) The Lodge is like an upscale family hunting cabin serving classic, comfort foods like tv-dinner style plates and tator tots.   www.lodgetampa.com

Koto - With a Koto hibachi-style dinner, a meal becomes 3 courses in great food and entertainment. (Because who doesn’t like to watch a chef catch an egg on his head?) www.kotosteakhouse.com

Cheap - Serving trendy burgers, pizzas, wings and sushi dressed so well you’ll think they were getting ready to head to the club.  www.cheapinsoho.com

717 South - Everything about this chic spot feels, tastes and screams uber expensive, but it’s not. It’s affordable high-end. www.717south.com

Mangroves - (Dinning) Serving sexy, stylish seafood  in a swanky atmosphere.  www.mangroves-restaurants.com

Bellas Italian Cafe - Traditional Italian with a modern and classy backdrop. www.bellasitaliancafe.com

Royal Palace Thai – Far more than just traditional Thai food, this restaurant offers the best tastes that Asia has to offer in small plates, rice bowls, and noodle bowls. www.royalpalacethai.com

Bern’s Steakhouse – Hands down, one the best steakhouses in the entire United States. www.bernssteakhouse.com

SoHo Bar & Nightlife Guide

MacDinton’s - The solid backbone to SoHo’s success. This is the Irish Pub that either starts or ends a good night on Howard. www.macdintons.com

The SoHo Tavern - Bigger isn’t always better. What The SoHo Tavern lacks in size it makes up for in friendly patrons and attitude. www.thesohotavern.com

Yard of Ale - Where you can drink your drafts by the yard or choose a bottle from a selection of over 75 craft and imported brews.  www.yardofalesoho.com

The Dubliner - Where classic bar element swell together in a perfect harmony of craft beer, live music and twinkling deck lights. www.thedublineririshpub.com

The Lodge - (Nightlife) The Lodge is like an upscale family hunting cabin where you party when your parents are out of town.  www.lodgetampa.com

World of Beer - Consider yourself a beer connoisseur? Test yourself with over 500 beers from around the globe.  http://southtampa.wobusa.com/

Mangroves - (Nightlife) It is impossible not to feel like a very important person inside this posh night club that oozes exclusivity. www.mangroves-restaurants.com

Drynk - Lounge with a big-city vibe and trendy dance party inside. http://www.thedrynksoho.com/

Tiny Tap  Tavern - It’s only one block from the posh SoHodistrict but exists a world away. This neighborhood, dive bar is come as you are and prepared to drink Natural Light from a pitcher. Facebook Fan Page

SoHo Shops and Cafes

Mosh Posh Designer Cosigner of South Tampa - Consignment boutique featuring desirable fashions from high-end designers at a price you can afford.  http://www.mymoshposh.com/default.htm

Inkwood Books – Locally-owned and independent bookstore with a selection of popular bestsellers and obscure, rare titles. http://www.inkwoodbooks.com/

Guide to Ybor City

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.

Guide to Hyde Park

Photo By Rodney May, Flickr Account: Legalwheel

Hyde Park is Tampa’s quaint and quiet storybook neighborhood. Nestled alongside Bayshore, Hyde Park is a sweet little escape from the bustle of Tampa’s busier streets and district.

Hyde Park Restaurants

Zudars - A top quality deli that knows that a sandwich is more than just two pieces of bread and some meat. At Zudars, they take their sandwiches seriously and it shows. www.zudarsdeli.com

The Deck - Sometimes the best things in life are simple and covered with cheese. No frills pizza on the front porch is about as good as it gets. www.thedeckpizza.com

The Wine Exchange - Eating light doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice flavor, so dine with the Wine for plates that will leave you satisfied and not running for the gym. www.winex.com

Irish 31- Irish Pub of the classy kind, serving all the things you would expect like classic Bangers and Mash and Guiness. www.irish31.com

Timpanos - Take a trip to New York circa 1950 for fine dining including steaks, chops, pasta and martinis. www.timpanochophouse.net

Hyde Park Cafe

Hyde Park Nightlife and Bar Guide

Hyde Park Cafe - Indoor/Outdoor bar/night club that can be casual one night and posh the next depending on if a guitar is playing or a DJ is spinning. www.thehydeparkcafe.com

Four Green Fields - Calling this bar and grill authentic Irish would be an understatement. Walk into Four Green Fields and fall into a bar in the heart of Dublin, where the Guinness is flowing and traditional Irish song and dance rule the wood floors.  www.fourgreenfields.com/tampa

The Retreat - Chic neighborhood bar offering all of the comforts of a hole in the wall pub without all the plastic cups and sticky bar stools. www.retreattampa.com

Hyde Park Things to Do

CineBistro - Bringing a whole new meaning to dinner and a movie. This dine-in theater concept serves a full food and drink menu while you watch big screen feature films in over-sized leather seats with pull out tray tables. www.cobbcinebistro.com

Old Hyde Park Village - Quaint shopping district with specialty shops and boutiques in an outdoor atmosphere. (The Village hosts events all year round so keep checking back for details.)

Guide to Davis Islands

Davis Islands can hardly be considered just a neighborhood of South Tampa. It is so much more than that. Cross the bridge onto DI (the only way to reach the islands by land) and the skyscrapers of Downtown fade out and you are immediately whisked away to the small town that isDavisIslands. Expect all of the comforts of tight-knit community in a place where the people are friendly, the food is good and the atmosphere is always as inviting as a coolFloridabreeze.

Davis Islands Restaurant Guide

220 East - The secret is out. This is DI’s best spot for American style cuisine, Burgers, Sandwiches, Fish, Pasta, and Salads. www.220east.com

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant - Order the Cheese Sauce with your chips and then order any entrée drizzled in the same. www.margaritasmexicanrestaurant.com

Farrell’s on the Island- Breakfast and lunch done right on bagels, sandwiches and melts. And on Sundays, enjoy these delights buffet style. Farrell’s Facebook Page.

Grecian Island - The only thing better than the Grecian’s gyros are their breakfast specials they serve every morning with a side of home fries cut fresh from the potato.

Soobak - Sushi and Yogurt Bar? Yes, Soobak is a self serve frozen yogurt shop/Sushi & Asian cuisine restaurant. Taste it to believe it. Find it on Facebook.

Island’s Pizza - The Islands’s premier pizzeria. Find it on Facebook.

Thai Island- Authentic Thai food so good, you will wish you would have tried Pad Thai the first time someone told you to.

The Anchor Bar - Cozy up to giant flat screens, finger-licking wings and drink specials that will keep you bellied up to the bar way later than you had planned. www.anchorbartampa.com

Yeomans Road Pub - To Die for Pub Food and the best place to grab a meal when hungover or planning on being hungover the next day. www.myspace.com/yeomansdi

Davis Island Shops and Cafes

Serendipity - Quirky gift shop built on incense and candles, designer greeting cards, jewelry and unusual gifts that will have you thinking “why didn’t I think of that?”

TeBella Tea Company - Tea shop and café serving over 85 varieties of loose-leaf tea and locally made treats like French macaroons and artisanal chocolates.  www.tebellatea.com/

Wag - Spoil your pooch at this pet lifestyle store retailing all natural dog foods, snacks and cookies and some glam accessories for your diva dog. www.wagoftampa.com

Guide to Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa

In the past decadeTampa’s downtown has blossomed. The opening of two new residential high rises have changed the skyline and paved the way for a revival of urban growth which included the opening of new restaurants, shops and parks. What was once a sleepynine to fivedowntown is now a trendy new area equipped for live, work and play.

Downtown Tampa Restaurant Guide

Fly Bar & Restaurant - Downtown’s trendy dinning destination for drinks, dishes and live music with an artistic flair. www.flybarandrestaurant.com

First Watch - Take a break for signature coffee, free WiFi and elevated breakfast plates made with fresh ingredients in a simple and always delicious fashion. www.firstwatch.com

Eddie & Sams New York Pizza - Tired of Tampa Pizza not living up to Northeastern standards? You won’t be after eating at Eddie & Sams. www.eddieandsamspizza.com

Bamboozle Cafe - Have more than just an eating experience while enjoying the enchanting atmosphere and delicate flavors of Vietnamese inspired dishes made from fresh meats, veggies and fruits. www.bamboozlecafe.com

Fresh - Lunch and breakfast on a new level, well more like a special hidden level that includes a dry cereal bar and array of over 34 different kinds of salad dressing. www.eatfreshdaily.com

L’Eden Restaurant and Bar – Three in One: French Bakery, Lunchtime Bistro and Global Fine Dining crafted from only fresh and quality ingredients. www.dine-at-leden.com

Pizza Fusion - Everything you want in a local pizzeria: the vibe – authentic and original, the staff – friendly and helpful, and the food – fresh and fantastic. On the Web

Taco Bus – Residents rejoiced when Tampa’s favorite cult classic taco stand on wheels found a permanent location in Downtown. Go see what all the fuss is about. www.taco-bus.com

Pizzaiolo Bavaro - The heart of this old-world Italian restaurant is the wood-fired brick oven and the recipes from a 3rd generation Neapolitan family. www.pizzaiolobavaro.org

Urban Cantino - World class Mexican food in a setting that feels like steps away from the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City(Wrestling Ring). www.urbancantina.com

Sail Pavilion

Downtown Tampa Nightlife and Bar Guide

The Sail Pavilion - Casual outdoor, waterfront, urban tiki bar. Does it get any better than this? Find It on Facebook.

Taps Beer and Wine Eatery - One of the few restaurants where the beer menu (coming in at 8 pages) is longer than the food menu. www.tapswineandbeer.com

Gilligan’s Hideaway – It’s easy to get stranded at this island bar and grill’s happy hour party patio. www.gilliganshideawaytampa.com

Hattrick’s - ESPN’s COLD PIZZA has ranked Hattricks in the Top Ten Sports Bar in the Country. Enough said. www.hattrickstavern.com

The Hub - With a philosophy that a good drink is a strong drink, this bar does not skimp on the booze. Beware of (& enjoy) the Famous “Hub Pour” that has a bit more kick than you are used to. www.thehubbartampa.com

Martini Republic – Swanky martini bar that offers an urban, high-end ambiance and great happy hour specials.    www.themartinirepublic.com

Rock the Park

Downtown Tampa Events & Activities

Rock the Park -Free live music concert series with food & drink vendors at the waterfront Curtis Hixon Park. First Thursday of Every Month. www.rocktheparktampa.com

Yoga in the Park - Spend your Sunday evening exhaling the stress of the coming week at a free sunset yoga session sponsored by Happy Buddha Yoga Lounge in Curtis Hixon Park. Every Sunday (Check website for start times, as they vary by season). On the Web

Art After Dark - Experience all that art has to offer at this monthly Tampa Museum of Art event featuring live music and entertainment, special exhibits and a cash bar. Third Friday Every Three Months. $10 admission. On the Web

Yappy Hour - Every dog deserves a night out on the town. Join other dog owners at the Sono Cafe and Curtis Hixon Dog Area for drink specials for you and doogie treats for Fido. Third Friday of the Month. Free. On the Web

Downtown Market - Fresh fruit, veggies, honey, herbs, flowers, as well as clothes, jewelry and made to order lunches are available at this open air market. Every Friday from 10am – 2pm (Season Runs October – May). www.tampadowntownmarket.com

City Bike Tampa Urban Restaurant Tour - Put your bike to some good use during this guided bike ride that begins and ends in downtown and stops at five participating restaurants for free samples, specials and complimentary appetizers along the way. Once a Month. $5/person. www.citybiketampa.com

Tampa Water Taxi Co. - Take a tour (Harbor, Sunset, Tampa History or Eco) or simply get where you are going without any traffic aboard Tampa’s own water Taxi. www.tampawatershuttle.com

Old Tampa Book Company

Downtown Shops & Cafes

Old Tampa Book Company - Browse shelves filled with over 40,000 rare, out-of-print, and classic books and sidewalk sale bins with $1 books every day. www.oldtampabookcompany.com

Cafe Hey - Have some culture with your coffee at Cafe Hey’s open mic and classic movie nights. Or if food is more your thing, try the daily soup specials. Mmm-hmmm good is a complete understatement. www.cafehey.com

Sono Café – This waterside café behind The Tampa Museum of Art serves “Slow Food” – wines, desserts, coffees, salads and gelato that should be enjoyed leisurely and relaxed. On the Web.

Guide to Tampa’s Channelside District

Channelside Plaza

Channelside is the ultimate high energy, entertainment smorgasbord. You can catch a quick bite to eat or sit down for a full course meal; watch a movie or play pool or bowl; wave goodbye to a cruise ship or wave goodbye from a cruise ship; visit the fish or drink like a fish; shop, dance, sing, and have a ball in a place that literally has it all on a waterfront property just minutes from downtown.

Channelside Restaurant Guide

  • Hooter’s - Do you really need an explanation? www.originalhooters.com
  • Precinct Pizza- New York style Pizza is in high demand in Tampa. Have it delivered or stop in for a slice on your stumble out of Splitzville. www.precinctpizza.com
  • Oishi Sushi & Hibachi Grill - Get out of Tampa and take a trip to Japan. The authentic ambiance of Oishi will have you thinking you traveled across an ocean for dinner. www.restaurantoishi.com
  • Thai Thani – Or maybe you’d rather travel to Thailand for your dinner. Thai Thani, which is under the same ownership as Oishi, is about as close as you can get to traditional Thai without taking a trip to afar. www.thaithani.net
  • Splitzville – Yes, Splitzville has food too. And good food at that. So pair up your drinks with some munchies – pizza, sushi and 10 different kinds of sliders. www.splitsvillelanes.com
  • Taverna Opa - Go Greek for some high-end, authentic dishes that feel like they fell right off the boat. www.tavernaopatampa.com
  • Stumps Supper Club – Isn’t it time you had some down home, country Supper selections like Fried Chicken and Waffles, Country-Fried Steak and Gerties Fruit Cobbler? Yes. www.stumpssupperclub.com
  • Tina Tapas – Sometimes the best things in life come in small packages… or on small plates. The best thing about Tapas is that you can order 3 or more dishes without looking like a pig. So sample away. www.tinatapas.com

Channelside Nightlife & Bars Guide

  • Pour House Tampa

    Howl at the Moon - Don’t miss the Dueling Piano Show. Don’t know what a Dueling Piano Show is? Take a suggestion and visit Howl to find out. www.howlatthemoon.com

  • Wet Willies – Because every Florida party district needs a bar that serves a colorful rainbow of alcohol-infused frozen drinks. www.wetwillies.com
  • Pour House Tampa (at Grand Central) – Where beer is boss, and hoppy, malty goodness flows from over 40 craft brew taps. www.pourhousetampa.com
  • The Luxury Box (Across from the Forum) – This sports bar is a perfect Pre or Post Game (or Forum Event) drink and grub spot. http://www.theluxuryboxtpa.com/

Channelside Events, Activities and Attractions

The Florida Aquarium

  • The Florida Aquarium - This 250,000-square-foot Aquarium is home to over 20,000 Aquatic plants and animals. No wonder it is on the Top 10 List for Aquariums in the U.S. www.flaquarium.org
  • Channelside Cinemas 10 and Giant Sony Imax Screen – Take Movie Night to a whole new level at Channelside Cinemas 10 where you can catch a new Blockbuster on the Sony Digital Cinema 4K Projection and enjoy a full liquor bar. www.channelsideimax.com
  • Tampa Bay History Center – Take a trip through 12,000 years of Tampa Bay history with interactive and immersive exhibits, a movie theater and a Columbia café. www.tampabayhistorycenter.org
  • St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa’s indoor arena is not only home to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm, it hosts massive concerts, crazy events (like Bull Riding and Cirque du Soleil) and sporting events.  www.sptimesforum.com
  • SS American Victory Mariners Museum – This floating museum is one of only 4 fully-operational WWII ships in the country. And it’s not just for show, the American Victory hosts events like Ghost Tours and Beerfests throughout the year. www.americanvictory.org
  • Yacht StarShip - Who wants to dine waterside when you can dine in the water? This floating restaurant serves brunches, lunches, dinners and special events while cruising through the water surrounding Downtown.  www.yachtstarship.com