November 03, 2022

20 essential dive bars in St. Petersburg you should know by now

When it comes to bars in Tampa Bay there's no shortage of bartenders in suspenders, themed drinkeries, and influencers hoggin' patio space for clout, which is why the area's dive bars hold a special place in our hearts.

Though we lost a few good ones recently, St. Pete still boasts iconic dives, and they're not just dark, dank holes to grab a cold one. Some of the city's best dives are also some of the premier spots for pool and darts, bar grub, and most importantly, they're often indispensable for up-and-coming musicians.

So, next time you're out, order a big double of well whiskey and give a warm toast to St. Pete's dives. Here are a few of our favorites... 
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Slizzy McGee’s  
1159 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727-289-3118
Decked out in flat-screen TV’s, Slizzy McGee’s is a great spot to grab a beer and watch the game. This bar offers special deals such as hospitality night, offering $3 wells, $2 domestic drafts, and 20% off on Tuesdays, and celebrated its five year anniversary earlier this year. This is a great spot to go to if you’re trying to get slizzy. 
Photo via Slizzy McGee’s/Facebook

Slizzy McGee’s

1159 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727-289-3118
Decked out in flat-screen TV’s, Slizzy McGee’s is a great spot to grab a beer and watch the game. This bar offers special deals such as hospitality night, offering $3 wells, $2 domestic drafts, and 20% off on Tuesdays, and celebrated its five year anniversary earlier this year. This is a great spot to go to if you’re trying to get slizzy.
Photo via Slizzy McGee’s/Facebook
The Drunken Clam  
46 46th Ave., St Pete Beach, 727-360-1800
This bar does not allow smoking indoors, but it does offer a small kitchen that pumps out a lot of food. From cajun parmesan garlic wings to fresh steamed clams, this is the perfect spot to get boozy and grab a bite.
Photo via The Drunken Clam/Facebook

The Drunken Clam

46 46th Ave., St Pete Beach, 727-360-1800
This bar does not allow smoking indoors, but it does offer a small kitchen that pumps out a lot of food. From cajun parmesan garlic wings to fresh steamed clams, this is the perfect spot to get boozy and grab a bite.
Photo via The Drunken Clam/Facebook
Dead Bob’s  
6702 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-317-2627 
With 13 TVs, Dead Bob’s caters to those hoping to catch up on the latest sporting event, as well as those looking to grab a quick bite. If you’re looking to grab a cold one on the way home from St. Pete beach, Dead Bob’s is right there. Don’t miss out on The Big Bob, a menu favorite featuring a 10-oz. angus beef burger stacked double with a side of black beans and yellow rice.
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Dead Bob’s

6702 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-317-2627
With 13 TVs, Dead Bob’s caters to those hoping to catch up on the latest sporting event, as well as those looking to grab a quick bite. If you’re looking to grab a cold one on the way home from St. Pete beach, Dead Bob’s is right there. Don’t miss out on The Big Bob, a menu favorite featuring a 10-oz. angus beef burger stacked double with a side of black beans and yellow rice.
Photo via Dead Bob’s/Google
Pelican Pub  
18 2nd St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-896-6329
Presented by the owners of Jannus Landing, Pelican Pub is St. Pete’s hub for snacks, darts and through-the-wall beats. That’s right! You can sort-of hear the performances from Jannus Landing through the walls of Pelican Pub, making it an excellent spot to stop by if you forgot to buy tickets to your favorite concert.
Photo via Pelican Pub/Facebook

Pelican Pub

18 2nd St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-896-6329
Presented by the owners of Jannus Landing, Pelican Pub is St. Pete’s hub for snacks, darts and through-the-wall beats. That’s right! You can sort-of hear the performances from Jannus Landing through the walls of Pelican Pub, making it an excellent spot to stop by if you forgot to buy tickets to your favorite concert.
Photo via Pelican Pub/Facebook
The Bends  
919 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727-202-8931
The Bends gives local musicians a space to thrive, hosting frequent live music tucked away in the back of the bar. This newer bar is now popular with a second generation of ‘Burg-er bar goers, and is the obsession of a famous bathroom instagram @bendsbathroom
Photo via The Bends/Facebook

The Bends

919 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 727-202-8931
The Bends gives local musicians a space to thrive, hosting frequent live music tucked away in the back of the bar. This newer bar is now popular with a second generation of ‘Burg-er bar goers, and is the obsession of a famous bathroom instagram @bendsbathroom
Photo via The Bends/Facebook

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