Watching the Tampa Bay Rays duke it out against their Major League competitors at Tropicana Field is a tried and true St. Pete past time well-loved by locals and visitors alike.  While great deals on Tampa Bay Rays tickets are abundant, the prices of food, drinks, and more inside Tropicana Field leave much to be desired.

Luckily, there are a ton of great bars and restaurants near Tropicana Field that can provide great fan experiences and affordable prices to soften the blow of buying concessions at the stadium.  Here are a few of our favorites.

Ferg's Sports Bar - Ferg's is, far and beyond, the number one bar in St. Petersburg when it comes to pre-game libations and more.  Located right across the street from the Trop, this longstanding St. Pete sports bar and restaurant offers huge indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for Rays fans and others looking to dine, drink, and get pumped up for the big games across the street.

Taps & Tequila - Recently opened just a stone's throw away from Ferg's, Taps and Tequila provides a one of a kind bar experience marked by signature tequilas, cocktails, and an expansive assortment of draft and bottled beers.

Emerald Bar - Established in 1950, the Emerald Bar is one of Downtown St. Petersburg's longest-running bars and a great place to grab a strong drink before the game.  This neighborhood dive bar is renowned for great live music and it's classic interior perfect for meeting up with a few friends before the game.

The Burg Bar and Grill - The name says it all, The Burg is a no-frills bar and grill just a short distance from Tropicana Field focused on great craft beers and Greek-inspired fare.  The Burg provides an easygoing environment right on Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg made complete by four large-screen TVs, game day specials, and more.

The Independent - If you're a beer-loving baseball fan, the Independent will do you solid when it comes to a commendable assortment of craft beers from all around the world.  This world-class beer hall will expand the palate with a rich variety of beer varieties ranging from wheats to pilsners, IPAs, and more.