Located at the top of the Grand Plaza Beach Hotel, this revolving bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset or the city come alive at night. Dolphins playing and pelicans flying in formation are only a few of the many visual treats that await you here. A full 360-degree journey around the building takes about an hour but the memory will last a lifetime. The panoramic view is breathtaking any time of day. Add to the experience with a light appetizer to complement a refreshing libation.
Boasting one of the tastiest American Blue Crabcakes in the area, Shor American Grill offers splendid seafood to tantalize the taste-buds. The venue open from breakfast to dinner is a welcome respite for beach tourists who can get rid of their tiredness in its cozy ambience. The beautiful view of the sea and the golden beach forms an eye-catching backdrop to the meal. The Crab Benedict is a good dish to try for breakfast- a tastier version of the classic Eggs Benedict. The restaurant comes with the class and professional service that the Hyatt group is famous for and provides its diners with the same kind of pleasing service.
Housed on the waterfront of Straub Park in St.Petersburg is Annata, a restaurant-wine bar. Mary and Kurt Cuccaro welcome patrons to enjoy small plates of modern cuisine and a spectacular service in the rustic modern decor of their restaurant. Annata features an impressive selection of fine wine along with cheese which are one of the best in the area. In addition to the wine list, their menu features chef inspired dishes from Italy and around the world, with ingredients sourced from bay area farms and markets. Annata attracts patrons throughout the week and with no reservations accepted, it is advisable to reach early.
This bar features bikers, beach bums and billiards. Throw in a bartender who knows how to entertain and it all adds up to a quaint local hideaway. Here is a chance to get off the beaten path and away from the glitz to enjoy the local flavor and a cold beer. Do not expect to eat, however, as this saloon does not serve food. The music is loud and the crowd louder, so this is not a place for children or the faint of heart, but it is lots of fun for everyone else.
Casual views of Caledesi, Honeymoon Island and St. Joseph Sound set the stage for a fine dining experience. Sophisticated style, live piano entertainment and sumptuous food are the trademark of this 30-year-old waterfront restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner with delectable dishes. Breakfast specialties such as Viennese breakfast plates, imported granola and German apple pancakes start the day. Sunday brunch specials feature omelets, prime rib hash, filet mignon and Maine lobster pasta while lunch and dinner menus whet the appetite with fresh stone crab claws, grilled salmon, roasted rack of lamb, pot roast, short ribs and grouper. -Vickie Ferguson
You can get in on a beach volleyball game at this interesting lounge that's right on the beach, or just sit back and watch the motivated do their thing. A simple, open-air beach shack bar with sand courts, this getaway is very popular any time of year but it's packed in winter season. You can stroll the beach between sips and watch the dolphins that often come by to entertain. Naturally, sunset watching is a major sport here, accompanied by a frozen daiquiri or margarita. Undertow serves no food, so think of it as a before- or after-dinner spot for mellowing out.
Enjoy a round of drinks and delicious meal at the Green Iguana and Grill after work with friends. Indulge in their creative cocktail selection accompanied by items like wraps, burgers, sandwiches and much more. You can also enjoy live music shows performed by various local artists in different genres.
Jack Willie’s Tiki Bar & Grill is perfect for the whole family with its casual dining atmosphere inside amid vintage 1930’s baseball memorabilia or with waterside views overlooking the marina. Entertainment is ongoing, with sports action playing on a dozen TV monitors plus two big screen TVs. Enjoy one of Jack’s specialty drinks like the refreshing Bahama Mama or Watermelon Tini, or try a flavorful Classic Rum Runner. The menu has assorted dishes including Maryland Crab Cakes and Alaskan Snow Crab along with sweet St. Louis Ribs, Seafood Pasta and fresh fish dishes. For dessert, a slice of sweet-tart Key Lime Pie seals the meal. - Vickie Ferguson
Situated in its new location on Corey Avenue, Swigwam Beach Bar is back in business. The bar is a favorite of locals as well as visitors from out of state and across the pond with its friendly upbeat atmosphere where everyone knows your name. Stop by for an early afternoon refreshment drink or for late night happy hour where you can enjoy beer specials. Swigwam is known for its specialty drinks such as rum runners, bushwackers, margaritas and some of the best flavorful daiquiris around town. Monday is hospitality night and Wednesday is just for the ladies. Swigwam specializes in a late night happy hour from 11p until 3a. -Vickie Ferguson