It’s a bit hard to believe that 2018 is coming to a close, yet here we are! It’s no question that there are some killer events this New Year’s Eve in St. Petersburg and Clearwater to put the cherry on top of a great year, but, for some, the party never stops! We know it can be tough to find a place to continue the celebration on New Year’s Day, but don’t worry: we’ve done the hard part for you and found several bars open on New Years Day in St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Kitchen open 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; bar open til 1:30 a.m.
Looking for a place to get some great drinks and food in Downtown Dunedin onNew Year's Day? Kelly’s Chic-a-Boom-Room has got you covered! You can hang out and dance the night away at the Chica-Boom-Room with the area’s best live music seven days a week. Hungry? Grab a bite at Kelly’s and enjoy some modern American dishes.
Open regular hours:12 p.m. - 2 a.m.
This pub is another great destination for those looking for some good drinks, music, and food in Downtown Dunedin. Offering authentic Irish food, cocktails, and music, Flanagan’s award-winning full liquor bar and kitchen on Main Street would be a great way to enjoy New Year's Day!
Open regular hours: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
This spot in Downtown Dunedin is not your everyday draft house. The Dunedin gastropub is food-focused with a fresh, chef-driven pub grub menu that includes artisan flatbread, sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, unique burgers, short ribs, and plenty of vegetarian options. As the name implies, their menu is complemented by high-end craft beers and ciders, so if you’re itching for some good eats and drinks to go along with them, head to Clear Sky Draught Haus on New Year’s Day!
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Open regular hours: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
If spending your New Year’s Day on the water with a tropical cocktail in hand sounds your speed, then this is the place for you. Marker 8 is a laid-back tiki bar with a beautiful waterfront patio and pool that are perfect for ringing in your year the Florida way. For those who want to break out the boat, they even have a 40-slip boat dock where you can pull in and have some fun! Be sure to hang around for sunset to receive a free shot.
Open 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
For anyone spending their New Year’s Day in Downtown Safety Harbor, Bar Fly will be open to quench your thirst! This local favorite features signature crafted cocktails, cold brews, and a Florida-inspired menu with everything from a raw bar to tacos. This is the perfect place to kick off 2019 with good vibes and worries left at the door.
Open regular hours: 12 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Lucky Anchor is the local hangout in Downtown Clearwater. You can find daily drink specials, six flat screen TVs, live music, and an outdoor patio at this Irish sports bar. You can’t go wrong enjoying New Year's Day in this laid-back pub!
Open for brunch 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.; open til 2 a.m.
What better way to start your year than a New Year’s Day B=brunch? Thirsty First in Downtown St Pete is kicking 2019 off right with a delicious brunch, and you can start the party early with bottomless mimosas and “bromosas.” After brunch wraps up at 3 pm, they’ll switch over to their regular food and drink menu, which includes some tasty bites and unique cocktails.
Open regular hours: 12 p.m. - 3 a.m.
In The EDGE District of St. Petersburg, this bar will be keeping the party going on New Year’s Day. They open at noon with their killer two-for-one happy hour, which runs until 9 pm. After that, DJ Craig Durty takes the floor, spinning from 9 p.m. till close! Come out and dance the night away on New Year's Day, or relax and enjoy the evening on their sidewalk seating in the Downtown area.
See website for hours on New Year’s Day.
Mandarin Hide is the location for anyone in Downtown St. Petersburg looking to spend the first of the year in style. Their hours of operation on New Year’s Day are still being decided, but they will definitely be open! With over 450 different spirits and an extensive and enticing craft cocktail menu, this is the best place in St. Petersburg to treat yourself to something fancy on your New Year’s Day celebration.
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No matter what part of the Pinellas area you’re in, the party will keep on rocking on New Year’s Day! Spend the first day of 2019 at these local favorites throughout the the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area.
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