Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, adjacent to the Trop, is party central, from the upstairs patio to the outdoor bars and multiple indoor seating areas. Serving American casual cuisine (think burgers, chicken wings), barrels of beer, and offering a full bar and lots of big-screen TVs, arrive early, stay late. The other classic downtown sports bar is Midtown Sundries, where the circular bar surrounds multiple TVs, the pool tables are hot, the food is delicious and the crowd down-to-earth.

Funky downtown denizens migrate to The Emerald or The Bends. Both local dive bars are packed on weekends thanks to live music and kooky deejays, and a slick young crowd. Cheap coke and jack or rum, beer specials, and an awesome jukebox make these hip lounges a big draw. Want more dive bars? The Rare Olive and Mastry’s Bar & Grille serve up the best drink deals this side of the bay. At Fubar, you can only get beer and wine, but it’s a lively late-night crowd.

For music, dancing, or hipster lounges, check out State Theater, Jannus Landing, Push Ultra Lounge, Vintage, and Detroit Liquors, and on 1st Friday, all of the downtown rocks out with music and special events.

The Grand Central downtown neighborhood also features once-a-month music, art, and food fest as well as Folk Festival and a new Beer Festival during the year.

Ferg's Sports Bar
4.5  5 Rating (9)
1320 Central Ave., St Petersburg FL, 33705
Sports Bar and Restarunt featuring American favorites. Ferg's Sports Bar is the center of the party for all Rays games and events at Tropicana Field. Enjoy...
Emerald Bar
5.0  5 Rating (1)
550 Central Ave., St. Petersburg FL, 33701
The Emerald bar is a beloved neighborhood dive in Downtown St. Pete. With cheap drinks, awesome decor, and great live music, there's a lot to love. This...
The Bends
Bar & Restaurant $
919 1st Ave N., Saint Petersburg FL, 33705
We are a brand new bar in St.petersburg, Fl. We are now open Tuesday- Sunday 5pm-3am. Please contact us through our facebook page or email about any events...
Copper Shaker
4.8  5 Rating (1)
169 1st Ave North, Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
Drink-Dine-Dance Handmade Craft Cocktails & Creative, Delicious Cuisine The CopperShaker offers handmade craft cocktails contemporary, innovative...
Flûte & Dram
4.7  5 Rating (2)
234 Beach Drive NE, Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
Flute & Dram is an upscale bar that embodies an authentic experience for the connoisseurs of Champagne, Caviar, and Whiskey.
548 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
Born out of our love of quality spirits, fine wines and local craft beer, art, AND music Bar@548 has become the exclusive night spot in Downtown St Petersburg. Featuring...
State Theatre
5.0  5 Rating (2)
687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg FL, 33701
State Theatre is one of St. Petersburg's premiere concert venues! The State Theatre Saint Petersburg Florida is the area's most unique indoor ... Everything...
Jannus Live
4.1  5 Rating (2)
200 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg FL, 33701
Jannus Live is St. Petersburg's premier outdoor music venue. This 2,000 person capacity venue has hosted some of the best national touring acts include...
Courigan's Irish Pub
5.0  5 Rating (1)
1 Beach Dr SE Suite 41, Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
COURIGAN'S IRISH PUB. A locals Irish Pub founded in 2005 , with 29 beers on tap, a full-liquor bar featuring 26 Irish Whiskeys, and excellent cuisine for...
The One Night Stand
Bar $
149 1st Ave N, St Petersburg FL, 33701
The One Night Stand is a Country Bar with a one of kind Downtown Experience located in the Heart of Downtown St.Pete!
Tryst Gastro Lounge
5.0  5 Rating (1)
240 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg FL, 33701
A premier bar and restaurant in Downtown St. Petersburg offering a Mediterranean-based menu with an extensive assortment of options including Tandoori...
The Birchwood
Travel & Recreation $$$
340 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg FL, 33701
The Birchwood is a historically-minded, contemporary getaway combining the best of a boutique hotel experience, dazzling rooftop lounge, and world class...
Mary Margaret's Olde Irish Tavern
Bar $$
29 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg FL, 33701
Mary Margaret's Olde Irish Tavern – Authentic Irish Tavern
4.4  5 Rating (1)
111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg FL, 33701
Love beer? Get to the Ale and the Witch ASAP. Boasting over 30 taps of American craft beers, the Ale and the Witch is the destination for brew lovers...
Saigon Blonde
Bar $
265 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg FL, 33701
Be transported to 60s era Vietnam with décor and specialty cocktails at Saigon Blonde.
Mandarin Hide
4.7  5 Rating (6)
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...