Get ready to do the time warp or go back in time to another era. That’s because these four dive bars in Tampa Bay, which are beloved by locals and anyone passing through, feature relics from the past. Most have jukeboxes for entertainment, while another spot features kitschy decor from the 1970s. One thing all these hole in the walls has in common, cheap beer and mixed drinks. Find out more on what they have to offer, their locations, and other additional information.
Tiny Tap Tavern – Tampa
Located in SoHo-Hyde Park neighborhood is Tampa’s best and oldest dive bar since the 1930s. If you’re a smoker it won’t even be noticed, since it reeks of non-stop cigarette smoke. Go back in time, unfortunately not the prices, to cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) beer at $1.75 or Budweiser at $1.50. Wine is also served though don’t expect the highfalutin kind. Music can be heard on its old school jukebox and play some pool for a quarter while at Tiny Tap Tavern. It’s a warm friendly place where the regulars get to know you by name. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is even a regular.
Address: 2105 W Morrison Avenue Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: (813) 254-4895
Hours: 9 a.m. till 3 a.m.
Mahuffer’s Bar – Indian Shores
Even their own website states “Warm beer, lousy food, sometimes live music, sometimes live food, you never know what you’ll find at Mahuffer’s.” It’s also known as the “Home of “Sloppy John.” Since the mid-1970s this quaint beach dive bar has successfully captured old Florida before its obscene commercialism and overcrowding. The decor is certainly one-of-a-kind with fishing nets on the ceiling, salvaged boats, buoys, crab trap markers, bras, dollar bills, car seats, and photos from the ’70s scattered about This is the perfect place to be during the long, hot Florida summers. Check out their ice-cold beers and plentiful liquors for mixed drinks. There’s no happy hour, because at Mahuffer’s their prices will always make you happy.
Address: 19201 Gulf Blvd. Indian Shores, FL 33785
Phone: (727) 596-0226 Email: email@example.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Hub – Tampa
Here’s another old Tampa institution from 1946 located right in the heart of downtown next to the Tampa Theatre. You won’t have to worry about over-the-top decor with this bar. It’s plain and simple or what they’re now saying, “less is more.” You’re likely to find a college student from UT, a downtown business executive, and a homeless person all sitting together at the bar. A local favorite of The Hub is their jukebox filled with artists from a variety of genres. Drinks literally flow freely and the “Hub Pour” is truly one good stiff drink.
Address: 719 N Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 229-1553
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. till 3 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m. till 3 a.m.
Mastry’s Bar & Grill – St. Petersburg
Across the bay in downtown St. Pete is another ultimate dive bar that’s been around since 1935. Mastry’s also has cheap beer and a full bar of hard liquor that’s also cheap in price. Smokers are welcome, but it can get filled with smoke in no time. Bartenders and other regular patrons are friendly and diverse. You’ll see men in business suits getting off from work in the many office buildings nearby. Have a great time at Mastry’s Bar & Grill shooting darts, watching the Rays on TV, and listening to their banging jukebox of greatest hits. Did you know the legendary Babe Ruth use to drink here?
Address: 233 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 822-3070.
Hours: Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.