Best Of 2005

BEST NEW BAR THAT THE ORIGINAL-MUSIC SCENE SHOULD TAKE OVER POSTHASTE: Abbey’s Road

It’s perfect. Tucked away out in the Tyrone Gardens district of western St. Pete, this brand new little gathering place has everything we need to nurture it as a venue/clubhouse in the vein of The Voodoo Lounge, the Emerald and the New World. It’s away from other nightlife. It’s got a nice little stage, a friendly staff, a full liquor bar, an impressive selection of imported beer on tap, a pool table and an awesomely stocked jukebox. And most importantly, not all that many people are complete regulars yet, which means if we swoop in quickly and tip well, we’ll be the regulars. And if the regulars want original bands, well… 974 58th St. N. (in the Tyrone Gardens Shopping Center), St. Petersburg, 727-343-0304. - Scott Harrell