Just because you can’t make it to Raymond James Stadium doesn’t mean you can’t have a blast enjoying a Bucs game. All of the best parts of tailgating — food, beer and good company — can be found in abundance at these local sports bars. Check out any of these pubs for a party that’s almost as good as being at a Bucs game.
O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Grill
15435 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33624
O’Brien’s has a party every weekend. There is something for everyone on its menu that includes both Irish and American fare. Salads, soups, burgers, sliders, sandwiches and pasta will all beckon to your taste buds. Of course, you can wash it all down with icy beer either in the bottle or on tap while you watch the game on any one of the high-definition screens.
2571 Drew St.
Clearwater, FL 33765
High-definition screens, ice cold beer and lovely Kilt Girls make the Tilted Kilt a local favorite. And, there’s more than just the usual pub food. You can also get a flatbread pizza, a pastrami sandwich or a “sloppy Jane.” If the Bucs action makes you thirsty, the extensive selection at the bar includes sharp shooters, shakers, cocktails, aged whiskey and plenty more.
The Sports Bar and Grill
9685 Bay Pines Blvd.
Seminole, FL 33708
It doesn’t get more relaxed than at The Sports Bar and Grill. Service is quick and friendly and the fairly priced portions are more than generous. The menu includes more than just typical sports bar food, too — think eggplant parmigiana, black angus steak salad and fresh grouper. The Sports Bar and Grill also offers fantastic specials like 35-cent wings on Sunday and Monday nights. Catch your next meal and Bucs game here.
Sneaky’s Sports Bar & Grill
7500 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
You’ll never miss even a second at Sneaky’s, which has 12 big screens and 34 monitors for Bucs fans to enjoy. The menu is packed with tasty snacks and entrees including fried pickles, jumbo onion rings, wraps and sandwiches. Most draft beers are only $1.50 for a mug and a bucket of domestic beers costs $9.50. As if that’s not enough of a reason to visit Sneaky’s, get into some free Texas Hold ‘Em with no limits on Saturdays and Sundays.
Mugs ‘N Jugs
14100 US Highway 19 N.
Clearwater, FL 33764
Mugs ‘N Jugs is not just a great place to eat, it’s also a magnet for Bucs fans. Hot wings, cold beer and free ticket giveaways for away games are just a handful of reasons to visit this sports bar. The chicken wings have been voted the best in Tampa Bay since 1999 and the huge portions are very reasonably priced. The bar is stocked with a wide selection of beer and mixed drinks, and drink specials change daily.Check out Tailgate Fan to keep the party going at tailgatefan.cbslocal.com.
Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.