Bad news first -- you just missed being able to celebrate National Martini Day on June 19. The good news, though, is it's never too late to celebrate this classic libation in grand style! The Tampa nightlife scene offers loads of options featuring some of the world's best liquors. Whether you prefer yours dirty or dry, straight up or with a twist, here are some of the best spots to grab a delicious ice-cold martini in Tampa.

Located at International Plaza in the Westshore neighborhood, this atmospheric restaurant and lounge boasts an impressive menu and inclusive wine list, as well as fun artisanal cocktails and martinis that are simply divine. Be sure to try the Berries and Bubbles, featuring Belvedere Citrus vodka, marinated blackberries, and champagne, and served with dry ice for a drinking experience you won't soon forget! 

A fixture of the Ybor City restaurant scene for over 20 years, Bernini is known as an eclectic Italian-inspired eatery with impeccable service. If you're watching your budget (and who isn't?), head down to Bernini for a wicked $3 Finlandia vodka martini special, available every day until 7:00 p.m.

This Harbour Island treasure has been serving up some of Tampa's finest cuisine since 1997 and it offers a tasty variety of the classic martini, as well as decadent desserts and gelato. Jackson's boasts a simply breathtaking view of downtown and the Hillsborough River, and it's also known as one of the best places to party for New Year's Eve and Gasparilla.

Iavarone's in North Tampa is one of the city's favorite family-owned establishments -- a classy yet traditional steakhouse with a unique flair. This is the place to be if you're looking for the freshest ingredients and mouth-watering steaks aged in-house. Iavarone's signature cocktail menu features some of the area's best martinis -- decadent and ice cold!

Open on North Franklin Street since 1946, this downtown Tampa icon is known for the infamous "Hub Pour," a great jukebox, cheap drinks, and entertaining bartenders. The professionals behind the bar will chill your glass the old-fashioned way, then serve you a giant and delicious dirty martini with your choice of top-shelf vodka or gin - and maybe a joke to go with it.

Tampa is a town that loves to party, and those with discerning tastes know nothing is as wonderful as an ice-cold martini. If you're going to enjoy some of the area's best classic cocktails, please drink responsibly and don't drive!

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