Nightlife

Location
Tampa, FL
Undergrads
5,799
Tuition
$25,222
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Nightlife: On and Off-Campus parties are popular along with bars in SoHo, Ybor, and Davis Island

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do on the weekends

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I was not able to attend because of my children. However, all of the nursing students had a huge party for one of our classmates twenty first birthday. A lot of pictures were posted on Facebook and it seemed like a lot of fun. Also people were talking about how fun it was when we came back to school the following Monday.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: So many things to do all the time! Always a new club opening, or promotions at an old club! Beware of frat parties... Especially at ZBT in the Nassau house. Really, don't go there.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I am not a part of Greek life, nor do I party a lot. I hear about a lot of socials as well as house parties but never partake with my peers. If I go out, it is usually with a group of friends I have known for a while and not from students at UT. This is not because I am not social but mainly because I am older than most of the younger students who want to party a lot.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 223rd
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 246th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1148th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Arturo Uzcategui
Hometown
Valencia, Venezuela
Major
Communications
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The nightlife around the University of Tampa is pretty diverse, and it can get wild sometimes. There are several house parties that take place near campus every weekend. Some of them are hosted by fraternities or sororities, and since there are not that many rules, these parties can get pretty crazy.

Regarding the nightlife outside of campus, there is a large list of bars and clubs with very affordable covers and drinks. Most of these places are OK for underage students, with the exception of maybe three or four that do not allow underage students. However, for the most part, students that are not 21-and-up can enjoy a great time in many other different venues, like coffee shops and restaurants. The good thing about Tampa is that there are places for every taste. There are clubs that feature Latin nights at least once a week, beach-theme parties, and there are even a few that every now and then will have celebrity guests to host the party. So, overall, the nightlife in Tampa is something that no student will want to miss out on! 

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Davis Island
  • Downtown Tampa
  • Harbour Island
  • SoHo District
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Drynk
  • Hot Tuna
  • Prana
Local Specialties
  • Dollar Pitchers at The Hut:
  • Happy Hour at MacDinton's:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • Categories
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Flyers and posters along campus
Closing Time
3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Hut
Organization Parties
There are a few organizations around campus (like HSF) that throw parties twice a year. Mostly, the fraternities and sororities are the ones that throw house parties.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Jackson's

Jackson's has something called Fantasy Fridays. This night caters to an upscale party crowd, and it brings in some of the most beautiful women in the bay. VIP tables and cabanas are available nightly.

601 S. Harbour Island Blvd.

Harbour Island, Tampa

(813) 277-0112

www.jacksonsbistro.com

Mangroves

Fantastic atmosphere. It's a very classy place with great drinks-very popular among students. The patio is great on a nice night if you can get a spot. There is a dress code, so dress appropriately.

208 S. Howard Ave.

Tampa

(813) 258-3302

www.mangroves-restaurants.com

Boss Hogs

Open seven days a week with different themed nights and nightly specials.

511 N. Franklin St.

Tampa

(813) 226-2677

www.bosshogsdowntown.com

The Hut

The Hut is open for lunch and dinner. Check out the fresh Florida Grouper, straight off the boats in Tarpon Springs! The Hut Channelside has a full bar, pool tables, a spacious deck, and generous meal portions. Located across from the St. Pete Times Forum.

514 Channelside Dr.

Channelside

www.thehutbarandgrill.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Hub

This bar has a reputation for attracting everyone from politicians to blue-collars, while playing an eclectic collection of music.

719 N. Franklin St.

Tampa

(813) 229-1553

Green Iguana Bar & Grill

Features jungle-themed decor and an iguana mascot.

1708 E. Seventh Ave.

Tampa

(813) 248-9555

www.greeniguana.com

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Handcrafted brews are always on tap at this family-run bar in Tampa, located under the Centro Ybor Movie Theater. Within the walls of this Tampa pub, patrons clamor for house and seasonal brews, cask-conditioned ales, and special beers created by other independent breweries. A welcoming ambience with happy hour specials ushers guests into Tampa Bay Brewing Company's Ybor City locale-be sure to try the six-brew sampler! Hearty pub grub and American classics are available for those looking for sustenance in a solid form.

1600 E. Eighth Ave., Centro Ybor Complex

Tampa

(813) 247-1422

Hyde Park Café

Hyde Park Café has three atmospheres in one: strobe lights and a dance floor, an outdoor patio, and finally its famous pizza.

1806 W. Platt St.

Tampa

(813) 254-2233

www.thehydeparkcafe.com

Blue Martini

Blue Martini is the only bar in Tampa where "Fly Me to the Moon," "The Good Life," and "True Blue" are not only popular sayings, but also creative cocktail names. Blue's famous concoctions allow patrons to let loose and use their imaginations. You're sure to feel like Bond, James Bond, with a 007 `tini or Sarah Jessica Parker with a "Sex in the City" libation. A premium Tampa martini lounge, Blue Martini features fresh DJ-spun beats, tasty appetizers, and a chic, trendy atmosphere, as well.

2223 NW Shore Blvd., Tampa International Plaza

Tampa

(813) 871-1322

www.bluemartinilounge.com

717 South

Tampa's 717 South attracts the area's hip young professionals and trendsetters.

717 S. Howard Ave.

Tampa

(813) 250-1661

www.seven17south.com

Four Green Fields

America's only authentic thatched roof Irish pub.

205 W. Platt St.

Tampa

(813) 254-4444

www.fourgreenfields.com

Dubliner's Irish Pub

As a cozy dose of Ireland in Tampa, Dubliner's offers an authentic Blarney pub experience, one enriched by dark wood trim, earthy shades of yellow and green, and a beautiful patio area. Enjoy a game of pool in their Tampa lounge or saddle up to the bar for a cold pint of stout. If the old stomach starts to rumble, don't fret-the menu includes everything from Jameson-marinated chicken and salmon fillet sandwiches to traditional shepherd's pie.

2307 W. Azeele St.

Tampa

(813) 258-2257

www.thedublineririshpub.com

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Pin Chasers

Bowling!

5555 W. Hillsborough Ave.

Tampa

(813) 884-1475

www.pinchasers.net

Muvico Centro Ybor 20

A movie theatre that shows the latest film releases.

1600 E. Eight Ave.

Tampa

(813) 242-0664

www.muvico.com

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 61 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 59 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 10% Use a designated driver.
  • 2% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 5% Public transportation.
  • 68% Taxis.
  • 12% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 15% Parties? What parties?
  • 15% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 21% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 35% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 15% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 16 responses

  • 32% Local bars
  • 20% Ybor
  • 20% Sorority/Fraternity Parties and/or clubs in Ybor.
  • 16% Someone's house
  • 12% Downtown Tampa

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 21 responses

  • 95% GASPARILLA!
  • 5% Homecoming
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