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Sing Your Heart Out, Tampa: Best Karaoke Bars

May 2nd 2011 11:30AM / by Nanette Wiser

Sure, you all sing in the shower (some of us better than others). And maybe you're glued to your TV when it's time to watch "Glee," "American Idol" and "The Voice." But do you have what it takes to become a local queen (or king) of the mic? Whether you crave that kind of spotlight, or just want to belt out of few power ballads for fun, you can do it at these local Tampa karaoke bars. In addition to the adoration and fame, you may even pick up a cash prize at some spots.

Good Time Charlie's Pub: This fun, casual bar hosts karaoke seven nights a week, with a pub menu (spicy wings, cheese fries, Buffalo shrimp), heavy pours and outstanding amateurs who give Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Alan Jackson a run for their money.
4030 West Waters Ave.; 813-881-1735

Green Parrot Pub: Two-for-one drinks, sensational King-Kong-sized wings and "Cheers"-friendly bartenders makes the Parrot the perfect place to watch sports and catch weekend karaoke with some pals ... and make some new ones.
11759 N. Dale Mabry Highway; 813-962-2954

Mugs & Jugs: Large wings, larger jugs and even larger pipes make the nightly karaoke entertaining and worthwhile at Mugs. Sing up a storm and just might go home with some prizes! Need a little liquid courage? The discount shots of Patron and Grey Goose ($6) or the Captain ($3) should help you out.
14100 Highway 19 N orth, Clearwater; 727-535-5847

Stump's Supper Club & Howl At The Moon: Elvis velvet paintings and Southern cuisine (fried chicken salad) followed by dueling pianos and karaoke is old Florida fun at its best. At the bar in back, you and your redneck friends can howl a favorite '80s wannabe ditty, especially at "Rock Star Friday" karaoke.
615 Channelside Dr.; 813-226-2261

Yard Of Ale: Every Saturday, the $10 open bar (7-9pm) attracts beer and wine aficiandos who like to croon their heartstrings out for an evening of admirable karaoke, made more pleasant by the Abita-beer fueled crowd.
406 South Howard Ave.; 813-251-4433

Dine, Wine & Food Finds: Blueberries, Cinco de Mayo & More

Apr 29th 2011 12:00PM / by Nanette Wiser

With Mother's Day, Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby all right around the corner, there is plenty to eat, drink and do in the Tampa Bay area.

Blueberry Festival: Farmers will be winding down the markets as the June heat approaches, so now is the time to enjoy some local produce. Head to Keel & Curley's 4th annual berrylicious weekend event Saturday, April 30 (8am-6pm) and Sunday, May 1 (10am-6pm). You could event give Mom a basket of delicious pick-your-own blueberries as an early Mother's Day present. In addition, sample blueberry wine and enjoy crafts, foods from 40 local vendors, a kids' zone and, the best part of all, free admission!
5202 W. Thonotassa Road, Plant City; 813-752-9100

Green Thumb Festival: Learn how to grow your own food and get a plant check-up at the Arbor Day celebration this Saturday and Sunday (9am-4pm). There will also be children's crafts, a flower show, tool sharpening clinics, free mulch, $3 trees, yummy noshes and live entertainment.
Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. North, St. Petersburg; 727-893-7441

Gulfport Cinco de Mayo: Those loco O'Maddy's owners double their south of the border fun with a fiesta at Bo-Tiki, their chic beach boutique with a keg on tap. The "Sex and the City" crowd gathers Thursday, May 5 (5-8pm) for margaritas, door and raffle prizes and discounted designer jewelry, boho clothes and Floribbean decor.
3015 S. Beach Blvd., Gulfport; 727-498-8757

There Goes Sea Biscuit: Start your day at Derby Lane or Tampa Bay Downs, then celebrate the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7 (4-8pm) at this Yuengling Brewery fundraiser (Aging Solutions Office of the Public Guardian). Tour the brewery, don your funky hat for the contest and turkey trot to the Nunes at Night while nibbling hors' d'oeuvres and suds.
Yuengling Brewing Co., 11111 30th St., Tampa; 813-949-1888

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