Each year thousands people pour onto Tampa’s streets for the Gasparilla invasion. The parade route, neighboring our homes for sale in South Tampa, catches a glimpse of the Ye Mystic Krewe tossing beads and coins into the crowd.
So how exactly should you prepare to party like a pirate? It turns out that after more than 100 years, there is no right or wrong way to partake in the city’s most famous tradition.
Here are several options we’ve picked out to try out this year.
A mix between hockey and an Irish pub, Hattricks Tavern is self-proclaimed as “Gasparilla Headquarters.” Located just steps away from the parade route, and our homes for sale in Seminole Heights, it captures the attention of those looking to stop for a drink and quick bite to eat.
The menu features most of the standard bar fare but also has a good assortment of specialty sandwiches and comfort food entrees. Not hungry? Find a spot around the handmade oak bar and sip on a drink – from cold drafts and simple mixed drinks, to a list of signature drinks.
During Gasparilla, Hattricks opens early and features live music inside with a DJ in the parking lot – an extension of the bar itself. Party on with the biggest pirate crowd, matey.
Avast ye! Wine and dine at Jackson’s Bistro – a prime spot during Gasparilla. Tap into the drink menu early at the Island Bar or Back Jack’s Lounge which offer a wide selection of refreshments – including a portfolio of over 500 wines.
The tasty lunch and dinner menus feature a variety of entrees to fit all palates including colorful salads, delicious handhelds, market fresh fish, as well as daily specials featuring seasonal and local ingredients prepared by the chef. With enormous floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious outdoor patio overlooking the water and city skyline, you’ll never have to miss out on any pirate activities.
After the Gasparilla invasion, get down with a live DJ and have some fun on the restaurant dance floor.
Hand painted graffiti on tables and walls make Graffiti Junktion a colorful, fun, and playful place to hang out. Many of the diverse menu items, including the stuffed burgers, are unique to the restaurant. Local favorites include the Green Mountain and Sin City burgers, as well as the award-winning nachos and killer zucchini fries. Also known for a great beer selection, the full service bar can whip up any drink you can imagine; did we mention it’s only a mile away from our brand new homes in South Tampa?
An all-star staff treats you like family from the moment you arrive. Plus, the casual, cool vibe makes this a great place to kick back and enjoy a variety of entertainment provided during Gasparilla – a DJ, live music, and more.
MacDinton’s Irish Pub SOHO
Any day of the week you can find MacDinton’s Irish Pub in SOHO crawling with people, making it an exceptional spot during Gasparilla. Located near our new homes in Hyde Park, it’s one of Tampa’s staple bars and attracts people from all parts of the city.
While the menu offers plenty of traditional Irish grub – Shepherd’s Pie, Sausage Rolls, and Bangers & Mash – it features other options to satisfy every taste. After grabbing something to eat, head out to the large patio for a great view and get a drink from one of the tiki bars – offering everything from beers and wines to specialty cocktails.
Good food, good drinks, and a good atmosphere- Yo Ho Ho, MacDinton’s is the place to go!