The former St. Pete home of Tampa Bay Bucs legend Mike 'A-Train' Alstott is now for sale

A home that once belonged to the greatest NFL fullback of all time is now on the market in St. Petersburg. Located…

By CL Staff

The former St. Pete home of Tampa Bay Bucs legend Mike 'A-Train' Alstott is now for sale
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Tampa Bay's 25 best new restaurants of 2022

Tampa Bay's restaurant scene has been serving up great eats for years, but it's safe to say this year has been one…

By CL Staff

 Lucky Tigre  

 1101 S Howard Ave. Ste B, Tampa, 813-761-2088
Lucky Tigre, Tampa's first Filipino 'sari-sari' counter, opened back in October, and has been selling out on a daily basis ever since. Covered in vintage Filipino magazine advertisements, your titas and titos will certainly enjoy the menu, which spans everything from beef and pork dumplings, to steamed boa buns, and traditional rice dishes. 
Photo by Rickey Kim
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20 bucket list holiday activities in Tampa Bay everyone should do this season

It may not snow in Tampa Bay, but that doesn't mean we don't have plenty of yuletide cheer. Here are a few…

By CL Staff

Winter Beach at St. Pete Pier


600 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg
Through Jan. 17
 The St. Pete Pier is bringing back its annual Winter Beach event, including a winter market, ice skating and activities such as meetups with Santa and his elves, snow days, photobooths, tree lighting, arcades and themed nights such as pride night, Tik Tok Tuesdays, and glow skate. Tickets to skate start at $17.
Photo via Winter Beach at St. Pete Pier/Facebook
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Review: In Clearwater, Chris Isaak let his freak flag fly during sold-out Christmas concert

No matter how quickly you get sick of hearing Christmas music, a number of those who helped lay the foundation of rock…

By Josh Bradley

Chris Isaak plays the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, Florida on Dec. 8, 2022.
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Photos: UK metalcore favorite Loathe plays Tampa Orpheum

Liverpool metal band Loathe was in the states yesterday for a show at Tampa Orpheum where Omerta and Unity TX opened.

By Ray Roa

Photos: UK metalcore favorite Loathe plays Tampa Orpheum
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This Tampa Bay warehouse home comes with an 8,000-gallon koi pond and a dog-washing station

A home that's loaded with features and also resembles an Ikea is now on the market in Tampa Bay. Located at 435…

By CL Staff

This Tampa Bay warehouse home comes with an 8,000 gallon koi pond and a dog-washing station
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Review: Machine Gun Kelly, Jack White, and more look back on 2022 projects at 97X Next Big Thing

A commonly used phrase at last weekend’s 21st annual 97X Next Big Thing was “end of an era.” Don’t worry, it had…

By Josh Bradley

Machine Gun Kelly plays day one of the 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 2, 2022.
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Photos: Florida trans-rights advocates outnumber anti-LGBTQ rally last weekend

It should come as no surprise at this point, but Proud Boys—including some so proud that they hid their faces—flashed "white power"…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Florida trans-rights advocates clash with Proud Boys at Moms for Liberty rally last weekend
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The St. Pete home of former Burger King president and UF board member John Dasburg is for sale

Well, you can certainly "have it your way," with this home currently on the market in St. Petersburg. Located at 4987 59th…

By CL Staff

The St. Pete home of former Burger King president and UF board member John Dasburg is for sale
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Photos: Elvis Presley's old rusty jet will go to auction in Florida next month

A 60-year-old jet once owned by the King himself has been rusting away in a New Mexico desert for years, but will…

By Colin Wolf

Photos: Elvis Presley's rusty pink jet will go to auction in Florida next month
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27 of the best Florida books to cozy up with this winter

“Cozy” is a complicated concept in central Florida, especially when it comes to the winter. We just don’t have the same touchstones…

By Caroline DeBruhl, Ray Roa

The Dec. 1, 2022 cover of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
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The best Tampa Bay spots for Christmas trees, sledding, skating, meeting Santa and other holiday experiences

The holiday season is upon us, and its the perfect opportunity to get together with family and enjoy some (fake) snow, holiday…

By Min Craig

Enchant Christmas

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Nov. 25-Jan. 1
Featuring a 100-foot-tall lighted Christmas tree, Enchant Christms presents a holiday event you can get lost in. Tropicana Field is transformed into a decorated story-themed maze where you can enjoy the lights while embarking on a mission to help Santa save Christmas by keeping an eye out for pieces of his broken Magic Timepiece along the way. Find all of the pieces for a chance to win a prize at the end of your visit. The event will also feature ice skating, snacks, activities for kids and cocktails for adults. Tickets range from $20-$30.
Photo via Enchant Christmas/Facebook
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All the bars and restaurants competing at Tampa Bay's 2022 Highball Cocktail Competition

Highball is back on Dec. 8, and this year, we're switching things up a bit by highlighting the namesake drink, the highball…

By CL Staff

Pisces Sushi and Global Bistro
Competing with Haku Vodka
piscessushibistro.com
799 Highland Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698
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Photos: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay celebrates 10 years of Christmas Town

A decade ago, Busch Gardens launched Christmas Town, covering the Tampa theme park with millions of lights, holiday themed shows and displays,…

By Chelsea Zukowski

Photos: Busch Gardens celebrates 10 years of Christmas Town
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Everyone we saw when Have Gun, Will Travel played a post-Thanksgiving concert in Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights got to soak in the sounds of Have Gun, Will Travel from their easy chairs last Friday when the Americana…

By Ray Roa

Everyone we saw when Have Gun, Will Travel played a post-Thanksgiving concert in Tampa Heights
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Photos: Enchant Christmas kicks off at St. Pete's Tropicana Field

With a proclamation from the City of St. Petersburg and the flip of a switch to light up a towering tree inside…

By Chelsea Zukowski

Enchant covers St. Pete's infamous indoor baseball stadium during the offseason with millions of Christmas lights.
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Breaking bread: A culinary history of Tampa in 10 meals

If food defines culture, then what kind of city is Tampa? The answer can be found in these 10 notable meals, which…

By Andrew T. Huse

Tampa Bay Hotel opens, 1891
When tycoon Henry Plant brought his railroad to Tampa in 1884, he found a pathetic hardscrabble town of 700 people. But in the years after the railroad connection, Tampa’s elite clamored for Plant to open a luxury hotel in his latest terminus. On Feb. 5, 1891, Plant’s Tampa Bay Hotel opened with a grand ball. At 9 that evening, the capacity crowd enjoyed an opera. Then Mayor Herman Glogowski led a grand procession to the dining room for a reception and dancing. At 11, a buffet offered oysters, fish, cold roasts, salad and desserts. The party didn’t wind down until 1 a.m.; the guests slept on couches and chairs in the lobby, as the bedrooms had not yet been furnished.
The Tampa Bay Hotel frequently made headlines, especially during the Spanish-American war when journalists and generals commiserated from the veranda’s rocking chairs. The kitchen served up lavish meals with menus written entirely in mangled French. But with a short tourist season of just four months, the hotel never really flourished. The old Tampa Bay Hotel is now home to the University of Tampa and the Henry Plant museum.


Photo via Burgert Brothers/USF
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23 under-the-radar Tampa Bay taco spots you need to try before you die

When it comes to tacos, Tampa Bay has some very classic, well-known haunts. But there are also smaller spots with some cult…

By Alexandria Jones

Hector’s Mexican Food 
3121 E Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 813-234-3646
Looking for a midnight snack? Hector’s extensive menu will get you right each and every time. Find this hidden gem close to two other Tampa gems: Sanwa Farmer’s Market and basically across the street from Esther’s Cafe.
   Photo via Hector’s Mexican Food/Google
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20 legit Hillsborough County dive bars, and why you should get a drink at all of them

The local watering hole has long been a source of comfort for what ails you. There's just something about the sight of…

By Jourdan Ducat

Retreat 
123 S Hyde Park Ave., Tampa, 813-254-2014
At this long-running bar across from the University of Tampa, you’re likely to be sitting next to a service industry worker who’s either just finished a shift or is having some liquid courage before starting one. It can get pretty packed with the college crowd on nights and weekends, so your best bet is grab a seat at happy hour if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience. This is another spot that allows smoking indoors, plus all day specials and bar snacks to soak up that Rumplemintz shot you just did with the bartender. 
   Photo via Retreat/Facebook
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Built by Sam Schooley, St. Pete's historic 'Spanish Castle' is now for sale

The "Spanish Castle," a historic home in Old Pasadena built by prolific 1920s-era builder Samuel V.  Schooley is now on the market.…

By Colin Wolf

Built by Sam Schooley, St. Pete's historic 'Spanish Castle' is now for sale
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Photos: Tampa's Amalie Arena absorbs a Finger Finger Death Punch, with help from Brantley Gilbert

Despite his own words, Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan L. Moody is not retiring. Last night, Moody—who Creative Loafing Tampa Bay…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Tampa's Amalie Arena takes a Finger Finger Death Punch
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The Florida home of Hawaiian Tropic founder Ron Rice is now for sale

The home of "The Suntan King" is now for sale in Florida. Hawaiian Tropic sun tan lotion founder Ron Rice passed away…

By CL Staff

The Florida home of Hawaiian Tropic founder Ron Rice is now for sale
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Joe Jonas and 'Game of Thrones' actress Sophie Turner are selling their Florida mansion for $17 million

Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark on HBO's "Game of Thrones" and her husband Joe, the middle child of the Jonas Brothers, are…

By CL Staff

Joe Jonas and 'Game of the Thrones' actress Sophie Jonas are selling their Florida mansion for $17 million
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Everything up for bid during Creative Loafing Tampa Bay's annual Holiday Auction (11/21-11/28)

For more than a decade, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay has raised more than $250,000 for local Tampa Bay area charities through our…

By CL Staff

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Red Rose Events Full Wedding Planning Package • Personalized wedding day timeline • Contract review & negotiations • Confirmation & assistance finalizing vendor services • Décor guidance & set up assistance • Wedding rehearsal coordination • Day of coordination • Budget direction
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The Florida home of Ed Lowe, who created Kitty Litter, is now for sale

A sprawling ranch built by the guy who made it somewhat tolerable for cats to use the bathroom indoors is now on…

By CL Staff

The Florida home of Ed Lowe, who created Kitty Litter, is now for sale
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Photos: Tampa Bay Iranian students honor and rally for Mahsa Amini as part of global day of action

On Saturday—just days before Iran's national team refused to sing the country's national anthem at the World Cup—100 cities around the world…

By Dave Decker

Photos: Tampa Bay Iranian students honor and rally for Mahsa Amini as part of global day of action
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Photos: Mario and Bow Wow bring Ying Yang Twins, Keri Hilson and more to Tampa's Amalie Arena

Christmas came early for fans of early-2000s pop, hip-hop and R&B on Friday, Nov. 18 when the Millennium Tour rolled into Tampa's…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Mario and Bow Wow bring Ying Yang Twins, Keri Hilson and more to Tampa's Amalie Arena
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The best ways to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay this holiday season

The holidays are upon us, which means it won't be cold, but there will be millions of twinkly lights, and Tampa Bay…

By Min Craig

 Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay  
    10165 McKinley Dr., Tampa
    Nov. 14-Jan. 9
    Busch Gardens’ annual Christmas Town celebration features holiday light shows, fireworks, a train, up-close animal encounters, food options and a chance to meet Santa in his workshop, as well as a photo-op with Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. Entry is included with park admission.
  Photo via Busch Gardens/Website
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Tampa's first 3D-printed concrete home is now on the market

A home made almost entirely by a robot is now for sale in the Port Tampa neighborhood. Located at  7509 South Shamrock…

By Colin Wolf

Tampa's first 3D-printed concrete home is now on the market
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A rare Monolithic dome home is now for sale in Florida

A very Epcot looking home is now on the market in Florida. Located at 634 Silvershore Dr. in Pensacola, this Monolithic dome home…

By CL Staff

A rare Monolithic dome home is now for sale in Florida
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