Best Downtown Bar (2003)

St. Pete's Dancing Marlin

This seafood restaurant/saloon stands out as a NoDo rarity: a bar with a commitment to live music. John Evans has enjoyed a long Thursday-night residency here, and if you add to that frequent gigs by Greg Wood, Jimmy's Pawn Shop and Little Screamin' Kenny, it's plain to see that this isn't a stuffed-shirt kind of place. This is a bar where you can knock back the bocks and get rowdy. With seemingly every other night spot in downtown chasing the velvet-rope crowd, St. Pete's stands out as a place to relax. In fact, with all the mounted game fish and nautical gear on the walls, you just might think you were back at the dearly departed Live Bait.