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South Pinellas Beaches

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

Restaurants:

  • Billy's Stone Crab & Lobster


    Cuisine: Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Live music

    South Pinellas beaches: 1 Collany Road, Tierra Verde, 33715

    Billy Moore keeps it simple -- old Cracker Southern sides and fresh fish he lands along the gulf. Grouper, mackerel, mullet and, of course, stone crab, as the season and market allow, fresh and fairly priced. The rooftop bar offers live entertainment.

    Open noon to 10 p.m. daily.

  • Agave Restaurant


    Cuisine: Mexican
    Features: Date night

    South Pinellas beaches: 6400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Nina and Richard Madison's tiny three-year-old restaurant (it stood a block away for three years before that) is about as warm and fun as it gets in St. Pete Beach. Grab a seat at the bar, the 'rita shaker banging out a rhythm while you wait for a table to come open. A basket of chips gets a trio of sauces - hot, hotter, hottest - and a bigger cup of mild salsa cruda. The menu ranges far afield, from straightforward Mexican staples (tacos, tostadas, enchiladas) to more sophisticated "new Mexican" fare culled from Nina's family recipes from the Laguna region. This means you'll find the likes of shredded pork in tomatillo sauce, lively Baja-style fish tacos and mole poblano. And if you're a tequila lover, you'll want to pay a visit. Agave has 90 varieties.

  • Caddy's on the Beach


    Cuisine: American casual, Barbecue, Deli
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Happy hour, Kid-friendly, Live music, Takeout, tbt* Top Bar

    South Pinellas beaches: 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    It's got ramshackley charm - sunsets, volleyball, kids building sand castles, all accompanied by a set-list of beachy cover-band greatest hits. The picnic tabletops are sticky, it takes a while for a server to notice you've ambled up, and if you overstay (1 1/2 hours maximum for diners) they suggest you move to the beach chairs down the way. The upside is that eating a chili cheese dog and sipping cold draft beer from a plastic cup is seldom as enjoyable as it is on this stretch of Sunset Beach. The house corned beef and brisket make for laudably tasty sandwich innards; the half-pound burger is juicy and nicely seasoned. The menu leans much more heavily to meaty barbecue than seafood.

    The bar scene: If you can find a parking spot, Caddy's has an awesomely spring-break-style carnival atmosphere -- DJs, volleyball, cornhole, an upstairs deck -- and yet, for some reason, it still feels a little hidden. Maybe that's because people spill out from the bar all over the beach.

    Until recently, alcohol was allowed on Sunset Beach, but because of bad behavior and the noise level, authorities have instituted a no-alcohol rule on the beach at certain times of the year on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This rule doesn't apply to Caddy's patrons, but check with your server to be sure.

  • Crabby Bill's Seafood


    Cuisine: Casual Dining, Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    South Pinellas beaches: 5100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The Loder family started Captain Bill's back in 1975, then sold it and moved on to the unnamed next project. As Matt Loder remembers it, one of his sisters said, "We love eating crabs, we love selling crabs and Dad is pretty crabby." Not sure how patriarch Bill Loder felt about that assessment, but the original Crabby Bill's in Indian Rocks Beach was launched in 1983. The business has grown, with franchises and offshoots (a Tarpon Springs location opened at the beginning of June 2009), but the comfy flagship store is going strong, staffed, as Matt Loder says, by "cousins, in-laws and outlaws," with a menu that lavishes attention on shrimp, crabs and local grouper.

  • South Pinellas beaches: 138 107th Ave., Treasure Island, 33706

Bars:

  • Gators Cafe & Saloon


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, College crowd, Kid-friendly, Live music, Sports, tbt* Top Bar

    South Pinellas Beaches: 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island, 33706

    Depending on when you visit Gators, it's either (A) one of the best sports bars in Tampa Bay (on Florida Gators game days), (B) one of the randier college-party scenes on the beach (on summer bikini-contest days), or (C) one of the bigger and better beachy-touristy bars on the beach (most of the rest of the time). Parking is free and plentiful, and there's a covered outdoor area with a DJ, so if it rains, the party doesn't stop. There's also plenty of seating for food and live music, but if you don't want to be bothered with all that, you can sit upstairs in the air conditioning and just watch football.

  • Hurricane


    Cuisine: American casual, Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    South Pinellas Beaches: 807 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    When locals talk about the Hurricane, they almost always get a little grouchy and/or wistful about how it used to be, back when it was small and uncomplicated. After a massive renovation in 1991, it's neither now. There's the outside deck on the ground floor with its picnic tables, crisscrossed fishing line overhead to thwart opportunistic gulls, the gulf across the street. There's a third-floor rooftop club, and the bustling indoor dining room downstairs is done up in a shambling Florida Keys style. But that doesn't mean the culinary focus has shifted much. Still a solid grouper sandwich, fried, grilled, broiled, blackened or jerked.

  • Billy's Stone Crab & Lobster


    Cuisine: Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Live music

    South Pinellas Beaches: 1 Collany Road, Tierra Verde, 33715

    Billy Moore keeps it simple -- old Cracker Southern sides and fresh fish he lands along the gulf. Grouper, mackerel, mullet and, of course, stone crab, as the season and market allow, fresh and fairly priced. The rooftop bar offers live entertainment.

    Open noon to 10 p.m. daily.

  • Sloppy Joe's


    Cuisine: American casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Kid-friendly, Live music, Outdoor seating

    South Pinellas Beaches: 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    This Treasure Island transplant of the infamous Key West establishment sits half in the kitschy-classy Bilmar Beach Resort and half on the chalky sand of expansive beach. Sloppy Joe's does seem to be geared especially for tourists. But that only adds to the vacation atmosphere at the place. And we could all use a little escapism.

  • Rowe Bar at the Lowes Don CeSar Beach Resort


    Cuisine: American upscale, Florida, Seafood upscale
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Date night, Outdoor seating

    South Pinellas Beaches: 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Named after founder and developer Thomas Rowe, the beachfront bar features outdoor deck over the sand dunes, local beers, craft cocktails, oyseters, ceviche, charcuterie and Wagyu burgers.

Attractions:

  • Billy's Stone Crab & Lobster


    Cuisine: Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Live music

    South Pinellas Beaches: 1 Collany Road, Tierra Verde, 33715

    Billy Moore keeps it simple -- old Cracker Southern sides and fresh fish he lands along the gulf. Grouper, mackerel, mullet and, of course, stone crab, as the season and market allow, fresh and fairly priced. The rooftop bar offers live entertainment.

    Open noon to 10 p.m. daily.

  • Agave Restaurant


    Cuisine: Mexican
    Features: Date night

    South Pinellas Beaches: 6400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Nina and Richard Madison's tiny three-year-old restaurant (it stood a block away for three years before that) is about as warm and fun as it gets in St. Pete Beach. Grab a seat at the bar, the 'rita shaker banging out a rhythm while you wait for a table to come open. A basket of chips gets a trio of sauces - hot, hotter, hottest - and a bigger cup of mild salsa cruda. The menu ranges far afield, from straightforward Mexican staples (tacos, tostadas, enchiladas) to more sophisticated "new Mexican" fare culled from Nina's family recipes from the Laguna region. This means you'll find the likes of shredded pork in tomatillo sauce, lively Baja-style fish tacos and mole poblano. And if you're a tequila lover, you'll want to pay a visit. Agave has 90 varieties.

  • Caddy's on the Beach


    Cuisine: American casual, Barbecue, Deli
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Big-screen TVs, Happy hour, Kid-friendly, Live music, Takeout, tbt* Top Bar

    South Pinellas Beaches: 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, 33706

    It's got ramshackley charm - sunsets, volleyball, kids building sand castles, all accompanied by a set-list of beachy cover-band greatest hits. The picnic tabletops are sticky, it takes a while for a server to notice you've ambled up, and if you overstay (1 1/2 hours maximum for diners) they suggest you move to the beach chairs down the way. The upside is that eating a chili cheese dog and sipping cold draft beer from a plastic cup is seldom as enjoyable as it is on this stretch of Sunset Beach. The house corned beef and brisket make for laudably tasty sandwich innards; the half-pound burger is juicy and nicely seasoned. The menu leans much more heavily to meaty barbecue than seafood.

    The bar scene: If you can find a parking spot, Caddy's has an awesomely spring-break-style carnival atmosphere -- DJs, volleyball, cornhole, an upstairs deck -- and yet, for some reason, it still feels a little hidden. Maybe that's because people spill out from the bar all over the beach.

    Until recently, alcohol was allowed on Sunset Beach, but because of bad behavior and the noise level, authorities have instituted a no-alcohol rule on the beach at certain times of the year on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This rule doesn't apply to Caddy's patrons, but check with your server to be sure.

  • Crabby Bill's Seafood


    Cuisine: Casual Dining, Seafood casual
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Outdoor seating

    South Pinellas Beaches: 5100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The Loder family started Captain Bill's back in 1975, then sold it and moved on to the unnamed next project. As Matt Loder remembers it, one of his sisters said, "We love eating crabs, we love selling crabs and Dad is pretty crabby." Not sure how patriarch Bill Loder felt about that assessment, but the original Crabby Bill's in Indian Rocks Beach was launched in 1983. The business has grown, with franchises and offshoots (a Tarpon Springs location opened at the beginning of June 2009), but the comfy flagship store is going strong, staffed, as Matt Loder says, by "cousins, in-laws and outlaws," with a menu that lavishes attention on shrimp, crabs and local grouper.

  • South Pinellas Beaches: 138 107th Ave., Treasure Island, 33706