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The Outback Bowl is coming to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on New Year’s Day. If you can’t catch the game live, the next best option is a nearby sports bar. Yes, you could watch the game from the comfort of your couch, but where’s the rivalry in that?

We’ve rounded up the six best bars in Tampa to watch the Outback Bowl. These spots have everything you want in a sports bar: HDTVs, plenty of room to cheer rambunctiously, crowds of fans to high-five in between plays, and endless supplies of beer. Kickoff is at noon, so head to these venues early to secure a good seat.

1. Ducky’s

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Ducky’s is located just outside of downtown Tampa. This location is a bit unique in that it features four mini bowling lanes inside the bar. In addition to their bountiful selection of 60-inch TV screens hung throughout the lounge, Ducky’s has two 100-inch projection screens that they pull out for the big games. Combine that with a handcrafted cocktail selection and 24 beers on draft, and you have a winning combination for this year’s Outback Bowl viewing.

2. Press Box Sports Emporium

Press Box has been around for 38 years, so they know a thing or two when it comes to pleasing sports crowds. During games, they feature drink specials and prize giveaways. Not to mention, they have a designated press box, where big names in the sports industry come to watch the games and enjoy the atmosphere. You might score an autograph while you’re there. If you need a break, you can entertain yourself with the onsite arcade games or billiards tables.

3. Hattrick’s

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Hattrick’s is set in downtown Tampa and boasts the best wings in the area plus high definition TVs that you can view from every angle. What more could you want in a sports bar? The bubbly staff, two-for-one drink specials and sports memorabilia-lined walls are just icing on the cake. Head downtown, grab a local beer on tap, and enjoy Outback Bowl from one of the best bars in Tampa.

4. Peabody’s

Peabody’s may appear like an upscale sports bar, but they still know how to get into the action. How fancy can you be when drinks the size of fishbowls are your hottest item? Expect low-lighting, finished wooden tables, a robust beer list, high-end billiard tables, and a packed house. Peabody’s is a self-proclaimed entertainment complex, so you’ll also get well-positioned HDTVs, games to keep you occupied, and everything in between.

5. Ferg’s Live

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Ferg’s Live is the ideal place to catch anything live, including the Outback Bowl. With sixty 60-inch flat screen TVs and two large projection screens, you’ll catch every minute of the action no matter if you’re at the bar, in the booths, or seated at the hi-top tables. The house is always packed with sports fans and the menu has every type of bar food you could ever want, from onion straws to burgers to desserts. One of Ferg’s best features is that it opens up into an outdoor space, where you can enjoy the game from patio seating.

6. Bobalouie’s

Bobalouie’s is your typical, hometown sports bar. Established in 1986, Bobalouie’s has maintained its original charm, from the decor to the old-school arcade games. If you’re looking for a more low-key spot to catch the game surrounded by true sports fans, this is the place to be. The bar features 16 widescreen HDTVs, a dozen draft beers, and fully stocked bar.

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