By: Andrew Silverstein

One of great things about Tampa is not only it's huge nightlife scene, but the variety it yields in areas all across town.  The Westshore District is one of these providing a wide array of bars and clubs for people young and old.  Here's five of, what we think are, the best bars in Westshore.

Blue Martini - For an upscale, modern bar experience in Tampa, the Blue Martini in the International Plaza is the place to be.  Enjoy a selection of 42 different martinis while relaxing or dancing to an eclectic array of live music in this contemporary atmosphere.  Small-plate appetizers, or tapas, are also available to accompany your premium martini.  Sample menu items like sliced beef tenderloin, lemon pepper chicken, baked brie and much more.

Bar Louie - For a more casual experience, check out Bar Louie also in the International Plaza.  The atmosphere is contemporary with wood-paneled walls and art lining the establishment, but the attitude is about as laid back as it can get.  Sip on a beer and watch the game on one of the plasma TVs or kick back with one of their signature cocktails like the Caffeinator with double espresso vodka or Louie's Cosmo with Absolut Citron, orange liquer, lime juice, and cranberry juice.

Cigar City Brewing - Cigar City Brewing is the bar in Westshore for Tampa beer lovers.  They brew all their own beer and, man, is it delicious.  They've quickly become nationally renowned as a top craft brewery and for good reason.  Their brews like the Jai Alai and Maduro Brown Ale  will definitely please the palate of anyone even remotely fond of beer.

Green Iguana Stadium - If you're looking to party in a fun, island atmosphere then you've got to head to Green Iguana Stadium.  This Tampa institution is the place to be if you want to get your dance on to some prime Tampa DJs or just kick back and relax with one of their signature cocktails like their famous namesake margarita with Sauza Gold tequila, Patron Citronage, fresh lemonade and beer served on the rocks in a two fisted goblet.

The Fox Jazz Club - Live jazz and drinks are just two of those things that go together perfectly.  Get 'em both at the famous Fox Jazz Club in Westshore.  For 25 years, this cozy club has become a haven for live jazz entertainment in Tampa Bay.  Enjoy a classically-crafted cocktail or one of their delectable menu items like bourbon soaked pork chops, Ahi tuna sashimi, or wild mushroom ravioli with chicken.

To us, these are the best bars in Westshore, but that's just us.  Explore this vibrant district for yourself and find your favorites today!