Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
2701 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 971-4710
Fax: (813) 977-0155
Bars & Cafes
Boba, or "Bubble Tea," the latest beverage craze, makes its way to Tampa from the West Coast. Boba Internet Cafe is a great place to make Boba-addicts out of curious customers. The brightly colored lounge is adorned with local artwork, as well as wild orchids from around the world. Featuring free internet, an X-box console, and several comfortable chairs, Boba Cafe is a great place to unwind. Of course, the drinks and pastries are great too. Tapioca pearls known as "Boba" may be added to a variety of coffees, teas, and fruit flavored slushies, creating a new experience in drink-sipping.
For a taste of exotic African and Kenyan coffee beans brewed just right, stop by Kili Coffee Roasters located near the University of South Florida in Temple Terrace. The friendly family owned and operated café offers the freshest coffees along with scrumptious breakfast sandwiches to start your day. For lunch or dinner, select freshly made soups and salads or ham, roast beef or turkey sandwiches made with focaccia or wheat bread and your choice of fixings. On Monday, Thursday and Saturday, enjoy a cup of coffee, lattes, frozen drinks or flavorful smoothies while listening to live music, or step up to the mic and entertain the patrons.
The Pegasus Lounge, located near Busch Gardens, is the premier location for late night entertainment that consists of original live music. The lounge has a diversified menu of tunes from hard rock, goth-industrial and hardcore rap to acoustic folk music. Whatever your favorite genre, you will hear it at the Pegasus. There is plenty of talent available with 60 bands making their way on stage each month. The full service bar ensures plenty of choices when it comes to beers on tap, bottles, and imports. For patrons in the mood for providing entertainment, the lounge features karaoke and open mic night. -Vickie Ferguson
Kaleisia Tea Lounge provides a mixture of New World teas with the ancient blends of the Orient. With over 100 loose-leaf teas to choose from, you are sure to find a tea to suit your palate. From their wall of teas, tea enthusiasts can compare different teas from around the world by touch and smell. In the lounge, enjoy assorted beverages made to order such as Thai tea, Asian Fusion smoothies and Chai Lattes. Stop by for lunch and choose from the all Vegan menu with food items such as hummus and chips, Asian noodles and avocado wraps then top off the meal with selected desserts. Kaleisia has on-going scheduled events throughout the year. - Vickie Ferguson
Beef 'O' Brady's is an Irish sports pub with a family atmosphere. The television screens keep patrons updated on the score of football games, while the menu offers great food at reasonable prices. Try the signature buffalo wings in a variety of flavors, from mild to Nuclear. The restaurant is clean and family-friendly, and Beef 'O' Brady's proudly sponsors local recreational sports teams. While the burgers, sandwiches, and salads on the menu are typical of any sports pub or family restaurant, they score points over others by serving tasty and quality food. Look for the green logo popping up throughout the Southeast.
The Copper Top Pub is a simple bar that promises a relaxing night out. Just up the street from USF, “The Top” attracts a crowd of graduate students rather than the frat boys and sorority girls that frequent its Fowler Avenue neighbor, the Hangout. The Top only serves beer and wine, and the menu is limited to typical bar munchies like chicken wings, onion rings, and jalapeno poppers, but remains fairly inexpensive. They also serve pizza from the neighboring CDB Pizza. It's also one of the few bars that permits smoking inside, so if you are anti-smoke this may not be the place for you. Grab a table to share a pitcher with your peers, or stake out a pool table or a dart board for some friendly competition.
This neat, clean and simple Japanese eatery offers an all-you-can-eat sushi and sashimi special, not to be missed by sushi-lovers. During Happy Hour 5pm-6pm daily, you pay $1 for beer. A dinner buffet is served nightly, so Tokyo Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar makes a good stop before or after a movie. If you are a fan of Oriental cuisine, add this dining room to your list of good restaurants that serve sushi and tempura dishes in authentic style.
Since 1974, Mr. Dunderbaks has served some of the best European crafted beer in Tampa. The unique bar and restaurant is the perfect retreat for the entire family to enjoy delicious German fare such as Bavarian bratwurst and knackwurst, Polish kielbasa, and spicy Cajun andouille sausage. Highlight your meal with a cool, refreshing brew. Choose from over 400 bottled beers and or drafts while enjoying live German and American music on select nights. Top off the evening with dessert and a slice of authentic apple strudel for the perfect ending to a delicious German inspired meal.
If you are ready to try smoked mullet, fried grouper, grilled catfish, or award-winning Gator Black Bean Chili, this is the place to go. Skipper's Smokehouse is a combination of a tropical Key West bar mixed with a lively restaurant with eccentric decorations. Add to that a dash of live nightly music and you will have your taste buds dancing and your toes tapping at the same time. This is always a happening nightspot and is one of the best concert venues around.
Entering Acropolis Bar and Grill, you might be put off by the napkins littered all over the floor. Rest assured, this is not laziness on behalf of the staff, but rather a jovial celebration. Servers throw napkins in the air, break plates, and dance in Conga lines throughout the night, but this entertainment is overshadowed by the food. Acropolis offers a unique Greek wine list, three Mediterranean beer options, and stellar menu options, ranging from Octopus appetizers to Baklava for desserts. Acropolis also offers Hookahs and cigar service for patrons on the patio outside the restaurant. This could easily become your new favorite establishment.
Party in two bars for the price of one! Peabody's and The Palms can deliver a good time any day of the week. On the bar side of things you'll find several pool tables for the crowd that's looking to chill and take advantage of the fantastic drink specials, while the connecting Palms Lounge houses a dance floor for college students looking to get down. Events include 2-for-1 Tuesdays, with DJs playing 80s classics in the Palms, and Thursday pitcher night, when liquor pitchers go for as low as $6. If you're in the USF area, Peabody's is by far the best place to “Eat, Drink, and Get Racked.”
Enjoy the Victorian ambiance and elegance of days past at the Empress Tea Room. Step into an atmosphere of soft lighting, rich wood cupboards and cloth-laden tables adorned with flowers. Be served your favorite tea in delicate china cups and teapots and enjoy the tradition of finger sandwiches or scones. Have afternoon lunch in a formal setting with crystal goblets in the Victorian Room or enjoy the outdoor ambiance of the Garden Room. The Empress serves high tea by reservation, only, lunch with a menu of soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts and selected breakfast items and pastries for Sunday brunch. The tearoom has on-going scheduled events, free WiFi and is available for special celebrations and catering. Saturday seatings begin at 11am, and Sunday brunch is by reservation only. -Vickie Ferguson