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Grand Central District

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • Urban Brew and BBQ


    Cuisine: American casual, Barbecue

    Grand Central District: 1939 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    Andy Salyards is doing a handful of things in the smoker — brisket, baby-back ribs, pulled pork, chicken — offering them as full plates, with a side and a roll, or as excellent and well-priced sliders. It’s easy to be smitten by a moist, flavorful pile of brisket sliced onto a little roll, offered with a choice of sauces from really sweet to really hot to vinegar-tangy. The meat has that delicate pink discoloration of meat just under the surface crust (in the biz this is the "bark") that signals skilled smoking, with a savory, rich flavor to the plush beef. Then pair this with a scoop of crunchy, fresh-tasting cole slaw or a cup of smoky-sweet baked beans studded with big hunks of smoked pork. Really, all the sides at Urban Brew are keepers, the top offering the skillet mac and cheese with wisps of prosciutto, crunchy bread crumb topping and a flavor that brings the sharpness of Cheddar with the rounder smokiness of Gouda. On the beer side, 18 taps change constantly.

    Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun.

    Read a review here.

  • Queens Head


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub
    Features: Date night, DJ/Techno, Gay-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Grand Central District: 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    The work of Darren Conner and Paul Smith, Queens Head is an adorable, cheeky and emphatically stylish addition to St. Petersburg's Grand Central district. The small bar-restaurant is a delightful addition, a British pub with a little South Beach glamor and New York club smarts (it's hard not to feel hip while sipping a mimosa and listening to a little of DJ Craig Dirty's chill-out music at Sunday brunch). Chris Greer, formerly at MJ's Martini Jazz Lounge in St. Petersburg, is doing great work with affordable, gutsy reinterpretations of pub classics and some freestyling entirely his own. Crispy fried chickpeas just blushed with smoked paprika are a curiously satisfying bar food, and you don't usually associate pub grub and a trio of seared sea scallops served with cherrywood bacon and caramelized Brussels sprouts, but so be it. Chef Scott Jones recently replaced Christopher Greer, who moved to Portland, Ore.

    Read the full review.

  • Craftsman House


    Cuisine: American casual, Bistro, Breakfast or brunch, Deli

    Grand Central District: 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    Garden party meets arts and crafts, so you’ll want to sit a spell on the porch of this old bungalow. The lush pottery is home-thrown, the good spirits home grown, the woodworking and art are a delight and the rehabbing a pleasure. Cucumber salad, soups, muffins, coffee and beer will charm you.

  • Grand Central District: 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

  • Original Bill's Doghouse


    Cuisine: American casual, Deli
    Features: Takeout

    Grand Central District: 2623 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

Bars:

  • Urban Brew and BBQ


    Cuisine: American casual, Barbecue

    Grand Central District: 1939 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    Andy Salyards is doing a handful of things in the smoker — brisket, baby-back ribs, pulled pork, chicken — offering them as full plates, with a side and a roll, or as excellent and well-priced sliders. It’s easy to be smitten by a moist, flavorful pile of brisket sliced onto a little roll, offered with a choice of sauces from really sweet to really hot to vinegar-tangy. The meat has that delicate pink discoloration of meat just under the surface crust (in the biz this is the "bark") that signals skilled smoking, with a savory, rich flavor to the plush beef. Then pair this with a scoop of crunchy, fresh-tasting cole slaw or a cup of smoky-sweet baked beans studded with big hunks of smoked pork. Really, all the sides at Urban Brew are keepers, the top offering the skillet mac and cheese with wisps of prosciutto, crunchy bread crumb topping and a flavor that brings the sharpness of Cheddar with the rounder smokiness of Gouda. On the beer side, 18 taps change constantly.

    Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun.

    Read a review here.

  • Queens Head


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub
    Features: Date night, DJ/Techno, Gay-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Grand Central District: 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    The work of Darren Conner and Paul Smith, Queens Head is an adorable, cheeky and emphatically stylish addition to St. Petersburg's Grand Central district. The small bar-restaurant is a delightful addition, a British pub with a little South Beach glamor and New York club smarts (it's hard not to feel hip while sipping a mimosa and listening to a little of DJ Craig Dirty's chill-out music at Sunday brunch). Chris Greer, formerly at MJ's Martini Jazz Lounge in St. Petersburg, is doing great work with affordable, gutsy reinterpretations of pub classics and some freestyling entirely his own. Crispy fried chickpeas just blushed with smoked paprika are a curiously satisfying bar food, and you don't usually associate pub grub and a trio of seared sea scallops served with cherrywood bacon and caramelized Brussels sprouts, but so be it. Chef Scott Jones recently replaced Christopher Greer, who moved to Portland, Ore.

    Read the full review.

  • Grand Central District: 2315 Central Ave. , St. Petersburg, 33713

    The vibe: a Pacific islands themed bar with unique tiki style drinks and exotic teas.

    Read a review here.

  • Punky's Bar and Grill


    Cuisine: American casual, Burgers, Pizza, Sandwiches
    Features: DJ/Techno, Gay-friendly, Karaoke, Live music, Outdoor seating

    Grand Central District: 3063 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    The vibe: an LGBT-friendly bar and restaurant at the edge of St. Petersburg's Grand Central district.

    Read a review here.

     

  • Detour


    Features: Big-screen TVs, Dance club, DJ/Techno, Gay-friendly, Happy hour, Karaoke, Outdoor seating, Pool tables

    Grand Central District: 2612 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

    The night and day of gay bars. Detour is set up like a traditional neighborhood bar on one side: well lit, some cool music, a small stage, two pool tables, lots of seating. Expect mostly men, and some older ones at that. The other side is a leather bar that's dark and gothic even at high noon during Gay Pride festivities on Central. Special and regular events abound at Detour, and the club offers regular karaoke nights and drag queen shows. During St. Petersburg's annual Pride event, this bar is a madhouse of activity.

Attractions:

  • Queens Head


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub
    Features: Date night, DJ/Techno, Gay-friendly, Outdoor seating

    Grand Central District: 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    The work of Darren Conner and Paul Smith, Queens Head is an adorable, cheeky and emphatically stylish addition to St. Petersburg's Grand Central district. The small bar-restaurant is a delightful addition, a British pub with a little South Beach glamor and New York club smarts (it's hard not to feel hip while sipping a mimosa and listening to a little of DJ Craig Dirty's chill-out music at Sunday brunch). Chris Greer, formerly at MJ's Martini Jazz Lounge in St. Petersburg, is doing great work with affordable, gutsy reinterpretations of pub classics and some freestyling entirely his own. Crispy fried chickpeas just blushed with smoked paprika are a curiously satisfying bar food, and you don't usually associate pub grub and a trio of seared sea scallops served with cherrywood bacon and caramelized Brussels sprouts, but so be it. Chef Scott Jones recently replaced Christopher Greer, who moved to Portland, Ore.

    Read the full review.

  • Grand Central District: 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33712

     The brainchild of local artist Marina Williams, this small gallery located away from the main bustle of downtown offers popular weekend events that feature outrageous and inventive fashion shows, often with live music. But the main attraction is its boutique, with its vintage clothes, shoes and accessories.

  • Jim & Heather Gills YMCA (St. Petersburg)


    Features: Classes offered, Gym, Indoor play zone, Kid-friendly, Party room, Play area, Public restrooms, Showers, Swimming area

    Grand Central District: 3200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33712

    A pool, indoor rock climbing wall and a game room will provide countless hours of entertainment for the kids. The pool provides family swimming and a waterslide. Youths and adults can enjoy state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a lap pool, group exercise classes, youth sports, activities rooms and dance. The Jim and Heather Gills YMCA provides free child care for members' children in the Kid Zone (closed Sundays).

    First-time visitors can get a free three-day Guest Pass (guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; one pass per year). Annual membership rates: $75 for individuals, plus $42 per month; $35 youths (3 to 17), plus $22 per month; $35 seniors (retired or 65), plus $42 per month; $100 families, plus $65 per month.

  • Grand Central District: 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    Gentrified by gays and lesbians who live in nearby Kenwood, this entertainment and shopping district can be a fun late lunch to late night trip. One corner boasts three restaurants: Beak's; Nitally's (with its famous Inferno Soup Challenge); and the Queenshead, which has drag queen trivia nights. It also has numerous funky bars and some retro shops like Paper Street Market and ArtPool Gallery. 

  • Craftsman House


    Cuisine: American casual, Bistro, Breakfast or brunch, Deli

    Grand Central District: 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    Garden party meets arts and crafts, so you’ll want to sit a spell on the porch of this old bungalow. The lush pottery is home-thrown, the good spirits home grown, the woodworking and art are a delight and the rehabbing a pleasure. Cucumber salad, soups, muffins, coffee and beer will charm you.