At Copperheads Tap House, beer aficionados and casual drinkers alike line up at the lengthy bar for frosty glasses of 30 craft beers. Local breweries such as Cigar City supply suds alongside internationally renowned brews as guests play pool, shoot darts, and watch sports on the flat-screen TVs above the bar. Out back, a sun-drenched patio welcomes imbibers as they soak in vitamin D and the tart orange and lemon flavors of an Ommegang Witte ale or the warm finish and Russian accent of a North Coast Old Rasputin stout. An event schedule chock-full of parties and concerts ensures that the spacious tavern is constantly humming with the sounds of weekly trivia, beer-sampling events, and live tunes from local bands.
During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.
The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.
Mixers sates all senses with its menu of classic bar cuisine, lively libations, and 18 HD television screens. Plates of macho nachos stick their esophageal landings via chili, cheese, and jalapeños ($6.75), and smoking wings let garlic and barbecue sauce do all the squawking ($5.75 for 10). Sample variations of burgers ($6.75+) or traditional philly sandwiches loaded with steak, onions, peppers, provolone ($7), and desires to punch slabs of raw meat. Pair pub-centric specialties of shepherd's pie ($7.75) and irish fish 'n' chips ($9.25) with frosty pints of Stella ($4.75 each) or a glass of house wine ($4.25).
Named after an ill-fated County Mayo native who boarded the Titanic en route to America, Peggy O'Neills carries on its namesake's quest to intermingle Irish and American cultures. Nestled in the wood-paneled pub, guests can nurse pints of Guinness amid Celtic-style filigree, vintage irish posters, and old-timey tankards lining the walls. An eclectic menu of pub fare spans the globe with hand-pressed burgers, cuban sandwiches, and fish tacos. Spirits make their way into many of the dishes, including bangers and mash and shepherd's pie—both flavored with Guinness stout—as well as Southern Comfort pork loin and Feckin steak infused with irish whiskey. Drinks speak for themselves at the full bar, where bartenders mix up Mama O'Neill’s irish coffee with whiskey and crème de menthe and the Golden margarita, which is made with freshly squeezed fruit, Grand Marnier, and freshly mined gold ore.
Live music fills the air every Monday–Saturday evening, thanks to local groups and a karaoke machine. A bank of 43 TVs lines the bar and dining room, letting patrons cheer on their favorite sports teams or loudly root for underdog Wile E. Coyote to finally end The Road Runner's winning streak.
The Pint and Brew corrals pale ales, stouts, pilsners, and wheat beers from area breweries, providing visitors with a one-stop shop for Tampa Bay's brews. Here, customers can belly up to the 42-foot wooden bar inside the 1,400-square-foot facility, sipping on beers from local craft breweries, including Barley Mow Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, 7venth Sun Brewery, and Saint Somewhere Brewing Company. No matter the brew, The Pint and Brew's staff members love talking beer and are happy to strike up a conversation. However, they also encourage patrons to participate in games of shuffleboard, ring toss, or Duck, Duck, Gose.
The aroma of ribeye steaks cooking on the grill drifts over the canal, luring boaters to tie off and disembark at Dockside Sports Bar & Grille. Inside the restaurant, servers deliver platters of grilled salmon, shrimp scampi in white-wine garlic sauce, and half-pound burgers to patrons sitting poolside or on the waterfront deck. The eatery's tiki bar provides tropical beverages for diners splashing about in the pool and heated jacuzzi or for the thirsty fish in their pockets. Along with the pool and jacuzzi, the sports bar provides nightly entertainment ranging from live music and karaoke to poker tournaments.