Arts & Music
Tampa area bars, businesses offer 'end-of-the-world' specials
Some people believe the world is going to end on Friday, when a cycle on the ancient Mayan calendar runs out. They probably aren't too worried about saving a few bucks on their bar tabs this week. But for those of us who plan on still being here Saturday, local nightspots, concert venues and other businesses are providing fun ways to ride out Friday's apocalypse without blowing your budget. So how do you want to spend your (possibly) last night on Earth?If you want to eat: Last Friday – Select T.G.I Friday's locations, including the one on Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg, are holding Mayan-inspired events to enjoy the Friday feeling "one last time." Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be food specials, "Mayan margaritas," and a DJ. A countdown clock, an "End of the World Menu" and directions on how to win a Friday's Survival Kit are all available at www.thelastfriday.com. If you want to party: End of the World Dance Party – Head to the newly renovated The Sage in downtown Clearwater, where a $5 cover charge gets you a "last meal" of pizza and a free shot of "Zombie MoMo" to start the zombie-themed party at the upscale event hall. End of the World Party – Peabody's, the popular college bar near the University of South Florida's Tampa campus, is offering $12 all-you-can-drink specials from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and giving away a $250 prize to whoever shows up in the best end-of-the-world-themed costume. End of the World Glow Party – The Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg hosts a no-cover party in the GLBT-friendly resort's Blu Room nightclub. The club will be fully blacked out to emphasize the glow in the dark festivities and decor, including a glow drag show. The party starts at 11 p.m. End of the World Party – The Park Square Cellar in Lithia will have a DJ spinning Motown, throwbacks from the '80s and hits from today with no cover charge. Mayan or "MacGyver" costumes are encouraged. End of the World (as we know it) Party – Beginning at 4 p.m., Cepas Wine & Tapas Bar in Carrollwood will be selling Shock Top End of the World and Unibroue La Fin du Monde (French for "The End of the World") draft beers for $4. Cigar City DJs start playing music at 9 p.m. La Fin du Monde: End of the World Bash – World of Beer in Westchase will count down to the end with Unibroue La Fin Du Monde on draft and live music from Chameleon. Buy a Unibroue draft and get a raffle ticket for a limited-release Unibroue shirt. If you want to get some ink: Doomsday Tattoo Special – Standing Art Tattoos in Port Richey is offering a $35 "I Survived Doomsday 2012" script tattoo on Friday, as well as 30 percent off any new zodiac symbol tattoo of at least $100 and 20 percent off any other new tattoo of at least $100. Prices may change depending on size, detail and body part. Contact the shop at (727) 378-5848 for details. If you want to rock: Zombie Apocalypse – Gasoline Alley, the raucous rock bar in Largo, is also going the zombie route. The free bash features a zombie costume contest where the top three entrants win a prize, as well local rock bands Dementia, A(k)new, Emerge and others. End of the World Show – It's hard to imagine a more fitting soundtrack to the apocalypse than heavy metal. The Brass Mug in Tampa has a full slate of metal bands lined up including Path To Prevail, Falls Upon Us and Burning Fair Verona, all for $7, starting at 7 p.m. End of the World Party – Tres Bien, the nationally known, psychedelic, indie-rock band with Tampa roots, headlines a show with Los Angeles-based Tres Bien offshoot Levels at The Local 662 in St. Petersburg. Shaller & Instanter will also perform. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 9 p.m. 97X End of the World Party – Jannus Live in St. Petersburg a concert from the Sick Puppies, an Australian alternative-rock trio that hit No. 3 on Billboard's mainstream rock chart with the 2011 track "Riptide." Minimalist rockers IAMDYNAMITE open the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are free from 97X ticket drop locations, which are listed at www.97xonline.com/s/eotw/. If you want to shop: End of the World Studio Sale & Celebration – Phoenix Glass Studio and Gallery in Tampa is advertising a special, everything-must-go sale on pieces of art from 9 a.m. until "the end." The gallery is also offering chair massages, yoga and glass blowing demonstrations, food and drinks during the sale.
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