Think it takes a lot of money to plan a great date in Tampa? While there are certainly many high-priced VIP options, you can still arrange an amazing experience on a beer budget. We show you how.
Every 3rd Thursday, food trucks descend on The Grand Central at Kennedy, and there are cocktails (provided by the Pourhouse) and live music. The Grand Central at Kennedy lies on Madison Street in downtown’s Channel District. This event is free, runs from 6–10 p.m. and has free two-hour parking.
Tour the Yuengling Brewery, and try the free samples afterward. Tours are free and last one hour and 15 minutes; also, closed-toe shoes are required. Those 21 and over may sample the beer at the brewery’s biergarten, but all ages are welcome on the tour. There is also a gift shop to explore.
Take a walk downtown along the Riverwalk and experience some of Tampa’s best places, events, and views. The Riverwalk links five museums, seven parks, and many downtown restaurants and hotels. The Riverwalk starts at South Plaza and continues miles along Garrison Channel and the Hillsborough River, ending at Heights Riverfront Development. Views, people-watching, and window-shopping are free; restaurant and bar tabs are additional.
The founders of Fourth Friday Tampa describe the event as an “evening of discounts to celebrate the arts.” Discounts vary by month but include free admission to downtown museums, live music, discounted food and drink items from participating restaurants, and the ability to “sip & stroll” along the Riverwalk—allowing you to drink as you walk along as long as you have purchased the plastic cup to do so. Event-goers get free wristbands from the participating arts venues, giving guests access to everything on offer. The address listed below goes to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, but check the event’s webpage for a list of the many different cultural venues where wristbands are available.
For a different kind of show, head to the Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge at the Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg. The large windows or outdoor patio both provide great views of small planes taking off and landing at the airport. The restaurant has live music Wednesday–Saturday, offers $6 hamburgers on Wednesday, and does a happy hour with $4 drinks Monday–Friday.