Huge rum bar and events venue, The Ship’s Hold, opening on 4th Street in St. Pete

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Here we grow again. The Galley, a popular bar and restaurant on 4th Street North is expanding with an all new bar and events space called The Ship’s Hold. It will neighbor The Galley and complement its Florida-inspired fare and flair.

Owners Ian Taylor and Pete Boland have wowed city council members with their restaurant. Some considered their opening of The Galley on 4th Street to be a bit of a risk. The gamble has clearly paid off in spades. Demand has grown that the expansion is less a flight of fancy and more an indication of need.

Largest collection of rum on mainland Florida

“I pop by often, for lunch, meetings, or a quick pilsners-and-policy chat with other patrons,” said Councilwoman Gina Driscoll. “It’s such a popular neighborhood spot sometimes I have trouble finding a seat!”

This expansion has been in the works for more than a year. The Ship’s Hold’s bar program will heavily emphasize different rums and rum cocktails. In fact, the bar and events space will harbor the largest collection of fine and exotic rums on the mainland of Florida, according to a press release.

A large map of the Caribbean will be plastered on the wall of The Ship’s Hold identifying where many of their rums are sourced from.

Bringing something new to 4th Street

“These St. Pete natives took what some called a gamble. Many of us believed in the combination of this location and the people,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “The Galley thrives in part because it embodies the St. Pete vibe – I’m a happy regular patron, as are many of our colleagues and neighbors.”

The Ship’s Hold will open at 37 4th Street North sometime in March 2019. The Hold will be open for happy hour and late-night revelry Wednesdays through Sundays, and will be open for events anytime day or night.

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