Check the Facebook page for Bilmar Station and you will read comments like George Chambers III — "5 stars! This pub has cleverly been known as my version of Cheers", Demetrius Barber's, "Guy style wings!!!!!" or my favorite and the one that says it all for me, Jami Nikole Philloe's, "Here alone but I don't care." Bilmar Station has been the neighborhood bar worth the trip, for us down here on the peninsula, since 2001. Centrally located in Tampa at 8501 W Hillsborough Ave. in Buccaneer Square, they sit at the crossroads as the go-to sports bar in Tampa Bay. Spacious, Bilmar Station is a sports bar with plenty of atmosphere, lots of TV's, over 20 craft beers on tap and some of the best food around, It's no wonder why everyone loves Bilmar Station, Tampa's version of Cheers!
813 Spotlight | Bilmar Station is Tampa's Version of Cheers
We sat down with Bilmar Station Manager Ashley to discuss what she and owner Denise Bills are up to these days. Fifteen years says a lot in the bar business, customers are fickle, often abandoning one spot to try something new, that did not happen not Bilmar! “We’re like an adult Chuck E. Cheese with our arcade and videos games.” said Ashley. Guests can play their favorites while enjoying any one of over 100 bottled craft beers from across the country or an ice cold draft from twenty rotating taps.
Happy hour is from 3 - 7 pm Monday through Thursday and noon - 7 pm on Fridays. (Swear, it's like they KNOW me!) They offer nightly specials from Whiskey Night on Tuesdays to Bacardi Night on Fridays. They EVEN have specials on the Weekends! Yes weekends! On Saturdays it is 'Kill The Keg Night' and on Sunday, "Hospitality Night'. Are cocktails your thing - order $3 wells weeknights from 3 - 7 pm. Ashley shared a secret locals have known for years about Bilmar Station saying, “We pour stronger than anyone in the area”. HINT: When you buy a signature Bilmar Station Mug, you get special pricing ALL the time, something regulars LOVE about this bar.
If you know the answer to: "The most successful pirate during the golden age of Piracy was Bartholomew Roberts, he is said to have captured over 470 vessels. He was known as ...", perhaps Trivia Nights are for you! Using Buzztime's digital platform, you and your friends can compete Monday through Friday from 7 - 9 pm as you relax and enjoy what is known as some of the 'greatest bar food in Tampa Bay'. Burger Night is Thursday - from 5 pm to 2 am, it's crazy really....their food is always on point, delicious hot and yummy, they serve some of the best wings around and that Burger on Thursday night till 2 am....it's only $2.00. Expect to see the hospitality crowd coming in to join the party in the wee hours, it's a favorite hangout. They know about the wing and beer specials, the NFL, MLB and NBA packages, and enjoy playing basketball IN the restaurant to blow off steam before calling it a night.
Bilmar Station survives because they make it about you! They get that to survive in this business you have to be part of a community, not just 'some business', but a business that supports it's neighbors. At Bilmar Station they give back. Among other projects they support the Children's Home with a huge annual Crawfish Boil, they fund-raise for their local Little League and at the holidays the wait staff donates tips to Angel Tree. They 'get it' at Bilmar Station, they know what we like, fun, great food, drink specials and a comfortable place where a girl can walk into a bar alone and feel at home, like Jami did.
So stop by and see for yourself what others already know; Bilmar Station is something special and a sports bar you should not miss! So hurry, grab your Bataphant, or whatever means you have, and head over to Bilmar Station, where it's always a Good Time!