Amalie Arena's Cigar City taproom is now open for Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup playoff games

But you can’t just walk up.

click to enlarge Amalie Arena's Cigar City taproom is now open for Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup playoff games
Cigar City Brewing

The return of live sports has undoubtedly helped some folks feel a little more normal in the coronavirus era, and playoff hockey is certainly a big part of that recovery.

But if you’re over eating a family pack of concession stand hot dogs by yourself while watching the Lightning on your couch, then let Cigar City Brewing’s new taproom outside Amalie Arena help.

The watering hole, which opened earlier this season before COVID-19 took hockey away, is now open for all of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2020 Stanley Cup playoff games. The taproom—located at 375 Channelside Dr. under the Pam Iorio Parking Garage in the west plaza of Amalie Arena—opens doors two hours prior to puck drop (so that means 5:30 p.m. before tonight’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals), but don’t just expect to walk up and grab a seat.

A press release says that all fans must reserve a table with advanced payment which will be applied to their order on site. One pass is good for entire party ($25 for a two-person

table and $50 for four-person table). Each table reservation receives a complimentary Dasani bottled water and popcorn on arrival. The $25 or $50 reservation credit will be applied to the bill upon check out.

“Balances above the reservation credit will be billed to party day of event,” the release adds. “Unused amounts will not be refunded.”

So drink up, mask up when there’s not food or drink in your mouth, and get a ride home. And enjoy the post-victory free doughnuts at Datz’ Dough, too.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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