New Giraffe Bar, offering panoramic safari views, opening at Busch Gardens


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces the new Giraffe Bar at Serengeti Overlook, featuring panoramic indoor and outdoor views of the park’s expansive Serengeti Plain, under limited capacity.

Busch Gardens is about more than just thrill rides; the photogenic park also serves up some of the best food. and brews in the region. The all-new Giraffe Bar at the Serengeti Overlook offers stunning safari views, and great drinks to pair with the scenery.

Guests can marvel at giraffes, zebra, antelope, ostrich and more, while enjoying an all-new menu of shareable appetizers and a collection of cocktails, wine, and beer as vibrant as the animal kingdom.

Giraffe Bar will feature a curated selection of frozen specialty drinks, hand-crafted cocktails, Florida craft beers and domestic favorites when it opens this month.

The best views in Tampa

The menu will also feature a selection of wines and spirits that support wildlife conservation efforts around the world. The spacious indoor/outdoor venue offers shaded and air-conditioned comfort, with plenty of space for physical distancing.

The new location will soft open with a new menu of refreshing drinks and signature small bites on March 19. With physically distant interior tables and shaded outdoor patio seating, the Giraffe Bar will feature a chef- and mixologist-curated selection of cocktails and bites that guests can only get at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. These unique offerings will include:

Sparkling cocktails on draft including the refreshing “Thorn and Berry,” inspired by the bar’s namesake giraffes that strip thorns off of branches to eat leaves, and the “Masai Margarita,” named after the Masai, the largest species of giraffe native to East Africa. 

Wines dedicated to conservation efforts

Proud Pour wines which support wildlife and wild places, including “Save the Bees” Pinot Noir from Oregon, and “Save the Oceans” Sauvignon Blanc from California.

Chef-crafted menus offer a range of shareable savory bites, including bourbon-glazed sticky wings, braised brisket mac and cheese, and smoked brisket-loaded French fries.

Guests can graze on vegetarian-friendly shareable items, including loaded hummus and fresh oversized Bavarian soft pretzels.

Visit Busch Gardens’ website for ticketing details, and to plan your visit. Busch Gardens is located at 10165 McKinley Drive.

America’s tallest hybrid coaster

This isn’t the only exciting development at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens in Tampa is the tallest hybrid coaster in North America — and the theme park just released the first POV footage from the wild ride.

Iron Gwazi has been buzzed about for months. America’s tallest hybrid coaster is modeled after the endangered slender-snouted crocodile. So get ready to scream on the ride and then educate yourself afterward about Bush Gardens’ conservation efforts.

The roller coaster is 206 feet tall and features a nail-biting 91-degree drop. Do you have the guts to ride it?

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The Serengeti Overlook is home to the newly redesigned and reimagined Oasis Pizza, serving favorites such as handmade pizza, chicken tenders, fresh salads, and freshly baked desserts. Guests can also look forward to more new culinary experiences coming in 2021, according to a release from BGT.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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