City Side

87% love it
Premier Cocktail Lounge
With three bars and daily events, it's hard not to love City Side. While this lounge is most popular among locals as an easy-going spot with a comfortable patio, drink specials, and Top 40 music, guests can't stop talking about the great staff and the welcoming atmosphere.
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    • ctrever23
      ctrever23 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Tampa’s gay Cheers
      Friendly bartenders. Strong drinks. Good karaoke nights on Wed & Sat. Darts & video bowling tournaments Tues & Thurs. Trivia on Thurs too. Several TVs with videos & sports.

    • bhans64
      bhans64 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      This place still allows smoking.

    • Compatabillity
      Compatabillity Over a year ago
      Hates it

      not very friendly
      Quite clicky

    • fedacct
      fedacct Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Very nice bar with outdoor patio
      Well maintained bar. Upscale aesthetics albeit a bit boxy on the inside. Had a very large, nice patio with another bar. People seemed nice. Crowd was approaching middle age but not skanky. Only negative is that smoking is allowed in the bar. Also, the bar is a bit isolated from anything else that's gay themed. Not much around that would otherwise be a destination. Conservative, preppy 44 yo gay traveler here. Felt very comfortable.

    • qz1
      qz1 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Memories of the Jungle still live on :)
      I remember this location that "City Side" took over when it was formerly called "The Jungle," and it was the very first bar I came to when I arrived in Tampa in 1998. Its just as Chic, and Metro as it was 15 years ago. Nice little game room in the back bar area, nice back patio for cookouts and events. Still a fun place to stop by :)

    • turtle78
      turtle78 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Place and Great People!!!!!
      CitySide has made some major changes. Drinks prices are def great! Mondays everything is half off plus there are pool tournaments every Monday as well. Tuesdays is dart tourn with a great crowd that shows up. Wed is the special Martini Night with golf tourn. Thurs is special give away night with a bowling tourn at 8pm as well. Fridays there are different specials from each bartender who is out on patio plus beer buckets! Saturdays you have you specials as well and then Sundays there is great food the the bar offers for no charge and good happy hour crowd. 2 for 1 happy hours are really good and the bar also has different events that they do as well. Rays games keep you tickets and come up to the bar after the game and get a discount. Sat the 23rd is Super Heros vs. Villians night where staff and customers dress up and make a great fun Sat night. More new events to come as well.

    • uncutedge
      uncutedge Over a year ago
      Hates it

      eh. so so.
      The bar isn't terrible. I've tried it a few times at different days/times of the day, and it's never awful, but never that great either. The layout is kinda bad, with a lot of dead/empty space, and the smoking is atrocious - I think the carpeting magnifies the smoking effect. I have lived with various smokers over the last 10 years, I'm not tobacco-phobic, but this bar is ridiculous when it comes to cigarettes, it's like walking into an ashtray, the place needs to be fumigated. The crowd is kinda blah, the bartenders are kinda blah, the drink prices are a bit steep... see what I'm getting at? The outdoor patio area is pretty nice though. This bar would be improved immensely if it banned smoking inside and replaced the carpeting with any kind of hard floor. There's definitely potential but the management needs to make some changes.

    • Aaron1966
      Aaron1966 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Nice Place
      As always good crowed here. Drink are okay littlehigh on the prices. Bar tenders a little over wellemed with the handling the crowed. Good mix of music.

    • wolfpacknc
      wolfpacknc Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Could be great...
      This would be a great local bar but the smoke is nearly unbearable. I know so many people who avoid CS for this reason.

    • simonsimon
      simonsimon Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great time
      I haven't been to City Side in years, but recently returned and had an awesome time. The crowd was surprisingly young, good looking, and friendly. The renovations were definitely worth it. Kudos, City Side!

    • justinboyd
      justinboyd Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fimally a good Tampa bar...
      After my month long stay in Trampa, and hittin most of the other bars and not being impressed, I adopted this bar and wish i had found it sooner, I went here about 12 times before leaving town. The bar is nice, really nice, great decor, two bars, lots of seating around the bar or you can sit at the tables or sofas, All the bartenders (except one) were extremely friendly and helpful. I think the clientele is the best part though, this bar had that right crowd, clean and goodlooking but not snobby and stuck up, i met some really good people to just hang out with and I never had to go home alone unless I chose to. It seems to always have a crowd too, even earlier in the day when I go out (usually start after work around 5pm) I will definitly hang out here next time I come through Trampa...

    • GeoffSt
      GeoffSt Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Clean, nice service
      I love that this bar is clean and nice. The service is great and the drinks are perfectly made. Nice upscaleish crowd.

    • rgoodwin7212
      rgoodwin7212 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Always Clean and Always a Nice Crowd
      Bartender Ray is the best, always makes everyone feel welcome, and the drinks are never watered down. Where can you get a drink at happy hour for $2.00. Very safe area of Tampa and it opens at 11am, perfect place for a BM on a Saturday or Sunday Morning after having breakfast at IHOP next door.

    • Telelove
      Telelove Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A good clean club
      Not my fav, but great bartenders and drinks. A good starting point (most popular, well-known bar in Tampa). Lot's of younger guys later.

    • epitomeguy
      epitomeguy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Never know what to expect!
      Old location was the best. New location is erratic. Mostly a well heeled crowd lots of pretty boys many in need of hard core sex many there just to flaunt there good GQ looks. Very Iffy--all ages around needs better management. Could be a gold mine. Check it out! Hang on to your wallet!