Whether you live in Florida or you’re just visiting us, being outside is all part of the lifestyle of the Sunshine State! There is no better place to be outside than St Pete! After all, we do hold the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive sunny days; 768 days to be exact. After a long day of enjoying our perfect weather, what is better than enjoying an adult beverage outside?
Here is our list of the best places in St Pete to enjoy a cocktail while soaking in that Vitamin D from all that sunshine!
- The Canopy Rooftop Lounge at the Birchwood
There are no shortage of stunning views downtown St Pete, but the Canopy has them all in one spot. Perched on top of the Birchwood hotel, the Canopy is an elevated outdoor escape. Enjoy expansive views of the Tampa Bay, the world famous Renaissance Vinoy, and our bustling, beloved Beach Drive.
In addition to the views from the Canopy has fire pits for cool evenings, a wonderful cocktail menu, delicious small bites, lounge style seating, fantastic live music, and canopies to escape the Florida sun when you’ve had enough.
2. The Vinoy Hotel
You will hear us mention the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel a lot on our website. It is a staple of the community and a gorgeous place to visit or stay. The Vinoy features a few bars and restaurants but our favorites are Paul’s Landing and the Veranda Patio.
Paul’s Landing offers the best view of the Vinoy Marina! Grab a drink, admire the yachts, and take in downtown St Pete’s skyline. The large patio ensures that you will get a seat outside and the numerous fire pits will keep you warm if it gets chilly during the evening! If you are hungry, the food is fresh, flavorful, and filling.
The Veranda Patio is a quaint, cozy bar in front of the hotel with views of downtown and the Vinoy Marina. Enjoy the salty breeze with a cocktail while watching hotel guests come and go!
3. Red Mesa Cantina and DeSanto
We have definitely raved about Red Mesa Cantina before and this won’t be our last time urging you to go! Red Mesa Cantina is in the heart of downtown with a patio that transports you to a lush oasis. Don’t worry too much about that Florida heat! Red Mesa Cantina has large, outdoor air conditioning units, fountains, and umbrellas to keep their guests cool even on the hottest of days! Their fresh, handcrafted margaritas are the best in the city and the food is always fresh and delicious.
DeSanto is in the same building as Red Mesa Cantina, it is actually on the rooftop! Enjoy the views from the third story of this heavenly location. DeSanto serves fresh cocktails, chill vibes, and a relaxing aesthetic. The majority of this rooftop bar faces West so you can enjoy the ever changing cityscape of St Pete!
4. The Getaway
North of downtown St Petersburg, there is an escape to the Florida Keys called The Getaway. The Getaway is a large, outdoor, waterfront bar that welcomes everyone to join in the fun by land or boat! Live the Florida lifestyle with white sand, palm trees, tropical cocktails, and great music.
This is an excellent option for a casual drink while enjoying the beautiful Bay views. One of the main draws of The Getaway is the beach bar vibe, without having to travel to the beach side! You will forget that you are close to the city and far from the beach while relaxing with your toes in the sand and a tropical cocktail in your hand.
5. Three Birds Tavern
Three Birds is very close to downtown and the majority of the restaurant is either on the patio or on their expansive, wraparound deck. Three Birds has a casual, laid back vibe that invites guests to stay and hangout for awhile. The deck bar has plenty of entertainment such as a pool table, giant Jenga, and TV’s.
It’s difficult to pick a favorite at Three Birds but people flock (pun intended) to their brunch where you can build your own Bloody Mary! Choose from options like bacon salt rim, a variety of flavored vodkas, pickled garnishes, and a few interesting spicy options.
Don’t miss out on the food while you’re there either! Everything on the menu is delicious and made to order! Insider tip: try the sweet potato fries!