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Downtown St Petersburg

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

  • Live Radio Theatre Project: Winter Holiday Special

    Radio Theatre Live continues the holiday spirit with another classic movie adaptation, The Shop Around the Corner, along with two short plays. In Christmas Breaks, a woman is dumped just before Christmas, and in Boca Raton on Ice, two people trying to get to Florida for the holidays are stuck in an ice storm in Newark.

    Price:$10.

    Studio@620: 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

  • Bleachers

    Editor's pick

    Alternative station 97X is putting on a free concert by Bleachers with MisterWives opening the show. Bleachers is the new project from Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, the boyfriend of Lena Dunham, a collaborator with Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles and a burgeoning alternative teen idol thanks in part to the infectious and rousing single I Wanna Get Better. And here's a nice bonus: Anyone who brings a new unwrapped toy to a ticket drop will receive a free copy of 97X's Green Room Vol. X album, featuring acoustic performances by Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant and more, Go to 97xonline.com for a list of ticket drops and more details on the show.

    Price:Free, with ticket from 97X.

    Jannus Live: 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

  • Sleepwave

    The New Wave/metal outfit fronted by former Underoath front man Spencer Chamberlain will play a hometown show with '68, Not Tonight Josephine and Tides of Man.

    Price:$16.75.

    State Theatre: 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

  • The Art of Gift Giving

    Choose from thousands of new items including glass, wood, jewelry, clay, metal, fiber and mixed media artwork, which comes with a tag identifying the artist and their hometown. They will even gift wrap it for you.

    Price:Cost of items.

    Florida CraftArt Galleries : 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

  • First Night St. Petersburg

    Editor's pick

    St. Petersburg rings in the New Year at annual alcohol-free event, with music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, creative fun and two fireworks displays (8 p.m. and midnight). It's free to wander around, but you need a button to participate in activities and enter venues. Organizers also point out that the buttons help fund the annual event, which relies heavily on volunteers.

    Price:$10, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free (advance); $15, $10 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free (day of).

    Straub Park (Center): at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

Restaurants:

  • La V


    Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vietnamese
    Features: Top restaurant

    Downtown St Petersburg: 441 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    V is for Vietnamese, the stylish cafe proffering an expanded menu of the noodles, soups and banh mi sandwiches that made the lovely Thuy Le's 34th Street N spot a foodie destination. Le…

  • Downtown St Petersburg: 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    One of St. Pete's swankiest spots, this renovated hotel opened in the summer of 2013 to large crowds waiting to schmooze on its rooftop bar overlooking St. Petersburg.The place on Beach…

  • Birch & Vine at the Birchwood


    Cuisine: American upscale, New American
    Features: Outdoor seating, Upscale

    Downtown St Petersburg: 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Wander from the white-curtained cabanas to the edge of the rooftop with its sweeping views of Tampa Bay and Straub Park and you'll hear people all saying the same thing: "Why doesn't…

  • Locale Market


    Features: Takeout

    Downtown St Petersburg: 153 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The 20,000-square-foot collaboration between celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona in the Sundial complex includes 11 kitchens.Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, bar opens at 11:30 a.m.,…

  • 9 Bangkok Restaurant


    Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Thai

    Downtown St Petersburg: 571 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    This mainstay of downtown St. Petersburg's dining scene for more than a decade offers dependable Thai and sushi dishes. The decor inside is no-frills, but the food is anything but. And…

Bars:

  • Empouria, the Art of Beer


    Features: Import specialist, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown St Petersburg: 29 Third St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Formerly the Independent, John Vellines' new venture emphasizes high end Belgian, German, and other European varieties including Polish and Czech, plus rare and vintage beers. Cork-finished…

  • Ringside Cafe


    Features: DJ/Techno, Live music

    Downtown St Petersburg: 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Formerly Club Detroit and before that Vintage Ultra Lounge, the popular restaurant and stage for live music moved from its longtime perch on Fourth Street to downtown in late 2013. In the…

  • Downtown St Petersburg: 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    One of St. Pete's swankiest spots, this renovated hotel opened in the summer of 2013 to large crowds waiting to schmooze on its rooftop bar overlooking St. Petersburg.The place on Beach…

  • Birch & Vine at the Birchwood


    Cuisine: American upscale, New American
    Features: Outdoor seating, Upscale

    Downtown St Petersburg: 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Wander from the white-curtained cabanas to the edge of the rooftop with its sweeping views of Tampa Bay and Straub Park and you'll hear people all saying the same thing: "Why doesn't…

  • Cycle Brewing


    Features: Brewery, craft beer specialist

    Downtown St Petersburg: 534 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    It's 100 percent about the beer. The interior is so bare-bones that you wouldn't even be able to identify what kind of business it was, were it not for 12 tap handles lined up neatly on an…

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