Ruby's Elixir, St. Pete's new speakeasy-style joint, celebrates its grand opening


Joe LaBudde informed us in his Weekly Burg Blast that Ruby's Elixir, a new speakeasy-style swanky joint with a Prohibition-era feel,  is opening tonight on third Street North right off Central Avenue, between Central and First Avenue North on the west end of the Jannus Landing block at 15  Third St. N, at the old Havana Room.

Co-owner Greg Haddad says Ruby's is going to focus on live music, mixology and conversation. The decor matches the concept with as stone-faced bar and in-laid hand crafted wood top. The back bar features refine dark wood and the walls decorated with Pin-Up Art from the '40s and '50s. Proper Ruby Red elegant lighting fits the part, glowing over the granite top cocktail tables and wood floors. The interior room is topped off with a novel intimate stage. A Miles Davis meets Dean Martin feel, he aptly says.

[image-2]According to the owners, the concept is part of a new trend to offer adults an alternative to the urban night club scene.  The bar offers fine spirits blended in traditional recipes like Manhattans, Sidecar and Old Fashions -- while adhering new school purity and techniques. In addition there'll be eight to 16 craft beers on draft.

The music focus will be live jazz 3-4 times a week, with Lounge Cat playing the grand opening party tonight. The bar opens seven days a week at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

We don't know the password, Jack, but if you play your cards right, you might get in!

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