260 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cuisine: New American
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
They’ve kept the cool basementy ratskeller feel of Cafe Alma, but broken up the center of the room with circular booths and, through a combination of new upholstery and blue-gray wainscoting, given the whole thing a higher level of sophistication. The best seats are at the bar, partly because of the dynamic bartending team and partly because customers seem especially chummy and prone to bar-wide conversation. The kitchen’s mission is what they’re calling “American cocktail cuisine,” small plates and sharables with dynamic juxtapositions that marry beautifully with a cocktail list that engages with big-city preoccupations like brambles and rickeys and things like big lavender-infused ice cubes (in a drink called a Bitter Betty, a spin on a Manhattan cocktail). Hours: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Tues.-Thur., until 3 a.m. Fri.-Sat.
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