Craft Beer Hot Spots

With the craft brewery scene expanding with many independently owned establishments along what is known as the Gulp Coast, there are also a number of spots specializing in offering America’s best craft beer on tap and in bottles and cans. While they’re not brewing their own craft beer, these places serve up some of the best craft brew on hand. Grab a friend or three and find your new favorite from this list.

1 Ale And The Witch

At this laid-back craft beer bar, you'll find 32 all-American craft beers on tap, including many local and Florida offerings, along with knowledgeable bartenders and an affable owner. VIBE: Relaxed with live entertainment. UNIQUE OFFERING: Eight rotating one-off casks from local and national craft brewers.

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2 Cajun Cafe on the Bayou

Home to the best beer fests in the area and recently named Best Craft Beer Restaurant in Florida by ratebeer.com, this place also dishes up Cajun comfort food (don’t miss the crawfish cornbread). VIBE: Down-home rustic charm overlooking an actual bayou. UNIQUE OFFERING: Local and Florida craft beers, many rarely found elsewhere.

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3 Capitol Beer House

Located directly across the street from the historic Capitol Theater, this is an upbeat place for locals, tourists and concertgoers to enjoy up to 32 beers on tap. VIBE: Lively, friendly, with some sports bar influences. UNIQUE OFFERING: Sidewalk sipping.

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4 Tap Room @ the Hollander Hotel

The bar at this boutique hotel has a loyal, local following, drawn by the creative pub food, 21 beers on tap and live music on the weekends—not to mention the giant caribou, Nam, who guards the wall of beer taps. VIBE: A ski lodge transplanted in Florida. UNIQUE OFFERING: $3 craft beers on Tuesdays. 

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5 Urban Brew and BBQ

Not to take anything from the ‘cue, but the brew is listed first for a reason. The craft beer offerings (18 on tap, to be exact) follow a strict code: one brewery at a time, plain tap handles and a wide array of styles. VIBE: Long, narrow, cozy, with the smell of barbecue in the air. UNIQUE OFFERINGS: The brisket paired with just about anything.

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6 Willard's Tap House

Its motto says it all: no crap on tap. Willard's Tap House takes their craft beer seriously, but not themselves. The selection of more than 20 beers on tap is deep and well thought out, and the customers are as knowledgeable as the staff, with plenty of local and Florida offerings. VIBE: No-frills neighborhood pub. UNIQUE OFFERINGS: The beer engine draws cask-conditioned ales. 

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7 Undertow Beach Bar

Located on St. Pete Beach, Undertow Beach Bar is a casual hot spot for beachgoers and locals. Choose from a refreshing cocktail or craft beer from the beachside tiki hut, then head out onto the powdery sand for a competitive round of volleyball at the courts. VIBE: Local beachfront tiki hut. UNIQUE OFFERING: Beach-to-bar access.

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8 Ricky T's Bar and Grille

Ricky T’s Bar and Grille is a lively Treasure Island food and drink joint serving up some of the best crafts on tap and out-of-the-box bar eats on Treasure Island. Three bars, including an outdoor patio, makes this the perfect spot for locals and groups to connect over a frosty craft beer or catch a televised sports game. Sit out on the patio or relax among sports memorabilia in a smoke-free sports bar atmosphere. VIBE: Outdoor casual or sports-pub cool. UNIQUE OFFERING: Nightly live entertainment.

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9 Cork N Brew

Cork N Brew Bistro on Clearwater Beach specializes in both wine and beer, with 22 premium craft beers on tap, along with 15 bottled domestic and imported beers. Choose from a range or appetizers or small plates. One specialty menu item not to miss is the lava-rock cooked entrees. VIBE: Bistro chic and friendly. UNIQUE OFFERING: Entrees cooked on lava rock, one of the oldest methods of cooking.

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10 Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe

Located at the far west end of the Grand Central District, this eclectic bottle shop and bar combo offers craft beer, wine and deli sandwiches named after music festivals. VIBE: Neighborhood hangout with funky indoor/outdoor seating. UNIQUE OFFERING: 300 bottled and canned beers, as well as more than 75 wines. 

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11 The Raven Brewery & Eatery

Bring your sophisticated palate to The Raven Brewery & Eatery, owned and operated by the local Barley Mow Brewing Co. Choose from a rotating lineup of 18 beers, along with a modern-gastropub menu featuring everything from an elegant charcuterie board to Bavarian-style pretzel dippers. VIBE: Elegant and sophisticated with a local feel. UNIQUE OFFERING: Hyper-local draught from St. Pete/Clearwater’s renowned breweries. 

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1Ale and the Witch

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Nightlife

Address
111 2nd Ave. NE Suite#104
Tower Plaza Courtyard
FL

Phone: 727-821-2553

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2Cajun Cafe on the Bayou

City: Pinellas Park
Category: Dining

Address
8101 Park Blvd.
FL

Phone: 727-546-6732

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3Capitol Beer House

City: Clearwater
Category: Nightlife

Address
422 Cleveland St
FL

Phone: 727-449-1900

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4Tap Room @ the Hollander Hotel

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
421 4th Ave N
FL

Phone: 727-202-6886

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5Urban Brew and BBQ

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
1939 Central Av
FL

Phone: 727-822-8919

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6Willard's Tap House

City: Largo
Category: Nightlife

Address
12500 Starkey Rd
FL

Phone: 727-581-8600

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7Undertow Beach Bar

City: St. Pete Beach
Category: Nightlife

Address
3850 Gulf Blvd.
FL

Phone: 727-368-9000

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8Ricky T's Bar and Grille

City: Treasure Island
Category: Dining

Address
10601 Gulf Blvd.
FL

Phone: 727-363-7425

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9Cork N Brew

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Dining

Address
524 Mandalay Ave
FL

Phone: 727-483-5990

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10Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
2927 Central Avenue
FL

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11The Raven Brewery & Eatery

City: Largo
Category: Dining

Address
2535 E. Bay Dr.
FL

Phone: 727-507-0823

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