10019 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 23
The Brass Tap is the perfect spot to get a drink while watching a Tampa Bay Rays game or a tournament like the World Cup. The highlight of the Brass Tap is its wide variety of beers, especially local beers. Categorized by a color-coded system, the beer list includes over 60 taps and quite a few bottle options. Outdoor seating and plenty of TVs will keep any crowd satisfied. The bar also makes a food menu available from neighboring restaurant Rocco’s, which can vary by day and time, and isn’t always open. The cherry on top is that The Brass Tap regularly invites live musicians to play in the bar.
201 7th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
A legend of the Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg, the Old Northeast Tavern boasts a friendly and warm ambiance to watch sports events. The bar serves up a wide range of beers, with something for everyone. In terms of food, the chicken plantain quesadilla reinvents this Mexican classic. Other innovative creations include the turkey and artichoke sandwich, or the spicy apple cole slaw. However, inconsistencies in terms of cleanliness might encourage some to stick to beverages instead of taking a culinary adventure. If you want to participate in your own sports, the Old NE also offers some pool tables, dart boards and other games.
107 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
In search of a classic Irish-themed bar in downtown Tampa? You’re in lucky, as Hattricks has the perfect answer. A big selection of cocktails, as well as many TVs, make watching sports events a pleasure here. While the atmosphere seems to be the best part of the bar, the food tastes heavenly more often than not. Wings, recommended in the semi-spicy “Lightning style,” become a great deal during happy hour at only 60 cents each. Unfortunately, vegetarians may find it hard to eat here, as many menu items include meat or fish. Finally, as is true for any bar near a stadium, this one becomes packed before and after Tampa Bay Lightning hockey games, as well as during conventions at the nearby Tampa Convention Center.
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222 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33609
Nominated by many for the best spot for wings in the Tampa Bay area, Press Box is an essential stop for fans of this sports bar favorite. Available until the bar closes at 3 a.m., the food menu’s other options such as the potato skins and club sandwiches are sure to please. Checking in online will give you a free draft beer, although the selection is limited to big, national brands. The Press Box also offers lots of seating and makes use of rear-projectors to show sports events. Close proximity to Raymond James Stadium means there is usually a rush of customers for Tampa Bay Buccaneers games.
15333 Amberly Drive
Tampa, FL 33647
Peabody’s is an ideal spot for those looking for a fun, sports bar atmosphere with some yummy food options. Among the latter, Peabody’s has a reputation for its Cuban sandwiches, potato skins, wings, burgers, cheesy fries and nachos. A number of activities, such as video games, pool tables, dart boards and TVs, offer abundant amusement options. Beware that because of their popularity, it’s necessary to pay a fee to rent the pool tables. Peabody’s seems to attract a younger crowd, especially near the end of the night, but of course everyone is accepted here.
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