Fly Bar nears official opening, announces Cocktail Pop-Up

Rendering of a new downtown bar with outdoor seating

Anyone else itching for Fly Bar to return? The popular cocktail spot was a Franklin Street staple for years.

The spirited spot will reemerge in a bustling corner near Oxford Exchange in 2020. First we shop for books, then we grab some rabbit tacos (assuming they’re still on the Fly Bar menu).

Hotel Bar takeover

While we wait, the owners announced a special Cocktail Popup on New Year’s Eve. Fly Bar will take over the exceptional Hotel Bar in downtown Tampa from 4pm-2am on December 31.

Located at 442 West Kennedy Boulevard, the new Fly Bar will of course continue to deliver the same energy and flavorful offerings it did on Franklin Street. We’re currently dreaming about the fried goat cheese balls and delicious house sangria. 

Fly Bar’s new spot will offer ample outdoor seating so diners can enjoy some Florida sunshine while they sip.

Return of local foodie favorites

A true original in Tampa’s now flourishing nightlife scene, diners continue to rave about the small plates, such as the frites and mussels with hopped aioli, and the rabbit tacos. 

An official opening date is still TBA. Follow Fly Bar on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Fly Bar isn’t the only new cocktail spot we’re excited about. The Copper Shaker, a supreme small plates and spirits purveyor in downtown St. Pete is opening a new hub in historic Ybor City in 2020.

The top new openings of 2020

Want to know what other bar and restaurant openings are on the horizon in the city of Tampa? We’ve compiled a complete list here that includes Sugar Factory (now open!), Astro Brewing, and Black Radish Grocery.

If you somehow require more 2020 inspo, there’s a massive Chocolate Festival coming in February, and the World’s Largest Dessert Festival is set to take over Armature Works too.

Finally. curious what the most popular restaurants are in Tampa? Yelp Tampa Bay has crunched the numbers and found the 15 most popular food spots in the entire city.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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