Expedia Viewfinder partnered up with Visit Tampa Bay to reveal things to do while in town during the big game.
Every New Year’s Day, the third pick college football teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference play in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. This year, the Expedia Viewfinder team wanted to jump on the bandwagon with the hordes of fans and see what the hype was all about. We turned to our pals at Visit Tampa Bay to highlight where to eat, drink, and play, whether you are a local or visitor, during this annual football frenzy:
All that cheering will require fans to fuel up to keep their spirits high. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar features 100 different wines by the glass, which diners can pair with impeccably cooked, hand-cut USDA Prime steaks. Fleming’s is also offering a New Year’s Eve special to help visitors welcome 2015 with a full belly.
For something a little more on the casual side, Holy Hog Barbecue will leave visitors licking their fingers after savoring barbecued pork, brisket, sausage, chicken, and more. Top off that BBQ grub with some scrumptious desserts like the banana pudding and buttermilk pie.
Keep up the casual celebratory mood at Tampa Bay’s most entertaining watering holes. Nothing says football season like some cold brews and volcano wings, so saunter over to The Green Iguana. This bar also features live music every day of the week, including DJs and local cover bands.
Looking for a swinging bar with more style? Blue Martini is as unique as its specialty cocktails. Enjoy live entertainment and tapas while sipping on one of the joint’s 42 martinis, or reserve a table for New Year’s Eve. Blue Martini is celebrating the New Year with a limited open bar, freshly rolled sushi, and hand-passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening.
Take a break from penalty kicks and touchdowns to mosey around the International Plaza and Bay Street, one of the neighborhood’s most notable shopping and dining destinations. Shop the day away at the assortment of specialty stores, and let the kiddos romp around at the elaborate play area. Channelside Bay Plaza, in downtown Tampa Bay, is another must-visit entertainment complex with shops and restaurants.