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Riverwalk's waterside watering hole draws a crowd


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Young adults, senior citizens, conventiongoers, little kids and dogs. The Sail Pavilion on Tampa's downtown waterfront is attracting them all.

A 360-degree waterfront bar with snacks, the Sail Pavilion is part of the city's Tampa Convention Center complex and located on Riverwalk across from the Wyndam Harbour Island Hotel.

It's particularly popular on the second Friday of the month when it hosts Brews & Bites. The special night, which started in January, features food trucks offering deviled crabs, sandwiches, pizza and other "fun" food to enjoy while having a draft beer or specialty drink, including made-to-order Mojitos.

Kelly Rush was among the several hundred guests who gathered recently, having come after working all day in a downtown office building.

"My friends all like it and they kept wanting me to come, too," she said.

The Sail Pavilion opens at 2 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. weekends. People sit at tables on or steps and can listen to musicians Thursdays through Sundays or sunsets nightly.

Boaters are welcome and can use public docking space in front of the bar, 333 S. Franklin St.

Michelle Grizzell brought her 8-week-old yellow Labrador retriever, Dakota, to the Brews & Bites in June.

"I thought it would be a good way to socialize her - and to get out and about," Grizzell said.

The next Brews & Bites is July 12. For information on The Sail Pavilion, see www.tampaconventioncenter.com/facility-information/sail-pavilion/

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