The girlies are going out tonight! What’s the best place in Tampa, FL for a girl’s night out? Tampa offers rooftop bars with music that go all night, posh culinary wonderlands serving up espresso martinis, dark dive bars with surprisingly bright drink menus, and so much more! The city’s strong culinary scene means that you’re rarely choosing between great drinks and great dining. Take a look at the eight best spots for going out with the girls in Tampa, Florida.
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Tampa Karaoke VIP
930 E Fletcher Avenue
Tampa Karaoke VIP is Tampa’s premier private karaoke bar for nights when the girls just want to have fun. Yes, that means that your group of ladies can belt out tunes in private without a bar full of audience members. Shy singers will appreciate that the rooms are essentially soundproof! While groups pay by the hour, a mix of reasonable prices and flexible bookings make it possible to belt out the tunes all night long without feeling rushed. Any pitchers, cocktails, and appetizers ordered are delivered straight to the private rooms.
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5210 N Florida Avenue
Known by many as the best dive bar on the Tampa scene, the Velvet Gypsy is one of those bars that only people “in the know” know about. A live DJ, cheap beer, and bartenders willing to put all of your favorite personal touches on the bar’s signature cocktails make the vibe at Velvety Gypsy smooth. The bar’s moody, groovy aesthetic also looks great in Instagram photos! Consider Velvet Gypsy a great stop on a girl’s night bar crawl.
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1823 E 7th Avenue
Club Prana is where ladies show up when they want to be seen looking their freshest and hottest on the Tampa bar scene. Consisting of five floors that all offer unique experiences, Club Prana makes it easy to celebrate all night long. The rooftop bar with views of the city is definitely a highlight. Don’t forget to class it up with Prana’s bottle service!
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5901 N Florida Avenue
Mandarin Heights represents the standard for cocktail culture in Tampa. Chill at the bar, enjoy outdoor seating in a sand garden, and be sure to snap plenty of photos of work-of-art cocktails after the bartender slides them over. Mandarin Heights has an artsy setting that gives off SoHo vibes with the pure Florida twist of flamingos hidden in every nook and cranny. The fun part about this spot is that a new menu is dropped each Tuesday to introduce guests to new flavors from the Mandarin Heights drink laboratory.
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EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
1207 S Howard Avenue
EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge is definitely the top choice when seeking an epicurean girl’s night out. Peppered with grass carpeting and relaxing deck couches, the rooftop bar squeezes out an extensive drink menu intended to be enjoyed in an airy, spacious setting. The cocktail menu features a Dutch mule, banana daiquiri, passion margarita, montenegroni, garden gimlet, and other exotic-meets-prim elixirs. There’s also a great selection of suds on tap. The bites menu keeps things light and fresh with shrimp cocktail, dahl, rosemary olives, and other tasty nibbles that pair nicely with the drink menu.
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3601 W Swann Avenue
OLIVIA is a place for a great girl’s night out if sipping an espresso martini over some lively chats sounds like heaven. Traditional trattoria meets modern Italian at this sophisticated restaurant with a gorgeous drink menu. Nibble on shrimp and scallop orzo, rigatoni with short rib, truffle fries, and squid ink casarecce. The Sicilian lemonade made with house-made limoncello is the fuel that every girl’s night out needs!
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2004 N 16th Street
Gothic decor, strong drinks, and DJs that don’t quit all make the Castle one of the hottest tickets in town for a girl’s night out. The drink menu here stays classic by going heavy on single-malt scotches, small-batch bourbon, aged tequila, and an assemblage of beers from around the globe. There’s a fun, trippy new theme every weekend for the partying pleasure of guests. Enjoy cocktails in the saloon, tower, courtyard, main hall, or dungeon.
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The Cork Room
237 E Davis Boulevard
The Cork Room is the place when it’s time for a wine night with the girls. Sit outside under the stars in the city’s gorgeous Davis Islands section to uncork some magical conversations. The Cork Room’s menu of small plates and entrees features deviled eggs, duck wontons, caviar, wedge salad, short rib ropa vieja, oysters, scallop gnocchi, and more. There’s also a full menu of flatbread pizzas. Whites and reds are offered by the bottle or glass!