Tampa Bay entertainment

Top Choice Cinema in Tampa

Tampa Theatre

This historic 1926 theater in downtown is a gorgeous venue in which to see an independent film. The mighty Wurlitzer organ plays before most movies. Too bad showtimes are so limited, with only one or two films playi…
Top Choice Live Music in Tampa

Skipper's Smokehouse

Like it blew in from the Keys, Skipper's is a beloved, unpretentious open-air venue for blues, folk, reggae and gator-swamp rockabilly. It's 9 miles directly north of downtown on N Nebraska Ave.
Top Choice Concert Venue in St Petersburg

Jannus Live

Well-loved outdoor concert venue inside an intimate courtyard; national and local bands reverberate downtown.
Live Music in Clearwater & Clearwater Beach

Shephard's Beach Resort

Nine times out of 10 the biggest party in Clearwater Beach is at Shephard's, where three bars and a raucous nightclub brim with revelers. The Tiki Beach Bar often showcases local bands on its stage and (all too freq…
Classical Music in St Petersburg

Florida Orchestra

The Florida Orchestra's office is in St Petersburg; it plays at Tampa's Straz Center as often as at Mahaffey downtown.
Theater in St Petersburg

American Stage

One of the Tampa Bay area's most highly regarded regional theater companies presents American classics and recent Tony winners, along with improv comedy.
Performing Arts in St Petersburg

Mahaffey Theater

The gorgeous, 2031-seat Mahaffey Theater hosts a wide range of performing arts, from touring comedy acts to Broadway, dance, orchestras and more.
Concert Venue in St Petersburg

State Theatre

Up-and-coming bands of all stripes, and occasional national acts, play this restored art-deco theater (built in 1927).
Cinema in Tampa


Cross a trendy South Beach nightclub with a plush art-house cinema, and you get this: a snazzy lobby cocktail bar and upscale munchies (mains from $10 to $23) so you can nosh at your seat while you watch. It's movie…
Hockey in Tampa

Amalie Arena

The NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning play hockey at the newly renamed Amalie Arena (formerly it was the Tampa Bay Times Forum) from October to April. The arena also hosts basketball games, wrestling, football, concerts and…