Lori Brown · Jan 24, 2019 · 2 min read
Demand is calling for an expansion of the The Galley. “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!”
Co-owners, Ian Taylor & Pete Boland, will take on more space on 4th Street N two doors up from The Galley at what was most recently, Shisha Café Hookah Lounge. Expansion plans have been discussed for over a year and are now finally complete. Continuing the nautical theme, “The Ship’s Hold” refers to the lower part of the interior of a ship, often used for cargo.
The Ship’s Hold cargo will contain liquor, with an emphasis on rum. Opening this March, it will expand upon The Galley’s bar-space and event-space, perhaps with a more intimate conversational atmosphere, designed to suit small organizations, businesses, and families. Among the focus on craft cocktails, The Ship’s Hold will hold the largest collection of fine & exotic rums on mainland Florida.
After two years of continued success in what some had called a blighted sector of downtown, St. Pete natives Boland and Taylor credit a “focus-on-local” and will build upon that concept. For just one example, regulars are familiar with The Galley’s wall-sized map of Florida. To carry that sort of theme thru, The Ship’s Hold will display a wall-sized map of the Caribbean, where many of the rums will be sourced. This expansion is further testament to the owners’ confidence in this sector of 4th St that so desperately needed a winner.
“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 Hold” as they call it will be open for happy hour and late-night revelry Wednesdays through Sundays, and will be open for events anytime day or night.
Also, this weekend, The Galley marks its two-year anniversary. To celebrate expansion & show appreciation for patrons, supporters, & community partners, The Galley is throwing a weekend of parties with live music all weekend, January 24-26. Thursday is the 3rd Annual Gasparilla Shipwreck party, kicking-off weekend events. Then the Anniversary Guest Appreciation Weekend (customer appreciation includes free drink coins for regular patrons) is the 25th & 26th. Portions of proceeds from weekend events (as well as The Ship’s Hold opening) support Hurricane Michael victims & relief efforts (via Global Giving).
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The Ship’s Hold will be located at 37 Fourth Street North. “The Hold” as they call it will be open for happy hour and late-night revelry Wednesdays through Sundays, and will be open for events anytime day or night. Craft bar includes the largest collection of fine and exotic rums on mainland Florida, along with full liquor and wine.