Tori Bar, a dreamy Japanese pub, opens in downtown Tampa

Exterior of a bar in a downtown area with FLY written in big purple letters
Outside the future home of Tori in downtown Tampa

Izakaya Tori, a tapas restaurant, has opened a new concept in the former Fly Bar location at 442 W Kennedy Boulevard. Tori Bar, a Japanese pub, is already garnering major praise. This hot new pub focuses on Japanese whisky, handroll sushi, grill skewers, sashimi, and Japanese tapas. Visitors can find complimentary parking inside the Altis Parking garage.

Raved about Tori Bar menu items include braised pork belly, lamb lollipop, and chimichurri ribeye yakitori skewers. The Matcha martini is a spirited green dream, as is the matcha creme brulee.


Need somethign hardy? Order up the steak tataki (seared New York strip, garlic soy, wasabi aioli). Another tantalizing option is the Hokkaido Scallop Truffle Carpaccio featuring scallops, truffle paste, ikura, and soy dashi. While this is a Japanese pub, there are tons of mocktail options available – just ask your bartender and they’ll give you a few recommendations.

Tori Bar is open Monday through Thurday from 4pm until midnight; and Friday and Saturday from 4pm-2am. Tables are currently available on a walk-in basis. Follow the restaurant on Instagram for updates.

Inside a sushi restaurant. Exposed brick walls, and colorful signs hang from the ceilings.
inside Izakaya Tori’s tapas restaurant

Izakaya Tori brings Japanese pub culture to Tampa

They also operate a full tapas restaurant at 310 S Dale Mabry Hwy #160. Their menu consists of favorites such as Yellowtail Jalapeno Carpaccio, Lotus Root Chips Guacamole, Kimchi Octopus, Agedashi Tofu, Garlic Butter Shrimp, BBQ Eel on Rice, and Mi-So-Hot Ramen.


Izakaya’s spicy octopus, tuna, and conch handrolls have also earned it tons of 5-star reviews. Follow Izakaya on Facebook and Instagram for updates. Izakaya Tori was also recently listed as one of the top 100 restaurants to try in 2023 by Yelp.

Tori Bar joins standout foodie destinations such as Craft Kafe, a gluten-free bistro, Oxford Exchange, and Lady and the Mug.

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