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01-24-2013, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Fredi28 View Post
Hey all - I am coming down to Tampa with my brother and a few friends from Boston for the B's-Lightning game on February 21st. We are pretty excited to support the boys for a road game, and even more excited to check out Tampa and get out of the cold for a few days.

Had a few questions. As far as hotels go, we are looking right now at staying at the Howard Johnson right by the airport. Can anyone give me any sort of a review of that hotel? And if it's not our best option, maybe some other suggestions? Obviously we dont want to break the bank too much on a hotel. I should mention that my brother lives in Pensacola and is driving to meet us in Tampa, so we will have access to a car if that helps our cause.

Also, what are our best options for pre-game in terms of decent enough food, beers and a solid atmosphere? Coming from Boston, the Garden is right in downtown Boston and there are plenty of solid bar/restaurant options for pre-game. Is this similar for the Times Forum?

And lastly, since this will be our first time in Tampa, we are hoping to try and check out the night life a little bit after the game. Anyone have any recomendations for solid post-game spots for a group of guys in their mid-20's? We are by no means looking for really clubby type places, but just some bars that will have decent music and a good crowd.

All of your help is very much appreciated!
These are my opinions.

That hotel is ok, but traffic between the airport and Channelside can be a bit challenging. As far as restaurants go, the area around the arena is in kind of an odd state right now (I think it's still lagging from the disaster of the previous owners and has not come back online yet). You can do Hooters (walking distance to Arena) and there are a few other places back there. Hattricks (very hockey friendly) is also walking distance as well, its a few blocks away from the TBFT.


Keep in mind that we have a pretty good variety of venues inside the arena. You may want to hit the Bud Light Party Deck (also excellent for a post-game spot). There will also be all kinds of stuff going on the plaza.

As far as night life goes, well...i'd stack TB's night life up against any other cities. Depending on what you are looking for, you will find it. You can hit several clubs/bars/scenes depending on your style. PM me for further details on this if you like. Personally my new spot is the Bay Street restaurants at International Plaza. I go to Bar Louie and The Pub.

International Mall and Bay Street venues

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