How excited are you for the Lightning season to start? Hockey has become such a big part of Tampa's culture, and it doesn't hurt the team has been one of the best in the NHL recently.

The Downtown Crawlers are just as excited as you are, so they’re throwing a party to celebrate next Saturday, September 29th: the Tampa Bay Lightning Season Kickoff Bar Crawl!

The crawl will begin at Franklin Manor and then head to District Tavern, Yeoman’s Cask & Lion and American Social. At each bar you will be given a welcome drink with the purchase of your ticket, and also free transportation between bars in a party bus so the fun never ends. Not even during the five-minute drive between each bar!

You'll see bar games like beer pong and flip cup to corn hole and more. You can win additional drink vouchers and tickets for local events, shows and attractions if you come out with a victory during any of your games. Bring your crew, make new friends, discover new places, win cool stuff and just have a really good time!

Rumor has it even the Lightning's Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls will be in attendance to make sure you’re having fun worthy of hockey in paradise!

So grab a ticket today and guarantee yourself a fun weekend. Call up your friends, get the crew together and wear your favorite Bolts gear as you show the NHL which team has the best fans!

Check out some of the fun from previous years:

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