Dressed up for a gay night out in Tampa

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A colleague at University of South Florida took me here for dinner when I was visiting Tampa. The amuse bouche was a great start: cold, smoky bisque. Then the bread basket was out of this world, especially the focaccia. The beet salad was a refreshing...More Another trip to Tampa, and as always a another trip to Ulele. Except this time it was so disappointing. I, and my fellow diners found the food to be lacking the freshness it once had. My chicken dish was like a Sysco chicken patty covered...More Never knew there were so many fish in the world. Your visit here makes Sea World redundant. I was impressed with the size of the aquarium as I assumed Tampa would not have such a good facility. Love this Tampa landmark! Its located in a gorgeous building, that also houses a handful of boutiques. Great for a girls brunch or lunch date! Its clearly has a trendy vibe supported by the the decor and ambience. Food and service are wonderful, as they...More We were told to seek out Oxford Exchange on a recent weekend trip to Tampa,FL. It is located on a nondescript street near University of Tampa. It is well worth the visit. As you walk into this beautiful space with a gorgeous black and white...More A restaurant, a cafe and shops are combined in the two story building with lots of character and a wonderful courtyard. Good place to visit at every season. Convenient to the University of Tampa campus.

Dressed up for a gay night out in Tampa:

Hotels with Military Discounts in Tampa

Checked out this place on a recent day trip for work over to the Tampa area. Nice location, indoor and outdoor dining in a courtyard setting along with a book store and eye glass maker. Not a lot of parking but seemed like a decent...More We had an amazing time and really enjoyed the Tampa city pass. Every where we used the city pass we were treated like royalty. We would definitely consider using this service and pass again. Thank you. We loved the Tampa Bay City Pass. It was well worth it. My advice would be: Busch Gardens and Lowery Park Zoo are worth a full day. The aquariums and MOSI are a half day at most. If you have to skip one make it the Clearwater Aquarium. When the Zoo says they may close for inclement weather they mean it - and 55 degrees and cloudy is inclement. We had to come back to the zoo the next day, which was the last day the passes were valid, but we really enjoyed it. If you are not familiar with Tampa, keep in mind that it is a big city with all the traffic headaches and driving challenges that go with it. We actually tried an Uber for the first time! We like to take walking tours of many of the places we visit. While in the Tampa/St. Pete area we booked this tour. We think that this may have been the best one we have taken. For $20 it was worth it. Lonnie was very personable and gave a great tour. We learned a lot about the history and culture if Ybor City. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone to get a better appreciation of the history of Tampa. LHotel est situé à Côté dun des meilleurs Steack House de Tampa ( Berns )”

The Florida Aquarium is located in downtown Tampa

Four-Diamond food-focused boutique hotel located in the trendy SoHo District of South Tampa, close to downtown and Westshore. Prepare to Awaken Appetites Unknown! Free WiFi, a 42-inch flat-screen cable TV, and minibar are featured in all rooms at this Tampa Autograph Collection Epicurean Hotel. A balcony and microwave are included in select suites. This boutique Tampa hotel features 2 on-site restaurants, an appointment-only full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. The restaurants and shops of Channelside Bay Plaza are 2.6 miles away. LHotel est situé à Côté dun des meilleurs Steack House de Tampa ( Berns ) Ybor City Also known as GAYBOR, Tampas hot spot for entertainment • Tampa Theatre • Clearwater Beach • Walt Disney World Resorts • Adventure Island Water Park Minutes away • Busch Gardens Tampa Minutes away -Theme park with some world class rides. “Loved the location of this property. Its very close to the Riverwalk in Tampa which is just beautiful on sunny days. Also close to the arena which I was attending an event at. The staff were friendly and the room was comfortable and clean.”

Take a cruise along the waters of Tampa Bay

“Loved the location of this property. Its very close to the Riverwalk in Tampa which is just beautiful on sunny days. Also close to the arena which I was at...” The University of Tampa and Plant Park are within 5 minutes’ walk away. The hotel is 900 yards from the Amalie Arena and 5 miles from the Tampa International Airport. A fitness centre, business centre, and reception that offers free luggage storage are on site. A shared lounge is available to Aloft Tampa Downtown guests as well. A flat-screen cable TV, desk, and coffee-making facilities are provided in each room at this Downtown Tampa Aloft. Select suites have a balcony, river view, and sofa bed. Offering an outdoor pool, this Tampa hotel is located along the Hillsborough River and is 700 yards from the Tampa Museum of Art. Features include a restaurant and rooms with free WiFi. Loved the location of this property. Its very close to the Riverwalk in Tampa which is just beautiful on sunny days. Also close to the arena which I was attending an event at. The staff were friendly and the room was comfortable and clean.

All things to do in TampaThings to do near Oxford Exchange

Weve stayed in several Aloft hotels during our travels, particularly in Tampa, Florida. Were fond of the young, hip and chic feel of Aloft hotels, which is targeted towards Millennials. Our cruise left from Clearwater, which is near Tampa. You have the choice to either watch the sunset with drinks, or splash out on a longer journey aboard a yacht, which includes dinner. Both include a live DJ playing romantic music to set the mood. The west side of Florida is renowned for having the most magnificent sunsets in the world. One of the best ways to experience it is aboard a sunset cruise around Tampa Bay. Ulele an institution in Tampa and always busy. You need to call ahead to secure a table here. Their burgers are one of the best we tried, and their okra chips, simply divine! Seeing Tampa from up above in a helicopter was one of our most memorable moments together in Tampa. We took a helicopter ride from downtown Tampa, which circled around Davis Island, downtown Tampa and culminated over the Manatee River. If however you prefer not to get up at the crack of dawn, you can also go dolphin spotting in Tampa aboard a cruise in Tampa Bay. The waters here are famous having large pads of friendly Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. They love these waters because they feel safe here to raise their young, feed and play. The Bottlenose dolphins in particular are great for photos because not only are they playful, they look like they are always smiling.

Restaurants with Outdoor Seating in Tampa

Dolphin spotting was one of our favourite things to do in Tampa together. Bayshore Boulevard is a great spot to head to for it, especially early in the morning. Ask any local what they think are the best things to do in Tampa and almost everyone will recommend brunch at the Oxford Exchange. This is a large cafe/restaurant set in a historic building, directly opposite the University of Tampa in a beautiful courtyard, which also has a bookshop. The food is fantastic and makes a great spot to come for breakfast, lunch, coffee or a romantic brunch. Tips for visitors to Busch Gardens, buy your ticket online beforehand to skip queues, and get combo deals with other attractions. Our favourite deal is the Tampa Bay CityPass, which from $107 includes not only entry to Busch Gardens, but to other attractions like The Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and more. Busch Gardens was not only one of our favourite things to do in Tampa, but one of our highlights from our entire road trip in Florida. This is a part adventure park, part zoo. The rides here are incredible, and in our opinion rival some of the best rides at Universal. The advantage of Busch Gardens is that unlike Universal, it is not as busy, especially if you come on a week (school) day when there are few queues. The Riverwalk is a great place to go for morning runs, Segway tours, biking and evening sunset strolls with your lover. The path includes bench swings, outdoor art displays, playgrounds and bronze busts of prominent figures of Tampa, like Vicente Martinez Ybor. The Riverwalk is a 2.6 mile-long (4.2km) pedestrian trail along the waterfront by the Hillsborough River. It goes through most of downtown Tampa from the Channelside District all the way to the Tampa Convention Center, then north up to the Water Works Park in Tampa Heights.

Restaurants for Special Occasions in Tampa

Ybor City is Tampas historic neighbourhood, once home to a prominent cigar industry. It is named after Vicente Martinez-Ybor who in 1880 selected this spot as the base for his industry. Back then, this was a tiny isolated village. Mr Ybor attracted thousands of immigrants, mainly from Cuba, Italy and Spain, who came here to work and subsequently developed a strong Latino culture here. At one point, Ybor City become a prominent base for Cuban revolutionaries like Jose Marti and Paulina Pedroso. For the latest events taking place in Tampa, check Visit Tampa Bays website, as well as the Visit Florida website. For romantic inspiration, continue reading below for our 10 coolest things to do in Tampa for couples, based on our first hand experience. There is always something happening in Tampa, with a festival to celebrate almost everything, like a Greek Festival, Italian, festivals for Margarita cocktails, cigars, cupcake and even a Mac & Cheese festival! The most famous is the Gasparilla pirate festival in January, which celebrates José Gaspar, a Spanish pirate who used to roam and plunder across the Gulf of Mexico. OMG You left out the other half of Tampa Bay – the most gay friendly of them all – Saint Petersburg! Nice write up on Trampa, err I mean Tampa 🙂 Come back and check out Saint Petersburg — I was born and raised here. Brian is correct about the small rivalry — it seems that people that reside in Tampa think that St Pete is far, when it actually only takes me 15-20 minutes to drive there. I enjoy the best of both cities but prefer our little-big city of St Pete. Even though Pinellas County is the most densely populated county in Florida, you would never know it due to our well planned interstate and local roads/highways. Come check us out at St Pete Pride in June! The Epicurean is one of the most romantic hotels for couples in Tampa, perfect for special occasions. Almost every gay local we asked raved about this hotel and highly recommended it for special occasions. Whilst there are no exclusively male-only gay resorts in Tampa, there are several gay owned and LGBTQ friendly hotels. Weve set set out the best ones below, based on our personal experience:

Restaurants for Group Dining in Tampa

BONUS TIP: we highly recommend getting the Tampa Bay CityPass, which for just $107, includes entry into various attractions like Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and more. It also allows you to skip the queues, which will save you a lot of time! The GaYborhood is also home to Tampa Pride, which takes place on the last weekend in March with a Diversity Parade. Also look out for the “Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival” held every October. In GaYbor, you will find the main gay clubs, bars, bathhouses of Tampa, as well as a number of boutique and vintage shops like “La France“. In the evening, especially on weekends, 7th Avenue comes alive as the crowds hit the gay bars like Bradleys and Honey Pots (see more below). The gay neighbourhood of Tampa is based in the citys historic district called “Ybor City”, specifically along 7th Avenue. A coalition of businesses in the area created a LGBT Chamber of Commerce business group called “GaYbor”, from which the gay neighbourhood of Tampa affectionally takes its name. All gay travellers to Tampa will find something to love about the city, in particular the GaYborhood in Ybor. For general inspiration, check out our best things to do in Tampa guide. Meanwhile, this is our detailed gay guide to Tampa focusing on the best bars, clubs, places to stay and more: It has a young and diverse population due to the large community of students, expats and the strong sports culture with two notorious home teams: the “Tampa Bay Lightening” hockey team and the “Tampa Bay Bucaneers” American football team.

Late Night Restaurants in Tampa