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Watching Your Favorite College Teams at These Awesome Bars in the Bay!

College Football Bars in Tampa Bay, Florida

Tampa Bay is a wonderful place to be a sports fan. The Lightning are looking more and more up for another Stanley Cup challenge every year. Rowdies games are incredibly fun weekend events. The Rays are getting a new stadium soon (don’t mistake this for an opinion on whether this should be happening) and NFL games are easy with Miami or Atlanta both a day’s drive away (we kid…here’s hoping for a surprisingly-good Bucs season).


Although hockey, soccer, baseball and NFL football are all available in high-quality levels around the Bay, college football finds itself in one of the sweetest spots imaginable here. After all, we’ve got Florida fans. We’ve got FSU fans. We’ve got USF fans. We’ve even got a bunch of BIG 10 fans from Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio who hang out here for a significant part of the year.

With all these fans, certain establishments have found themselves attracting like-minded football enthusiasts. Here are the best bars to go watch your favorite teams play!

Where to Watch Florida Football Games in Tampa Bay

Based on the staff and customers who are alumni or fans of the Orange and Blue, the Patio in Tampa is the top spot to go watch the Gators march toward SEC championship glory. The Patio is the official home of the Tampa Gators Club and provides a tropical indoor-outdoor experience that is warm and welcoming…provided you’re getting behind the Gators.

Visit their website here.

Where to Watch FSU Football Games in Tampa Bay

If you back the Seminoles, then you’ll find camaraderie amongst other Florida State football fans at the Soho Saloon in Tampa come gameday. Soho Saloon offers a Southern-style bar that has a young and friendly vibe. A large menu of southern-inspired fare and traditional sports pub classics makes it a tasty place to go any day of the week.

Visit their website here.

Where to Watch Michigan Football Games in Tampa Bay

As a destination for “snowbirds,” Tampa Bay has long held a bit of a midwestern streak that runs through our Southern-ness like a liberal squirt of ranch dressing on a plate of succotash. This cultural infusion means there are plenty of BIG 10 fans here. Among them, perhaps no team is better supported than the Michigan Wolverines. Fans looking to enjoy their Michigan football will find a home at Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill in St. Pete, which features watching parties officially sanctioned by the University of Michigan Alumni Association.

Visit their website here.

Where to Watch Other College Football Games in Tampa Bay

Our long weekend hours make the Friendly Kia waiting room a destination for sports fans wanting to catch all of the catches and passes on Sunday. We kid. The reality is that there are dozens of excellent sports bars here in Tampa Bay. Whether you support the Hoosiers in Hudson or the Broncos in Brandon, you’ll find them around.

We compiled a brief list a while back that you can read here.

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