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Tampa Bay has lots of things to offer its residents and tourists.

If you leave here, you know. Tampa rules, conclusively, completely and forever. And now, The Bay has made TIME Magazine’s Worlds Best Places list. It’s for good reason, too.
TIME lists many reasons for choosing Tampa.

First is the weather, which we all guessed would figure in there somewhere. Second, the economy in our Bay is booming. Everywhere you look, you see construction. While that can be cumbersome when going to and coming from work and restaurants, it sill spells prosperity. With each crane you spot downtown, there come more jobs and more tax dollars. Just take a moment to think about our shining examples of growth. There’s Armature Works, the Riverwalk, Channelside, John’s Pass, Clearwater and St. Pete Beaches and countless other attractions. We also have a thriving sea port, with cruise ships coming and going constantly. Our area used to be a refuge for retirees, but that image is changing. Just take a walk along any beach or shopping center, you’ll see young people by the thousands.

I know what you’re thinking, what other places made the list? After all, they say you are the company you keep. Well, the list is quite impressive. Other cities mentioned and praised by TIME are Barcelona, Spain and Naples, Italy. We’re in rare air, my friends! The places on the list were picked because of growth, tourism and accessiblility. Tampa kicks butt in that last category, with flights coming in and out of Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota nonstop. Tampa also recently introduced nonstop flights to London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
Tampa has got it going on, and that’s a fact. Whether you’re talking about sports teams, real estate, a prospering business climate or a strong hiring market, we kick butt. Here’s the complete list from TIME magazine. Source:

Your Playlist For St. Patty’s Day Weekend

21 Best Rock Songs About Drinking/Booze

Pull up a stool and start running a tab, because we’re diving into one of rock’s most popular topics: Alcohol.

From beer to wine to spirits, there are countless songs in rock history about drinking. Some of these songs are upbeat, while others are dark. Regardless, many have resonated with fans spanning multiple generations.

When it comes to songs about booze, which ones are the best? Surely, that’s a great debate to be had sitting at any bar. Whether you find this list while at your favorite watering hole or come across it at a raucous party, our list will give you the perfect soundtrack for either occasion.

Here is our ranking of the 21 best rock songs about drinking or booze. Cheers!

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  • 21. KISS - ‘Cold Gin’

    Written by guitarist Ace Frehley for KISS’ self-titled 1974 debut album, the song is actually sung by bassist Gene Simmons; it’s well known that he doesn’t drink. The song is far darker than its minimalist groove and touches on themes of alcoholism. However, that didn’t stop KISS from creating their own gin aptly named, of course, “Cold Gin.”

  • 20. UB40 - ‘Red Red Wine’

    Who among us hasn’t drank to forget a broken heart? (If you can’t relate, honestly, what are you even doing reading this list?) Anyway, “Red Red Wine” was originally written and recorded by Neil Diamond in 1967. It was a moderate hit for Diamond. UB40 put a reggae spin on this song and originally released it in 1983. However, the song didn’t really take off until 1988, when the band performed the cover at Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday concert. Soon after, the track was re-released and went number one in seven countries, including the United States.

  • 19. Black Flag - ‘Six Pack’

    This intense hardcore punk classic from Black Flag is actually a negative commentary on those who only want to drink and do nothing else. It may not inspire you to drink, but you’ll definitely feel like starting your own moshpit when you hear it.

  • 18. Eagles - ‘Tequila Sunrise’

    Going from hardcore punk to country soft rock, “Tequila Sunrise” isn’t about the cocktail that was super popular in the early ‘70s. This Eagles song is about drinking from a broken heart all night long and seeing the actual sun rise. (“Take another shot of courage/Wonder why the right words never come/You just get numb/It’s another tequila sunrise, this old world/Still looks the same/Another frame, mmm.”)

  • 17. Billy Joel - ‘Piano Man’

    If you’ve never been in a dive bar at nine o’clock on a Saturday and someone puts on “Piano Man” that eventually leads to sing-a-long, you truly have never lived. Few songs make you forget about life for a while like this Billy Joel classic, if only to make you realize you just might have it better than some of the patrons at the joint in the song. One thing we can all agree on is that those businessmen slowly getting stoned are probably very annoying to the waitress practicing politics.

  • 16. Eric Burdon and War - ‘Spill the Wine’

    No one quite knows what “Spill the wine/take that pearl” means, but the inspiration behind the song is definitely one of music’s many “happy accidents.” According to Eric Burdon’s memoir Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (h/t Medium), Burdon and War were in a recording studio when someone actually spilled a bottle of wine on a mixing board. Everything just snowballed from there, and a hit was born!

  • 15. Elton John - ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting)’

    “I’m a juvenile product of the working class/Whose best friend floats in the bottom of a glass.” Man…that Bernie Taupin sure has a way with words, and he certainly paints a vivid picture of a packed bar where most folks are looking to get loaded. It remains one of Elton John’s best and most popular songs and his hardest rocking tune thanks to the killer playing of guitarist Davey Johnstone.

  • 14. Dropkick Murphys - ‘Kiss Me, I'm #!@'faced’

    Dropkick Murphys have a number of songs about drinking, but “Kiss Me, I’m #!@’faced” is the funnest one in their entire catalog. Many can relate to talking a big game at the bar in the hopes of going home with someone. However, the true heart of this song is when Ken Casey comes clean in the fourth verse about all his tall tales. (“But just give me a chance, ’cause deep down inside/I swear I got a big heart of gold/I’m a monogamous man, no more one night stands/Come on, honey, let me take you home.”)

    Because of the song’s language, it cannot be embedded, but you can listen to it here.

  • 13. Van Halen - ‘Take Your Whiskey Home’

    Clearly, the protagonist in this VH tune has a drinking problem, but it’s so easy to forget about it thanks to its killer groove. Also, that plucky guitar intro is just another example of Eddie Van Halen’s brilliance and why he’s so missed.

  • 12. Flogging Molly - ‘These Times Have Got Me Drinking’

    Like their contemporaries the Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly also has pleny of songs about drinking, but “These Times Have Got Me Drinking” certainly hits close to home for many. The track was the lead single off the band’s seventh studio album, 2022’s Anthem. Singer Dave King said in a statement about the song, “It’s the perfect song for right now. I think it summarizes everything our band is about – which is celebration with our loved ones in trying times. It’s about joy amidst, and in spite of, stuff trying to grind us down.”

  • 11. Sammy Hagar - ‘Mas Tequila’

    The Red Rocker knew exactly what he was doing when he released “Mas Tequila” in 1999. Around that time, his Cabo Wabo tequila brand was just taking off. What better way to advertise a new business venture than with an absurdly catchy song? Side note: About a decade later, Hagar sold 80% of his interest in Cabo Wabo tequila to the tune of $80 million. He said in a 2022 interview with TMZ he’s made way more money in his non-music business than he ever did in the music industry.

  • 10. Jimmy Buffett - ‘Why Don’t We Get Drunk’

    Some might think “Margaritaville” should be here instead, but the blunt nature of “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” has a simplistic beauty as it playfully satirizes country love songs. You have to try really hard to hate this Jimmy Buffett classic.

  • 9. Chumbawamba - ‘Tubthumping’

    Was “Tubthumping” played to death in the late ‘90s? Yes, but there’s no denying its place on this list. It’s one of the greatest earworms about drinking ever written by a group of British anti-fascist communists. Bonus points for making the lyric “Pissing the night away…” a secondary hook in the tune.

  • 8. ZZ Top - ‘Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers’

    Fact: Tying one on and heading out to hear live music is just an outstanding premise for a song. ZZ Top was well aware of that very early in their career with 1973’s “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers.” The guitar solo from Billy Gibbons is just aces, and his vocals with the late Dusty Hill were just perfection.

  • 7. The Doors - ’Roadhouse Blues’

    The Doors are obviously known for psychedelia, but when they ventured into the blues, they really cooked. “Roadhouse Blues” is one of the best examples of that. The classic lyric “Well, I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer!” was apparently a quote from Alice Cooper. The Godfather of Shock Rock said back in 2008, “We were sitting there drinking and Jim comes in and he flops down. I said that I had got up this morning and got myself a beer and while we’re talking he just writes that down. So they go in and they’re doing the song and the next thing I hear is ‘Woke up this morning and I got myself a beer’ and I went ‘I just said that a second ago!’”

  • 6. Beastie Boys - ‘Brass Monkey’

    Let’s set the record straight: The “Brass Monkey” the Beasties were referring to was actually a pre-mixed vodka, dark rum and orange juice cocktail that came in various sized bottles/cans and not a mixture of malt liquor and orange juice. (Mike D confirmed this in a 2014 interview.) The energy of the track is the perfect encapsulation of the feeling of getting hammered in your late teens and early twenties. Then, at some point, you hit the age where you can’t drink stuff like Brass Monkey anymore, because the orange juice gives you major acid reflux. And then you realize you’re not a punk kid anymore, but at least you still have those hazy memories.

  • 5. Thin Lizzy - ‘Whiskey in the Jar’

    “Whiskey in the Jar” is a traditional Irish folk song that has been recorded by a number of artists including Metallica and Bryan Adams. However, it’s hard to argue against Thin Lizzy’s 1972 recording being the definitive version. Phil Lynott’s trademark raspy vocals just hit you right in the gut, which is probably a similar feeling to how the song’s protagonist felt when his woman turned on him and landed him in jail.

  • 4. George Thorogood & The Destroyers - ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’

    George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” is actually a mashup of two John Lee Hooker recordings: The aforementioned “One Bourbon…” and “House Rent Boogie.” It’s definitely not a “mashup” by today’s standards, but most would let Thorogood slide on that one. That seven-verse build until the chorus is truly something else.

  • 3. Muddy Waters - ‘Champagne and Reefer’

    “Champagne and Reefer” was featured on 1981’s King Bee, which was the final studio album from Muddy Waters released two years before the blues icon died. Until the very end, he was writing stone-cold classics. (“Yeah, bring me champagne when I’m thirsty/Bring me reefer when I want to get high.”)

  • 2. Guns N’ Roses - ‘Nightrain’

    As far as songs about cheap wine go, “Nightrain” is definitely the most badass and for sure has the best hook. Also, it features easily one of the best uses of cowbell ever. (No one tell Gene Frankel/Will Ferrell.)

  • 1. AC/DC - ‘Have a Drink on Me’

    Within the first verse of “Have a Drink on Me,” we’re already dealing with five drink references. (“Whiskey, gin and brandy/With a glass, I’m pretty handy/I’m tryin’ to walk a straight line/On sour mash and cheap wine.”) From there, there’s somehow additional spirits in store.

    This list has explored songs about drinking/booze through a variety of different lenses, from pensive odes to lost loves to cautionary tales and everywhere in between. At the end of it all, when it comes to drinking, most of us just want to unwind, have a good time and forget about whatever troubles we’re dealing with. AC/DC’s “Have a Drink on Me” is the textbook example of that. After all, as Brian Johnson wailed, “Don’t worry about tomorrow/Take it today/Forget about the check, we’ll get hell to pay.” We all can drink to that.

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5 Cheap Airfare Deals from Tampa for Under $200 Round Trip

It’s not a popular travel season, but if you can take some vacation days, this is a great time of year to score a flight deal. Kids are still in school so leisure travel drops off and the airlines want to fill those empty seats so they know they have to cut prices. Here are 5 cities I love to visit that you can fly round trip right now for $200 or less.

All of these flights I found by searching the dates April 5 through April 12. Midweek flights are often where you’ll find the bargains. Keep in mind too many of these airlines nickel and dime you by charging for things like a carry on bag, picking your seat or having a snack on the plane.

If you can pack light, you’ll save a lot. I found a “personal item” size bag on Amazon for $10 that let me avoid even bringing on a typical carry on size bag for short trips or visits where I can easily get my laundry done. If you’re not one who can travel light, the crazy thing is you’ll often find a check in size piece of luggage is cheaper than a carry on!

  • Atlanta for $38

    $38 roundtrip!? That’s cheaper than driving. The nonstop flight I found on Frontier leaves at 8am out of TPA and leaves Atlanta at 5:39pm. Catch opening day for the Atlanta Braves.

  • Boston for $179

    Anytime you can get an airfare under $200 to Boston, it’s a good deal. For $179 roundtrip, look for the Spirit early morning flight at 5:30am. I know I know. Super early. But that’ll give you an full day in Boston as it arrives at 8:35AM. Your return flight time will be far less painful. Take the 7:30am flight on United leaving at 7:30am. You’ll have a long layover, but it’s a fun one… take the train from Newark into New York City and get a great slice of pizza and stroll around Central Park. You’ll get back to Tampa at 6:08pm.

  • Chicago for $138

    Visiting Chicago in April isn’t the most touristy thing to do. It can still get pretty cold. But a deep dish pizza will warm you up. For just $138 roundtrip, grab the Frontier 8:10am flight out of Tampa. It connects in Atlanta. If you want to skip the layover, for $30 more take the American Airlines 6:06AM flight. You’ll have an early flight on the way back though at 6AM, but you’ll be back in Tampa by 9:30AM.

  • Las Vegas for $140

    For $140 roundtrip, you’ll have plenty of money to dump into the slot machines. Take the late night 10:47PM nonstop Frontier flight from Tampa to Sin City. When you get to Vegas at 1am, crash at the hotel… or get the party started. The 7am flight back has a stop in Atlanta for 4 hours, which stinks. But for $10 more you can get a late night nonstop flight if you’re a good sleeper on airplanes.

  • San Francisco $202

    2 trips in one! Jump on the 8:50AM Spirit flight out of TPA. Stop in Las Vegas for 10 hours and then finish your trip with Frontier landing in California at 10:50PM. On the way back you get to do it again. Take the 12:45PM Frontier flight, have fun for 13 hours in Vegas. Then jump on the Spirit red eye to Tampa. All this for $202! I know that’s $2 over the budget, but you can win that back at the tables.

Sean Roberts was conceived in the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky by two passionate, panel aligning, third shifters who had grown bored with the same ole same ole. Upon birth, he was placed in the trunk of a new Stingray and sent off to find his destiny. That destiny included several stints on radio stations across the United States. Some played punk country gospel, while others focused on Croatian death metal played backwards. After many years and many adventures, Sean wound up on The Shark, where he does shots of tequila while playing the most badass tunes ever created by humankind. He remains humble, however, never forgetting about the lean years...the street corners and dark alleys where he played songs on his car stereo for food and sex. He's on top and he's never gonna stop LIVING THE DREAM!