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“The best place party and have a great time in Florida”
Review of Ybor City

Ybor City
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Owner description: Once the cigar capital of the world, Ybor City is now a thriving community.
Reviewed August 10, 2006

As a resident of Naples Florida, Ybor is the best place to have fun in the state. I go there every time I am in Tampa, which is quite often. I have been to South Beach, Ft.Lauderdale, Orlando, Daytona,Key West etc. and Ybor is the best party around.
Ybor has everthing you are looking for in a club or bar, whatever the genre of music you like or scene you like, they have it. The nice thing is it is a lot more affordable that South Beach and a lot less phony.
Everyone who goes to Ybor is there to have a great time and party and are not there to just to impress, like other nightlife areas in the state. When I have friends or family visit , this is were I take them, and everyone who I take to Ybor loves it.
The "old world" atomsphere is great, with the cobblestone streets, brightly lit up buildings and people in the streets, it creates a lively charming old world atmosphere with a modern edge.
Anytime is a great time to go, if you can make if to Guavaween that is one of the main events to go to. We had a blast, the parades, the party atmosphere, the costumes, I go ever year.
If you are looking for a place to relax, have fun and let loose and have a great time but not break the bank, this is the place for you.

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Reviewed April 20, 2006

You can do Ybor City in under an hour. Couple of ok restaurants. The City could have a real gem here if they got involved, cleaned it up, and got some business attractions. The marketing is WAY ahead of the reality. If your time in Tampa is limited don't waste it here.

7  Thank MBNick
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Reviewed February 22, 2006

Thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Ybor City. Lots of historical significance. The State Museum was worth a visit, we went on a tour with a former resident of the neighborhood. Had lunch at a nice bar and grill, The Green Iguana. Prices were reasonable and the food was really good. Service was adequate. Did not get an opportunity to visit at night. Have heard it is a wild party scene. Lots of the restaurant/clubs need some sprucing up. I was horrified to learn that the last remaining wooden cigar factory in the area is being turned into offices, likewise with the brewery. These are historically significant structures that are not being preserved as such, it is a waste.

8  Thank Gemini5930
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Reviewed January 25, 2006

Ybor City is not what it use to be. Ybor City use to be the talk of every party destination. Over the years, it has changed drastically due to laws passed and other circumstances. I will say for those who are looking into going to Ybor City, don't get your hopes down!!! Ybor City glows at night with its beautiful historic scenery, and even though I lived in Tampa all my life, I have to give it credit for that.

For Ybor City enthusiasts, Ybor City has special events that go on every year. If you want to have fun in Ybor City / Tampa make sure to come to these events.

Every other month is a party!! WARNING: Party poopers should not attend. Prepare to drink beer if you are going to any of the following parades.

- Jan. 28, 2006 Gasparilla Festival & Parade. This event is held every year. Check out website: --------------
- March 11, 2006 St. Patrick's Day Parade, this usually goes on all day and through the night. It is an awesome time....
- Oct.28, 2006 Guavaween Parade is like the Mardi Gra of New Orleans, everything goes. You get to dress up in any Halloween Costume that your heart desires. It is lots of fun, you have to be there to beleive it.
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There are so many other events that I can't even keep up with. To know the calendar of events go to: -------------------

Don't forget to visit the beautiful beaches, they are all within 20-30 min. drive from Tampa, FL.

REMEMBER: It is fun if you know where to go!!!

16  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed January 20, 2006

I visited Ybor City in December with my best friend who lives in Largo. I didn't want to leave. It has an old world charm. Everyone was friendly, the streets and shops were great and not so commerical oriented. It will be a must stop for me on my next trip back!

9  Thank Doreen J
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