St. Petersburg might not be the biggest, booming metropolis in the Bay Area, but it is sure giving neighboring music scenes a run for their money. With a slew of venues hosting great local acts and national tours all within a five block radius, St. Pete is the place to be for music lovers in the 727 and beyond. Here's five of our favorite places to catch some live music in the burg.
Jannus Live - Jannus Live is like, the king of live music venues in St. Petersburg. This recently renovated outdoor courtyard boasts a 2,000-person capacity, a huge stage, VIP balconies and suites, and multiple bars throughout the venue. National acts that have come through Jannus Live include the Flaming Lips, Katy Perry, 50 Cent, Coheed and Cambria, and Sublime.
Local 662 - The Local 662 might be St. Pete's newest music venue. That doesn't stop it from competing with the big dogs, though. A crystal-clear sound system, full bar, and modern art decor make it a great, small venue to catch an intimate concert in Downtown St. Petersburg.
State Theatre - The State Theatre is another live music mainstay in Downtown St. Petersburg. Housed in a building built in 1924, this 6,000 square foot venue is a two-level indoor concert venue hosting the best in local acts and national, touring musicians like Gavin DeGraw, We The Kings, Hanson, and many more.
Ringside Cafe - For the best intimate music experience in St. Pete, you've got to catch some blues at the Ringside Cafe on 4th Street. Live music is played every night of the week on their small, but loud stage, providing great entertainment while you sip on some drinks or nibble on something from their diverse menu.
Fubar - If you've been in Downtown St. Pete for any extended amount of time, are somewhat young, and maybe a little reckless, you probably know about Fubar. A cozy little dive nestled on Central Avenue, Fubar hosts a slew of underground metal, punk, folk, and electronic bands as well as events like Turbo Tuesday playing the best dubstep in St. Pete every Tuesday night. Stop in, grab a cheap PBR, one of the bazillion other craft beers they have, or a shot of warm sake, and start feeling awesome ASAP.