Another Tampa Bay summer is at hand. The kids are out of school, and the heat is on. What better time to take a break and raise a glass here in the hip, urban heart of the Gulf coast of Florida? Whether you like 'em light and bright or dark as night, Tampa Bay as the craft brew (and more) for you.
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
Beer is back at Busch Gardens! Founded in 1959 as a botanical garden and brewery showcase, Tampa Bay's premier theme park became famous for offering free samples at its hospitality house. After a few years' break, the beer is flowing again. Discover your favorite craft brew during Bier Fest August 25 to September 16 when the park highlights Tampa Bay's famous local breweries along with a variety of national brands and plenty of great food to go with them.
Cigar City Brewing Co.
Tampa Bay has older craft breweries, but none as famous as this one. The name harkens back to Tampa Bay’s history as the Cigar Capital of the World. The flavors on tap include Cuban espresso beans among the offerings. Cigar City has won awards for its Tocobaga Red Ale and was recently ranked among the top craft breweries in the world.
Located on the southeast corner of Ybor City, Coppertail is a key player in Tampa Bay’s booming craft beer movement. The brewer has made a name for itself for both the variety of its beer and the incredible murals that line its tasting room.
With its own in house brewery and a waterfront spot made for sunsets, Ulele is made for celebrating a special occasion (like a city's birthday). The menu is inspired by Tampa Bay’s early native and Spanish explorers. The restaurant is housed in Tampa’s original public water pump house, along with the spring that once supplied the city’s drinking water.
You'll want to raise a glass of sangria to make your toast in the spirit of Florida's oldest restaurant (and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.) The family-owned Columbia oldest restaurant fills an entire block in the heart by Ybor City, Tampa Bay’s historic Latin Quarter. Since 1905, the Gonzmart family has operated the restaurant, expanding it over the years from a bar and sandwich shop to more than 1,700 seats. Six nights a week, the restaurant features Flamenco dancing.
Bern's Steak House
The world's largest private wine collection is at your disposal when you raise a glass at this foodie landmark in toney Hyde Park. The James Beard Foundation awarded Bern's its top prize for Outstanding Wine Program in 2016. After dinner, slip upstairs to the legendary Harry Waugh Dessert Room for macadamia nut ice cream.
If the hard stuff is more your thing, lift a few fingers of Scotch or Bourbon to toast Tampa from the incredible collection at this trendy South Tampa staple just a block from Bern's. The menu's focus on charcuterie, brings together more than 60 types of cheese and a variety of meats.