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Private booths with curtains provide customers with privacy while at Ciro's Speakeasy. That's pretty fancy.Photos by LUIS SANTANA | Times file

From fancy to thrifty, Tampa Bay date ideas that will cause heart eyes

Sometimes you want date night to be fancy, and are willing to spend some extra dollars to get there. And sometimes, you want nothing to do with that noise. There's no special occasion required for getting dressed up and doing something extravagant, just like there's no reason that having a special night out has to  …


  1. Outback Steakhouse out, giant Bloody Marys and local food in at Tropicana Field

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays and Centerplate trotted out the Trop's new menu items on Monday and the big shock-and-awe food was a liquid refreshment.

    Some of the new glasses for the new Green Bench Brewing Co. beer seen during an event showcasing food that will be available during the upcoming baseball season at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, March 27, 2017. The Home Opener for the Tampa Bay Rays is Sunday, April 2. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  2. Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' deftly ages a drugged-out bunch


    The other needle drops in T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's berserker encore for four Scottish heroin junkies.

    Simon (Jonny Lee Miller) and Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) in " T2: Trainspotting." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk
  3. Review: 'The Boss Baby' needs someone to raise it right


    The Boss Baby is a bun needing more time in the oven, some rethinking of what sort of animated comedy it wishes to be.

    Photo from The Boss Baby starring Alec Baldwin. 20th Century Fox.
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of March 27-April 2.


    Cuban Sandwich Festival: Contenders for sandwich bragging rights will set up at HCC's Ybor City campus. Saturday, they'll try to make the world's biggest Cuban sandwich at 135 feet (noon to 6 p.m.). Smackdown Sunday will bring the judging. Free. thecuba …

    TAMPA -- A stack of award-winning Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwiches from The Floridian, the reigning champion in the Historic category at the annual Cuban Sandwich Festival, held this year on March 20. Taken 3-4-16 by Scott Purks
  5. At 100, Tampa's opera king Anton Coppola celebrates a life's work


    Anton Coppola was 10 when they died in the electric chair.

    Maestro Anton Coppola conducts during a rehearsal in Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
  6. Review: Rebooted 'CHiPs' will have you speeding for the exits


    Everything you need to know about the Hollywood reboot of CHiPs can be summarized in the first words the audience sees on the movie screen: "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film. At all."

    Michael Pena and Dax Shepard take over for their beloved TV counterparts  Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox  in a groan-worthy reboot of CHiPs. (Warner Bros.)
  7. Review: 'Life' movie takes 'Alien' formula and runs with it


    Life is surprising, which isn't easy for such an obvious descendant of Alien. There are only so many ways of trapping dead meat in a spaceship and introducing a malevolent life form to eat them.

    Ryan Reynolds as Rory Adams in a scene from the movie “Life” directed by Daniel Espinosa. (Alex Bailey/Columbia Pictures/TNS) 1199081
  8. Plan your weekend: Tampa Pride, Disney on Ice, Tampa's Fourth Fridays, Drumline Live


    Plan your weekend


    Tampa Pride: Even though Tampa's modestly sized Pride parade and festival is affectionately known in the community as the "baby pride," this year's event is expected by organizers to top last year's crowd of 30,000. Things get started Saturday at the …

    Tod Macofsky and Gina Young in "It Gets Better" at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 10th, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
  9. Movie Planner: 'The Last Word,' 'Life,' 'CHiPs' and 'Power Rangers'



    Shirley MacLaine joins a gratifying trend of aging legends finding work in independent films like The Last Word (R). MacLaine's vehicle lands somewhere between Sally Field's smartly oddball Hello, My Name Is Doris and the maudlin egotism of Jerry …

    From left, Amanda Seyfried, Shirley MacLaine and AnnJewel Lee Dixon star in The Last Word.
  10. Empire Oyster popup raises the raw bar in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining


    Kevin Joseph stands behind the counter wearing farmer's overalls, his 1967 Chevy Sportvan 108 Deluxe "Shuck Truck" pulled up outside.

    Kevin Joseph imports his Empire Oyster bar to Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails in St. Petersburg four nights a week.