Years have passed since that fateful trip, but the man remembers it like yesterday. Though still young and handsome, he was weary and tired from the stresses of careering, and desperate for relief. "Those neckties you wear are strangling the very life from you" his doctor said. "You must go to the farthest reaches of the planet, away from the pressures of civilization, and heal your mind and body. Do not return until you find the truth."
He called a friend. "I know of just such a place" his friend said. "It is very remote and difficult to find, and requires many hours of travel by air, and sea, and overland, but they say it has mystical restorative powers. Come, we shall find it together." A day later, they emerged by jeep from the rainforest to behold a small village, shining like a jewel against the powdery white sand and the turqouise sea, framed by lush green mountains. He smelled the nectar of gardenia and could hear the distant roar of a waterfall. This must be the most beautiful place on earth, the man thought to himself, and felt the stress rush from his body as if by magic.
Rest came easily as the days passed. The men fished for Black Marlin by day; the nights were spent at Crazy Doctor Ementus' beach bar, where they were welcomed with exotic fare, sultry music, and the intoxicating mix of local brew and beautiful native maidens. One night, he encountered the most radiant of them all, a long haired godess with mocha skin and deep brown eyes. Without saying a word, she took his hand and led him away. "That is the Princess Ivana" Doctor Ementus told the man's friend. "She knows what will heal him." They walked along the beach to a deserted cove, where they lay under the stars for hours, and the powers of nature overwhelmed them.
When he finally opened his eyes, he was startled, the rocks around him were moving. "The Doctor's brew is potent indeed!" he thought to himself. Looking closer, he could see it was not the rocks, but something moving among them.
A giant lizard looked back at him. Then he saw dozens of them. He looked up at the canopy of trees above and saw thousands more, all seeming to be looking upon him and the princess. Strangely, he felt not threatened, but calm, as though protected by them. "That is the Lizard King, the Great Green Iguana, and this is his Kingdom" Ivana told him. "They are the noblest of all reptiles. They are social, peaceful, clean and civilized creatures. It is written that they have great powers to calm even the most tormented of souls." And at that moment he realized he found the truth. "Tomorrow I must journey home, Princess Ivana. But I will dedicate my life to creating for others a place like this, a slice of paradise, a refuge where men and women can find relaxation, indulge and satisfy themselves, and learn what I have, that civilization is simply a state of mind, never far away. And I will name it in this magical creature's honor, to protect and watch over us, the Green Iguana."
This is the original - the place that started it all. If you are looking for a cozy neighborhood bar and grill, where the faces are familiar and the food and drink is great - this is your spot. Recently remodeled but keeping all of its cozy charm, South West shore is the original rock and roll bar with full bands every night. There is a climate controlled tiki deck, plasma TV's 2 full bars including an outdoor tiki bar and space for private parties up to 150.
Since 1994 The Green Iguana Ybor City located in the heart of Tampa's National Historic district mixes the perfect blend of Florida style good times w/ a splash of old Tampa history. Sprawled over two historic red brick buildings on two levels w/ 5 full bars, 12 TV's, Stage, Lighting and Audio visual system, 2 Full dance floors, a second level DJ booth and a full service kitchen every night until Midnight. Our indoor or sidewalk seating is the perfect spot to people watch a day or evening away while enjoying our Best of the Bay Burgers or an ice cold beer or cocktail. Featuring live music 7 nights a week, our unique building offers the best of both worlds w/ electric duos and full Rock & Roll bands on our east side and the latest DJ and Dance favorites on the west side. Full private banquet facilities for 200 are available on the combined west side and our upstairs VIP lounge is the perfect private hideaway for a more intimate and exclusive party. If bringing the party home is more your style we will personally tailor our extensive full service food & liquor catering menu to your home or office event. For over 16 years the Green Iguana Ybor has been a fixture on the Tampa Bay nightlife scene, stop in and see us...