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Jan 3, 2011 09:53 AM

Downtown Tampa - Bachelor Party Recs

Hi All,

I am going to Tampa for a bachelor party and helping to plan the restaurant for the night that we are doing a group dinner.

We are a group of 10 guys and are going to be staying downtown. We would like someplace where we can walk or take a cab.

I have looked into a few places, particularly Berns which has been suggested to me by a few people. Unfortunately, this is out of our price range.

We are looking to spend ~$75 pp all in including drinking (not heavily but probably 2 drinks each).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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  1. Why limit yourself to the downtown area if you can take a cab a few more miles?

    Where else have you looked? What type of atmosphere are you going for? Type of food?

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    1. re: Little T.

      how about any of a fairly long list of places in Ybor?


      1. re: sunshine842

        I am not that familiar with Tampa and just know that we are staying downtown and will not have a car.

        Any place that is close enough to take a cab would be fine - good suggestion to not limit ourselves to downtown.

        I have seen suggestions for restaurants in some other threads on here, but wasn't sure about hotel proximity and how good they were for a bachelor party.

        As far as types of food we would do Steak, bbq, italian, mexican - pretty much anything that would fit the budget.

        For atmosphere, nothing too stuffy and no place where we would not fit in if we were a little loud (it is not a crazy group, but still 10 guys).

        Thanks in advance!

      1. re: YosemiteSam

        Bern's was the original plan, but people do not want to spend that much money and would rather go somewhere not as expensive and drink with dinner.

        Looking to spend ~75 all in


        1. re: dweitz

          I understand, but if you would allow me an aside:

          YOUR BUDDY IS GETTING MARRIED! Tell the group to put on their big girl panties and pony up for what is hopefully a once-in-a-lifetime thing for the groom-to-be. Otherwise you might as well go to Hooters and kill two birds with one stone.

          Trying to be helpful though - IMO you need a steakhouse for a bachelor party, so how about Charley's?

          The other option is to go to Ybor and make it a night there - lots of OK dining there with a party scene to follow - Samarai Blue might fit your needs, but I'll let the Tampa experts weight in there.

          But again if you want to be a hero ; Bern's

          1. re: YosemiteSam

            I second Charley's. We went there for my friend's bachelor party and had a great time.

            1. re: nerditry

              I think Charley's is a good idea too, that's where I would want to go.

            2. re: YosemiteSam

              yea i understand and I am in the group that wants to spend the money and go to Berns. We are flying in from NYC for 3 nights hence the unwillingness to want to spend a ton one night. Appreciate the recs from everyone.

              1. re: dweitz

                One thing about Charley's is that you can get a hotel next door, so that eliminates transportation costs from your budget, at least for dinner. I can't be certain, but I expect you are looking to finish off your evening just up Dale Mabry, so that's pretty close by cab

                1. re: sarge

                  DH and PH are right around the corner from Charleys too...

            3. re: dweitz

              So, 40 bucks on a filet or delmonico @ berns and you have enough left for your 2 drinks and tip. Skip the desert room. Remember, all entrées are served w/ salad, soup, baked potato/onion rings and a veggie. No need for apps. They do have cheaper things on the menu as well: poultry, seafood, pork chop etc.

              This is a hard one . . . When is the deadline to decide?

          2. You should check out the Tampa Marriott Waterside. From just down the road you can catch the trolley to Ybor City, if you want to do a bar crawl at night.

            Plus there are plenty of solid restaurants around the downtown area, which can be hit via cab from there.

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            1. re: deet13

              Also, across the street is the Embassy suites - 513 S. Florida Avenue - NOT THE location on Westshore. IMO, it is a very nice hotel and a bit cheaper than the Marriott (I think). I guess the bonus is that they have free drinks every night in the lounge at the Embassy suites.

            2. Charley's is a longish cab ride from downtown, but the food is good, and they have a nice private room that doesn't feel stuffy--it's lined with wine storage cases, quite nice. Have you checked Malio's downtown? I don't imagine it's cheaper than Bern's, but if it is that w/b a fine choice. Timpano in Hyde Park Village is another idea. Ocean Prime and Capital Grille, at International Plaza, are good, too, and tend to be on the loud side anyway; yes, they're chains, but upscale ones and you won't be disappointed. They're a long cab ride from downtown, too--look into a limo, for 10 guys it may well turn out to be a better deal than cabs.

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              1. re: Miss E

                shoot. I'm having a blonde moment, apparently. What's the place that's in the upper floor of the Spanish Club at the front corner of Centro Ybor? (Hoping it's still there)

                Not a steakhouse, but very good food (including manly-man steaks if you so desire) and pretty easy on the wallet, in a great supper-club type setup.

                There's the Tampa Bay Brewing Company, too -- not upscale, but very good food and great beer brewed on-premises.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  I think TBBC is a great choice for 10 guys who want to have fun, drink, and enjoy good food for 75 bucks a head.

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    Teatro? Big City Tavern? Both closed . .

                    1. re: Little T.

                      Big City Tavern...another one too good to be true, apparently.

                      Big City
                      4046 Wedgewood Ln, Lady Lake, FL 32162

                2. You’re going to spend as much at Ocean Prime, Charley’s, etc. as you would at Bern’s. Jackson’s on Harbor Island has good food and a great view, but it gets pretty clubby on weekend evenings. There’s really nowhere good to eat at Channelside.

                  I would go to Hattrick’s on Franklin just south of Whiting for a pre-dinner drink. It’s a great sports bar with better scenery. Across the street from Hattrick’s is a trolley station—head to Ybor City after your drink (or two). There are a bunch of great places to eat in Ybor. Bernini (Italian), the Columbia (Spanish, and a local gem), Acropolis (Greek) come to mind. Have dinner there and hang out/people watch for a while. There are more bars than you can hit in a night in Ybor (definitely hit the James Joyce on 7th above the Green Iguana).

                  Either stay in Ybor until you are done or hop on the trolley and stop at Channelside on the way back into downtown. Stump’s and Howl at the Moon are fun.

                  You can do all of that for $75 per head and it will be a lot more fun that a dinner and done evening.

                  Ocean Prime
                  7339 W Sand Lake Rd # 400, Orlando, FL

                  107 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

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                  1. re: GatorDave

                    Bernini is half price if you order before 7:00

                    1. re: GatorDave

                      I really like the idea of staying at either Marriott waterside or the Embassy suites across the street and taking a trolley to Ybor for dinner and then drinks. Trolley stops running at 2:00 am so make your way to Channelside by then (or earlier). Finish the night at Stumps or Howl at the moon. The walk from Channelside to the hotel area isn't bad if it's late.