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Ybor City nightlife is quite different than what you experience during a night out in downtown Tampa or St. Pete. Ybor gets pretty wild. So if you’re looking for a crazy night out (even crazier than SoHo), Ybor may be the place to go. It’s eclectic, historical, and kind of gives off some New Orleans vibes. Here are some must-visit Ybor City bars for your night on the town.
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Fun Ybor City bars
Southern Belle is Ybors one and only country bar! Equipped with a mechanical bull, plenty of photo ops, and live music on the weekends, this spot is sure to provide a damn good time.
Southern Belle also offers line dancing classes on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 PM – 9 PM (date night?!). They also serve food, and while I can’t speak from personal experience, their brunch looks super fun!
You’ll find Club Prana in the heart of the historic Ybor City District. It’s a 5-level party venue with a different experience on each floor. It ranges from a lounge to Tampa’s number one nightclub.
The Skybar is also very popular with rooftop views of the city. You can expect a luxurious experience with exciting music and VIP reservations at this ultimate party location.
Club Prana also hosts special events and weekly specials, so check the website to stay up-to-date on what’s available! Club Prana definitely offers a more high-end Ybor City nightlife experience.
Tangra is one of the best dance clubs in Ybor City. It’s eccentric and lively. Plus the club blasts everything from EDM to Latin music and Top 40 until late in the evening.
Again, this hot spot has three levels of entertainment as well. Choose from the main club, the lounge, or the rooftop. Or check out each level during your night out in Ybor!
Ybor City in Tampa hosts one of the famous Coyote Ugly locations in the heart of the historic district. As with its other locations, this bar is full of female bartenders, bartop dancing, and exciting body shots.
A spot for fun and all-night partying, Coyote Ugly hosts weekly specials like Thirsty Thursday with a $16 fishbowl and free pool or Super Tuesdays with free beer pitchers from 8-11 PM.
Open until 3 AM, Coyote Ugly is the perfect party destination for those looking to enjoy their night out in a typical bar setting. It’s not uncommon you’ll see bachelorette parties or a birthday crew here enjoying dancing on the bar (guilty!).
Bad Monkey‘s fantastic military-themed bar in Ybor City offers a lively atmosphere with perfect patio space for socializing with friends. There are incredible sights here, with a full-sized P-40 Warhawk crashing through the overhead wall.
Most locals and visitors come for the happy hour prices and 12 beers on tap; many stay for the excellent pub grub menu and a welcoming atmosphere.
The patio also features big-screen TVs that always play the latest game and a small lounge area upstairs with a pool table.
If you’re into EDM, The Ritz may be your spot! They often host popular DJs and artists throughout the weekend at this historic event venue.
Tickets are required for most events and can be purchased on the website before arriving. Club-like events include “Mischief Mondays” with BOGO bottle specials and $5 Jameson and $5 Tito’s drinks and “Pound Fridays” where they host different EDM artists and 18+ shows.
Going to the DJ shows is one of my favorite things to do in Ybor!
If you’re looking for a locally owned craft cocktail bar with delicious food, the Copper Shaker is your place. They also have another location which just so happens to be one of my favorite bars in downtown St. Pete.
This is the perfect Ybor City Bar to gather with your friends and try different flavors with the excellent cocktail menu.
Options for drinks range from cocktails like an espresso-infused cocktail named The Grind to a rye whiskey cocktail named Smokestack. There is also a great beer and wine list here.
Copper Shaker also offers a happy hour menu every day until 7 pm with $6 drinks and food specials.
First Chance, Last Chance
First Chance, Last Chance is kind of divey, but sometimes that’s the vibe ya know? They have an open courtyard and outdoor bar, which is private and hidden off the main road. Every night is happy hour here, and on Fridays and Saturdays, guests can spin the wheel to get two shots for $5!
Another great multilevel dance club is The Castle in Ybor City. The Castle welcomes every guest, whether you are dressed in goth fashion or clubwear. This club has expanded to have several spaces to party and offers an exciting time on Friday and Saturday nights.
Technically The SpookEasy Lounge is an alcohol free environment, but it’s a place you gotta check out! It may look like an activity for spooky season in Tampa, but this haunted kava bar is actually decorated like this year round. The decor and details put into this place were so fun to admire!
They offer coffee, kava, tea, kombucha, and more. Kava is not personally my thing, but I did enjoy my kombucha and Remi’s necrocider! If you are set on an alcoholic drink you can head below to The Catacombs where they do serve up delicious and spooky boozy concoctions.
Whether you’re a kava enthusiast or just looking for a hauntingly good time, SpookEasy Lounge is your portal!
Crowbar is an edgy nightclub and beer garden that hosts live music, DJs, and other events. This venue is popular with the metal scene but hosts bans of all genres. Guests can enjoy this large venue while seeing a show. With indoor and outdoor bars, and pleasant staff you’re sure to enjoy this venue for your night out in Ybor City.
They call themselves “the happiest place on 7th”, and you will certainly feel that positive energy upon entry! No matter what time of day you go, I swear Showbar is always lively.
They have DJ’s and other live performers, but better yet they have dueling pianos! Be sure to check them out on Friday or Saturday night if you want to see a show.
I hope you’re ready for your Ybor bar crawl after reading this post! For more fun Tampa bar suggestions check out the best speakeasies in Tampa Bay or the best bars in Tampa. Or head to M. Bird at Armature Works for views, vibes, and great cocktails. It’s one of the best rooftop bars in Tampa Bay!