I’m an unabashed fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it’s pretty difficult for me to go to see them. Heck, I almost never get to see them on TV. But if I have the chance to get to the newly-renamed Amalie Arena, I’m going.
Plus, with the recent explosion of local craft beers, I figured I would go to see what, if any, Florida beers I could find.
And if you’re interested like I was, here’s where to go:
World of Beer, Promenade Level, Sections 116-117
Yeah, there’s a beer bar at an NHL arena. It’s quite interesting. Do they have the gigantic selection of a normal, WOB? Not so much. That makes sense. But if you want craft at Amalie Arena, this is where you stop first. They have a lot of the crafts that are becoming standards like New Belgium, Goose Island, Kona, etc. Florida fans, they also have Cigar City’s flagship Jai Alai IPA (American IPA, 7.5% ABV, 65 IBU).
It’s difficult to say what they will have on any given day, since they rotate their taps with regularity. It’s best to see what they have the day you go.
Rumfish Bar & Grill, Promenade Level, Sections 104-106.
Rumfish Grill, based out of St. Pete Beach, has quite the extensive footprint at Amalie Arena. Originally, I thought the food counter above was it, until I was turned around and greeted with their bar area:
I do want to mention a few more things. First, there is Tim Hortons coffee all over the building. I’m kind of a closet Canadian, so that makes me incredibly happy. Second, and it’s not really craft beer related, but the Bud Light Party Deck is a good time.
Sure, there’s no Florida craft beer up there. but there is 11,000 square feet of outdoor patio awesomeness with bars, BBQ, and other stuff. And a killer view of Downtown Tampa. Check it out:
Interestingly enough, the Party Deck doesn’t close when the game is over. It stays open for a little while longer. That’s pretty cool.
Long story short, the Tampa Bay Lightning are awesome and the Amalie Arena is a great place to go to see them. Or anything.
Drink Florida Craft,