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A Guide to Labor Day Events in Tampa Bay

The ending of summer is here (can you believe it?!) and non-humid weather is slowly starting to trickle in. Wanna get your last few moments of Hot Girl (or City Girl) Summer? These are a few Labor Day events in Tampa Bay:

American Social Spend Friday night dancing the night away at their silent party then come back Monday for a  special brunch menu featuring items like Cinnamon French Toast, a breakfast pizza, Brunch in the Keys plate (Key West pink shrimp cake, Green Goddess dressing, poached egg and topped with hollandaise sauce and cilantro), or try the Brunch B.L.A.T. Pair with classic brunch drink like Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas. $5-25. Silent party 9/2 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Labor Day brunch 9/5 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. #107, Tampa, (813) 605-3333.

Bulla Gastrobar Grab your friends for brunch faves featuring Blueberry & Ricotta Pancakes, Steak & Eggs, Cochinillo Hash alongside bottomless sangrias and mimosas. 9/3-9/5. 930 S Howard Ave., Tampa, (813) 773-8626.

MacDinton’s Irish Pub Celebrate Labor Day with BBQ and booze. A hot dog eating content with prizes worth $100-150 sounds like a good idea too. Reservations recommended. 9/4-9/5 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa, (727) 295-5714. @MacDintonsIrishPub on FB.

Park & Rec TPA A 3-day weekend with indoor + outdoor games, 60 tv screens, 4 bars and all the bites. $5 red, white, and blue shots available all weekend too. 9/3-9/5. 290 S. Meridian Ave., Tampa,

Postcard Inn on the Beach Another blowout weekend with all the vibes and slappin’ beats by the area’s hottest DJs. 9/2-9/5. 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, (727) 367-2711.

Red Star Live An all-white affair with soca, dancehall, and Afrobeats. $15-400. 9/3 10 p.m.-3 a.m. 9847 E Adamo Dr., Tampa, 813-753-4441.

Shephard’s Tiki Beach Kick it “Old Skool” with performances with Coolio and Young MC. $10-15. 9/3 at 8 p.m. 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, (727) 442-5107.

Steelbach Brunch and enjoy your fave menu items along with classic weekend cocktails like “Flight of the Mimosa” and more. Reservations recommended. 9/5 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1902 N Ola Ave., Tampa, (813) 693-5478.

St. Pete Shuffle A Labor Day weekend filled with events like a members-only happy hour with snacks and a doubles tournament. Join now to become a member. $20-25 per player. Sept. 2-3. 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, (727) 822-2083.

The Talking Pint Join the Freakin Hooligans for the biggest Labor Day party in town.
Festivities start at 2 p.m. and music begins at 4. 9/5 2 p.m.-8 p.m. 13418 Boyette Rd., Riverview, (813) 315-9889. @TheTalkingPint on FB.

Willa’s Party at home or on-the-go this weekend with a special to-go menu featuring charcuterie and cheese boards, Willa’s Classic or Chipotle Rotisserie Chicken, and sides including seared broccoli, roasted mushrooms, and roasted fingerling potatoes; to-go drinks include Big Willa cocktails, Glouglou Natural Wines, Negronis, and Zero Proffers; desserts on deck are Chocolate Chip cookies, Double Chocolate brownies, and  Glazed Crullers. Place orders by Saturday 9/3 for pickup. $18-120 for items. 1700 W Fig St., Tampa, (813) 519-4552.

Staying home for the holiday? Make one (or several) of the following cocktails:

Papa’s Pilar Haymaker


  • 1.5 oz Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
  • 2 oz mango-pineapple juice
  • 0.5 oz honey
  • Ginger beer
  • Directions: Pour all ingredients in glass and top with ginger beer.

Meet Me In The Berry Patch (Created by mixologist Tara Gillum of Chillicothe, OH)


  • 2 oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 1 oz triple berry shrub
  • 2 dashes vanilla bitters
  • 1 tsp bar sugar
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • fresh mint foam* (optional)

Directions: Muddle mint and bar sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add Uncle Nearest, bitters, shrub, and ice, and shake for 8-10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Combine whiskey, shrub, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 8-10 seconds. Top with fresh mint foam, berries, and mint.

Fresh mint foam*: in a foamer, add 6 egg whites, 3 oz lemon juice, and 4 oz of peppermint schnapps. Add the top and give a vigorous shake. Chill for at least 2 hours for the best smooth consistency.

Four Roses Summer Sour

  • 1.5oz Four Roses Small Batch Select
  • 1 fl oz sour mix
  • 1 fl oz water
  • Club soda
  • Cocktail cherry

Directions: Combine bourbon, water and sour mix into a glass and stir. Top with a splash of club soda and a cherry.

Lobos 1707 Blush Martini


  • 2 oz Lobos 1707 Joven Tequila
  • 0.5 oz Lillet Rose
  • 0.75 oz Elderflower
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 2 strawberries

Directions: Muddle strawberries in a shaker. Add all other ingredients into the shaker with ice and shake. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a strawberry fan as pictured.

Ketel One Vodka
Dapper Dragon by Charles Joly
Ketel One Vodka Dapper Dragon
●     1 ½ oz Ketel One® Family-Made Vodka
●     ½ oz fresh lemon juice
●     ½ oz fresh lime juice
●     ¾ oz coconut water syrup*
●     ¾ oz papaya nectar
●     20 drops cardamom tincture*
●     ½ teaspoon dragon fruit powder
●     3 Dashes of Bittered Sling Moondog Bitters
●     2 oz soda water
●     Garnish with lime leaf and dragon fruit chip.
Directions: Combine all ingredients, except soda water, in a shaker. Shake well to combine. Pour over fresh ice and top with soda.

Header photo c/o American Social