Tiny combustions and the smell of butter emanate from Goodnight's Comedy Club's vintage popcorn maker as nationally touring standups such as Marc Maron and Ralphie May step up to the mic. With a brick wall behind them and a checkered floor below, these headliners spin their comic yarns as popcorn, Buffalo wings, and cocktails deftly land on tables. In addition to its cabaret menu of apps and drinks, the club is connected to two restaurants. Every month, the mostly private Grille at Goodnight's unveils a new menu of upscale American fare, from prime rib to lobster mac n cheese and pumpkin ravioli that turns into carriage ravioli at midnight. The Old Bar Restaurant and Bar resides underneath Goodnight's, treating diners to more casual fare in the form of burgers and Tex-Mex platters.
Just minutes from downtown's bustling shops and overlooking the glassy waters of Tampa Bay, The Mahaffey's picturesque building hosts some of Florida's most entertaining art and performance offerings. Originally built in 1965, the renovated building's floor-to-ceiling glass façade pierces the night with softly glowing light, cordially inviting patrons inside and awakening desires in moths that can never be fulfilled. The box-style seating of the theater ensures clear sightlines for all patrons, and its excellent acoustics make the venue suitable for both thunderous rock bands and delicate chamber ensembles.
311 and Sublime with Rome bring their blends of chugging rock and sauntering reggae outside, coating the coasts in good vibes on their summer Unity Tour 2011. Known for hits such as “Down” and “Don’t Tread on Me,” 311 inspires legions of fans to bob their heads, nod their feet, and jam city switchboards with reports of dance-induced potholes. Touring behind its latest album, Universal Pulse, 311 provide a rhythm-heavy soundtrack for the summer. Tag-teaming the stage, Sublime with Rome shoots hits from the band’s supernal cannon up into the grateful skies, as new frontman Rome Ramirez upholds the seminal band’s legacy with tantamount vocals and a swagger found only in John Wayne’s rasta period.
• For $20, you get one seat in sections 332–334 (a $29.50 value before fees, or up to a $40.10 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $36, you get one seat in sections 224–229, 301–305, 324–328, or 338 (a $59.50 value before fees, or up to a $71.95 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $57, you get one seat in floor area 7 or 9, sections 101–103, 105, 118, 120–123, or 130 (a $99.50 value before fees, or up to a $114.30 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).