BEST NEW VENUE

The Bank Nightclub & Concert Venue

St. Pete’s got plenty of excellent dive bars. It’s also got a couple of great medium-sized concert halls. What it didn’t have until this year was a nightclub, with the big dance floor and the lights and the elevated DJ booth and all. Now it does, and it doesn’t, because while The Bank has all of that shit, owner Bill Hillman is committed to doing stuff most nightclubs don’t — like putting bands on his stage (and in the more intimate back bar) regularly, and creating an identity based on the scene’s artists and interests. The club has a good PA that’s getting better all the time, a roomy stage, and a vibe that splits the difference between scene hangout and upscale nightspot. It’s a big room — the capacity is over 800 — and the locals need to support it; it would suck to see an elegy for the place in next year’s Best Of issue. 1919 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-898-4488,

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