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10 Best Bars and Nightlife Spots in the St. Petersburg Area

If you’re ready for a night out in St Petersburg/Clearwater, you’ll find plenty of options in this area with choices ranging from laid-back beach bars, sophisticated restaurants, roof-top bistros and high-energy clubs.

One of the newest – and most hip – kids-on-the-block of fun places is the Copper Shaker, where you’ll discover frosty drinks complemented by an eclectic menu in a hip atmosphere. 

Feel like getting in touch with your Irish side? Then, MacDinton’s Irish Pub was made with you in mind. For a truly unique experience, add a ride on a mechanical bull to your line-dancing experience at One Night Stand.

If you’re looking for something with a Latin flair, head on over to Che with its sultry atmosphere and sexy drinks. 

Ruby’s Elixir treats you to retro-chic and a throwback to the 40s and 50s with classic drinks such as the Old-Fashioned, paving the way for top-notch  musical evening with jazz, blues and more. 

The choices are many – it just depends on the mood you happen to be in and what your energy level is!



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Park & Rec
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If you'd like to throw some competition into your evening out, think about visiting Park & Rec. After working up an appetite with a variety of snacks, pizzas, wings, salads and "hand-helds" topped off - of course - by frosty drinks, draft...  Read More



If you're in the mood for some glitz and glamour, check out Tryst Gastro Lounge on downtown St. Petersburg's Beach Drive. It's the place to see and be seen, offering a popular hotspot with elegant outdoor seating and a bar that opens out onto...  Read More

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The One Night Stand
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Touted as "the only country bar" in downtown St Petersburg, One Night Stand is indeed a novelty - as is their motto: "The best one-night stand you'll ever have." The mechanical bull named "Moustache" is sure to give you the ride of your life,...  Read More

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Tucked beneath the popular Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in downtown St Petersburg and opened in 2016, Che is one of the newest additions to the city's "hot" nightspots. The underground lounge highlights live music and local bands with a...  Read More

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Ringside Cafe
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Drawing its name from it former status as an amateur boxing center in downtown St. Petersburg, Ringside Café is tucked into an historic 1912 building, once the site of Hotel Detroit. Today, this American classic showcases eclectic blues, rock,...  Read More

MacDinton's Irish Pub
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Three Irishmen got together and a nighttime sensation was born! You don't have to be Irish to go to MacDinton's Pub, but you'll definitely enjoy it. You'll find DJs, live bands and some solo acts seven nights a week in this lively pub. Good...  Read More

The Mandarin Hide
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With a motto like, "Pouring our spirits to raise yours," there can be no doubt that this speakeasy-style lounge aims to please, boasting an impressive cocktail menu complemented by vintage décor resulting in a hip and happening scene. In...  Read More

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Ruby's Elixir
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What started as the Havana Room (where patrons could enjoy cigars from the area's large selection) in the late 1990s has morphed into a vintage lounge - known to locals simply as "Ruby's" - one of the few venues in the area showcasing live music...  Read More

The Canopy
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Perched atop the boutique 1924 Spanish mission-style Birchwood Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, the roof-top Canopy offers sweeping views to go with a diverse menu enhanced by frosty signature cocktails and a large wine and beer selection. The...  Read More

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Copper Shaker
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Opened in 2017, this trendy cocktail lounge shakes up handmade contemporary, as well as traditional craft cocktails in an atmosphere whose décor includes bourbon barrel planks, copper splashes and an expansive granite-topped bar. The cocktail...  Read More


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