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
Opened1992 (1992)
Renovated1992, 1993
BuilderVicente Martinez Ybor

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]


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

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