When planning for a date night, it helps to know different things to do in Ybor City! Whether you’re looking for a fun night out or for a low key night, there is something here for you. Check out our master guide below on the best date night things to do in Ybor City, then let us know which you are going to do first!
A signature part of historic Centro Ybor, the Tampa Improv is always a solid choice for things to do in Ybor City! Pick up some tickets for one of their many amazing comedy acts – from local to famous nationwide! The best thing about the Improv is that there is no bad seat in the house. Each table allows you a great view of the stage, plus you can order bar food and drinks to top off the night.
Ybor City Ghost Tour
You may know that Ybor City is historical, but did you know that is haunted? Go further than a horror movie and sign up for the official Ybor City Ghost Tour! Rated as one of the top haunted tours in the country, their experts take you on a spooky journey through different Ybor City monuments for supernatural stories and maybe even a ghost or two – sign up to find out!
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Calling all beer lovers! If you and your date are looking to chat over a flight of beer, check out Tampa Bay Brewing Company. This brick stone pub is the perfect spot to set the tone for a fun night out in Ybor or to just chill out from the work week.
From IPAs to sours, TBBC has it all! But to check out their signature brew, you need to check out their fruit-forward Florida-weisse. Then after, take a six pack of their house brews home to share!
Coppertail is one of the most popular breweries in the Ybor City area. For a date night, one of our favorite things to do in Ybor City is to take the Coppertail tour of their brewery! It comes with two beers for you and your date, plus you get to see the inner workings of a brewery business. It’s super interesting and you get to learn about their different flavors. After the tour, hang out in their spacious bar and outdoor patio – with delicious food from the locally famous German restaurant, Stein and Vine!
Zydeco Brew Werks
For a piece of New Orleans right here in Ybor City, check out Zydeco Brew Works! If you like a more industrial looking atmosphere, this is a great craft brew pub for you. They have an amazing collection of craft beer and signature cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. Then when hunger hits, you can enjoy their delicious New Orleans dishes! We recommend their rich Shrimp Mac & Cheese – with shrimp and Cajun andouille sausage. Or go classic with their one of their Louisiana Po Boy sandwiches, like the Beer Braised Brisket Po Boy!
Rock Brothers Brewing
Rock Brothers Brewing is the perfect combination of microbrewery and concert venue vibes. Upon entering you’ll be greeted by their statue of Lady Liberty… that’s smashing an electric guitar. Check out their signature house brews – like the Beer Can Island Honey Blonde. The cool thing about the Rock Brothers Brewing menu is that they partner with musicians to give them press and a cut of each purchase! So next time you want a fun date night, check out a live show and dinner at Rock Brothers Brewing!
Barriehaus Beer Co.
For a chill spot away from the hustle and bustle, you need to check out Barriehaus Beer Co. This microbrewery specializes in world class lager beer, with over 150 years of brewing history to make sure each of their recipes are perfected. You and your date can sit back, relax with a Radler (combination of beer and lemonade), and catch a game on one of their many bar televisions.
Enjoy a meal at Florida's oldest restaurant, the Columbia!
For a traditional date night out in true Ybor City fashion, you need to make a visit to the Columbia. This famous Tampa restaurant serves up traditional Spanish and Cuban fare in upscale digs. Not only is their ambiance gorgeous, but their service is the best in the city! Enjoy an intimate and romantic dinner with their huge pitchers of sangria. To snack and feast on, we recommend their Queso Fundido, served with small crostini, and their signature Chicken Yellow Rice entree!
Enjoy Live Music at Showbar Ybor
Turn up the fun on the classic “dinner and a show date” by making a visit to Showbar! This dueling piano bar is the best spot for entertainment in Ybor City. Their music acts are high energy and even take requests! See their own spin on your favorite songs!
As for the eats at Showbar, you get fun takes on your favorite bar snacks. Do you like nachos? Well these nachos are larger than life, served in a bucket – not to mention their huge pizza trays!
If you love concerts, you should have a date night at The Ritz! This is one of the best spots in Tampa Bay to check out a concert, as famous musicians, rappers, and bands frequent this location. Housed in a theatre built in 1917, this concert hall combines modern music and historical Ybor City vibes. They even feature a full bar, so you don’t even have to pregame or waste time at a nearby bar – keep the drinks flowing all night at The Ritz!
If you’re more into independent bands and local artists instead of mainstream musicians, you should check out The Orpheum. This local music venue is the best destination to find new artists to listen to. Take your date to a concert or take them to their famous event, Emo Night! Relive the joys of your emo/pop punk music phase by joining them for their Emo Night event.
If you like an even more edgy location, you need to check out Crowbar in Ybor City! This nightclub and beer garden hosts amazing live music acts – from bands to DJs! This is especially a great spot for you if you love electronic music or old school rap and hip hop. Their Ol’ Dirty Sundays event is one of the best kept secrets of the Tampa Bay locals, as one of the most fun events to be at on a Sunday night.
We love that they have an outdoor courtyard, it’s a great way to get fresh air from their huge events and take a pause during the night. So after a show, you can grab a cocktail or beer and chill out in their patio!
After enjoying a drink at Rock Brothers Brewing, make your way upstairs to The Attic! The Attic is a medium sized concert venue that creates intimate performances. Their classy venue has chandeliers, curtains, and colorful mood lighting, which really adds to every music acts. We love that they host numerous music acts per week, so there’s always something to do! So whether you’re seeing your favorite indie band or are just down to see a show, The Attic is a great spot to add to your list.
Get crafty at DRIP Ybor
Tap into your creative side at DRIP Ybor! We love this as a date night option because it’s one of the more unique things to do in Ybor City, instead of the regular dinner and drinks. Here you can paint your own pottery and create your own custom t-shirts! Their funky interior puts a great adults spin on the regular paint-your-own pottery shop though. Plus, on weekends they sometimes have DJs!
Have romantic dinner at La Terrazza
For authentic Northern Italian food, you need to make a reservation at La Terrazza. This homestyle spot for Italian food is super warm and is a luxurious but laid back spot for a dinner date. Their rich dishes are so delicious, it certainly sets a good tone for the night! We recommend ordering the Ravioli di Aragosta e Granchio – it’s the best ravioli that you’ll ever have, a creamy shrimp pasta with asparagus. They also have the best Penne alla Vodka in town!
Blind Tiger Cafe
For a coffee date in a cool setting, Bling Tiger is a great spot to meet. Their interior is antique inspired but with a modern spin. We love that they have comfortable seating and play great music all day long – it’s the perfect setting! As for coffee, their latte artists create amazing latte art and great tasting drinks. Share one of their Dirty Thaiger drinks, a signature drink that is a cross between a latte and a sweet Thai tea!
Foundation Coffee Co.
If you’re looking to get more into coffee, a trip to Foundation Coffee Co. is a great start. This specialty coffee shop is known in the Tampa Bay area for their focus on craft coffee. No sugar needed here folks! Their top quality ingredients come together to make the best latte you’ve ever had.
If you want a bite to eat, they even have amazing breakfast sandwiches! Enjoy one with your date by sitting in their modern interior or cute outdoor patio – we recommend their Honey Rose Latte!
This cute crepe and espresso bar is an amazing place for a date! It’s unique and unforgettable – it’s La Creperia. Their impressive menu has a huge list of both sweet and savory crepes to mix and match, we definitely recommend sharing! Their homey brick wall interior is super cozy and warm too. It’s perfect for a breakfast date or for a late night sweet treat. If you’re looking for outdoor seating too, they have a great outdoor patio to people watch!
We recommend ordering their Last Wish crepe – a sweet crepe with Nutella, banana, walnuts, and Grand Marnier!
To get a taste of Tampa’s best treats, you need to make a stop at La Segunda. Open since 1915, it’s hard to name a signature item at this bakery – everything has been perfected! Here you can find Cuban style sandwiches on fresh baked Cuban bread, delicious desserts, and the flakiest savory pastry treats. Some of our favorites are their chicken empanadas, their Cuban sandwich, and the sweet rainbow cookies that are covered in rich chocolate ganache.
Grab a drink at Copper Shaker
The Copper Shaker is the best destination in Ybor City for craft cocktails and yummy tapas. This intimate and warmly lit bar is a very impressive place to chat with a date. While spending some quality time together, you can snack on their creative small plates – from charcuterie to truffle fries! If you’re looking to save a buck, they even have a $5 tapas menu! Don’t forget about their craft cocktail menu, with endless unique creations made by their master bartenders.