All of these hot spots in the Tampa area offer happy hours that are sure to please. Most of the venues listed also offer happy hour prices on appetizers. From great beer selections to wine bars to specialty cocktails, all five of these bars will have you smiling after a long day at work.
17667 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, FL 33548
The Vine is an upscale wine bar with a full-service restaurant and over 500 types of wine. The Vine shines with sheer class from every nook and cranny. You can try up to 50 types of wine by the glass. Its happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Vine happy hour offers many wines and cocktails and even appetizers at $5 each. This spot also has a fantastic offer for a kind of Sunday happy hour for those in the know. Simply ask for one of the restaurant's key chains (they are free), and on any Sundays, you will get a 25-percent-off discount on anything you order.
2506 S. Macdill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
Cru Cellars is a local gem that has lots to offer. It has a wine/beer garden and a book club that meets once a month for Wine & Words to discuss the current reading. Cru also has a wine of the month club that many of the locals love. Happy hour at Cru is on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. when you can enjoy many wines at $5 per glass as well as small plate selections for $5. The atmosphere at Cru is always nice and the crowd here tends to hover around the age of 40 to 60.
Cooters Restaurant and Bar
423 Poinsettia Ave.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Cooters Restaurant and Bar is located on the world famous Clearwater Beach and has been voted the best Florida Style Restaurant by Tampa Bay Magazine from 2008 through 2012. If you're wondering where the name comes from, Cooter is a freshwater turtle found in the South. Cooters is loved by both locals and tourists alike for its good food and great prices. The restaurant has a game room with darts, video games and free popcorn. Cooters offers happy hour every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. until close.
World of Beer
9524 W. Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33626
World of Beer, or WOB as its loyal following calls it, has over 500 types of beers. Some people prefer a nice cold beer at happy hour rather than a cocktail or fine wine. If you are such a person, then WOB is for you. World of Beer has a few enticements to get you in the door. It offers free wifi for starters and its happy hour is pretty straightforward. Enjoy $1 off all drafts from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m from Monday through Friday. WOB also offers a Loyalty Card program that gets you $1 off all bottles of beer and keeps track of all the beers you have tried at WOB.
The Moon Under Water
332 Beach Drive N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Moon Under Water is a local favorite in St. Petersburg. If you are looking for a British pub to spend happy hour in, then The Moon is your place. This spot has over 17 beers on tap and a very authentic British menu. It also offers plenty of American fare as well. Happy hour is in full effect Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Come on in to get your money's worth.
Sherrie Beth is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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