Every first Friday of the month, Downtown St. Petersburg turns into a giant block party to celebrate the start of yet another beautiful month in Florida. Central Ave. turns from a hipster hangout zone into the top party destination on any given First Friday. If you like listening to live music, meeting locals, and checking out new bars and restaurants, then head to Downtown St. Petersburg this Friday, August 2, and party like there's no tomorrow at their special All-American Bash.

On August 2, the block party starts at 5:30 p.m. and features live music from Southern Express, a local band that's been playing its unique mix of Contemporary Country, Southern Rock, and Rockabilly all over Tampa Bay since 1985.

Each month, there are featured beers and liquors for those who take part in First Friday celebrations to enjoy. This month's block party is sponsored by Yuengling and Tito's Homemade Vodka, so be on the lookout for special drink prices at many of the surrounding bars and restaurants. Either will get your juices flowing so you can dance the night away with Southern Express.

Now that we’ve talked about the two most important parts of First Friday (music and alcohol), we can talk about the coolest bars and restaurants to hit up while you’re out in St. Pete. Check out this list of our favorite bars in St. Petersburg to hit up during First Friday celebrations!

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MacDinton's St Pete

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242 1st Ave N , St. Petersburg FL, 33701
A staple in both Tampa and St. Petersburg, MacDinton’s is the area’s most popular Irish bar for happy hours, drink specials, live entertainment, soccer/sporting...

Yard of Ale St Pete

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260 1st Ave N , Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
Located in Downtown St Pete, the Yard of Ale St Pete features craft beer with weekly specials, trivia, Cornhole tournaments and more.

Park & Rec

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100 4th Street S. , Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
Park & Rec is a local DTSP hangout offering a fun atmosphere that's part arcade, sports bar & live music. We have a concession stand with a "snacks...

Mandarin Hide

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231 Central Ave. , St. Petersburg FL, 33701
Mandarin Hide is an upscale music lounge and bar in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg. Treat yourself and enjoy one of their signature cocktails in front...

Thirsty First

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119 1st Ave N Saint Petersburg, , St. Petersburg FL, 33701
We are an American Style Bar taking you back to the prohibition era in today's world. #ThirstyFirst

260 First

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260 1st Ave N , St Petersburg FL, 33701
260 First is downtown St. Petersburg's premier nightlife destination. Combining an understated elegance and late night vibe, 260 First is both a party...

Ruby's Elixir

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15 3rd St. North , Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
Located in Downtown St Petersburg, Ruby's Elixir is one of the most popular live music venues around. A mix of style and music with specialty drink cocktails...

Five Bucks Drinkery

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247 Central Ave. , St. Petersburg FL, 33701
The name's pretty self-explanatory. The majority of Five Bucks' menu is, indeed, only five bucks. Enjoy great bar food like "haute" Dogs, burgers, fried...