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Downtown Wednesdays

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If you’ve never locked eyes with a stranger during wine speed dating, sit back and take a sip because you’re in for a serious social treat.

Not the kind that leads to another tired networking event or $5 barely Dirty Martini, either. We’re talking about an adventurous line-up of weekly events in Downtown Tampa.

While snapping the perfect boomerang cheers on Instagram is still very much a thing, one local crew has something new in mind for our city. 

Don’t worry, it still promises to quench your thirst.

Consider this your official introduction to Downtown Wednesdays, created by our wonderful friends at Downtown Crawlers.

First thing’s first: this is not a drill. It’s also not one of the company’s themed bar crawls you may have attended in the past. It’s more of a community-driven evolution. 

Downtown Wednesdays is a weekly happening full of entertainment, drink specials and inspiration to shake up your social calendar. The event will be hosted on select Wednesdays, from 5PM–9PM, across a handful of restaurants and bars in Downtown Tampa.

The idea for Downtown Wednesdays was sparked after the Downtown Crawlers merged with Tampa Bay is Awesome in May 2019. Together, they’ve made it their mission to spice up the city’s social scene. 

Along the way, they’ve also partnered with 813 Area, the city of Tampa, Barrett School of Music, Street Laced Marketing, Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay, and UNATION to organize and offer a huge collection of exciting things to do.

Let’s get real, there’s nothing worse than leaving work, just to sit in traffic, go home, and wonder about all of the things you could be doing while sitting on your couch. We’ve all been there, but now we don’t have to be! Netflix will still be there when you get home, we promise. 

Ten exclusive locations will offer a series of experiential events (that you seriously never knew you needed), like sitting front and center at a dueling guitar competition or dancing the night away at a dedicated Sangria + Salsa night. 

The rotating schedule will be live on UNATION, so you’ll be able to plot with your friends far in advance. Just don’t forget to take photos and tag @StufftoDoinTampaBay and @downtowncrawlers while you’re living it up at these Downtown Tampa happy hours.

This is your invitation to connect with new people, kick it with friends, and add a little love into your weekly routine. It’s totally free and there’s no sign-up required. Just show up, link up, and drink up. 

Here’s an example of Downtown Wednesday offerings you’ll see in Downtown Tampa:

Drink Specials: BOGO Wine, $5 Select Wines and Champagne

Food Specials: $5 Select Food Specials

601 S Harbour Island Blvd #107, Tampa, FL 33602

Drink Specials: $3 Glasses of Wine and $10 Bottles

Food Specials: $10 pizzas

116 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33602

Drink Specials: $20 all you can drink wine from 7PM–10PM, $4 Summer Shandy, $4 Grapefruit IPA, $3 White Claw

Food Specials: $5 select apps for happy hour

400 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, Florida 33602

Drink Specials: $5 Martini, $5 Glass of Wine, $6 Spirits, $6 Aperol Spritz

Food Specials: Happy Hour Menu featuring Burgers, Filet Tips, Ceviche, Shrimp Theresa, Cheese Board and much more, available from 3PM–7PM.

Downtown Tampa Riverwalk | 100 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Drink Specials: BOGO Wine, $5 Select Wines and Champagne

Food Specials: $5 Select Food Specials

Downtown Tampa Riverwalk | 400 Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

Entertainment: The House Cats
 
Drink Specials from 5pm-7pm: 1/2 priced Cocktails $5 Wines, $4 Stella
 
Food and Drinks Specials from 3pm-7pm: Happy Hour Menu featuring Burgers, Filet Tips, Ceviche, Shrimp Theresa, Cheese Board and much more.
$5 Martini, $5 Glass of Wine, $6 Spirits, $6 Aperol Spritz

For more information about the event or things to do in Downtown Tampa, follow UNATION and Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay on Facebook, Instagram, or download our app (iPhone/Google Play). 

Until then, we expect you to be practicing your 30-second elevator speed dating pitch.

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Melissa Santell

Melissa Santell

Melissa is a Tampa Bay-based lifestyle and food writer, with a serious love for cooking Italian Food, photography, and reading her Aquarian horoscope. Melissa’s work has also appeared on Thought Catalogue, Entrepreneurial Chef Magazine, and Creative Loafing. She is a University of Tampa Alumni and was previously named 30 Under 30 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. When Melissa isn’t writing, she’s flexing her digital marketing muscles for clients or shooting food photos for her upcoming cookbook. Find Melissa on Instagram at @melsantell.

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