Centrally located and packed with entertainment options, Ybor City is the perfect Tampa neighborhood to meet up with your gal pals for a night out. With a vibrant and dynamic sidewalk culture perfect for people watching, Ybor is experiencing an influx of new development that is carefully in keeping with its rich history.
Whether you and your friends are interested in a quiet get-together or a wild night of dancing, there are a multitude of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from – all within walking distance.
Eat, drink and be MARY!
Enjoy a raucous night out with the girls while supporting a local charity at Hamburger Mary’s HamBINGO. Hosted by Tampa’s most divine divas and fabulous drag queens, these bingo games are not for shrinking violets. Pony up your $10 and prepare to play dirty! Watch for the drink and shooter specials that benefit the charity as well. It’s all for a good cause.
HamBINGO events are held Sunday through Wednesday starting at 7pm. Arrive early to enjoy a casual dinner before the show starts. The burgers are raved about and the mac and cheese is delicious! Reservations are highly recommended. HamburgerMarys.com
Indulge your inner hipster
If you and your lady friends are looking for live music in a casual and relaxed atmosphere, the New World Brewery may be the perfect spot. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Ybor City, New World features a charming outdoor beer garden with a covered stage area that has hosted some of the best indie bands in the region.
The menu features stone seared thin crust pizzas, but the claim to fame is Smoker Wednesdays when you get a heaping plate of smoked chicken, baked beans, and garlic bread for just $5! Other pluses include a vast array of craft beer options and they have their own parking lot (gasp!). NewWorldBrewery.net
Party like a pirate
Calm your Gasparilla withdrawal symptoms with a festive evening at the pirate-themed Gaspar’s Grotto. Billed as a one-stop bar crawl, Gaspar’s features 3 separate venues in one, so if you get bored, you can just move next door. Featuring live cover bands and guest DJs 7 days a week, it doesn’t matter what day it is, you and your friends can party like the pirate wenches you know you are.
The menu is comprehensive and features dishes created by none other than Chef Hook (no, not kidding) including an award-winning Cuban sandwich. Can’t get together for an evening out? Gaspar’s hosts a full brunch buffet on Sundays featuring unlimited free champagne. GasparsGrotto.com
Yuk it up!
Need a good laugh? Who doesn’t? Grab your friends and head out for an Evening at the Improv. The Ybor City edition of this world famous comedy club features top comedians from around the country. To check out local talent, or put that friend that thinks she’s so funny to the test, check out Odd Wednesday’s Late Night Comedy that features the best of Tampa’s comedians and an open mic portion.
Ticket amounts and show times vary so check the website for details. Also book your tickets at least several hours in advance to avoid the $3 service fee. There is a full dinner and beverage menu; however there is no minimum purchase (halleluiah!). ImprovTampa.com
Dinner and Flamenco
Celebrate Tampa’s rich history with dinner and a Flamenco show at the legendary Columbia Restaurant. This landmark eatery is the oldest in Florida and features beautiful Moorish-inspired architecture and stunning hand painted tiles, ornate antiques, and rich fabrics throughout.
The menu features a long list of traditional Spanish and Cuban dishes, as well as some Tampa favorites such as the famous 1905 Salad. Book a table in the main dining room Monday through Saturday to enjoy the Flamenco show. There are two shows per evening and a $6 cover is charged. While there is no dress policy per se, the Columbia is definitely a step above the usual shorts and flip flops. ColumbiaRestaurant.com