New and long-awaited Pier Makes Its “Debut” in Downtown St. Pete


The sprawling 26-acre building next to the sprawling expanse of bustling downtown St. Pete offers many dining and activity options in the Tampa Bay area

After seven years of patient waiting, the gleaming St. Pete Pier finally made its debut on July 6.

It offers wonderful views from every corner and five dining options in total. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, located in the very center of the pier and prepares fresh seafood, daily specials and exclusive cocktails; The Café at the Pavilion, a refreshing place to unwind offering light meals and snacks to go; Teak, a Florida-themed restaurant; Pier Teaki, a rooftop bar with artisanal tiki cocktails and stunning views of Tampa Bay and the Driftwood
Cafe, a casual dining room with sandwiches, salads, and more.

The pier also includes art, from the moment visitors enter they are greeted with an art installation by the internationally renowned Janet Echelman among others.

Environmental education also has its place, in St. Pete Pier an interactive marine center has been created. Operated by Tampa Bay Watch, the Discovery Center is a haven with touch tanks, interactive displays, video presentations, tours and more for the whole family to enjoy.