Best local neighborhood bar in Westchase area. Lot's of locals of all ages, crowd gets younger as the night wears on. Lot's of games daily specials, best Happy Hour in town from open to 8pm 7 days a week. Thursday is ladies night, ladies drink free from 9pm to 11 and half price all night long.
The crowd noise and referee whistles of a football game aren’t complete without some other sounds. At Buckets Tavern & Tap, a full roster of domestic and craft beers click together in cheers. Eight-ounce Angus burgers sizzle on a grill, and five styles of wings crackle in a fryer. While bartenders sling drafts and bottles from Budweiser, Blue Moon, Magic Hat, and Dogfish, televisions with a wide range of channels broadcast games played by Florida teams and any team whose mascot is a family of sleepy baby raccoons. Bowls of buffalo shrimp and jalapeño poppers clatter onto tables, alongside baskets of clams with fries and slaw, burgers, and chili.
Nurse a cool glass of chardonnay or check a bottle of cabernet's vital signs. Wines are available by the half glass, glass, or bottle and start at $4 for a half glass and $7 for a glass. Oenophiles appreciate offerings from a variety of vintages, appellations, and countries. Expand palates with the Whitehaven sauvignon blanc from New Zealand ($9 per glass) or Chile's MontGras Reserva Carménère ($36 per bottle). To up the social ante, snack on selections from the bistro menu such as a plate of artisanal cheeses or charcuterie ($13 for three selections, $17 for five). Other savory selections include creamy brie baked inside a delicate flaky crust ($15), New Zealand lamb chops ($15 for three), and Atlantic smoked-salmon flatbread ($11).
The Fox Jazz Café induces fork and toe tapping alike with a melodious menu of gourmet fare served amid two full bars of rotating live music. Hearty dinner entrees, such as the port-wine demi-glazed Dorsett filet, served with smashed potatoes and the daily vegetable ($28), and the chicken francoise of Razz Matazz, served with asparagus and smashed potatoes ($18), remind bellies of their dominance over organs that can't eat things. For lunch, cheer on the antiquated dance moves of a cakewalking crustacean with the ragtime crab cake ($11), or listen to the Louie Armstrong grouper's ($10) water-gargling rendition of "What a Wonderful World," as a cascade of fine wines and top-shelf spirits quench the thirst of any throats parched from singing along.
House of Brews pours 38 draft ales, lagers, and stouts at its Oldsmar location, while its Lutz venue stockpiles more than 50 domestic and imported bottle beers. Down a strong pint of Cigar City Jai Alai IPA ($6), or sample House of Brews’ rotating beer of the month ($3). Brew’s drunken cheesy garlic bread slurs its toppings with tomatoes, olives, fragrant garlic, and a cocktail of melted provolone, cheddar, and blue cheese crumbles ($8.99). House-made sloppy joes ($7.99), jumbo hot dogs ($6.99), and platters of baked-to-order wings ($7.99) chaperone pints to tables, ensuring that they reach their destinations with undisturbed heads.
Music fills the air at The Green Parrot Bar & Grill, where hits wail from a jukebox whenever live bands aren't bringing down the house. Behind the bar, taps release endless pints of domestic beers and ice cubes clink within specialty cocktails, which complement wings with housemade sauces and Angus burgers topped with bacon and cheddar cheese. The Green Parrot also hosts special events, such as karaoke nights and dart tournaments, and keeps diners entertained with pool tables and a play area geared toward children and poker-playing children.
With its plush couch and bookcase stocked with esoteric objects, the stage at Side Splitters Comedy Club might make audiences feel as though they’re watching the evening’s comedian in their own living room, right down to the emcee who keeps announcing what’s about to happen. The homey stage’s brick walls and off-kilter neon sign have played host to numerous local comedians, as well as talents such as Tom Arnold and Gilbert Gottfried.