Forget your normal date night routine and head over to Ybor City for next date night! The lively neighborhood of Ybor City is full of rich local history featuring Cuban and Latin American influences. “Ybor City is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida and The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is focused both on preserving and developing the historic district. Founded in 1886 by Vicente Martinez-Ybor when he moved his cigar factory from Key West to Tampa, Ybor City holds a unique place in Florida’s social and economic history as our state’s “first industrial town” (ybor.org).
Since opening its doors right outside of Ybor City in 2014, Coppertail Brewing Co is an independently owned production brewery and tasting room. All of the beer is Florida inspired and Tampa brewed. Their tasting room offers a full-service bar with 20 taps as well as a wine list. Grab a bite to eat from their kitchen featuring small plates as well as full meals.
Coppertail Brewing is kid friendly and dog-friendly on the spacious patio. Loft space is available for private events atop a large balcony with views of downtown. Brewery tours are offered Thursday through Sunday. The brewery brews on a state-of-the-art 50 barrel Rolec brewhouse featuring 1,000 barrels of fermentation space. Before or after a few beers, enjoy a meal at The S&V Kitchen at Coppertail. S&V Kitchen is a satellite restaurant owned by the same owners of the Stein and Vine in Brandon. Enjoy small plates, salads, and full meals.
If you’ve been searching for laughs, search no further! Head over to The Improv Comedy Theatre & Restaurant as they reach their 50th year, serving millions of laughs. Improv Comedy’s chain has produced comedic greats across the country including David Spade, Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, and more! Be sure to purchase tickets in advance either online or at the club after 4 p.m. All shows are 21 and older so be sure to bring proper ID to enter the theatre.
For the mead and cider enthusiast, head over to Cigar City. Prepare your palette to experience a world beyond beer. Customers will get the chance to indulge in a wide selection of ciders and meads brewed with fresh Florida grown ingredients in the heart of Ybor City. Since opening its doors in 2014, Cigar City Cider & Mead has poured countless ciders and meads, especially in their tasting room. Be sure to try their Hard Cider and Homemade Apple Pie Cider in 6-pack cans.
Follow the headstones to the #1 Haunted Tour in the US! Discover the ghostly legends and lore that lie beneath the surface of one of the most haunted towns in the U.S. With its construction, Ybor City became home to tens of thousands of people within the span of 40 years. Ybor hosted cigar workers coming from Cuba and Europe to find the American Dream in our very own “Cigar City”.
Unfortunately, along with all of the prosperity, brought villains, bandits, gangsters, and many other unsettling characters to Ybor’s busy streets from all across the world. The famous “Latin District” is now home to strange and creepy happenings and hauntings. Join the Ybor City Ghost Tour and hear the tales of the haunts, many of which have been forgotten. Ybor City Ghost Tour promises to be informative, entertaining, and scary.
For a bite out of history, head to Carmine’s Ybor for a bite of Italy, Cuba, and Spain. Carmine’s is home to the devil crab as well as one of the best spots to grab a Cuban Sandwich in the Tampa Bay Area. Located on 7th Avenue, Carmine’s is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal on one of the 10 Greatest Streets in America. Lunchtime visitors can enjoy Tampa Cuban sandwiches with rice and beans or Cuban marinated Chicken or Cuban Roast Pork. Dinner guests can enjoy their very own Crab Enchilado, fresh Gulf Grouper, Angus Beef, Pastas, and more.
Make your way over to the Ybor City Wine Bar for a selection of over 200 hand-picked boutique wines by the glass or by the bottle. Each wine is hand selected by Jayme Kosar, Certified Sommelier and Owner of The Ybor City Wine Bar. The Wine Bar also offers an extensive collection of 100 craft beers by the bottle. The bar is located in an intimate and upscale setting in the heart of Ybor City Historic District. The bar is inspired by Ybor City with a Miami flair.