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Direct Current 3: Where to Watch the Lightning Cruise to Stanley Cup Glory

Best Sports Bars in New Port Richey, Hudson, Holiday and More

With the Buccaneers’ season having come to a merciful end, we can now focus all our attention on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are giving us hope that Tampa-area sports can be good and exciting rather than depressing and sad.

a group of friends in a brick-walled sports bar eating and drinking and laughingAt the time of this blog’s publication, the Lightning stand atop the Atlantic division, the Eastern Conference and the NHL with a massive 60 points from 39 games.

While going out in public to support the Buccaneers was a task reserved only for the bravest and most shameless among us, getting together with friends to watch the Lightning skate toward Stanley Cup glory is for everybody!

For that reason, we’ve put together a list of the best sports bars and pubs in the Northern Tampa area. This list should help you find a place to watch Steven Stamkos cruise toward his inevitable MVP, Vasilevskiy stop more shots and the number of wins continue its Heavenward ascent.

These bars feature delicious menus, plenty of HD TVs and often advertise a high-quality sports package to make sure no game goes unaired. Without further ado, here are the best places to watch the Lightning in the northern Tampa area!

1. Whiskey River Sports Bar and Grill – Port Richey, FL

With a menu full of delicious pub fare and featuring grouper caught in the Cotee River on which the venue sits, Whiskey River Sports Bar & Grill takes the second half of their name seriously. The presence of several HDTVs throughout the bar means you won’t miss a single Lightning shot no matter where you sit.

Whiskey River’s Happy Hour specials and full menu mean you’ll probably find yourself coming back for more than Lightning games! Their menu and directions are available on the Whiskey River website by clicking here.

2. Dockside Grille – New Port Richey, FL

Here in our own backyard, the Dockside Grille has something for everybody. Complete with a full restaurant menu, Tiki bar and of course sports bar, you’ll find the Lightning game is always on at the Dockside Grille.

Full menus, directions and information can be found on the Grille’s website by clicking here.

3. Skinny’s Bar & Grill – Hudson, FL

Skinny’s gives the Hudson community a great, local sports bar option and plenty of games on all the time. Their full menu includes seafood, pub fare and delicious burgers like their ½ pound.

For more information, menus and directions, visit Skinny’s online by clicking here.

burgers wrapped in fancy craft paper

4. Brennan’s Sports Pub – Holiday, FL

If you’re looking for a cozier feel from your sports bar, Brennan’s Pub and Liquor Store in Holiday provides the warmth of an Irish pub with all of the games you could hope to watch, including our Tampa Bay Lightning. Regular events and concerts mean you’ll enjoy more from Brennan’s than just a place to watch the lightning destroy everything between them and the Cup.

Full menus, directions and more are available on the Brennan’s website by clicking here.

5. Stix Palm Harbor – Palm Harbor, FL

Offering billiards and several TVs for watching your favorite sports, Stix in Palm Harbor gives local Lightning fans a fun place to watch the game. A menu with food described by patrons as “exceptional for bar food” makes us even more excited about the prospect of gathering fellow Lightning fans and enjoy tasty food, excellent company and of course the Lightning!

Directions and events are available on the Stix Facebook page by clicking here.


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