Best Of 2005

BEST GAY BAR: Georgie’s Alibi

Cityside and Suncoast have their fans, but there’s just something about Georgie’s. As one regular explained during a recent visit, the place is simply “comfortable” — and that means comfortable for all kinds of people, whether they’re male or female, gay or straight, young or old, hot or not. Located in a homo-centric shopping plaza in St. Pete’s Historic Kenwood, Georgie’s has all the gay-bar prerequisites and then some: three bars, two pool tables, video monitors everywhere you look, a dance floor that gets enthusiastically crowded on weekends, surprisingly good food, even dart tournaments. But what really sets the tone is the bar staff — possibly the best in any bar in Tampa Bay, homo or het. Owner George Kessinger is credited with kick-starting the Ft. Lauderdale-area gay Mecca of Wilton Manors with the opening of his first Georgie’s. He opened the Kenwood branch five years ago and once more helped raise the profile of a great gayborhood. 3100 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-321-2112.