Area venues will be party central when RNC rolls into Tampa


Area venues have been booked for official and unofficial RNC events, which are closed to the public. Here is a partial list of events. Many downtown Tampa, Ybor City and Channelside venues will close their doors to the public entirely during the convention, so call ahead.



Glazer Children's Museum: Newsweek, Daily Beast, Tennessee delegation, Lifetime Network. Closed Aug. 27-30.

Mahaffey Theater: RNC Finance Committee, Tampa Bay Host Committee

David a. Straz JR. Center FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Daily Show

Tampa Museum of Art (downtown Tampa): Google, Yahoo, National Journal and Americans for the Arts evening events. Open to the public for the duration of convention.

Florida Aquarium: Closed to the public and booked for the duration, but not disclosing to whom. (Also, the 150-passenger Bay Spirit II is booked.)


Hattrick's Tavern (downtown Tampa): Honeywell and Anheuser-Busch

Jackson's Bistro (Harbour Island, Tampa): ATT

Jannus Live (St. Petersburg): California delegation

Taverna Opa (Channelside, Tampa): The Hill, Glenn Beck


Centre Club (123 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa): Kansas delegation, Republican National Lawyers Association, Republican Jewish Coalition, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Libre Initiative

Centro Asturiano de Tampa (Ybor City): International Republican Institute, Young Invincibles, Center for U.S. Global Leadership, Politic 365

The Tampa Club (downtown Tampa): Florida delegation, Illinois delegation, National Convention Events


Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (124 S Franklin St., Tampa): Gov. Rick Scott

Channelside Cinemas: Film festival with Christine O'Donnell, Glenn Beck event

Florida State Fairgrounds: Ron Paul Festival

Lions Eye Institute (1410 N 21st St., Tampa): Vox Global

The SS American Victory (Channelside, Tampa): South Carolina delegation

StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht (25 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater): Indiana State Committee, Connecticut delegation, Maryland delegation

Tropicana Field: Host Committee party for delegates and media arranged by Corporate Magic

USF Sundome (4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa): Ron Paul rally, lecture

USF Gibbons Alumni Center (4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa): Junior Statesman Foundation



Fantasy of Flight (1400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk City):Freedom Festival 2012 (Ron Paul event)

Tampa Bay History Center (801 Old Water St., Tampa): Fox News


Aja (Channelside, Tampa): Huffington Post

Bernini (Ybor City): Warehouse Productions and Mississippi delegation

Carne Chophouse (Ybor City): National Journal and Atlantic magazines

Hamburger Mary's (Ybor City): Log Cabin Republicans

Ritz Ybor (Ybor City): Magnum Entertainment Group (bringing in acts like Big Head Todd, Blues Traveler, Drive By Truckers, Better than Ezra and Gregg Allman and Friends)

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: Entire hotel booked during convention; casino and restaurants open to public

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club: All rooms booked; restaurants open


Ask-Gary Amphitheatre: John Boehner cigar party, Rock the Vote

Curtis Hixon Park: Closed Aug. 27-30

Area venues will be party central when RNC rolls into Tampa 08/03/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 7:00am]

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