The Castle (Ybor)

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The Castle
The Castle, Ybor City 04.jpg
The Castle in 2004
Address2004 N 16th St (Ybor City)
LocationTampa, Florida 33605
OwnerAlan Kahana
TypeGothic Nightclub
Genre(s)Industrial Music, techno, 80s music electronic dance music
Construction
Built1930
Opened1992 (1992)
Renovated1992, 1993
BuilderVicente Martinez Ybor
Website
castleybor.com

The Castle (Ybor) is a gothic nightclub located in the historic Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida.[1] Founded in 1992 by Alan Kahana, The Castle features multilevel dance floors, bars, various live DJ performances, and hosts costume parties and themed events — 80s nights, Star Wars nights, cosplay events, steampunk and vampire balls.[2]

Historic building[edit]

The Castle is located in a gothic architecture-styled building built by Vicente Martinez Ybor in Ybor City's Historic District in 1930 dubbed the Cooperative El Primero Progresso (Ybor's Labor Temple).[3] The building's architecture features a tall castle-like battlement, medieval arched doors and stained-glass windows. Inside the building is a main hallway to a grand staircase way with a lower level 'dungeon' and main hall to a courtyard. The historic building was used by Ybor City cigar and restaurant labor union workers to organize and host union events until its conversion into a nightclub in 1992.[4]

References[edit]

  1. "THE CASTLE". www.yborcityonline.com. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  2. "The Castle, Ybor City's goth paradise, celebrates 25 years of darkness and weirdness". www.tampabay.com. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  3. "This Labor Day, let's revisit the 1931 clash between Tampa cigar workers and police". www.cltampa.com. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  4. "25 years later, the Castle stands alone as Ybor's goth mecca". www.tampabay.com. Retrieved 3 October 2021.



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