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St. Petersburg Gay Bars Guide - Clearwater and Dunedin Gay Bars

Plus Gay-Friendly Restaurants and Cafés

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An alphabetical list of the best bars and nightclubs, plus a few gay-popular restaurants and cafés, in St. Petersburg, Florida and the surrounding region, from St. Pete Beach and artsy Gulfport up the coast to Clearwater and Dunedin. Also check out our Tampa Gay Bars Guide. Arguably the largest and most popular gay destination on Florida's Gulf Coast, the St. Petersburg region has a good mix of gay nightspots, with the highest concentration just west of downtown in the Grand Central District, but with others in the beach communities and nearby cities of Clearwater and Dunedin.

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1. Bar Milo - mixed bar

A hip lounge with a mixed crowd in downtown St. Pete, Bar Milo (300 Central Ave., 727-822-7273) is notable for its list of craft beers, it's well-mixed - and quite sophisticated - cocktails, and one of the best jukeboxes in town. The crowd tends toward the young, hipster, arty side. There's something distinctly underground and alluring about Milo, which is named for physicist Milo Wolff (hence all chalkboards covered in convoluted mathematical equations).

2. Beak's Old Florida - mixed bar

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New owners have taken on Beak's (2451 Central Ave., 727-321-9100), sometimes called Beak's in the Burg or Beak's Old Florida. This laid-back tavern in the Grand Central District isn't strictly a gay bar by any stretch, but it definitely caters to a mix of folks and is popular for cocktails before hitting some of the gay clubs in the area. You can eat here, too - the pubby cooking is pretty tasty: beer-and-bacon mussels, avocado salad, lemon-drop wild salmon. The extensive beer selection here is a big draw, and there's live (mostly acoustic) music most nights.

3. Blur Nightclub and Kelly's Chic a Boom Room (in Dunedin) - mixed bar

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Head to the northern reaches of the county, to the charming Main Street of charming Dunedin, to find this LGBT-owned dining-bar complex that comprises Kelly's Restaurant, the Chic a Boom Room, and Blur Nightclub (319-325 Main St., 727-736-0206). There's a lot going at this energetic space a short drive from Clearwater and not terribly far from Tampa. Blur is the dance club, which has drag shows, bingo (hosted by the "Traila Parks"), karaoke, and other fun events. Head next door for drinks from the lengthy martini list at the Chic-a-Boom Room, where you'll find a huge selection of cocktails, beer on tap, and wine. Kelly's is the full-service restaurant (open three meals a day), serving creative American fare: ancho-bbq ahi tuna, blue crab cakes, fire-grilled pita, seafood pasta, maple-pecan-glazed Cornish game hen, and more. The crowd varies depending on the night but tends to see a good mix of ages, styles, and orientations.

7. Flamingo Resort - gay bar

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The enormous gay resort, one of the biggest in the United States, Flamingo (4601 34th St. S, 727-321-5000) is more than just a 120-room hotel. This sprawling complex set around a huge swimming pool has several bars and is a quite lively and popular place to party, especially on weekends, both among overnight guests and area locals. There's the Cabana Bar by the pool, a fun video bar, the Blu Room (male strippers and such), and dancing. Sunday T-dances are a favorite time to hang out here. The resort is in southern St. Pete, a 10- to 15-minute drive from downtown and the Grand Central District.

8. Garage on Central - gay bar

With a popular daily happy hour, the low-keyed and neighborhood-y Garage on Central (2729 Central Ave., 727-258-4850) is a good bet for drinks and hobnobbing before heading out to one of the bigger clubs in town.

 

9. Georgie's Alibi - gay bar

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Frequented just about equally by lesbians and gay men, of all ages, Georgie's Alibi ((3100 3rd Ave. N, 727-321-2112) is arguably St. Petersburg's top all-around gay nightclub. It's in historic Kenwood, on the edge of the steadily up-and-coming Grand Central District, and it's a spacious, attractive club with a good-size dance floor, multiple bars, and friendly staff, and plenty of parking. You can also dine here - Georgie's serves pretty tasty pub food and a nice Sunday brunch.

10. Haymarket Pub - gay bar

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Dive-y, friendly, and a decided throwback, Haymarket Pub ((8308 4th St. N, 727-577-9621) is right beside another venerable neighborhood joint, a lesbian bar called the Hideaway, in northern St. Petersburg - not too far from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and the bridge to Tampa. It's just a fun old drinking hole, typically filled with a lively and local bunch.

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