Best Of 2017

BEST RINGLEADER FOR ECLECTIC ST. PETE NIGHTLIFE: Shannon Kelly

BEST RINGLEADER FOR ECLECTIC ST. PETE NIGHTLIFE

There have been several semi-recent changes among the staff at downtown St. Pete restaurant and entertainment grotto Iberian Rooster, including the departure of former director of entertainment Shannon Kelly. But during her time at the unique foodery and speakeasy, Kelly — who once worked as an ad sales rep here at CL and is now wrangling cool events for Grand Central’s Taphouse 61, fka Sly Bar — nurtured an eclectic lineup that included everything from opera and burlesque to the best original local music going. We’re looking forward to seeing what she does at Taphouse, which is currently undergoing a metamorphosis from unassuming local beer bar to what could be another great home for creative local entertainment. —Scott Harrell