Tampa is a very weird place, but we love it! We have a month-long pirate festival, we like Halloween way too much, and some say the Chupacabra lives in the haunted tunnels beneath Ybor City! What?
Anyway, when you're tired of the same-old, same-old and seeking something besides the ordinary sports bar or hipster hang out, check out some of these unique bars in Tampa.
Literally world-famous, the Castle is one of the oldest Goth and alternative clubs in the entire country. This historic and unusual venue in Ybor City hosts events like vampire masquerades, steampunk balls, and fetish nights.
This unique bar in Tampa also boasts very well-stocked bars featuring aged tequilas, distinctive malt Scotches, and, of course, a selection of craft beers, Absinthe, and creepy vampire-themed cocktails.
Originally built as the Exchange National Bank in 1919, the Vault has been lovingly refurbished to exemplify the beauty and glamour of the Roaring '20s. Hosting a wide variety of parties and special events, this unique venue also features floor-to-ceiling glass windows with stunning views of the Downtown Tampa skyline and a private park, perfect for sneaking a kiss.
Have a spooky-good time at this hidden and haunted little bar in the heart of Ybor. Seriously, the place is haunted! Known for random instances of mild poltergeist activity, the SpookEasy Lounge is accessed through a sliding bookcase tucked away in the Stone Soup Company's dining room and features exotic kava and kratom for your ghostly enjoyment.
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Avast, ye scurvy dogs- just kidding! Of course, Tampa loves all things pirate-themed, and Gaspar's Grotto on 7th Avenue is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh seafood and your choice of grog.
Just about the best thing ever is Gaspar's weekly Sunday Booze Cruize Brunch, a unique experience offering unlimited champagne from the mimosa bar and a huge spread of delectable brunch food, a carving station, raw oysters, crab legs, and more!
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Part of the burgeoning North Seminole Heights area close to ZooTampa at Lowry Park, the Parcade is Tampa's first arcade bar. Play vintage and new video games as well as fun classic arcade games like Ski Ball.
Billing itself as "a friendly, fun oasis for nerds, geeks, and dorks from all walks of life," this is a relaxed and welcoming bar with a rotating selection of local and regional craft beers.
If you're looking to go somewhere different, these uniquely-themed bars in Tampa are sure to add some new fun and flavor to your night out!
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