Best Of 2012

Best New Bar in the ’Burg: The Bends

BENDING BAR: Crissy Gerow tends bar at The Bends' grand opening Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Complete with a lighted portrait of Tom Selleck, The Bends is a groovy watering hole away from downtown’s crowd. Located in the former site of vintage boutique and gallery ARTpool (which has moved to Central), it’s a spot where you can chug beers, play arcade games, learn about a new underground neo-new wave band and get really drunk. (The drinks are cheap — yay!)