Mastry's Bar: 233 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL
One of the oldest bars in the area, if not the oldest, brothers Lay and Johnny Mastry opened the doors in 1935 at 152 Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. When the city decided the block should be a parking garage, the bar closed one night in 1988 and opened the next day in its current location at 233 Central Avenue. Co-owners and cousins, Rick and Jay Mastry took over the bar from the fathers. The third generation Seth Mastry, Rick’s son, is manning the bar several nights a week. The famous and not so famous have graced the bar for closing in on 100 years and include the likes of Jack Kerouac, Minnesota Fats, Jack White and former governors.