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Pros: History. Tradition. Willie Taggart's recruiting.
Cons: Aluminum bench seats everywhere. It's a pain to park. Lousy food options. Offset by what is often good football.
The home of legends. Even if you don't love NASCAR (I'm not a huge fan), everyone should come check out this hallowed ground.
Pros: It's really cool to see the evolution of auto racing from the beaches of Daytona to the asphalt of today.
Cons: I mean they only race two weeks in the winter and one in the summer, plus some smaller races that don't mean as much.
A terrific, old-school traditional cocktail bar. Great location and clientele, and some delicious libations too!
Pros: Wonderful drinks, atmosphere, and location.
Cons: Can get a bit pricey and crowded depending on the evening.
My favorite mini golf course as a kid, and likely still now. Plus they don't care if you move from 18 right back to the first tee.
Pros: Really fun course, even if you don't love Disneyana stuff. Plus it's in a great location near Swan/Dolphin/EPCOT so good for the adults.
Cons: Standard "Disney is too expensive" goes here, but it's pretty reasonable for a loop here.
This place is great and the food and drinks are delicious, but be prepared for the loud music. They've got a DJ spinning while you're eating, and it can get a bit noisy. But if you're looking for fun, food, and booze, it's terrific.
Pros: Great deals (their $2 Taco Tuesday is legendary in Tampa), and don't miss the Margaronas.
Cons: Not exactly a first date place when the DJ is spinning.
Why am I reviewing this place, when I don't want anyone that doesn't know about it already to be there??
Pros: In the middle of Hyde Park/SoHo, we need a place for those of us that live there. For those that can walk to the bar and hang with our friends.
Cons: You might read this and come. At least know someone there before you show up, don't think of this as an invitation. A true locals bar is hard to find around these parts. Except for Tiny Tap. But who can do that every day?
A great place to have an event in Tampa Bay! Wonderful raw space with plenty of exposed brick, and a perfect courtyard for indoor-outdoor events. Plus full AV/lighting that you'll need for a wedding or something else.
Pros: Convenient location and everything you need for a terrific event space.
Cons: Can be a bit tricky to park, but it's only a block walk.
Reviewing the poker room only: It's really big, and the poker room is one of the best in the Southeast. Also, it's huge. Did I mention it's big? Also the snack bar is one of the best I've seen in a poker room.
Pros: Tons of places to play, lots of ABC poker is profitable at 2-5 and below.
Cons: $2 jackpot drop is lame sauce. Also let me turn my chair around even when I'm not getting a massage.
I mean by far the best place to eat in Tampa. Incredible food stalls, great dining, and one of the best spaces in Tampa! Indoor or outdoor, it's just a great place to dine, drink, and hang.
Pros: Amazing food, great space, gorgeous sunsets, delicious drinks.
Cons: I mean it's a bit pricey, but not so bad that you should ever miss it.
Love this place, but only when it's on Groupon. When you can get $60 for $30 or some other deal, it comes in at a very good price point. But the retail is a bit pricey for what you get: you can get in and out of Bern's a couple blocks away for the same number, and that place is a legend.
Pros: Great food, great bar, great atmosphere
Cons: Pricey without a deal
So yes you can get doughnuts and cupcakes anytime of day, but when they do weird stuff, BUY IT! Ice cream in a cone made of doughnut? Do it. Oatmeal cream pie the size of a tire? Get one. Sriracha toffee? Get there.
Pros: Besides everything being delicious and a friendly staff? How about a central location right off MacDill?
Cons: WARNING: it will make you fat. Do not go every day even though you'll want to.
It's a gorgeous location, but the drinks are just too expensive. In a city like Tampa, where there's a brewery on literally every corner, charging me $8 for a Jai Alai is crazy. And the mixed drinks would be fine at $10, if they were twice as big. Plus they aren't exactly friendly for what should be basically a tiki bar.
Pros: The gorgeous view of the Hillsborough River, amazing sunsets, an escape in the middle of downtown, walkable to Harbour Island.
Cons: Basically everything else. Which is a total shame because this should be one of the best hangout spots in the city.
Phenomenal pastas and pizzas, and a great atmosphere in a wonderful bar. $5 drinks at Happy Hour doesn't hurt either :)
Pros: Location, food, atmosphere. Can't really ask more for a slightly-upscale joint in Tampa's trendiest neighborhood.
Cons: Can be a bit of a pain to park, probably best to just valet.