Ringside Café re-opens this weekend in new location

Ringside Café re-opens this weekend in new location

The exterior of the new Ringside Cafe

One of downtown’s most treasured hosts of live music is back for an encore. Ringside Café shut down in late January at its previous home on 2nd Street North, and now the beloved business is set to open back up this weekend in a new location just around the corner.

The new home for the bar and performing arts venue is at 350 1st Avenue North, across from Williams Park. And now after six months – almost to the day – of being closed, Ringside has returned. They announced this week that they will have a soft opening the night of Thursday, July 28, followed by the official grand opening on Friday, July 29.


And of course, both nights will be highlighted by, what else, live music. For Thursday’s soft opening, Crownz will be the first take the new stage, starting at 9 pm. On Friday, St. Pete star TL Jentgens and his electric one-man show will bring the energy for the grand opening festivities, playing from 9:30 pm – 1:30 am. To round out the weekend, ’80s favorites The Spazmatics take the stage Saturday night.

Ringside Cafe already has its full August slate of bands scheduled, as well. Check their facebook for more updates.

Ringside left its location at 16 2nd Street North at the end of its previous lease back in January. When announcing the news, Ringside said they were not given the opportunity to renew their lease, something they said they were “caught off guard” by. Good Night John Boy, a 70s-themed nightclub being opened by an Ohio-based company, is set to open in the space later this year.

While some had hoped that the new location might mark the return of a kitchen like Ringside’s old 4th Street spot, the new location will remain purely music and drinks.

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