The Gulf Coast of Florida has glorious sunsets and warm evenings which makes it an ideal location for evening cocktails. Like many cities across the U.S., the cocktail scene in downtown St. Petersburg does not disappoint. Before the sun goes down, sit outside and enjoy a Happy Hour drink at Intermezzo, The Vinoy’s Promenade, The Canopy, or Trophy Fish, and then head indoors for more craft libations at Ba Lounge, Copper Shaker, and Mandarin Hide.
Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails
They start shaking mixed drinks at 5pm for Happy Hour with $7 Cocktails, $7 Wines, $5 Wells, and $3 Draft Beer until 7pm. A DJ spins vinyl in the corner and they have a raw bar in the back.
Pro Tip: “Check out the pop-up oyster bar (Wednesday through Saturday from 6pm to 9pm). At the bar, ask one of our baristas or bartenders for an off-menu drink because we are always working on something here.” (Owner & Barista Jarrett Sabatini)
Pro Tip: “Try the Paloma cocktail on tap.” (FED Guides)
1111 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Sip on a cocktail and soak in the sweeping vista of downtown St. Pete and Tampa Bay at this bar located on top of The Birchwood Inn. Sit outside on their lounge-type sofas or under one the canopied tents (the cabanas have a drink minimum). Their Happy Hour deal is $3 drinks on Mondays through Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm and on Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm to 7pm.
Pro Tip: “This is the go-to spot for pre-game cocktails. The rooftop terrace provides amazing views of Tampa Bay. It gets busy and crowded with the happy hour crowd. They put out some pretty good bites as well.” (Restaurateur Michael Sponaugle)
The Birchwood Inn
340 Beach Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Vinoy’s Promenade
Sit on the veranda of this historic hotel while you sip a cocktail and nibble on sushi, sliders, or a burger. They also have an extensive cigar menu.
Pro Tip: “Visit the porch — it’s the best spot.” (Chef George and Debbie Sayegh)
The Vinoy Hotel
501 5th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
This is a casual seafood shack and cocktail bar, mixing fresh fish dishes with tiki cocktails and island drinks. They are working with local commercial fishermen to provide the catch of the day which you can have grilled, blackened or citrus-marinated and offered as a sandwich, taco, salad, or plated with sides. Seating is outdoors and dishes are served in disposable containers with plastic cutlery .
Pro Tip: “Trophy Fish is solid and always on my go-to list. The cocktails are great. My faves are the Salty Dawg and anything stirred.” (Chef Noel Cruz)
2060 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL 33712
Bypass the people wandering around in khakis with laptops (this building is also a workplace / office) and head downstairs to find this cocktail lounge that is part of Ichicoro Ane.
Pro Tip: “If you want a real cocktail, you need to come here. It is so good with a speakeasy feel.” (Chef George and Debbie Sayegh)
Pro Tip: “It’s a nice dark basement bar with great drinks.” (Brewer Khris Johnson)
260 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Quench your thirst and satisfy your late night munchies with their tapas selection and craft cocktails and beer.
Pro Tip: “Give them your flavor profile and ask for the ‘Dealer's Choice.’ You won't be disappointed.” (Restaurateur Michael Sponaugle)
169 1st Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
You'll find antler-shaped chandeliers, exposed bricks, and a chalkboard menu with craft cocktails ranging from classics to their own signature drinks. They have live music on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Pro Tip: “A craft cocktail place with a little more high-end price point, but they serve awesome drinks.” (Chef Zack Gross)
Pro Tip: “They have solid traditional classics from an early cocktail pioneering spot.” (Chef Noel Cruz)
231 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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