Gimme Some Football!
Let the taps run freely, the wings simmer, and the mayhem ensue. The season of all American seasons is upon us, and there are plenty of stellar venues around Tampa Bay where fans can don their colors and cheer on their favorite football teams, both college, and NFL. If you’re new to the Tampa Bay area, you’ll definitely need this list!
Hattricks | 107 S. Franklin St., Tampa. Hattricks is the cool sports bar in Tampa with a ton of history. This locally loved drinking establishment is housed in a three-story brick building built in 1907 and remains the go-to spot for sports, especially the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Prime Time | 14404 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. Prime Time has a neighborhood vibe with a lot of wood! Wood-panel walls, wood floors and wood booths featuring individual speakers that let you choose which TV you listen to. They serve large, tasty burgers and a solid selection of craft beers on draft and in bottles.
Walter’s Press Box | 222 S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. There’s nothing fancy about the four-decades-old Press Box, but this spot that never seems to change and has everything you need. From old school wood-grain paneling on the walls to coin-operated pool tables, and $2.25 pints of domestic draft beer – this a great dark place to get relief from the Florida sun. Their crispy buffalo wings are some of the best in town!
Duffy’s | 1580 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. This Florida-based chain opened its first Tampa location earlier this year and quickly became a local favorite with its 80 large televisions, diverse menu (for a sports bar) and a decent selection of craft beer and specialty cocktails in a bright, cleanly decorated environment.
Ducky’s | 1719 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Ducky’s bar and restaurant (co-owned by Tampa Bay Rays player, Evan Longoria) is a bit more of an upscale option and offers duckpin bowling lanes as additional entertainment in case some of the people in your party aren’t all that concerned with watching the game, but a whole lot of high-definition TVs if they are.
Gator’s Cafe & Saloon | 12754 Kingfish Dr., Treasure Island. If you are watching a game in Florida you should have a waterfront view. It features a sprawling bar overlooking John’s Pass, offers dockside dining, dozens of TVs, and live music every night. Plus, you can get some rays on the beach before or after the game.
The Original Hooters | 2800 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. The original Hooters! It’s still a great place to catch the game, grab hot wings, and take in the scenery <wink> <wink>. It has an indoor/outdoor bar, 35 flat panel HD TVs and a Hooters museum chronicling the company’s milestones in photos and memorabilia.
Peabody’s Billiards & Games | 15333 Amberly Drive, Tampa. Need more elbow room? This giant University of South Florida hangout is half pool hall, half sports bar, with lots of full-size billiards tables and plenty of pub grub. Great deals on food, awesome wings, and affordable drinks.
Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill | 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Within walking distance from Tropicana Field, this open-air sports bar complex pulls in sports fans in year-round. The multi-level sports bar hosts a plethora of TVs, both inside and out, and a fantastic collection of sports memorabilia. Typical pub fare eats such as burgers, wraps, and wings are among the menu choices.
Brick House Tavern & Tap | 1102 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. This tavern is like an upscale man cave with more than 30 TVs, including outside! It’s like hosting game day at home without the prep and mess. Like your living room, there is an area with couches and recliners set around a huge flat-screen TV. There are also regular tables and booths, beer bongs, and a nice outside patio with fire pits.
The Patio | 421 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Good Sunday Funday spot – this outdoor (shade optional) bar is like hanging in someone’s backyard with a large, easily accessible bar area. Buckets of beer and great eats make this a good choice. Home to the Tampa Bay Area Patriots Fan Club.