The Rolling Stones take Raymond James Stadium on Friday night. But where in Tampa will they get satisfaction before and after the gig?
Based on social media posts, it looks like the band has been taking its time on this tour and hanging out a bit in the cities they’ve stopped in, like this visit to the Thirsty Beaver Saloon in Charlotte, N.C.
Where might they stop in Tampa Bay? Will you even recognize Jagger if he’s wearing his magical ball cap disguise? We have some suggestions on where they should go.
Less than 10 minutes from the stadium, The Hub is a great choice for a local dive. According to Creative Loafing, it’s been a post-show hotspot for musicians including Father John Misty, Spoon frontman Brit Daniel, and Shock G of the Digital Underground.
Muddy Water Kava & Tea
The Rolling Stones named their band after a Muddy Waters song. Could they be spotted sipping kava at this chill St. Pete shop?
For a late-night bite after the show, there’s nothing quite like sitting at the horseshoe-shaped counter at La Teresita over a plate of lechon asado and fried yuca and taking in the scene. Plus, it’s a short, five-minute drive from Raymond James Stadium, which doesn’t hurt.
CW’s Gin Joint
The swanky cocktail lounge is one of the best places in Tampa to tuck away for an evening. The nondescript doors out front lend the spot a certain speakeasy vibe and inside the posh joint, there’s an air of exclusivity, if you’re into that sort of thing. The craft and classic cocktail selection is among the best in the city.
Keith Richards has a well-documented love for shepherd’s pie on the road, and this Tampa Irish pub has one of the best versions of the dish around, made with the traditional lamb instead of beef. The Tampa Heights pub is a great place to pop into a pint of Guinness or a shot of Jameson, too.
The great Charlie Watts, who died in August, was a big art collector. To honor his memory, the rest of the band could check out the Tampa Museum of Art, or head to St. Pete to check out the latest batch of SHINE murals. There’s also the The Dali Museum, the new Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement or Warhol’s West at The James Museum of Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.
Home in Lakewood Ranch
It’s possible that Mick Jagger might just head south of the Skyway to Lakewood Ranch. The singer bought a four-bedroom house for his girlfriend, ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick, there last year.