A Slice of Tampa Life: Tampa Happy Hours

June 16, 2016

With 40 hours in a work week and 8 hours every night dedicated to sleeping, 40 hours are left unused during the work week for whatever you want.

If you are an avid gym goer or just rush home to boot up the Netflix, taking the time to grab a drink and a bite to eat is just what the doctor ordered. If it is the entire gang from work, that special someone, or only you, Tampa has all the bases covered for week night happy hours.

Malio’s Prime Steakhouse

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Source: Malio’s Prime Steakhouse

An easy find in downtown at the base of Rivergate Tower and right on the Riverwalk, Malio’s is a bite-sized serving of a five-star New York Steakhouse. Keep an eye out for the booth permanently reserved by Derek Jeter and Joe Torre of the New York Yankees. Five dollar Finelandia Martinis and $5 wines pair with the $6 beef tips.

Happy hour is 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Fly Bar & Restaurant

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Source: Fly Bar & Restaurant

A few blocks north is the open air Fly Bar & Restaurant. Often spilling live music onto North Franklin street, Fly is one of the few places for an open air roof patio. Three dollar drafts, $3.50 premium wells, and $5 sangria is available every weekday, or stay late on Thursdays for a two-for-one deal on bottled beer until 3 a.m.

Happy hour 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


South toward the historic Hyde Park District, Boca Kitchen Bar Market is a farm-to-table concept that also offers up $5 spins on classic southern cocktails. Try the “901” with black tea infused vodka and lemon or the “Pineapple Captain Express” with Sailor Jerry Rum and lime.

Happy hour specials are available 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Bernini Restaurant

In Ybor,  a Tampa classic Bernini’s is known for its signature laughing head of a roman statue. Mull over which half-off pasta dish you would like while you pile up $2 martinis. Happy hour is 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

New World Brewery

Rounding out our list in a smoky and edgier tone is New World Brewery on Ybor’s 8th Avenue. Catching local acts on the road between Miami and Atlanta, New World is often a great place for live music and barbecue in the middle of the week. Swing in for $4 wine and drafts during happy hour from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.