The first two games in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s quest for another Stanley Cup will be in Toronto. That’s an awful long drive so if you want to be around fellow Bolts fans, here are some great spots all over the Tampa area to catch the games where it’ll get loud and rowdy.

The team’s official watch parties that have been announced so far are both at Sparkman Wharf. There will be live entertainment, playoff swag, giveaways, autographed prizes, concession specials, Thunderbug and more. The watch parties will begin one hour before game time and are free to the public. While that’s cool, maybe you want to stay closer to home. So here are our favorite spots to catch Lightning games.

  • Brandon

    Head to Dave & Buster’s near the Westfield Brandon Mall. Lots of big screens and lots of parking. Try the soft pretzels with honey mustard.

  • Clearwater

    Thanks to Cari Batstone McLaughlin for this tip. She loves Norton’s Sports Bar because they make special Lightning shots for her.

  • Oldsmar

    Head to Shaker & Peel. It’s definitely American style Mexican but the margaritas are pretty solid.

  • Palm Harbor

    Head to Fairway Pizza & Sports Page Pub. Some buffalo shrimp sound good?  Their wings are good too.  But most come for the pizza.

  • Port Richey

    Located on the water, get some Loaded Island Fries at Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill.  They’re sweet potato waffle fries topped with BBQ pulled pork.

  • St. Pete

    The party’s always on at Ferg’s near Tropicana Field.  Sure you’ll find mostly Rays games, but you’ll find a few TVs showing Bolts games too.

  • Tampa

    Hattricks is the no brainer choice if you’re in Tampa.  The best wings around and it’s a hockey themed bar even when the game’s  not on. Other good Tampa choices include Riveters, Brickhouse Tavern, The Blind Goat, and Yoeman’s.

  • Wesley Chapel

    A huge beer and cocktail selection, the Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery is a great spot for a pint of Guiness and a burger.

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