Our Gay Florida Road Trip: Tampa

Where to eat, stay, party and play in The Big Guava!
October 04, 2016

Where to Eat

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café

5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603; 813-234-1000

This is the perfect blend of food, drinks and entertainment. If you’re in the mood for chicken and waffles check out their Soul Food Sundays. With a long line of delicious specialty drinks there’s no doubt that you will leave here tipsy and happy (two ingredients of the perfect road trip).

Uele (pronounced You-lay-lee)

1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 999-4952

Located on Tampa’s River Walk, Uele gets busy for good reason. Delicious seafood, a chill environment and an excellent brewery for the beer lovers, this is one stop you’ll talk about for years to come. Be sure to make reservations though if you’re planning to do dinner here on the weekend. This spot is perfect for your first date before cuddling.

Where to Stay

Le Méridien Tampa

601 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602; (813) 221-9555

This hotel is perfect for several reasons. It is located in Downtown Tampa near Ybor City, relatively affordable for what you will get and it has all of the beauty and charm that you could want out of your comfortable stay. Be sure to check out the hotel’s restaurant Bizou Brasserie and the Longitude Bar as well. You won’t regret choosing this hotel for your stay in Tampa.

Aloft Tampa Downtown

100 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 898-8000

Are you looking for accommodations with a modern contemporary flare? Or maybe you need one that is pet friendly? Aloft Tampa provides all of this and more. In fact, your dogs will even get a bed and some toys for free. Overlooking the Hillsborough River, this hotel provides plenty of views for you to enjoy as well.

Where to Party

Southern Nights Tampa (formerly G Bar)

1401 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605; 813.599.8625

This is the premier gay destination in Tampa by far. Open Wednesday – Sunday, Southern Nights is located in the heart of the party scene in Ybor City. Here is where you will find everything from college hunks looking to get wasted to drag queen professionals chasing a contest win.

The Honey Pot

1507 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605; (813) 247-4663

Also located in Ybor City, The Honey Pot is the sweet spot for all things LGBTQ. If you’re looking to turn up and let loose on a huge dance floor with high energy and flashing lights, this is the stop that you will likely enjoy most.

What to Do

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place; 813.229.7827

Tampa Theatre

711 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602; 813.274.8981

Theatre season is just about to kick off and there’s a long line of exciting shows on the docket at both of Tampa’s resident theatre hubs. If you’re looking to escape the busy club scene and just enjoy a nice show, call the box office and see what’s showing tonight.

Busch Gardens Tampa

10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

When was the last time you let your hair down and really had some fun? We mean the kind of fun where you scream your head off on a rollercoaster, take countless selfies and eat way more candy than you should kind of fun. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Busch Gardens. Make your road trip memorable with thrilling rollercoaster and world class shows.