The Floridian Social Club grand opens in downtown St. Petersburg

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The Floridian Social Club is set to be one of the marquee music, event, and cocktail venues in St. Petersburg, and you can visit at 687 Central Avenue. The immaculately designed interiors, brand new bar and lounge area, and meticulously arranged lighting are set to make it a must-visit destination for residents and tourists alike. The investment also represents a push to bring big name artists to the 600 Block of St. Petersburg.

After months and months of work, The Floridan Social Club is ready to open its doors to the public on Friday, February 5 at 8pm — doors open at 7pm. Local band The Black Honkeys will christen the stage on the evening.

For this grand evening of introduction, the Floridian will open it’s doors without admission. That’s right, it is free to attend. It’s suggested those interested in attending get there early. The owners expect to meet guest capacity early.

Live music is back on the 600 Block

All current Covid guidelines will be in effect, Masks will be required to enter, social distancing will be expected. Both the venue, staff and the band ask everyone to please cooperate so that this can be a successful start to what will be a premier venue for future events.

The former State Theatre received its new name back in April of 2020.

“As we enter a new decade and complete the renovation we wanted to update the name and look alongside the physical upgrades,” said Operations Partner Brandon Huskins. “The idea was to go back in time to the 1920’s. We are proud to be from St. Pete and as more people move into the area, we’re all proud to be Floridians. The name should speak to locals and all of our visitors throughout the country.”

Huskins is a St. Pete native, and owner Kevin Chadwick is a third generation St. Petersburg resident. Turning this venue into a arts and entertainment beacon is a dream realized for the pair.

Return of the Palehorse mural

In the summer, the owners made sure to help bring back the fabulous Palehorse Mural on the back wall of the club, too.

There’s an equal commitment to community as the theatre itself prepares to fully open to the public.

Staying involved in the local music scene

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Floridian Social Club has managed to stay involved in St. Petersburg’s music scene. The venue has hosted several concert live streams with local bands. It’s a perfect reprieve for the times we’re living in now. Follow the venue on Instagram and its website for updates on concerts.

The original structure was built in 1924, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The 8,000+ square foot venue could fit up to 800 people — and once open should serve as a destination for some of the biggest names in music, in addition to a home for local musicians to perform.

An exquisite cocktail program developed my Niall McCourt, who many will remember from his time as director of Spirits at Mandarin Hide, will also make the venue a staple in the ‘Burg’s craft cocktail scene.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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