District Tavern delivers the drinks, food & fun in Channelside

Posted at 9:06 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2019-01-15 13:17:26-05

Located in Channelside, District Tavern is not your average "neighborhood bar." 

This sleek gastropub provides a fresh, hip and modern feel with a sense of community you won’t find everywhere.


“When people visit District Tavern, you’re family here. It's not your typical neighborhood bar. You’ll be able to come in and have a great meal and cocktail, lunch or dinner,” said Allie Dougherty, co-owner of District Tavern. “Our bar atmosphere is fun and our kitchen is open late each night. We fit a lot of different niches, so there’s really something for everyone here."

With the slogan, “drink, eat, gather,” District Tavern is certainly living up to its name.


The craft beer selection has 16 different taps with most from local Tampa breweries. If you’re looking for wine by the glass or bottle, swing by on Tuesdays for half-off prices.

And of course, the award-winning handcrafted cocktails everyone is talking about. With ten delicious combination drinks on the menu, bartenders can whip up something you’ll be sure to enjoy.

"We try to keep everything local here since there’s such an emerging craft beer and liquor scene right in Tampa. We really would like to showcase that,” said Ryan Fitzgerald, beverage director. "Once a week we have a featured craft cocktail that one of our bartenders will create from scratch.”


Coining itself as a gastropub, District Tavern’s food menu offers original dishes and shareable plates that are handmade from scratch. None of the food is ever frozen and there’s not one microwave in the kitchen. The best part? The kitchen is open till midnight every single night.

We recommend you trying the Tavern Shooters, which is basically a grownup grilled cheese with smoked gouda, brie, pancetta, arugula, caramelized onion on toasted ciabatta with homemade tomato bisque.

If you’re in the mood for a burger, look no further. The Tavern Burger is a rib-brisket blend with smoked gouda, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, topped with a sweet chili ketchup on a brioche bun.

Maybe you’re looking for something to share with a friend? The massive Washington Park Pretzel is served with three dipping sauces: housemade jam, mustard aioli and stout fondue.


District Tavern seems to always have a good reason to gather each and every day of the week. From Taco Tuesday with half-off wine, Trivia Night on Wednesdays, Ladies Night on Thursdays, live music with a DJ on the weekends and bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch, there’s always something going on.

“Our attention to detail is what makes the difference,” said Peter Malamoutsis, bartender. “We care about the customer and the food and drinks that they order. Don’t take my word for it, come in and check us out.”

This Channelside bar is located at 116 North 12th Street and its open everyday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.