Owners of St. Pete’s ‘COCKtail’ gay bar are opening ‘The Wet Spot’ pool bar next door

Get your beach balls ready.

click to enlarge David Fischer (center, rear) with his team from Cocktail, pictured at the Best of the Bay 2021 award party at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida on Sept. 20, 2021. - James Ostrand
James Ostrand
David Fischer (center, rear) with his team from Cocktail, pictured at the Best of the Bay 2021 award party at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida on Sept. 20, 2021.


Downtown St. Petersburg Grand Central District is about to get more wet. David Fischer’s new, Best of the Bay-winning Cocktail gay bar (stylized “COCKtail”) is getting a sister concept called The Wet Spot, and it’s looking like it’ll be a nice relief from all the stiff drinks Cocktail has been dishing out since May.

Wet Spot features a swimming pool, three-sided bar, live music cabana and men’s and women’s restrooms, according to I Love the Burg.

It’s also going to serve up lunch, dinner and light bites. Specifics are still TBA, but the menu will “probably” feature American cuisine, Fischer told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Happy Hour specials are also in the works, but details are TBA.

The mantra for The Wet Spot is “soaked speedos, tanned torsos and beach ballin’ good times,” and you can expect to see poolside drag queens, gogo boys, tea dances, DJs and other music acts upon opening.

The pool is going to be attached to the Mari-Jean hotel, and both are receiving overhauls, according to Fischer. Since they’re expected to open up together, that leaves hotel patrons free access to get as wet as they want. If you’re a bargoer, though, you’ll have to cough up extra for a daily or monthly pass.

You should also expect some events to be ticketed separately.

This opening also means changes for Cocktail and speakeasy The Saint (another concept Fischer owns). While The Saint has its own address at 49 24th St. N, and the other two are going to share one at 2355 Central Ave., since they’re all on the same lot.

That means housemade eats access for everyone. Wet Spot and Cocktail are going to share a menu, but The Saint is going to have one all to itself (details, again, are TBA).

Fischer is hoping to have everything up and running in about nine months, and construction starts in two weeks. For all the latest, you can follow along on Instagram (@thewetspotstpete).

UPDATED 10/08/21 11:45 a.m. Updated with additional comment from Fischer.

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