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Jun 26, 2011 04:30 AM

Tampa Bay: Single diner home from Afghanistan SKS Beer, Beach and Seafood.

I have been deployed working in Afghanistan for the last year and I will be back in the Tampa area in mid July. I have a carefully crafted agenda for decompressing:

Beer, Gulf Beach, Beer, Good seafood, Beer, Gulf Beach, More Seafood, more beer, Sleep, repeat.

I already know the Crabby bills reputation, (I was born and raised in St. Pete, from back when Silas Dent’s upstairs bar was where you hammered kamakasi shots and ate .10 cent oysters. That was *mumble* *mumble* years ago). But, alas other than CB’s, where from Clearwater Beach south can I sit on/near the beach, eat my oysters and enjoy my frosty adult beverage? Suggests please.


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  1. Keegans at Indian Rocks Beach is a good fit. It's a 2 minute walk to the beach. Food has always been very good, beer cold. Plus this stretch of beach still feels like "home" (from another who remembers Silas Dent's back in the day).

    Enjoy your decompressing!

    1. Wherever you end up going, don't bring your SKS...

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      1. Excellent oysters at Guppy's in Indian Rocks Beach (wish the were 10 cents!). Walt'z Fish Shack at John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach has the freshest fish and a convivial bar. The Undertow on St. Pete Beach has the best beer selection (haven't tried the food). The Wharf in Pass-a-Grille has good fried oysters, and it's right on the intracoastal. I could swear I saw flamingos fly past the last time I was there but maybe it was the beer....Hey, welcome back to paradise!

        1. I should also mention that as I will be looking for an Apartment when I get back, so I will also be eyeing the surrounding area for living as well. You should always live where a bar is handy!

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          1. re: markdd2

            I think I would look for something on Treasure Island close to Ricky T's. Cute apartments , bars, and decent restaurants in that area. Welcome home!

          2. If you're looking for good micro-brewed beer, The Ale & Witch opened in St Pete, downtown near 2nd and Beach