Who doesn’t love going to a bar where everybody knows your name? This idea, reminiscent of the popular 1980's Cheers TV series, can be a difficult environment to find, especially in the franchise restaurant industry where the focus is on expansion. Bar Louie , located in International Plaza and Bay Street , is a happy exception in the franchise bar and restaurant world! Read more to find out why this foodie-focused franchise stands apart. 

All photos courtesy of Bar Louie Facebook Page

Bar Louie’s ultimate mission is creating a positive, welcoming atmosphere for customers. While the restaurant is a growing franchise, constantly opening new locations across the United States, Bar Louie, located at International Plaza, focuses on building relationships and keeping the environment personal. Said Shea Smith, GM at Bar Louie, “We provide a place where people can get great food and drinks and have a great time.”

The Tampa location of Bar Louie makes personal interactions a priority, focusing on creating and maintaining relationships, knowing customers by name and making sure their clientele feel valued. 

Bar Louie at International Plaza celebrates its thirteenth year this December and still holds a loyal foodie and cocktail loving fan-base. Its friendly neighborhood atmosphere attracts people from all walks of life, which is an accomplishment the restaurant celebrates. With its proximity to the Tampa International Airport and the International Mall, Bar Louie is a melting pot of diverse individuals and groups alike. It captivates international crowds, avid sports fans and even employees of neighboring restaurants. “We allow people to be themselves,” said Smith. 

Foodie fun is not the only commodity offered by Bar Louie. The restaurant has an extensive list of alcoholic beverages and offers specials and deals on a weekly basis. You can find Bar Louie near the top of the list of Top 50 places in Tampa to find a killer Bloody Mary.  If you enjoy well-crafted drinks in a friendly bar, this is the place for you!

Bar Louie holds their late night happy hour Sunday thru Thursday from 10 p.m. until they close. Bar Louie’s operating hours welcome long nights of fun, staying open until 2 a.m. on Monday thru Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. “Our kitchen never closes so when other restaurant workers get off the clock, they come here to unwind and grab some food,” said Smith.

Bar Louie offers all sorts of specials like $3 martini shooters Monday thru Thursday, $1 burgers every Tuesday starting at 5 p.m., Wednesday Beer Night with select domestic drafts for $1.25 and $10 bottomless mimosas during every Sunday brunch. Coming soon, Bar Louie will put on their Save the Pint Night, hosted by New Belgium. Citradelic IPA and Fat Tire. Stay connected through 813area to find out more!

If you have a private event and you need a host venue, Bar Louie is an aesthetic and unique place to do so. The restaurant is known for its comfortable vibe and hip atmosphere. And if you need to raise funds for a local charity give Shea a call to learn more, Louie Loves supporting local charities and will donate 20% of your event sales to your charity!

To view Bar Louie’s menu online, visit their 813area Business Page and click over to their website. Please rate and review them on 813area, we love to know what you think! 

If you are a foodie who enjoys well-crafted drinks, fun bartenders and staff, are someone who wants to feel appreciated when you head out to spend your hard-earned money, go to Bar Louie where you will find like-minded people having a great time in a place where everybody knows your name.