The Best Bars to Visit on South Howard Avenue in Tampa's Soho

Settle in for a drink and a meal or bar-hop on this Tampa nightlife mecca

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Bar-hopping in Tampa's Soho (South Howard Avenue) is about more than trying out some creative craft cocktails or checking out wine flights. Yes, that's the main point, but it's also a place to see and be seen. Check out some of the best bars in Soho for a night of great conversation out and about from your hotel, lively atmosphere, and adult beverages. There's more to this city than luscious beaches.

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    At MacDinton's, you'll find drink specials every night of the week, with Friday featuring open bar from 6 to 8 p.m. for a nominal price. Think of it as Tampa Bay's all-you-can-drink opportunity, if you're into that. But this is an Irish pub, and you'll get a menu that honors that heritage. For starters, there are Irish potato skins and Irish nachos, and yes, these are definitely different from what you are used to. Then there's shepherd's pie, Guinness beef stew, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. If you're not fond of Irish food, you can choose from a selection of American-style sandwiches.

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    The idea for the name "Cheap" came from the concept that outside of the prices, being cheap is something the restaurant and bar will never be. This restaurant-bar-lounge promises to not skimp on quality or service while maintaining reasonable fees for drinks and food. Check out its nightly promotions for special deals all week.

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    The food on the menu at 717 South is a contemporary American blend of culinary excellence and affordable flavor. Authenticity is their standard, no matter the ethnic heritage of the dish. The bar menu includes 200 choices of wine, martinis, and cocktails from all over the world. Although reservations are suggested, you can walk in and get a seat. The dining room gets just as full as the bar pretty quickly on a Friday or Saturday night. There is limited outdoor seating available as well. The place is definitely a cozy little spot to grab a bite to eat. The lighting is dim and romantic and the staff is very friendly. 

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    World of Beer specializes in special nights all week. On Monday night from 9 p.m. to close, those in the service industry get half off all drafts. You'll need a World of Beer service industry card to get these discounts, and you can get one at the bar with a check stub or some proof you work in the industry. On Wednesdays, all university faculty and students with proof can enjoy half off drafts from 9 p.m. to close. Thursdays are ladies' night. They get half off all wines and select drafts from open to close.

    World of Beer has a limited bar food menu. If you want live music with your drinks, go on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. The bar is open and doesn't protect very well from the elements.

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    The food at The Lime is modern Mexican combined with healthy bowls, sushi style rolls, and tapas. Guacamole is made tableside, and it claims it has the best margaritas in town. The Lime also has 22 craft beers on tap. The bar is relatively small, but the crowd is eclectic, so whether you are young, old, or in between, single or partnered, you'll feel comfortable in this all-green restaurant and bar.

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    Get ready to chow down on nachos, burgers, and tacos along with your choice of wine, beer (bottle or draft), or craft cocktails. Or just nosh on starters like loaded fries, fried pickles, trio of dips and chips,  soft pretzel sticks, or Asian chicken pot stickers.


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    Nightlife is all you get at the Drynk. It's a lounge-slash-nightclub. There may not be food, and it may just be a hot spot to listen to music while getting a drink, but for a hot club that's all that is really needed anyway.

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    The aptly named Yard of Ale is all about beer. If you can't find your favorite or something you've been wanting to try on its list of offerings, you must not really love the brew. For munchies, choose from a typical bar menu of nachos, chips and dips, burgers, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, an array of sandwiches, and pizza.​