Dining & Drinking in St. Petersburg

Bars & Restaurants in St. Petersburg, Florida

The large sundial in downtown St. PetersburgDowntown St. Petersburg is still home to the Tampa Bay Rays. So, if you want to see your favorite baseball team on the road while having an awesome vacation, I suggest you catch a game at Tropicana Field and then stay an extra few days to experience the gastronomical explosion taking place in the 33701 zip code. Since 2013, chefs, brewers, cicerones and sommeliers alike have been feeding off of each other while staking their individual claim in the Burg.  As a result, St. Pete now has an array of restaurants, craft beer bars, breweries, cocktail bars, and wine bars.
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St. Petersburg Breweries

The Black IPA at Green Bench Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida.With the opening of Overflow Brewing Company and Avid Brew Company in 2018, St. Pete now has 11 breweries with tasting rooms all of which are within 2 miles of each other near downtown St. Petersburg. For the most part, the breweries in St. Pete serve little or no food. However, Urban Comfort Restaurant & Brewery which opened in 2016 did become the first full service brewpub in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Breweries

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Cocktail Bars in St. Pete

The Spanish Fly Drink at Blue Goose in St. Petersburg, FloridaI highly recommend a night out of cocktailing when visiting St. Petersburg. Some of the cocktail bars have food but let’s focus more on the drinking side because St. Pete is truly cutting edge when it comes to the cocktail category. All the cocktail bars mentioned have experienced well trained bartenders who truly know how to make a good drink. Most of the true cocktail bars in St. Pete open late and close late.

St. Petersburg Cocktail Bars

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St. Petersburg Beer Bars

A pint of beer in front of the tap handles at Hops and Props in St. Petersburg, FloridaThe following beer bars in St. Pete offer a large tap selection with many of their beers coming from Florida and Tampa Bay area breweries. While some only have basic bar food or no food at all, other places have exemplary food at a good price. Most of these places have great beer lists but liquor and wine is usually harder to come by.

St. Petersburg Beer Bars

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St. Petersburg Wine Bars

Wine rack at Annata Wine Bar in St. Petersburg, FloridaAs a sommelier, I appreciate the variety of wine bars in St. Petersburg and I don’t think you will have a problem finding your favorite wine. The settings and wine lists of these St. Pete wine bars do vary quite a bit. Some offer simple charcuterie or appetizers while others offer full menus and may also be listed under St. Pete restaurants.

St. Petersburg Wine Bars

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St. Petersburg Restaurants

Bella Brava's patio on Beach Drive in St. PetersburgThis is a sampling of the restaurants in St. Pete that offer it all whether a good wine list, a decent beer selection, a creative food menu or all of the above.  The competition is fierce and this only ups the game for everyone else.  If you happen to be here over the weekend, check out Brunch which is surprisingly offered by most of the full service restaurants in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Restaurants

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St. Petersburg Fast Food

Pepperoni pizza from Joey Brooklyn's in St. Petersburg, FloridaWhile they typically wouldn’t be included in my lists of fast food restaurants, I don’t recall seeing a McDonalds or Burger King in Downtown St. Petersburg. However, I did discover a few places near the Central Ave. Block if you’re just looking for a quick bite to eat for less than $10 such as a burrito, a burger, a pizza or a good deli sandwich.

St. Petersburg Fast Food

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