Ultimate City Bars

From downtown St. Pete's local pubs and specialty cocktail bars to Dunedin's craft breweries, the St. Pete/Clearwater area has one of the most eclectic yet down-home bar scenes in Florida. Here’s a round-up of some of the hottest night spots in city and downtown areas.

1 The Ale & The Witch

Craft beers + live music + a hip downtown St. Pete location equals The Ale & The Witch. This local favorite has a small and cozy interior, but most gravitate to the European-feeling courtyard. Hang out outside enjoying the tropical weather and catch the live music. Traveling with Fido? No problem – The Ale & The Witch is ultra-pet friendly.

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2 The Mandarin Hide

With a self-proclaimed "eclectic and unpretentious vibe," a visit to this stylish St. Pete drinkery is a step back into a bygone era of speakeasies and bootlegging. The Mandarin Hide's menu is packed with creative cocktails as well as a few classics.

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3 Ruby's Elixir

Casual and chic, this retro craft cocktail establishment takes you back to the days of rockabilly, pin-ups and hotrods. Most nights of the week at Ruby's Elixir you’ll find excellent live music – very danceable jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

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4 MacDinton's Irish Pub

With live music most nights, the lively MacDinton's Irish Pub is the place to go for a rockin’ encore after a show at Jannus Live, which is just down the road. Or come earlier on and grab some pub grub – you'll find traditional plates like quesadillas mixed in with dishes that have a blarney twist like the Irish Nachos.

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5 Ché Flamenco Bar, Ceviche

On Beach St. in St. Petersburg you'll find the popular tapas restaurant Ceviche, which has a basement Flamenco bar named Ché. Come enjoy Spanish guitarists and Flamenco shows in an intimate yet lively setting, all while sipping sangria.

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6 Peninsula Inn

Also in the art town of Gulfport is Peninsula Inn. In keeping with Gulfport’s low-key, friendly Old Florida feel, you’ll find acoustic music and blues many nights of the week here. Grab a beverage and pass the time on the wraparound veranda – it’s a prime place for people-watching.

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7 O'Maddy's

Gulfport’s a mellow art colony, but it does have a wild side. O'Maddy's Bar and Grille is best known for karaoke in the evenings.

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8 Dunedin Brewery

The cornerstone of Dunedin’s craft beer scene is the DunedIn Brewery, which is housed in a former garage. It's big on flavor and personality and features excellent live music in a casual setting.

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9 Seventh Sun Brewery

For craft beer aficionados, Seventh Sun Brewery is a stop you must make on the St. Pete/Clearwater "Craft Beer Trail". One of the newest brewers on the scene, this locale serves beer – dubbed Florida Weisse – fermented with fresh Florida fruit.

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10 Ringside Cafe

With national acts and locally loved bands playing on a schedule of live music 7 nights a week, you're sure to catch some great rock, blues and acoustic music at this downtown St. Pete nightlife hotspot.

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1Ale and the Witch

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Nightlife

Address
111 2nd Ave. NE Suite#104
Tower Plaza Courtyard
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-821-2553

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2The Mandarin Hide

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Nightlife

Address
231 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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3Ruby's Elixir

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Nightlife

Address
15 Third St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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4MacDinton's Irish Pub and Restaurant

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
242 1st Ave. N.
Jannus Live
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-565-0544

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5Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
10 Beach Dr.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-209-2299

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6Isabelle's at The Peninsula Inn

City: Gulfport
Category: Dining

Address
2937 Beach Blvd. S.
Gulfport, FL 33707-5547

Phone: 727-346-9800

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7O'Maddy's Bar and Grille

City: Gulfport
Category: Dining

Address
5405 Shore Blvd.
Gulfport, FL 33707

Phone: 727-323-8643

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8Dunedin Brewery

City: Dunedin
Category: Dining

Address
937 Douglas Ave.
Dunedin, FL 34698-4945

Phone: 727-736-0606

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97venth Sun Brewery

City: Dunedin
Category: Dining

Address
1012 Broadway
Dunedin, FL 34698

Phone: 727-733-3013

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10Ringside Cafe

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
16 2d St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-894-8465

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