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The Tampa Bay Happy Hour Index

A couple months ago I reached out to friends, family, and strangers via Facebook to find out where the best happy hours in Tampa Bay are. I received very few responses, which only confirms that we really need this list. I searched the internet, looked for Happy Hour advertisements in the local papers, and collected recommendations to come up with the following list of Happy Hours in the Tampa Bay area. Right now it falls somewhere in between a comprehensive list and a list of my favorites.

Local Happy Hours that I’ve tried and enjoyed are accompanied by a photograph. Those without photograph are on my list of Happy Hours to try. All of these Happy Hours offer both food and drink specials.

This is meant to be a living document—feel free to comment with your favorite happy hour, and check back later for updates.


Clearwater

Clear Sky Beach Café

Pizza and flatbread appears to be the theme for Clear Sky Beach Cafe’s Happy Hour on Clearwater Beach.

Time: 3-6 pm Mon-Fri

Specials: $3 off pizza, $2 off bruschettas and flatbreads, and 50% off most drinks


Cooters

Happy Hour on Clearwater beach with raw oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, wings, and select domestic beer. I declare it a winner.

Time: 3-6 pm daily

Specials: $1.50 Bud, Bud Light, and Miller Light drafts; $3 Well Drinks and House Wine; $0.79 Oysters; $0.65 Wings and Shrimp

Read more here: Happy Hour at Cooter’s on Clearwater Beach 


Marina Cantina

I can’t wait to try this Happy Hour. It’s from the same people that do Salt Rock Tavern’s Happy Hour, currently my reigning favorite Happy Hour. There are loads of food and drink specials, including discounted margaritas, sangrias, quesadillas, tacos, and guacamole. And the view is great – Marina Cantina is at the Clearwater Marina on Clearwater Beach.

Time: 4-6pm Sun-Thurs

Specials: $6 house margaritas; $5 craft beers; $4 sangrias, wells, or house wines; $3 bottle beers; $2 domestic drafts; $5 guacamole, queso fundido, shrimp ceviche, quesadillas, tacos; $3 corn bread or street corn

View menu here: https://www.marinacantina.com/happy-hour-rooftop


Dunedin

Bon Appétit

Waterfront patio dining is made more affordable at Bon Appetit’s Happy Hour. You can get a snack and a specialty drink here for about $10. There are cheaper places, but the view here is great.

Time: 3-7 pm daily at the outdoor bar

Specials: $2.50 drafts; $4 wells, house wine, and specialty drinks (includes sangria, margaritas, and bloody marys); Happy Hour bites, priced from $5.25 to $6.75, include roasted eggplant hummus, fried bologna sandwich, shrimp & avocado toast, and buffalo meatballs

View menu here: https://www.bonappetitrestaurant.com/waterfront-bar/happy-hour/


Café Alfresco

I found out about this Happy Hour from a walk-by during Cinco de Mayo.  This sidewalk café features both food and drink specials at their happy hour. On the Pinellas Trail.

Time: 3-7 pm daily

Specials: $3.50 well drinks; $2.50 domestic beer; $4 specialty beers; $4 all house wines; $5 shrimp alfresco; $6 cubanito; $5.50 crab cake slider; $5 buffalo cauliflower; $6.50 schnitzel bites

View menu here: https://www.cafealfresco.com/menu/happy-hour/


Oldsmar

The Brass Tap

There are buku food & drink specials at this “upscale beer bar,” with locations in Oldsmar, St. Pete, and Tampa.

Time: 4-7 pm Mon-Fri; plus a teacher’s happy hour until 10 pm Friday

Specials: $3 select shots, $4 select pints and wines, $5 cocktails, $6 drink of the week, $7 flights, $7 food specials – including tacos, wings, flatbreads, nachos, shrimp and more

View specials here: https://www.brasstapbeerbar.com/Oldsmar/specials


Flamestone Grill

Time: 3-7 pm daily

Specials: $2 off wine, cocktails, and select domestic drafts; $2 off all appetizers Sun – Thurs (bar & bar hi-tops only)


Salt Rock Tavern

This Baystar restaurant serves great seafood and American classics. Their happy hour features both food & drink specials, including discounted martinis, oysters, wings, nachos, flatbreads, and burgers. Salt Rock Tavern’s Happy Hour is advertised as the “Best Happy Hour EVER!” It’s definitely the best happy hour I’ve ever been to.

Time: All Day Monday; 4-7 pm Tues-Fri; 12-7 pm Sat; 2 pm-close Sun

Specials: $5 Craft Beers and Martinis, $3.75 Wells and House Wines, $1.75 Bud Light or PBR, $5.90 select appetizers, $7 Burgers and Flatbreads

Read more here: Happy Hour at Oldsmar’s Salt Rock Tavern


Safety Harbor

Bonefish Grill

This national chain got its start in the Tampa Bay area, and this location continues to be one of my favorite seafood restaurants in the area.

Time: 4 pm-6:30 pm daily

Specials: $1 off draft beers; $4 house wines; $5 hand-crafted martinis and cocktails; $6 bar bites including calamari, mussels, tuna poke, cod sliders, beef sliders, and au gratin bites

View menu here: https://www.bonefishgrill.com/bar-menu/happy-hour


Carmel

If you are into wine and small plates, then this may be the happy hour for you.

Time: 4-7 pm daily

Specials: $4 sangria; $5 monthly cocktail and select wines; $6 select small plates, including spinach ricotta gnocchi, calamari & shrimp, margherita flatbread, and more

View menu here: https://www.carmel-kitchen.com/events/the-new-happy-hour/


St. Pete

Ceviche St. Petersburg

This one’s for the sangria and tapas lovers…It’s high on my list of places to try.

Time: 5-7 pm daily

Specials: $5 sangria, $7 mojitos, and $4-8 tapas

View menu here: http://www.ceviche.com/st-petersburg/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/08/CEV_1607-1550_HHMenu_4-Final.pdf


FarmTable Kitchen at Local Market

I ended up at this Happy Hour by accident, and I loved it. It’s a great gourmet happy hour where you probably won’t save any money at all, but I loved their food and drinks.

Time: 5-7 pm Mon-Fri; late night Sunday Funday after 5 pm

Specials: 2 buck shucks; $7 snacks; $9 pizzas (normally $14-15); $7 bartender’s choice cocktail, well mixed drinks and featured wines; $4 local drafts

View menu here: http://www.localegourmetmarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2016.02.17-FTK-SP-HH-MENU.pdf

Smokey fish dip at FarmTable Kitchen

Hofbräuhaus St Petersburg

This German Happy Hour is full of German food specials and discounted beer.

Time: 4-7 pm Mon-Fri

Specials: $5 Happy Hour drinks and $5 Happy Hour small bites in bar area only

View menu here: http://www.hofbrauhausstpetersburg.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/15380637_1180090898743565_4536785429011066628_n.jpg


Oyster Bar

You can get $1 oysters and $5 martinis at this Central Ave. eatery if you time things right.

Time: 3-7 pm daily; 4-5 pm Aphrodisiac Hour

Specials: $5 martinis and drafts; $1 oysters and oyster shooters during Aphrodisiac Hour


Rococo Steak

This modern steakhouse on 2nd Ave S. in downtown St. Petersburg has a great happy hour menu. I can’t wait to try it.

Time: 4-6:30 pm daily

Specials: signature cocktail specials; bites, priced at $1.50 through $9, include oysters, calamari, jumbo shrimp saganaki, duck confit cigars, beef carpaccio, and Asian short rib sliders

View menu here: http://rococosteak.com/menu/happy-hour-menu/


Tampa

Miguelitos

Miguelitos is a Mexican restaurant in Tampa with 2 happy hours: a weekday happy hour with drink specials and a late night weekend happy hour with both food and drink specials.

Time: 2-6 pm Mon-Fri; Reverse happy hour is 10 pm-1 am Fri & Sat

Specials: 50% off well cocktails, margaritas, and sangrias; $3 bottled beers; 50% off tapas from 11pm-1am


Roux

Creole Happy Hour with oysters, beignets, alligator bites and more. “New Orleans meets South Tampa.”

Time: 4-7 pm Tues-Fri at the bar; Happy Hour Weekend 10 am-3 pm Sat-Sun restaurant-wide and 3 pm-5:30 pm at the bar

Specials: $1 oysters, appetizers priced at $8-12, 1/2 off wine and draft beer during the week in the bar area; BOGO bloody marys & mimosas and $1 oysters on the weekend

View menu here: http://www.rouxtampa.com/happyhour.php


Taps

Taps has a great location across from Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. From the menu, it looks like a great place for appetizers.

Time: 4-7 pm daily

Specials: $1 off drafts; $5 house wines; $5 single liquor cocktails; $5 Happy Hour food menu includes meatballs, bacon-wrapped jalapenos, Bavarian pretzel, nachos, and select bruschettas


World of Beer – Tampa International

For the beer lovers…

Time: 3-7 pm Mon-Fri; 10 pm-close Sun-Thurs

Specials: $3-4 draughts; $5 spirits; $6 wines; $5 shareable, including tacos, sliders, flatbread, fried pickles, taters, and mac & cheese bites

View menu here: https://worldofbeer.com/TavernMenus/TampaInternational

Thank you Ryan M. for the recommendation.


Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida's west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.
http://flillustrated.com
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