Tampa Bay is no slouch when it comes to party for the holidays, especially on New Year’s Eve.
From Ybor City in Tampa to the beach bars of the Pinellas coastline, Tampa Bay is a reveler’s Magic Kingdom. This plethora of choices, however, also presents a challenge when trying to find the perfect bar to wave adios to 2017 with your squad. Thankfully for you, AXS is here to help, as we have compiled the five best bars to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tampa Bay. So use this piece as a reference, and remember to party and drink responsibly.
Lowry Parcade & Tavern
1213 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
You wouldn’t normally think of West Waters Avenue as a nightlife destination, but this strip of asphalt is home to one of Tampa’s best bars. The Lowry Parcade & Tavern has quickly won over the hearts of many Tampa nightlife revelers. From great beer to arcades that will make you feel like a kid again. Lowry Parcade & Tavern is a unique and fun spot to ring in 2018.
1518 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
Tampa is home to a thriving dive bar scene, but no dive in the city can compete with the king of Tampa dive bars. Reservoir Bar has been a staple of Ybor City for years, and while the historic nightlife district has undergone changes, the Reservoir Bar has remained the same, with great drinks, the best pool tables in Tampa, and a great atmosphere that will make spending New Year’s here a chill one.
The Ale & The Witch
111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Downtown St. Petersburg is one of Tampa Bay’s best bar areas, and when you visit this 2nd Avenue bar, you’ll see why. The Ale The Witch is home to one of the Bay Area’s great beer collections, and to add to the atmosphere, this bar also plays host to live music, so you can enjoy some of the Bay Area’s best bands while downing a pint of cider beer on New Year’s Eve.
2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237
Down in beautiful Sarasota, there will be a number of bars in ever form that will be angling for your business on New Year’s Eve. The Shamrock on Ringling Boulevard will be one of them, and this bar should be on your list thanks to its numerous beers and awesome, down-home atmosphere that will show you what the “real Sarasota” is made of, full of down-to-earth people looking to ring in 2018 on a great note.
Brewlands Bar & Billiards
5733 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813
South Florida Avenue may seem like a soulless retail and restaurant chain land, but Brewlands Bar & Billiards will make you see this strip differently. With awesome beer and the best pool tables in Western Polk County, Brewlands will make for an awesome place to spend New Year’s Eve with your best buddies. If you want some Brewlands magic and don’t live in Lakeland, the bar also has a suburban Tampa location at 4802 Gunn Highway in Citrus Park (813-405-4851).