Georgie's Alibi Inside this longtime gay bar is a nice, relaxed, low-attitude atmosphere. Half has a sports bar feel, with darts, pool and multiple TVs; the other half has more of a club atmosphere, with music and a dance floor at night. 3100 Third Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 321-2112, georgiesalibi.com.
Kahuna's Bar & Grill A hangout for bikers and Tampa Bay's official Jimmy Buffett fan club, Kahuna's makes a mean burger and has a collection of early '90s video game machines along the wall just west of the bar. Kahuna Bar and Grill, 10515 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 576-7800, kahunasbarandgrill.com.
Limey's Pub Even on a random Tuesday this joint is as kicking as an Arsenal home game. The layout resembles every other legit Brit pub — it's a two-tone wooden structure adorned with tea sets and famous domestic brew posters and memorabilia — but with a few original twists. Going down a slide after a few pints is just a party waiting to happen, but the fact that you can sit bar-side inside or outside is also a nice feature. 1492 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-2049, limeyspubonline.com.
Ringside Cafe Here's where you'll find some of the best blues music in St. Pete, with regular appearances by the Mojo Gurus, Blind Buddy Moody and Damon Fowler. With all that pain in the air, the boxing motif just feels natural. 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-8465, myspace.com/ringsidecafe.
Old Northeast Tavern Neighborhood flavor and friends are reborn on this warm and worn corner. It's got an inventive pizza and sandwich menu with portobellos, artichokes, good cheeses and a serious wine list. And you can still hang out under the glow of the beer signs. 201 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8070, oldnortheasttavern.com.
Dave's Aqua Lounge This kitschy but venerable late-night institution near Derby Lane is low-key and friendly, and has been hosting gigs by local musicians for decades. 10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091, davesongandy.com.