Bars in Highland City

Select Local Merchants

Bedrock Cafe serves up a menu of mammoth-sized bar eats and cold beer in a lively sports bar environs. Guests can start game night off right with smothered fries ($7.49), heaped with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and creamy ranch dressing. Wings ($6.95 for 10) come in a myriad of flavors, such as mild, medium, hot, blackened, cajun garlic crystal, BBQ, pterodactyl, and more. Dig into archaeological good taste with the Bedrock Philly hot sandwich ($7.95), or nosh on a classic 8 oz. flame broiled burger ($5.95) with cole slaw, pickle, and French fries. The catfish fingers seafood platter ($6.95) lets one embrace whiskery underwater creatures without the risks of tickling your cheeks. Although catching a grueling baseball defeat over a meal might deplete morale, troops can rally with a karaoke round of “Don’t Stop Believing” on Wednesday nights, while geometry hotshots can prove their mathematical prowess on the pool table.

3201 US Highway 98 S
Lakeland,
FL
US

The independent Evolution stimulates the Lakeland scene by selling an eclectic selection of both mainstream and underground music while providing an intimate venue for local and touring musicians to present their craft. Evolution's stock consists of T-shirts ($10+), CDs and vinyl records ($1+), and posters for music fans to coat their empty walls with artist admiration. Peruse Evolution's thousands of vinyls, from timeless classics, including The Beatles and AC/DC, to exciting new artists (though Bob Dole's ambient-metal album is currently sold out). Evolution hosts shows nearly every weekend, featuring artists advancing the cause of rock, hip-hop, folk, and more.

119 S Kentucky Ave
Lakeland,
FL
US

In order to enter Brew Hounds Sports Lounge, one has to pass between murals of a football field and basketball court. Inside, flat-screen televisions glow with the day's games, blending with the neon of beer signs. Visitors looking to create some competition of their own will find it at the row of electronic dart boards, upon the pool table, or staring into the Yuengling mirror, waiting for the stranger on the other side to blink.

902 Magnolia Ave
Auburndale,
FL
US

The Rack boasts impressive lunch, dinner, sushi, and cocktail menus at both the Hyde Park and Brandon eateries. House favorites include the Bomber ($12.95–$14.95), a specialty sushi roll of cooked and uncooked delights (snow crab, avocado, and asparagus topped with salmon, tuna, and eel sauce) served with tempura chips. Or blast through hunger with the Volcano roll’s cucumber, crab, cream cheese, avocado, eel sauce, and spicy mayo ($12.95–$13.95). Fusion appetizers, salads, sandwiches, single rolls, and chef special entrees round out The Rack's eclectic menus into a rolling billiard ball made of sticky rice.

1025 W Brandon Blvd
Brandon,
FL
US

Where there's smoke, there's a fiery Groupon. Fill your lungs with one night of unlimited fruity deliciousness at the plush and swanky Meridian Hookah Lounge (a $12 value). Meridian is an intimate and relaxing lounge that's open until 3 a.m. and has live music several nights a week.

11401 N 56th St
Temple Terrace,
FL
US

McGregor's crafts a menu of American-style cuisine, and sops patrons with a lineup of brews, bubblies and cocktails. Before diving into the main course, warm up dormant taste buds with cheesy chicken quesadillas ($6.95), a fresh caesar salad ($4.95) or a basket of fries ($2.50) more crisp than a newborn Monopoly dollar. The traditional club sandwich ($6.95) arrives neatly dressed in dapper trimmings of turkey, ham, and bacon, and McGregor's wings ($3.99–$49.99) receive a light dusting of seasoned flour before being tossed into one of seven sauces, such as Cajun garlic, hot, or teriyaki. Tame the carnivore within with a juicy 8-ounce hamburger ($6.95) or win over discerning palates with the Southwestern chicken wrap ($6.95), packed with a three-punch combo of salsa, cheddar cheese and seasoned chicken breast.

6 Country Club Ln
Mulberry,
FL
US