The Best Apartments in Tampa Near Nightlife

It’s easy on Florida’s beautiful Gulf coast, where apartment communities are well situated for an exciting walk-to social life.

Check out 10 of the best Tampa apartments for nightlife and ease yourself into this city’s vibrant scene.

10. Element

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A sweet downtown location lands Element on our list of best apartments in Tampa near nightlife. And it’s no wonder when you consider the options you have right out your front door — Franklin Manor, The Hub Bar and The Local Draught House are all just a block away.

When you’re done painting the town red, relax in your luxury one- or two-bedroom pads or take advantage of the property’s resort-style rooftop swimming pool and cabanas or gather around the outdoor fireplace.

9. Parkers Landing by Cortland

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Water views from your new apartment or townhome Parkers Landing by Cortland offer up more than meets the eye. Residents here can actually get out into it with saltwater canal access and paddleboard rentals right on site!

What’s more, if you like to keep things local and enjoy a good dive bar, Rachel’s — with its pool tables, cheap drinks and pub food — is one some locals consider to be a hidden “hole-in-the-wall”-style treasure.

8. Varela Westshore

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A rental community with its own resident wine vault? Should be easy to relax at Varela Westshore, but if you feel like ambling off-site (and want to get a little grocery shopping done), the nearby Whole Foods Market is home to its own bar! The Tampa Pour Authority has 15 seats and 18 beers and wines on tap. Shareable apps are available, too.

7. West Park Village

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The family-friendly Tampa enclave of Westchase, with A+ schools, green space and small-town charm just minutes from the city’s urban pursuits, is also well-located for nightlife options for residents of West Park Village.

In fact, just a couple minutes’ drive from home you’ll find the chef-driven menu (and perfectly poured pints) of the Irish 31 Pub & Eatery, hip seafood joint Catch Twenty-Three and a phenomenal craft cocktail lounge in Repeal 18, where talented barkeeps and fresh ingredients will have you returning regularly.

6. Novus Westshore

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With a tony Westshore neighborhood address, the beautiful units of Novus Westshore are super luxurious and so, too, are some of the nightlife venues.

Nearby Kona Grill makes for a great date night, happy hour with friends or client lunch. Sleek atmosphere and succulent sushi accompany all kinds of fun cocktails. And a $5 food and cocktail happy hour menu makes stopping in post-work an easy decision.

5. Bell Channelside

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Not only does the beautifully renovated Bell Channelside community include a gorgeous private pool and 2,700-square-foot fitness center with both yoga and spin-bike rooms, but it’s also minutes from Ybor City!

Both Southern Nights’ Tampa outpost and the Honey Pot offer up a killer party scene for the LGBT set, though all are welcome! Myriad club options abound — it’s Ybor, after all!

4. Channel Club

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Gorgeous designer finishes make all the difference in the units the elegant and well-located Channel Club, not to mention a killer gym and private balconies, which zallow for beautiful bay breezes to be enjoyed from the luxury of your very own sofa!

For refreshing pints, instead, residents can opt in at Maloney’s Local Irish Pub Downtown or the hip British equivalent in Yeoman’s Cask & Lion.

3. SkyHouse Channelside

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Insane views from this modern and gorgeous luxury high-rise will thrill residents of SkyHouse Channelside, who certainly don’t have to watch the Bolts hit the ice from their sofas if they don’t want to.

Ferg’s Live makes for a great pre-game or show stop if you’re headed to the nearby Amalie Arena — or just pop in to watch the game here!

2. The Fitzgerald

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With proximity to all kinds of Channelside attractions such as the Florida Aquarium and Sparkman Wharf, the sleek, art deco-inspired The Fitzgerald offers luxurious downtown living and access to Tampa’s vibrant craft brewing scene. In fact, the spacious and welcoming Coppertail Brewing is just 5 minutes away by car.

1. Bainbridge Ybor City

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With convenience you can’t beat, Bainbridge Ybor City sits just off I-4 and is mere blocks from the fun of historic Ybor City, which means some of the city’s best nightlife in the form of coffeehouses, bars, live music and dance clubs are literally steps from your door!


We looked at all apartments in Tampa and rated them on the number of nightlife-related establishments within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, bars located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.

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A.D. ThompsonA.D. Thompson spent the first half of her 25-year career behind the editor’s desk, including time at Playgirl Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Orlando Sentinel and a host of other publications, print and online. Now a full-time freelancer, she is the Orlando expert for USA Today’s and writes about everything from Mickey Mouse to marijuana-based tourism with equal levels of enthusiasm – and occasional bouts of the munchies.

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