Country's largest haunted pub crawl creeps into Ybor City

Expect a la carte beverage specials and themed cocktails.

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click to enlarge Hosted in 11 other cities, Nightly Spirits tours are designed for groups of 15 to 20 imbibers. - Courtesy of Nightly Spirits
Courtesy of Nightly Spirits
Hosted in 11 other cities, Nightly Spirits tours are designed for groups of 15 to 20 imbibers.

What's billed as the largest haunted pub crawl in the country is coming to Tampa. Established seven years ago in Washington, D.C., Nightly Spirits will launch its year-round ghost tours in Ybor City at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.

Hosted in 11 other cities, Nightly Spirits tours are designed for groups of 15 to 20 imbibers. Tampa's first taste of the 21-and-up experience kicks off at Tampa Bay Brewing Co., proceeding to Demmi's Market on 7th, SpookEasy Lounge and First Chance Last Chance over two-and-a-half hours. The crawl will also make stops in front of Ybor City Museum State Park and Centennial Park.

Participating drinkers can expect a la carte beverage specials and themed cocktails along the way, as well as unearthly stories from "appropriately attired" tour guides.

Admission is priced at $25 per sipper. According to Nightly Spirits, what sets this crawl apart from the competition is that tours will go down no matter how many tickets are sold.

"Lightning strikes again in Tampa with the launch of our ghoulish pub crawl! We are excited to debut in the cigar capital of the world and can't wait to introduce Tampa to a unique ghost tour that includes everything from pirates, serial killers and crazy doctor's [sic] to creepy children, Cuban cigars and even chickens!" said Jared Broach, managing director of Nightly Spirits, in a statement. "We're going to uncover the spirits while our tavern partners provide them, taking you on a startling storytelling tour throughout Tampa's haunted hot spots in Ybor City. Our high-energy tour guides have done the research and are ready to quench your thirst for thrills."

We're not sure if Ybor needs a corporate out-of-town attraction like this, what with its thriving community nightlife scene and local ghost tours and all. But we guess time will tell.

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