Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete has a nice, compact collection of restaurants, bars, and clubs that would make many cities envious. The anchor tenant in this area is Jannus Live (formerly Jannus Landing), the large and popular concert venue. On the same side of the same block as Jannus Live area about 10 bars including Pelican Pub, The Garden, Central Avenue Oyster Bar, Dinner's Pizza, The Lucky Dill Deli, Centro Cigars, and more.
We had dinner one night, just down the street at India Grill, then wandered down to the Five Buck Bar for drinks. It turns out this is actually three for four bars sharing one space; the bar called Green features a huge variety of bottled beers, Five Buck Bar is a dive, upstairs is a nice wine bar, and also in the space is another bar with a good draft beer selection. Within a few blocks are a few other popular places like World of Beer and the Independent.
Lots of options here for just about anyone, plenty of parking options and very walkable.
Outdoor deck on the beach that serves over 40 types of daiquiris -is known for their grouper sandwiches
Open 11 AM to Midnight and has full menu during this time
Happy hour is Monday to Friday 4 PM to 7 PM
Dress Code: Casual its a beach bar
Anyone who says anything disrespectful about Jimmy B's is freakin CRAZY!
We just came back from a three day getaway from St. Petes and we practically Lived at Jimmy B's.
Darlene and Billy (bartenders) were awesome people, the drinks were stern, the music was trippin and my girlfriend had the hottest body in the place(so sayeth the locals).
Saw Shake play on Wed night. WHAT A FANTASTIC, VERSATILE BAND!!!!. They had the place jumping.
Want to say a special Hi to Jimmy Sr, Jimmy jr., and Betty. They were in Jimmy B's and we lost track of them as the days turned to blur.
Blue Shark. All shows ages 21 and up. 1620 E Seventh Ave.
Cafe Creole. Wayne Pearson and the Bourbon Street Jazz Band (sax, clarinet, upright bass, guitar, occasonal vocalist), 8-11:30p.m. Fri.-Sat. 1330 E Ninth Ave.
Club Hedo. Acousticats (live acoustic guitar duo), 8-10p.m. Fri. Ages 18 and up. 1510 E Seventh Ave.
Fun. This upscale club starts a charity event series throughout the holiday season starting with A Jazz Jam with local jazz bands, 7:30-10:30p.m. Complimentary buffet and door prizes provided by Baccus, Hops and dish. Benefits the American Diabetes Association. 1507 E Seventh Ave.
Green Iguana. Recently expanded to accommodate the teeming masses of college kids and Tampa schmoozers. Major live music hub. 1708 E Seventh Ave.
King Corona. Full service all around. Puff a stogie, sip a cocktail, groove to the jazz bands and watch the free show stroll by on Seventh every night. Ages 21 and up. 1523 E Seventh Ave.
Masquerade. The Old Ritz theater is now home to whatever is freaky. Cold, Nonpoint, Darwin's Waiting Room, Dope, Reveille, Lifer, Swithched, 10p.m. Sat. 1503 E Seventh Ave.
Amphitheater. Major live music hub. 1609 E Seventh Ave (813)248-2331
If you are looking to get your drink on or just want to dance and people watch, just about every hotel lining the beach on St. Pete Beach has live music or at least a DJ, and most of these bars are located right off the beach. Many of these places have live music both day and night. Of course, expect many Jimmy Buffet and Bob Marley songs.
Dress Code: flip flops, shorts, and aloha shirts. Women, the less the better:)
the venue is a new hot spot in the saint petersburg area. the venue has two fine restaurants and several theme bars. at the venue is club V, ultra lounge, the martini bar, the champagne lounge, and the cabana deck. the place in st. pete to see and be seen.
Dress Code: business casual.
ferg's sports bar ia a fun casual bar near the st. pete dome in downtown saint petersburg. a great place to watch sports on their numerous t.v's and drink beer. located a block north of tropicana field ferg's is a great place to visit before and after a tampa bay rays baseball game.
Dress Code: casual.
sculley's deck is located at sculley's restaurant in the johns pass shopping and entertainment area. this very touristy bar has a long deck with a great view of johns pass. a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset at johns pass.
Dress Code: casual.
mahuffer's a.k.a sloppy johns is a very unique beach bar in indian shores. the interior and exterior of the bar is decorated with assorted painted junk. a typical beach bar that gets a mixture of tourists and locals. mahuffer's is very much like le tub in hollywood florida. a fun place to grab a beer or two in indian shores.
Dress Code: casual.
This is probably the best place to see live music in the Tampa bay area. Situated in the downtown St. Pete area it draws the likes of all kinds of people from punk rockers to burnt out hippies, it has it all. It is situated in between the Detroit Condo's so if your lucky enough to know somebody that lives there you can get a free show, but if not you can't you can always here from the local bars around the downtown area. This is an outdoor venue which just adds to the show because who doesn't want to see a great band outside in the amazing Florida weather.
The last band I just saw was the Flaming Lips and they were amazing. The music is very diverse here from jam Bands to hip hop. The sound system is good and the drinks are fairly cheap depending on where you see shows. There is a great atmosphere inside and outside the show as there are street performers all around and lots of local vendors selling all kinds of various things.
Dress Code: Whatever you want to where and the more outragious you dress the better you will fit the enviornment.
Jimmy B's is a Great little hang out when you visit St. Pete Beach. It has a live bands almost 7 days a week. It has a boardwalk that leads directly on to the beach. The age group is pretty mixed. The average age from the mid 20's to earlty 30's. Some weekday nights are hit and miss but the weekend always has a great party. Relaxed with a mix of locals and tourist the only downside to this bar is the drinks are a little pricey. But you can always join me on the beach for a glass of wine or a sip from my flask. Just watch out for the lightning, I dont tan much...
Dress Code: Mostly beach atter will do. Casual dress is fine. Very relaxed
. . . Jannus Landing is the oldest and largest outdoor venue in Central Florida."
So says their website. Jannus Landing is a "restored" (read: gutted) property that is now a patio and a stage. It is a pretty nice place to go for concerts because it's outside, but there's lots of natural shade. Also, it's kind of in the thick of things downtown, so you can do something else before or after the show. This place is generally much calmer than The State Theatre, one of St. Petersburg's other music venues.
They Might Be Giants used to come here every April and I went religiously, but they stopped coming mysteriously. Ska Against Racism is usually held here still. Check the website for directions and schedule.
Dress Code: There is no dress code that I can see.
The State Theatre is an indoor concert venure that has mostly punk / ska / metal shows. Admission is usually pretty cheap, and shows are usually all ages.
I like the homey atmosphere of the State Theatre as opposed to other bigger, cleaner concert venues, but some people find it a little too much to take. There are two floors to the state theatre: the bottom floor with the bar and pit, and the upper floor with the balcony. If you're the type of person that likes to sit and listen to music (and not have sweaty drunks bump into you most of the night), I suggest you get there early and get a balcony seat. I like it downstairs, though. The security gaurds are really nice, too.
Dress Code: Anything goes, but it does get kind of hot inside . . . especially when everyone starts dancing. Water is very expensive here, too.
This is a wine bar at its best...
Small, homely, cheap, friendly.
The store has a huge variety of local and foreign wines. The bar is unpretentious. The alcohol flows easily here. The staff and owners are especially friendly and helpful. The owners even home cook the free food they serve during happy hour. How about a hearty meal of beef stew, cheese, crackers, to help that wine flow down your throat? The bar has an astounding variety of German beers as well, because one of the owners is German. On Fridays from 5:30-7:30 there are free wine tastings. There's even displays of local artists' work. I don't know anything about cigars, but they have a fumador with a pretty decent collection as well as off-brand cigarettes.
Dress Code: casual is the only way to be
actually it's in Tampa...the famous Ybor City (sin city) ask any local and be prepared for an eyeful and a skinful. don't go if you don't like crowds of out of control people! check out the virutal tour first http://www.virtualybor.com/vybor2.html
another place to escape and get yourself jollied in one location at night. it's a ghost town before @8pm
Dress Code: no nudity but anything else seems OK