Top 12+ Tampa Bay Lightning Bars

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Best place to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning is Amalie Arena. But what if the Bolts are playing on the road? Or what if you can’t get (or afford) a ticket to the game? Check out the best Tampa Bay Lightning  bars to watch the Thunder in the company of other Bolts fans.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team History

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Amalie Arena is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Photo Credit: Doug Kerr

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional American ice hockey team. They compete in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Tampa Bay Lightning joined the NHL in 1992 as an expansion team. They have won four division championships and one presidents’ trophy.

In addition, they have won two conference championships. Most importantly, they won the Stanley in 2004.

Amalie Arena

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Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Photo Credit: Miosotis Jade.

The Tampa Bay Lightning play home games at Amalie Arena in the Channelside District of downtown Tampa, Florida.

In addition to hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning, the arena hosts basketball games, arena football games, and concerts.

The arena seats 19,092 fans for ice hockey. In addition, it hosts as many as 21,500 attendees for concerts.

In fact, the Tampa Bay Lightning is one of two NHL teams in the state of Florida.

Moreover, the Florida Panthers play home games in Sunrise, Florida. To clarify, the city is within the Metropolitan Miami area.

In addition to the Bolts, Tampa Bay hosts several other professional sports teams.

Firstly, the region hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). Secondly, it hosts the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. Thirdly, it hosts the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.

Finally, Tampa host one minor league team,  the Tampa Yankees of Minor League Baseball.

Where to Watch the Tampa Bay Lightning

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Between the Pipes is one of the Tampa Bay Lightning bars at Amelia Arena. Photo Credit: Doug Kerr.

Check out the best Tampa Bay Lightning bars in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and other Florida cities.

Best Tampa Bay Lightning Bars in Tampa

The following sports bars and restaurants in Tampa are popular with Tampa Bay Lightning fans.

However, you should always call ahead to make sure they will show the game. Also, ask if the sound will be turned on.

  1. Hattricks – 107 South Franklin Street, Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813) 225-4288. BUCS.
  2. The Patio Tampa – 421 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa, Florida.  Tel: (813) 873-7846.
  3. Press Box Sports Emporium – 222 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813) 876-3528.
  4. Prime Time Sports Grill – 14404 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813) 908-0780.
  5. MacDinton’s Irish Pub – 405 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813)
  6. Shamrock’s Ale House – 7605 Temple Terrace Highway, Tampa. Tel: (813) 988-4908.
  7. Gaspar’s Grotto – 1805 East Seventh Avenue, Tampa Florida. Tel: (813) 248-5900.
  8. The Brass Tap – 1600 East 7th Avenue, East 113, Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813) 241-0000.
  9. The Outpost Tap House + Tavern –  909 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813) 251-3663.
  10. Bamboozle Café – 516 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813) 223-7320.
  11. Anise Global Gastrobar – 777 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813) 225-4272.
  12. Tampa Bay Brewing Company – 1600 East 9th Avenue, Tampa, Florida. Tel: (813) 247-1422,

Best Tampa Bay Bars in St. Petersburg

Here are some sports bars and restaurants popular with Tampa Bay Lightning fans in St. Petersburg

While these venues often show Bolts games, there are no guarantees.

Therefore, you should call ahead to make sure they will show the game and that the sound will be turned on.

Best Tampa Bay Lightning Bars in Other Cities

Here are some sports bars and restaurants popular with Tampa Bay Lightning fans.

While these venues often show Bolts games, there are no guarantees.

Therefore, you should call ahead to make sure they will show the game and that the sound will be turned on.

  • Big Storm Brewing Co. – 2707 49th Street North Clearwater, Florida. Tel: (727) 201-4186.
  • 420 Munchies – 6639 Superior Avenue, Sarasota, Florida. Tel: (941) 929-9893.

A Word to the Wise

While most of these venues tend to attract Tampa Bay Lightning fans on game day, there are no guarantees.

Sometimes they won’t turn on the sound. Other times they might show other events. And there is always the chance the venue might be booked for special events.

Also, fans sometimes migrate to other venues. And bars sometimes close.

Therefore, you should always call ahead to make sure that the game you want to watch will be broadcast.

Your Input on Bolts Bars Wanted

If you have patronized and of these sports bars, please leave comments (pro or con) in the COMMENT box below.

You can mention the ambiance for fans Tampa Bay, the visibility of TV screens, the quality of the sound, the food, the service – whatever!

Also, please let me know if any of these Lightning watch bars have closed – or if Bolts fans no longer watch ice hockey games at them.

Your own recommendations on where to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning play will also be greatly appreciated! Especially welcome would be Bolts-friendly sports bars in other cities!

If You Are Going to Tampa Bay

If you are traveling to Tampa Bay to attend a sporting event, why not spend a few days and take in some of the sights?

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This list of the best Tampa Bay sports bars is part of a series of posts on sports bars for fans of NHL team.

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