Great Bars and Nightlife in St Pete/Clearwater

Here’s a round-up of some of the hottest nightspots in city and downtown areas.

A group of woman talk over cocktails at a bar in downtown St. Pete

St. Pete has ranked among the best cities to live in the U.S. in 2021 be Niche. The grade was given for its high points in nightlife, diversity outdoor activities and weather.

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, downtown St. Pete

A bartender pours beer at the Ale & The Witch

The Ale and the Witch is an American Small Craft Taps and Casks House in downtown St. Pete.

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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The Mandarin Hide, downtown St. Pete

A bartender serves a Smokey cocktail at Mandrin Hide on Central Ave in downtown St. Pete

The Mandrin Hide in downtown St. Pete has a cocktail conservatory that focuses on providing a series of entertaining and informative classes to our guests and aficionados of spirits and cocktails.

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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Ruby's Elixir, downtown St. Pete

A crowd of patrons outside of Ruby's Elixir Bar in downtown St. Pete

Enjoy on live music, curated mixology and great conversation at 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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MacDinton's Irish Pub, downtown St. Pete

A crowd around MacDinton's Exterior

MacDinton's in downtown St. Pete is one of the most popular Irish Bars for Happy Hours and Drink Specials.

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

No Vacancy, The Edge District St Pete

People sitting outside No Vacancy in downtown St. Pete

No Vacancy is a Florida vacation inspired hangout in the Edge District of St. Pete offering seafood nachos, lobster dip, grouper sandwiches, punch bowls, and local draft beers.

Check in, then check out the delicious food and craft cocktails at No Vacancy in The Edge district of downtown St. Pete. There’s always good music and good vibes at this retro Florida themed bar in one of St. Pete’s hottest neighborhoods.

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6

The Historic Peninsula Inn, Gulfport

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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O'Maddy's Bar & Grille, Gulport

An exterior shot of O'Maddy's Bar in Gulfport

Outdoor seating at O'Maddy's offers great views of the Gulfport waterfront. Enjoy live bands and karaoke here as well.

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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Dunedin Brewery

A crowd of people enjoying beers at Dunedin Brewery

Dunedin Brewery claims to be Florida’s oldest craft 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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7venth Sun Brewery, Dunedin

A woman grabs some to go beers from Seventh Sun Brewery in Dunedin

Inspired by a Berliner Weisse recipe more than 200 years old, 7venth Sun began developing recipes for tart, crisp, and refreshing beer. The brewery has released small batches of traditional Berliner Weisse as a perfect style to complement Florida’s sunshine.

For craft beer aficionados, 7venth 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, downtown St. Pete

A band playing at night at the Ringside Cafe. A blue sign with the logo is shining behind the musicians.

A quintessential St. Pete music venue is Ringside Cafe, where you'll find live music every day.

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 Ringside Cafe, St. Pete nightlife hotspot.

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Ferg’s Sports Bar, Downtown St. Pete

A shot of a crowded Ferg's Bar in downtown St. Pete

Founded in 1992, Ferg's Sports Bar was named Best Hangout in Tampa Bay and is the official gathering spot for Tampa Bay Ray's fans.

The official gathering spot for Tampa Bay Rays fans, Ferg’s is right next to Tropicana Field and is a favorite bar for before and after the baseball games. An enormous bar that can host 11 separate parties and events, Ferg’s backyard will fit up to 3,000 for concerts and tailgates. Ferg’s was named the Best Hangout in Tampa Bay and one of CNN’s top 101 Sports Bars in the country.

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12

Park & Rec

A group of people gathers to play bar games outside Parks & Rec in downtown St. Pete

Park & Rec is a local downtown St. Pete hangout offering a fun atmosphere that's has a wide variety of arcade and lawn games.

No one should ever be “bored” at Park & Rec. This massive hangout has old school arcade games, live music, giant lawn games, creative cocktails and more. It’s motto is “youth has no age” and it’s certainly a great place for people of all ages to gather with friends and have unadulterated fun.

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13

The Postcard Inn Beach Bar & Snack Shack, St. Pete Beach

Two Girls and a Guy with shirt over his shoulder having drinks at a beach bar giving cheers.

Cool off with expertly mixed concoctions at beach bars like Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach.

The Postcard Inn Beach Bar & Snack Shack is the very definition of a “beach bar.” Rum runners, margaritas and frozen daquiris accompany live music and fried snacks. It’s exactly what you dream of when picturing a Jimmy Buffet or Zac Brown song and did you even visit Florida if you don’t stop in for a drink at a place like this?

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14

The Par Pub, Pinellas Park

Enjoy the favorite Florida pastime of golf without the expensive gear and suffocating humid heat of being outside at the Par Pub. Play 18 holes at one of your bucket list courses. Play is $40 per hour, per bay for parties up to four people. For those not interested in golf, there’s plenty of other games and a great selection of beer and wine. 

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The Shipwreck, Clearwater Beach

An icon of Clearwater Beach since 1976, The Shipwreck is a nautical themed full liquor bar that always has room for new pirates. Every night has a live DJ and happy hour is from 2 to 6 p.m.. Since the bar doesn’t close until 3 a.m. every day,  you can celebrate like it’s Friday on a Tuesday and enjoy the free pool while you’re at it!