Best Places to Eat Before a Tampa Bay Lightning Game


Tampa Bay is home to some of the best sports fans in the world, which means it has to be home to some of the best pre-game food known to man. And since hockey season is in full swing, we’ve put together a crème-de-la-crème of local eateries: the best places to eat before a Tampa Bay Lightning game!

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

1600 E. 9th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

Just because it’s Tampa Bay’s only brewery doesn’t mean it only offers beer! This family-friendly pub focuses on pairing the perfect pour with exceptional eats—think typical pub fare, but with a twist. Dishes like the Shrimp and Sherry Alfredo, the Wild Mushroom Calzone, and the Bad A** BLT are just a few of the twists on old classics you’ll find at TBBC. So stop by to try one of their award-winning beers, or snag some to-go food while you head over to Amalie Arena.

Hattricks Tavern

107 South Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602

This sports bar was designed with the die-hard fan in mind, loaded with high-def TVs at every angle, showing every sports package known to man, and stocked with a menu full of unique and traditional bar food. Located in a historic downtown building, this restaurant is inviting, lively and only minutes from Amalie Arena. That’s probably the reason locals have made it one of the most popular sports bars in Tampa.

Anise Global Gastrobar

777 N. Ashley Dr.,
Tampa, FL 33602

Not in the mood for a pre-game party? Check out the chic, yet welcoming atmosphere at Anise Global Gastrobar, a Euro-themed restaurant with internationally inspired eats and drinks. This restaurant is family owned and operated, all the way down to the details. Locals love it for its intimate environment and inviting staff, who make each meal and specialty event a unique addition to downtown Tampa.

Bamboozle Café

516 N. Tampa St.,
Tampa, FL 33602

If you’re looking for a unique twist on your pre or post-game meal, try Bamboozle Café, serving traditional Vietnamese dishes in the heart of downtown Tampa. Their menu consists of fresh rolls, warm Pho boats, and hearty entrees made with flavorful, vibrant ingredients. And their focus on healthy and innovative items gives it its unique flair that keeps locals coming back again and again. Not in the mood for a full meal? Try their Tea Lounge on State Street, offering smaller portions of their most popular dishes.

Ferg’s Live

490 Channelside Dr.,
Tampa, FL 33602

Anyone who knows of Ferg’s Live knows that they believe in one rule: everything is better live. That’s what makes it such a prime spot for Tampa Bay Lightning fans before, during, and after the game. Located right next to the Amalie Arena, this live music venue and sports bar is packed with action and excitement, whether you attend the game or not. They boast 60 flat screens, 2 projector screens, 20 beers on tap, and a full menu—all serving their indoor and outdoor seating areas to give guests the ultimate live experience.

Tampa Bay Lightning fans have a lot to celebrate with this many pre-game options. So grab your family and friends, and stop by one of these unbelievable eateries to make the most out of each and every exciting hockey season!

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