Among other exciting things coming to downtown, The Tampa Riverwalk is my favorite thus far. It’s been a work in progress for several years, and sometimes felt like it’d never be complete…but it was worth the wait. It’s much more than a sidewalk alongside the Hillsborough River. First things first, you can drink on it. This is a step in the right direction for Tampa to keep up with trends in other major metropolitan areas. I’ve ventured down The Riverwalk several times, but last night was the first time I tested out the open container rule. As long as you follow the guidelines from this post, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting in trouble with the police!
Might I also add that dinner + The Riverwalk makes for a great date night… One of my favorite downtown spots is Anise Global Gastrobar. Conveniently located right across from Curtis Hixon Park, it is known for Asian-inspired tapas and creative cocktails. Side note: their s’more dessert uses Biscoff cookies in place of graham crackers. That is all.
At the edge of Curtis Hixon, you’ll find yourself at The Riverwalk. You can head either way; left taking you toward Channelside and right taking you toward Ulele. There are 8 different places you can buy alcohol along the way (you cannot BYOB).
- Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center
- Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
- Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel
- Tampa Convention Center (Sail Pavilion)
- Malio’s Prime Steakhouse in Rivergate Tower (Sykes building/beer can building)
- Sono Cafe at the Tampa Museum of Art
- Maestro’s at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for Performing Arts
- Ulele restaurant and brewery
Double-fisting is allowed, but anything more than that is frowned upon. After lots of confusion, we ended up in the Sheraton lobby and asked the bar for beers to take on The Riverwalk. Easy enough, the bartender handed us 2 beers each in the official Tampa Riverwalk cups. We were told that it is unofficially acceptable to just walk in through the pool gate in the future. I kept it local the whole night with Florida Avenue Ale (Tampa) and 3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale (St. Pete). Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center is much more simple to get to and is open the latest out of all the other spots. Walking and beering is quite difficult without spilling it on yourself, so sit back on a bench and enjoy the color-changing lights while you’re at it.