Throw it back to the ‘80s and ‘90s in downtown Tampa at GenX Tavern! If you’re feeling nostalgic for the good ol’ days and want a night out, visit this fun and exciting tavern where everything is based on the ‘80s and ‘90s from food & drink to music & decor!
Updated August, 2023, by Zoë Joiner.
GenX has been a hot spot for lunch, dinner, or a night out since 2019. It’s the kind of place where you can rock some of the vintage clothes hiding in the back of your closet and shake your tailfeather to the bangers you grew up with.
The 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s produced arguably The best music, and you can jam to it every Friday and Saturday night at their Friday Night Party and Saturday Night Vibe dance parties. Talk about FUN. There’s also Trivia Mondays and Karaoke Wednesdays every week to satisfy that itch.
GenX has two menus: one for lunch, weekdays from 11am – 3pm, and one for dinner. The lunch menu is an abbreviated version of the dinner menu that sticks to the main fan favorites. They also offer rotating monthly food and drink specials as well.
For dinner, start with a bar favorite like corn dog nuggets, wings, or some of their own housemade jalapeno poppers. For those who want something healthier, there are plenty of tasty “Richard Simmons” salads on the menu, as well as handhelds to choose from.
You can also build your own pizzas or choose from a mouthwatering selection of burgers, including the “Fire That Pigskin” which was voted Best Burger in Tampa Bay. The Peanut Butter Solution was featured in Tampa Magazine last year and includes housemade bacon-infused peanut butter with roasted jalapeno raspberry jam, provolone and arugula. Talk about unique.
To satisfy your nostalgia and sweet tooth, Gen X’ers will get a kick out of seeing Dunakaroo’s on the menu!
GenX has a bubbles and wine menu, but the restaurant is known for its liquor drinks. The cocktail menu features all ‘80s or ‘90s themed cocktails and shots, like the Purple Rain with Camarena Reposado tequila, Cointreau orange liqueur, agave nectar, blueberry syrup, and hibiscus, or the Give Me Those Pop Rockin’ Beats, featuring a watermelon Pop Rocks rim.
Their signature cocktail is an “Adult Capri Sun,” which comes in three flavors: pineapple, cherry, and strawberry kiwi. It has a twist cap instead of a straw, and the pouch will for sure give you childhood flashbacks! If your more in the mood for a shot – you might try the Top Gun Shot Flight, or maybe the Gusher shot is more your style!
Beer drinkers will appreciate the local and craft-heavy beer list featuring lesser-known local brews (think Magnanimous and Barriehaus) in addition to Tampa mainstays. They even have $2.50 “Your Dad’s Garage Fridge” beers to make you chuckle.
Around the Tavern
Around Gen X are mementos of the ‘80s and ‘90s. You will see the popular arcade game-skeeball as well as a shelf full of some of the best board games from the decade including Guess Who, which you may have forgotten even existed. TVs are scattered throughout the tavern displaying ‘80s and ‘90s TV shows and movies. There are some TVs from previous decades that patrons can play old versions of games like Mario!
GenX is decorated with lots of photos of famous people like Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruz. Momentos line the walls including stickers and drawings of old favorites like decorated denim jackets and VHS tapes. Bright lights line the ceiling along with disco balls. Being surrounded by all these things will bring back old, but hopefully fond memories!
103 East Jackson Street
Tampa, Florida 33602