The Scott, a new cocktail bar, opens inside a 100-year-old hotel in downtown St. Pete

exterior of a historic hotel, next to a photo of a bartender
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The Scott is a new coffee shop and cocktail bar in the heart of downtown St. Pete located inside the historic Cordova Inn.

A new craft coffee and classic cocktail bar is opening soon in downtown St. Petersburg inside the Cordova Inn. Built in 1921, the Cordova Inn offers the unique charm of a historic boutique bed and breakfast. The hotel was built in the Neoclassical Revival architecture style, a unique building type in St Petersburg, and is located just a few blocks from the St Pete Pier and many other downtown museums, restaurants, and attractions.

The Scott is open from 7am to 2pm every day, and from 4-10pm Wednesdays through Sundays

Want to see inside the hotel? Watch our video walkthrough of The Cordova Inn.

The Lobby at The Cordova Inn

Refreshing St. Pete’s historic Cordova Inn

The bar, which features classic cocktails at night and craft coffee from local roaster Hogg Batch by day, is part of a striking refresh of the lobby, which also included adding a room for a  business center and hanging more than 30 photos that showcase St. Petersburg’s colorful past. 

During the day, The Scott is a spot for hotel guests and visitors to try coffee from Hogg Batch  Coffee, a St. Petersburg roaster founded by David and Duane Hogg. In addition to creating a special  daytime brew for The Scott, the Hogg Batch team also offers specialty coffees. For those coffees,  the Hogg brothers age their beans in barrels previously used to store liquors of various types. For  example, some beans are infused with tastes from rum, while others might be stored in barrels used  for tequila or whiskey. 

“We are excited to be part of the activity at The Scott, which in turn will give more people in St.  Petersburg the opportunity to try our coffees,” said David Hogg. “Also, The Scott has an exclusive  blend for sale for folks who would like to experience our coffee at home.” 

New Hotel Collection, which also has ownership stakes in hotels in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida;  Indian Shores, Florida; and Sevierville, Tennessee, purchased the Cordova Inn in December. The  hotel, built in 1921, was called the Hotel Scott for several years before being renamed the Hotel  Cordova. More recently, it was known as the Pier Hotel, before becoming the Cordova Inn in 2015. 

Old Fashioned and Espresso Martini at The Scott

The Scott is downtown’s new favorite cocktail bar

The beautifully remodeled lobby features blue velvet furnishings and plenty of natural light.

To celebrate the opening, The Scott will be offering a 2-for-1 cocktail special from 5-7pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the month of June.

The Scott Bar

A classic cocktail spot in the heart of St. Pete

“We are pleased to open The Scott, part of a new experience at the Cordova Inn that also honors the past as we mark the hotel’s 100-year anniversary,” said Tommy Del Zoppo, Founder and Chief  Investment Officer of Pinellas County-based New Hotel Collection. “As we look beyond the  pandemic, we expect the Cordova Inn to be a major draw for visitors, whether they are looking to  stay overnight or to visit The Scott for quality coffee and drinks in a relaxing atmosphere.”

At night, The Scott will serve a variety of quality cocktails such as The Burg (a Manhattan), The  Scott (an Old Fashioned), and Mr. Collins (a Tom Collins). The bar features a variety of top-notch liquor brands, such as Banyan Reserve Vodka (from St. Petersburg Distillery), Basil Hayden’s  bourbon, and St. George Gin. The Scott also has four beers on tap, ranging from light to hoppy to  dark.  

The Scott St. Pete is located at 253 2nd Avenue North.

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Visit The Scott’s website for details. Keep up with the historic hotel on Facebook and Instagram.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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