Fortunatos After Dark


263 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, Florida, 33701-3325
United States

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Quite literally just around the corner from my seafront located Hampton Inn on Beach Drive in St.Petersburg. Situated in a run of establishments on Central Avenue the Fortunatos After Dark was only a short walk for me.

Thin frontage with a couple of neon signs opens out into a long rectangular darkened interior. I spied the Bar at the back and a few punters on my first visit. The second visit was later on in the night and the whole place had a more rowdy feel to it, as well as a few young drinkers who were a little over the nine. Still, the atmosphere wasn’t all too bad but I did feel like there were a few people in there that I didn’t want to talk to, if you know what I mean.

Small tables and chairs flank you both sides as you take the short walk to the dark counter which hosts a few stools. Beery memorabilia tastefully decorates the walls. Simple interior that is effective and cozy.

Beer range is very good, much better than I expected. A handful of draft brews are backed up with a good range of notable bottled varieties including many from Germany and Belgium plus ancillary brews from Canada, England, Scotland, Poland and Italy all wrapped up with a solid range of US Craft brews, some from far afield including some West Coast offerings.

I confess to staying in here just for a couple of Spaten’s as I wanted to head to the nearby Oyster Bar which was recommended to me for food. I enjoyed the beer range, the service polite and timely and the close proximity meant that this was a nice pit-stop from Hotel. But, I just couldn’t relax in here at all, sitting at the bar on one of the stools that line it; I automatically kept turning around and watching my surroundings. I enjoyed my first here when it was quieter; the latter visit was a little more hurried.

If you can’t handle the youth scene you may want to avoid this place later on, it can get a bit much, nevertheless, don’t miss this place, the beer range alone makes it well worth the visit.

Last Visit: Wednesday 12th October, 2005.

Oct 16, 2005
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ecoboy from Rhode Island

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is the beer bar for people who could care less about the other patrons in St. Pete. I had more "fun" at other establishments in this city, but found no better selection on the peninsula.

2 Spatens and Fullers London Porter on tap. Bottle selection runs from 30-50 depending on delivery date and availability: 10/22/03 saw all 3 Chimays, 6 Dunedins (at $5 for the 16 oz. bottle,) 7 flavors added to Berliner Kindlweiss, 3 Flying Dogs, 1 Rogue, 2 Deliriums, Duvel, Kwak, Liefman's Frambozenbier and more. Prices were not gouge-like at all. The servers were very efficient, pleasant and answered all questions with aplomb.

One TV showing a Lightning game. CD changer loaded with Grateful Dead live discs (I heard 2 different versions of "Franklin's Tower" in two visits.) 8 p.m. on a Saturday was dead; 11 p.m. brought in many more.

The neighborhood and who strolled in was the only drawback. Even the guys working at the pizza place next door seemed pissed off, dropping f-bombs freely. It seemed like a lot of the people had been freely imbibing for a while. There was a clearly belligerent twentysomething going from person to table back to individual, slurring insults at the man smaller than him "put that cigarette out; [unintelligible brand] izz juzzzt for white trash," shouting a woo-hoo or two and hitting on a table of girls. There was an lone older man who appeared to have been there a long time, trying to attract the pretty blond servers attention every minute or so. While I won't say the atmosphere was threatening, it certainly isn't relaxing to feel like you have to avoid certain people in a bar. Two visits, like I said, same night. Maybe it's different on other nights.

There's a free buffet late nights some nights. There's a band some nights. The one we heard was actually pretty good, reflecting the CD selections with jammy Neil Young/Dead/Phish-like material.

Nov 28, 2003
Fortunatos After Dark in Saint Petersburg, FL
Place rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 2 ratings