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St. Petersburg businesses accepting Bitcoin

Central Avenue is bustling with stores and restaurants using the cryptocurrency as a form of payment.
Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is one of several St. Petersburg's Central Avenue businesses accepting Bitcoin as payment.
Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill is one of several St. Petersburg's Central Avenue businesses accepting Bitcoin as payment. [ JONAH HINEBAUGH | Times ]
Published Nov. 24
Updated Nov. 24

Tampa is gaining attention in the cryptocurrency industry as a city that has embraced the use of Bitcoin, but don’t sleep on St. Petersburg.

The Sunshine City actually has the most businesses in the Tampa Bay area accepting Bitcoin, according to coinmap.org. Most local shops and restaurants that take the cryptocurrency as payment are concentrated on or around the city’s prime local business corridor: Central Avenue. St. Petersburg also became the new home for ARK Investments, a technology-focused investment firm spearheaded by Cathie Wood, who’s also a prominent Bitcoin bull.

Bitcoin is one of the most popular digital currencies, through which transactions are logged on a decentralized online ledger called the blockchain. So where can local consumers use bitcoins? Here’s a list of stores and restaurants accepting the cryptocurrency in both St. Petersburg and around Pinellas County.

St. Petersburg

1. Craftsman House

2. 400 Beach Seafood

3. 9 Bangkok Thai Restaurant

4. Brooklyn South

5. Cassis St. Pete

6. Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill

7. Smiley’s Deli

8. The Ale and the Witch

9. Enigma

10. Graphi-ko

11. Josie’s Boutique

12. Misred Outfitters

13. Plain Jane

14. The Shave Cave

15. Yummy Thai

More locations in Pinellas County

1. Flamestone Grill — Oldsmar

2. Tasty Thai Cafe — Clearwater

3. Sunshine Locksmith Team — Clearwater

4. Things Etc. — Madeira Beach

5. Windworks — Madeira Beach

6. Meyer’s House of Sweets — Madeira Beach

7. Addicted to the Bean — Madeira Beach

8. Beach Hair Affair — St. Pete Beach

9. The Frog Pond — St. Pete Beach

10. Hotel Zamora — St. Pete Beach

11. Castile Restaurant — St. Pete Beach

12. Sea Critters Cafe — St. Pete Beach