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Tampa Nightlife and Entertainment - From Sunset Brews to Dancing 'til Dawn

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When the sun sets over the bay, the Agua Luces light up Tampa Riverwalk and the streets come alive. Stylish young locals are decked out for a night of bar hopping, while the Goth crowd is geared up to rave the night away. But Tampa also has a softer side, which you can tap into by sipping drinks on the waterfront or by taking in an evening jazz concert.

All along the water

 

If you're looking to unwind after a long day of sightseeing, the waterfront's the place to go. Once the workday ends, the bustling Tampa Riverwalk turns into a soothing haven with spectacular sunset views. You can kick back with a cold mug of beer, and relax as the city lights dance on the river's surface.

 

The Sail

 

After work, many locals stroll down Tampa Riverwalk to The Sail for cocktails and snacks. This bar and restaurant is a great place to watch for dolphins, or to listen to live music by local artists on weekend evenings.

 

333 S Franklin Street, Tampa 33602Tel: +1 813 274 8420

 

The Sail website

Ybor City after dark

 

Do you take nightfall as a cue to dance your shoes to shreds? Then Ybor City's got you covered. You'll find a vibrant rainbow of scenes in this historic district, ranging from Goth to Latin to LGBT. Ybor's also great for bar hopping, so you'll have no problem hitting several hot spots before sunrise.

 

The Honey Pot

 

This LGBT club is where locals head if they're looking for a night of dancing and friendly bartenders. Regular drag shows add to the fun.

 

1507 E 7th Avenue, Tampa 33605. Tel: +1 813 247 4663

 

 

Club Prana

 

When the night's in need of shaking up, Tampa natives head to Club Prana. Here you can dance to the thumping beats of reggae, house, and hip-hop on 5 separate levels - each with a different theme.

 

1619 E 7th Avenue, Tampa 33605. Tel: +1 813 241 4139

 

Club Prana website

 

A tamer Tampa

 

Though clearly an option, there's no law saying you have to go wild in Tampa. And there's nothing wrong with wanting to sip wine in a place where you can hear yourself think, or relaxing to the sounds of jazz music. If that sounds like a good night out to you, you'll be pleased to know Tampa has a softer side.

 

Fuma Bella

 

Locals enjoy this quaint, cozy bar so much they're often torn about recommending it in fear of drawing crowds. One downside: Fuma Bella's known for irregular hours. It tends to open around 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

1318 E 8th Avenue, Tampa 33605. Tel: +1 813 248 6130

 

 

The Fox Jazz Club

 

Tampa natives of all ages flock to The Fox Jazz Club to immerse themselves in the sultry sounds of mellow jazz. This joint always packs a crowd, so you might want to make reservations for dinner, then stay for the show.

 

5401 W Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa 33609. Tel: +1 813 639 0400

 

The Fox Jazz Club website