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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are into bars and clubs this is the place for you, if you are looking for house parties you won't find more than one a semester.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are not in greek life you will not be at any parties.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are different kids of 'parties' to choose from, it depends on what you're into. Nightlife is great, but depends on what you want, I guess. Transportation is easy, there are buses and taxis all around.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: It depends. I've never attended a party where there was a problem. I think they are a positive impact on the student's experience because it's a social event, to me anyway. I don't have to drink or do drugs at a party to have fun.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's more of a bar/club scene. House parties almost always get busted by midnight, but there's occasionally some good ones. There are a few bars within walking distance, but students usually cab. It's $3 per cab ride per UT student within a certain range which isn't too expensive. A lot of student also use uber which is cheaper.


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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 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


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.


(813) 258-3302

Boss Hogs

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

511 N. Franklin St.


(813) 226-2677

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.


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.


(813) 229-1553

Green Iguana Bar & Grill

Features jungle-themed decor and an iguana mascot.

1708 E. Seventh Ave.


(813) 248-9555

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


(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.


(813) 254-2233

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


(813) 871-1322

717 South

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

717 S. Howard Ave.


(813) 250-1661

Four Green Fields

America's only authentic thatched roof Irish pub.

205 W. Platt St.


(813) 254-4444

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.


(813) 258-2257

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

Pin Chasers


5555 W. Hillsborough Ave.


(813) 884-1475

Muvico Centro Ybor 20

A movie theatre that shows the latest film releases.

1600 E. Eight Ave.


(813) 242-0664

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 123 responses

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

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 128 responses

  • 8% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 23% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 19% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 23% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 27% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 84 responses

  • 4% Homecoming
  • 1% Halloween
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