10 Best Bars and Nightlife Venues in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater Area

Ready for a night out on the town? The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Beach area offers a wide variety of nightlife venues – from laid back beach bars and beer gardens, to rooftop soirees and high-energy clubs. 

The bulk of our nightlife picks on this list stem from the popular downtown St. Pete area. Located on the waterfront, downtown amps up after dark with a combination of glitzy hotspots and laid back bars. Most venues offer live music nightly, featuring acts that range from blues and jazz to punk and rock. 

For the ultimate dance club experience head to Push Ultra Lounge, where DJs spin the hits and light shows illuminate the dance floor. Looking for a speakeasy type of feel? Head to The Mandarin Hide where Prohibition era cocktails spice up the menu. Chill out at St. Pete’s The Ale and The Witch or the always popular Ringside Cafe. For a swanky rooftop scene, The Canopy at the Birchwood offers impressive cocktails and breathtaking sunset views. 

On Clearwater Beach, the hottest waterfront parties on the sand go down at Shephard’s Beach Resort, where there is an outdoor tiki bar and an indoor nightclub. Expect bikini contests and lots of crowds during Spring Break season. 

To experience a laid back beach bar atmosphere, head to Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, also on Clearwater Beach, where you can listen to live music and dine on amazing grouper sandwiches - all with a fantastic beach view. 

For a South Beach stye scene, head to The Canopy, a rooftop bar at the Birchwood on waterfront Beach Drive. The crowd is hot, the drinks are cold and the sunsets are breathtaking. With both posh indoor and outdoor seating available, this hotspot...  Read More

Featuring an impressive beer selection on tap, The Ale and the Witch is an unpretentious place to grab a cold brew and socialize with friends. Live bands often play on the outdoor patio. There's never a cover charge and music genres include...  Read More

Frenchy's Rockaway Grill
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If you're looking for a laid back beach bar with great food and live music, Frenchy's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach is the perfect place for you. This open-air beachfront joint specalizes in locally caught grilled fish. Pull up a stool at...  Read More


For a glitzy and glamorous scene, head to Tryst Gastro Lounge on downtown St. Pete's Beach Drive. The place to see and be seen, this hotspot offers elegant outdoor seating and a bar that opens out onto the patio. Serving a mix of eclectic food...  Read More


One of Tampa Bay's hottest live music venues, Jannus Live (formally known as Jannus Landing) is a great place to catch a show. Notable performers have included Pearl Jam, Green Day, Eminem, Radiohead, Beastie Boys and more. The first mainstream...  Read More

MacDinton's Irish Pub
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Located in downtown St. Pete, in the same complex as Jannus Live, this authentic Irish pub is a favorite local hangout for happy hour and beyond. It's the sister location to the flagship bar, a long-time fixture in the South Tampa nightlife...  Read More

It's the home of the hottest parties on Clearwater Beach. Head to Shephard's Beach Resort for the best of both worlds: an outdoor laid-back tiki bar and an indoor high-energy nightclub. This versatile venue hosts local bands, national acts,...  Read More

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A classic American bar, Ringside Cafe offers a full liquor bar and live music seven nights a week. The real draw is the laid-back ambience and live bands typically of the blues and rock variety. The decor is simple and true to the name – old...  Read More


These speakeasy style lounge is famous for it's impressive handcrafted cocktail selection. The throwback decor and vintage vibe makes this bar a hip and happening scene in downtown St. Pete. Don't mind the buffalo head on the wall or the...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Push Ultra Lounge

When celebrities and pro athletes come to St. Pete, this is where they go to party. An upscale nightclub in downtown, Push Ultra Lounge is one of the hottest places to dance the night away. Featuring two levels and 10,000 square-feet of dance...  Read More


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