Five bars within walking distance of Amalie Arena
Fermented Reality Biergarten at Sparkman Wharf
Sparkman Wharf is a natural choice for pre- or post-Lightning game libations. The new outdoor food hall with outposts from some of Tampa’s top chefs housed in shipping containers is walking distance from the arena. And the Fermented Reality Biergarten anchors the space, a raised island that sits on a sprawling artificially turfed area. Order a beer or two and stretch out on the lawn.
Address: 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa
Phone: (813) 345-5881
A 10- to 15-minute walk from the arena, this sophisticated spot has mood lighting and a serious cocktail list. It’s not a hotel – the name is inspired by the drinks, which are re-creations of historic signature cocktails from hotels around the world. This is primarily a late-night drinking establishment, with classics like a Sidecar or Sazerac. There’s also a solid food menu, served until midnight. Hotel Bar made our list of the best cocktail lists in Tampa Bay. hotelbartampa.com
Address: 200 N Tampa St., Tampa
Phone: (813) 533-2650
The longtime Channelside spot, an upscale bowling alley with a bar and restaurant, borders Sparkman Wharf and its beer garden, but it’s a different experience. Think fun cocktails and games in a hip sports bar atmosphere. They recently revamped the food menu, with a focus on celebrity chef Art Smith’s Southern comfort fare.
Address: 615 Channelside Drive, Suite 120, Tampa
Phone: (813) 514-2695
This lively waterside restaurant adjacent to Jackson’s on Harbour Island reads like a sports bar from 1995. There are TVs anywhere, a competent food menu and sprawling indoor and outdoor spaces. You can order a drink from four full-service bars, mostly stocked with liquor and a wide selection of beers.
Address: 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. No. 107, Tampa
Phone: (813) 605-3333
The Sail Pavilion
This bar and restaurant located on the Tampa Riverwalk is right on the water, with gorgeous views of Tampa and the bay. It’s family-friendly, with a food menu and thirst-quenchers including standard cocktails and local craft beers. There’s a Brews & Bites food truck rally on the second Friday of each month.
Address: 333 S Franklin St., Tampa
Phone: (813) 274-7778