For fresh seafood and beach views, Clearwater Beach’s Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill serves one of the best grouper sandwiches around – add a serving of garlic crab fries for a flavor overload. You can also enjoy the quaint setting at Paradise Grille, where beach bites are served at picnic tables overlooking Pass-a-Grille Beach. Not far from the beach, you can start your night with a meal at the Best New Restaurant in Florida, The Mill, or try the farm-to-table trend at Farmtable Cucina. Brick & Mortar is a chic setting for New American Fare and elegant wine pours.
Quench your thirst at local breweries along the Gulp Coast Craft Beer Trail. It takes an hour to drive the trail from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg (with your designated driver in tow), not including the time you’ll spend taste testing stouts, pilsners and IPAs. Continue hopping around on St. Pete’s Central Avenue, a strip of popular local hang outs. The Oyster Bar serves up a brunch almost as energetic as its evening scene. Dog lovers, hang out on the colorful lawn of Dog Bar, where you can have a round of brews and your four-legged friend can slurp down ice water.
For an evening cocktail with an extra trendy vibe, order from The Mandarin Hide’s creative cocktail menu or swing by The Canopy at The Birchwood, a rooftop lounge overlooking downtown St. Pete. Another swanky spot, 360 Rooftop Bar at The Hotel Zamora, is perfect for enjoying craft cocktails while taking in panoramic views. Afterwards, you’ll want to show off your moves at The Wave at Shephard’s Resort. This lively club even has an outdoor tiki bar with an ocean-side dance floor.