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Jump start your morning with some java at Kahwa Cafe (204 Second Ave. S). It creates its own blends right in St. Petersburg.

The city shows off its arty side at the Glass Studio and Hot Shop at Morean Arts Center (719 Central Ave.; (727) 822-7872), where you can watch artists create glass pieces. Fabulous gift shop. See for tickets, times. Nearby is Florida Craftsmen Galleries (501 Central Ave.), with craft art from Florida artists.

St. Petersburg has a vibrant nightlife scene:

Bishop Tavern: A hipster spot with a velvet rope on weekends. 260 First Ave. N.

Ceviche: Upstairs it serves an extensive menu of tapas. Head down to the Flamingo Bar in the basement for a late-night drink and music. 95 Central Ave.; (727) 209-2299.

Mandarin Hide: Just might serve the best cocktails in town. 231 Central Ave.; (727) 231-4007.

Moon Under Water: On the patio, drink a pint of Harp and gaze at the bay. Indoors is a cozy pub, with British beers and curries. 332 Beach Drive NE; (727) 896-6160.

Push Ultra Lounge: Upstairs is a posh rooftop bar, while downstairs on the courtyard is the more casual Mexican-wrestling-themed Lucha Bar and Red Mesa Cantina restaurant (try the soft tacos on housemade corn tortillas). 128 Third St. S; (727) 896-8226 (restaurant); (727) 871-7874 (Push).

The Ale and The Witch: You'll have trouble finding this courtyard oasis with 32 ever-changing beers on tap, but that's what makes it special. 111 Second Ave. NE; (727) 821-2533.

Tryst Gastro Lounge: Shimmery wallpaper, faux alligator chairs and thoughtful cocktails. 242 Beach Drive NE; (727) 821-4567.

World of Beer: Seriously. With 500 American and import craft beers, ales, lambics and stouts. 100 Fourth St. S; (727) 823-2337.

Z Grille: Edgy decor is dominated by a 10-foot halfpipe. For food, think Dr Pepper fried ribs and deviled eggs with crab meat or avocado and bacon. 104 Second St. S; (727) 822-9600.

Downtown St. Petersburg 08/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:10pm]
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