Ybor City (EE-borh) in Tampa Florida is a historic neighborhood near downtown Tampa and the port of Tampa. The city was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of immigrants, most of them from Spain, Cuba, and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City's cigar factories rolled millions of cigars fueling a robust local economy that supported the arts, culture and the health of the community.
After WWII many of the neighborhood's cigar factories were abandoned and now the area has been redeveloped into a popular nightclub and entertainment district that includes restaurants, bars and nightclubs, a Muvico theater, shops, offices and hotels. The area boasts the GaYbor entertainment district, with several Gay and Lesbian bars including G.Bar
, Honey Pot
and Ybor Social Club
and restaurants all within walking distance of a few very conveniently located hotels.
The Ybor City neighborhood has been designated as a National Historic Landmark District, and several structures in the area are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, 7th Avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare in Ybor City, was recognized as one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.
You can find out more about Ybor City on Mark's List here: Tampa's GaYbor Gay & Lesbian Entertainment District