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Jan 3rd, 2010, 03:12 PM
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Restaurant and/or bar recommendations near Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay?

We are staying at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay for a couple of days next week before we leave with a group of friends on Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Cruise.

We would love to find out about a great place to get together for drinks and eats that would be walking distance to our hotel, or a short cab ride away.

Thanks for any input!
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 03:35 PM
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Ybor City is a short cab ride from the Grand Hyatt. The Columbia is one of Florida's best Cuban restaurants. One side of the restaurant is an historic bar that is a fine destination.
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 04:02 PM
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The restaurants at your hotel are nice, but a mile away is a favorite on the water -
http://tampa.therustypelican.com/aboutus.html
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 04:21 PM
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The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay has two locally well known restaurants - Armanis and Oyster Catchers. Rusty Pelican is a good choice. Other restaurants a very short taxi ride away include Landrys, Crabby Bill's, Whiskey Joe's and Bahama Breeze. The new and nearby Westin has Aquaknox. Keep in mind that the new traffic patterns in the area might mean that leaving the property requires a taxi ride.
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 04:51 PM
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Aquaknox is a perfect place for drinks and food with a group of people! The dining room is very attractive, the service is excellent, as are the drinks, and the food is good. (It's a bit upscale.)
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 04:53 PM
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Btw, and meaning no offense to other posters, I would stay far away from Crabby Bill's and Landry's--palaces of frozen food, not good at all, IMO.
Also, Ybor City is not a short cab ride away, but the Columbia may well be worth it. On your way there or back, consider stopping at Fly, which is a great bar downtown.
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Jan 3rd, 2010, 11:21 PM
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Wow! Thanks for all the quick responses from all those in the know! Your input is greatly appreciated!!

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