If you’re seeking libations, look no further than Tampa. With a history soaked in imported Cuban rum and underground speakeasies, it’s no wonder that Tampa has become home to popular bars and top-notch cocktails.
A drink is more than just the sum of its ingredients — it’s about the experience it evokes. Similarly, bars are more than just places to kick back beverages. They are places to excite the senses and savor the evening. TAMPA Magazine rounded up some longtime favorites and new spots around town that are keeping the tradition of spirit-filled innovation alive. Thirsty yet? Read on for Tampa’s hottest bars and drinks of 2022.
Yeoman’s Cask and Lion
A fun, cheerful atmosphere with great dining and entertainment awaits you on your next visit to Yeoman’s Cask and Lion. A modern English pub, you’ll encounter decor that is quintessentially British with a touch of Tampa flair.
Featuring an English-themed menu, Yeoman’s offers creative cocktails such as The Queen’s Crush and Shakespeare’s Mule alongside an impressive list of local and foreign beers.
“Yeoman’s has become a melting pot for the city and a destination that folks want to return to even after a game,” says Marc Brown, president of 23 Restaurant Services. “We provide high- quality food, a vibrant, fun atmosphere and entertainment like billiards and shuffleboard.”
“We’re very excited to announce the launch of our brand new Topgolf Swing Suite, opening in January of 2022,” he adds. “The Swing Suite includes not only golf, but also baseball, hockey, and much more.”
At Yeoman’s, there’s always something going on. From live music to viewing parties, Yeoman’s Cask and Lion is a downtown epicenter for drinks, dining and entertainment.
202 N. Morgan St., Tampa | (813) 224-9367 | yeomanscaskandlion.com
The Lounge by Meat Market
Located in the heart of Hyde Park, The Lounge by Meat Market is Tampa’s premier destination for an exclusive nightlife experience.
“Experience multi-sensory cocktails crafted within our mixology program,” says Kyle Ewing, director of Meat Market’s Private Lounge. “Each drink is thoughtfully developed with our guests in mind, taking into consideration the upscale atmosphere and refined palate of those joining us in The Lounge.”
For dining, the all-inclusive Chef’s Tasting Menu offers five to seven courses freshly prepared by the chef de cuisine. Sophisticated and intimate, The Lounge is an unforgettable experience of dining, libations and live music for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
1606 W. Snow Ave., Tampa | (813) 280-1113 | meatmarket.net
Haiku is Tampa’s hottest new Asian Fusion eatery and lounge. A creative vision from Phoenix Hospitality Group, Haiku joins Eden Nightclub and SweetFish restaurant, as part of the owners’ vision to revitalize Tampa’s downtown core.
“Haiku brings Izakaya-style cuisine and a modern Asian vibe to downtown Tampa,” explained Asad Yusopov, who co-owns Haiku with Kevin Stowe. “Izakaya is a type of informal Japanese bar that serves alcoholic drinks and small plates.”
An elevated dining and nightlife experience awaits you at Haiku’s restaurant and lounge. Featuring an innovative Asian-inspired menu and two bars offering sake, rare bourbon and handcrafted cocktails, Haiku is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.
808 N. Franklin St., Tampa | (813) 644-5787 | haikutampa.com
Chic, sophisticated and offering unparalleled views of the city skyline, M.Bird is the ultimate Tampa rooftop destination. Situated above historic Armature Works in The Heights, M.Bird features shareable plates, an impressive rum list and handcrafted cocktails.
“During the week, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a chill vibe and conversation with friends,” describes Matt Pingol, bar manager at M.Bird Tampa and beverage director for Three Oaks Hospitality. “Thursday through Sunday, we have DJs and a more upbeat party vibe.”
Menus are switched up seasonally and the cocktails are known for being approachable and made with fresh, house-made ingredients.
1903 Market St., Tampa | (813) 296-2702 | mbirdtampa.com
Davidoff of Geneva
Davidoff of Geneva has been Tampa’s premier destination for a refined cigar experience since 1911. A luxury cigar boutique and lounge, Davidoff offers a wide selection of top-notch cigars along with high-end libations in a lively upscale atmosphere in Westshore.
With an impressive assortment of premium cigars and renowned brands from around the world, Davidoff boasts 5,000-plus square feet of elegant, humidified space, multiple lounges with seating indoors and out, and full bar service with over 100 spirits.
“We invite you to visit Davidoff Tampa for the ultimate cigar and bar experience,” General Manager Thomas DeAddio says.
4142 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa | (813) 513-7560 | davidofftampa.com
Locally owned and operated in Ybor City, Copper Shaker is a craft cocktail bar and kitchen focused on gourmet, shareable appetizers and classic, contemporary craft cocktails in a relaxed, fun environment.
“We’re bringing something different to Ybor — elevated product, service and atmosphere,” notes Copper Shaker General Manager Juya Ebrahimi. “We’ve got the best cocktails served by the friendliest staff and the most amazing food.”
Copper Shaker focuses on cultivating a knowledgeable, friendly staff to accommodate bourbon-trail veterans and newcomers alike to the craft scene. Its goal is to make every guest feel like a local.
1502 E. 7th Ave., Tampa | (813) 542-1642 | coppershaker.com
Refined cocktails, classic recipes and innovative creations are on the menu at Mandarin Heights in Seminole Heights. An unassuming exterior gives way to a trendy, mid-century-modern lounge with lush greenery, florals and the Instagram-famous Mandarin Heights bathtub.
“Mandarin Heights is an escape in the heart of Seminole Heights,” says Morgan Zuch, director of spirits at Seed and Feed Hospitality.
“People come here to get a mind-blowing cocktail, take photos with friends and enjoy the unique ‘60s and ‘70s Palm Springs vibe.”
With a new menu every week, you never know what you’ll discover. Like jazz? Catch Whiskey Wednesdays for live jazz and a $6 Old-Fashioned.
5901 N. Florida Ave., #6603, Tampa | mandarinheights.com
Castile Restaurant at The Hotel Zamora
Far from traditional hotel dining, Castile Restaurant at The Hotel Zamora on St. Pete Beach offers a diverse culinary and beverage menu showcasing the best of the Bay’s waterways.
Castile is where traditional meets modern American cuisine. An expansive menu with shareable plates, seasonal offerings and daily chef specials like Kobe A5 Wagyu, in house dry-aged select cuts, and artistic seafood plates, offers something for everyone.
The bar showcases refreshing craft cocktails, a seasonally rotating selection of fine wines, draft and bottled beer, and an impressive bourbon and whiskey collection.
Guests can enjoy intracoastal views indoors, or on the terrace. The restaurant features daily specials such as Service Industry Night Mondays, Tapas Tuesdays and Whiskey Wednesdays. Live music is offered on weekends.
“The ambiance at Castile sets us apart,” Director of Food and Beverage Austin Ramsey says. “What you see, what you hear and what you taste are all the amazing things we strive to create for all guest experiences.”
3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Peach Beach | (727) 456-8660 | thehotelzamora.com
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