Best Kava and Kratom Bars in St. Pete

Are you looking for something that’s non alcoholic and place to hang out? Need something to take the edge off without actually having a hangover

We’ve got just the spots for you.

Kava and Kratom shops are popping up all over Florida for it’s unique culture and down to earth vibe.

We may be a little biased because these are the only places we’ve visited so far in the St. Pete area, but we went solely based on the kind of environment we like to enjoy the most. So if you’re from St. Pete and you have other recommended locations that we haven’t gone to then let us know. Until then…

Let’s get started with the one that’s furthest way from the downtown area.

But before we get into that… Let’s do a quick history lesson on Kava and Kratom

Kava History

There’s an old legendary tale that’s been circled around the history and origins of Kava. The origin story comes from a small pacific nation that encompasses over 80 islands, which many of these islands harbor ancient traditions that have endured hundreds of years. This nation was known as Vanuatu. Sorcery and superstition still remain as common today as a part of their daily lives.

Life in Vanuatu had one particular ritual that was done on a nightly basis. Drinking copious amounts of Kava, a beverage made from the Piper methysticum, to embark on a spiritual journey for its intoxicating and tranquilizing effects. Vanuatu is translated to “Land Eternal.”

Piper Methysticum - Kava
Piper methysticum plant leaves agriculture in Fiji. The roots of the plant are used to produce the Kava drink that consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia for its sedating effects.

The legend states that one night during a ritual ceremony, the village elders drank several coconut shells of Kava and practiced Kastom – a culture that has a rich history but not well documented because these teachings are passed down through rituals, spiritual teachings, and life experience. A Land of myth and mystery…

As the elders just completed their ritual to receive messages from spirits, a man emerged from the darkness in distance and slowly made it way to the elders. This man had told the elders that the village of Tanna have lost their way. The teachings of the Western culture had tainted their way of life and caused a rift in nature. They must toss aside the Western culture and once again return to the life of Kastom. The apparition was given the name John Frum.

Since the country gained its independence from the British and French in 1980, kastom has enjoyed a renaissance. Nakamals have reestablished their position. The men of the village meet on a nightly basis to drink kava and stare out into the dark. Hoping that the spirit of John Frum will reappear once again

Kratom History

Kratom has been around for an indeterminate amount of time.
It’s been used and chewed by populations in South East Asia for centuries.

The first known mention of kratom in Western literature was by Pieter Willem Korthals. He worked for the East India Company and observed individuals chewing the herb. Kratom was mentioned in literature as a cheaper alternative for opium. Opium was popular in Malaysia and Thailand in the 19th century and even taxed to earn more money for the state.

Kratom is a plant, also known as Mitragyna speciosa

According to an article in 2018, there’s an estimated 10 – 15 million users of Kratom. People have been using Kratom as a supplement for chronic pain and even putting it in their coffee to lower anxiety. It’s a relative of the coffee tree. Within its native range, it’s been used for centuries (at least) as an herbal remedy, especially among day laborers who would chew the leaves for a mild stimulant effect.

At the end of a hard day’s work, people might then brew the leaves into a tea, extracting different compounds purported to have a calming and pain-relieving effect.

Let’s get to where you can find some of these spots in St. Pete!

Grassroots Kava House (St. Petersburg, FL)

In case you didn’t know… this is 1 of 3 locations. This particular location is in downtown St Petersburg, Florida. It’s kind of a central point on central ave. You’ll see plenty of locals and travelers at Grassroots Kava House.

“The love for kava and the community that it spawns brought us together” – Chief

Grassroots Kava House is built for the community by the community.

Grassroots – Downtown St Petersburg, Florida

Tirelessly working to stay true to traditions of the south Pacific and also provide an environment that is friendly and inviting to newcomers. Traditional kava is the passion with exciting new twists on kava provide options for those interested in trying a shell but aren’t quite ready for the full experience. The handmade syrups and use of local ingredients, whenever possible, allows the community to make drinks that appeal to those looking to join in.

They even ring a bell – BULA!

Bula – Long life and good health

Low Tide Kava Bar

This Kava bar is in the Gulfport area of St. Petersburg – so not very far from the St Pete Beach area. It’s not so low-key that no one knows about it but it’s not so high key that a lot people talk about this location. It’s got a very unique feel that makes you feel like you’re at the beach but not actually next to one.

Their motto: “We are just normal people, who choose to embrace each other instead of divide”

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They have great daily specials! Wednesdays $2 shells will get your mid week up to speed

This spot is located in the Gulfport area of St. Petersburg, so it’s not quite in the downtown area but it’s got a really cool walking area that’s more beach vibey for a city. You’re still only about 10 mins from a beach, so why not have a Kava then take a stroll in the nice warm weather.

You can even enjoy some of the other shops in the area that have filled with food and boutiques. There’s a little bit of something for everyone here at Low Tide Kava Bar.

Let’s bring it back to the downtown area

Driftwood Kava Roastery

Locally owned and operated that was built with the love of coffee and coffee-related things. Driftwood has an in-house roastery meaning that the quality of coffee is amazing. Inspecting every bean before roasting so that you get just the right flavor you want from coffee.

Come hang out every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month for $3 Single Teas with some dope electro beats that’s great for any scenario. Studying, hanging out with friends, or just need a night away.

Looking for more a classy vibe? This is where you’ll want to chill at.

You don’t want to miss out on this spot in the Downtown St Pete Area.

Steep Station (St. Pete)

And last but not least… Steep Station, this is a new location that located on Central Ave in St Pete.

It definitely lives up to it’s name on the steeping… it’s all about teas! There’s also a special tea that they have here that can only be acquired through certain networks and connections. That’s right. Steep station is exclusive to it… so far.

1 out of 4 locations in Florida, it’s getting quite the reputation for it’s earthy vibes and funky music.

It’s definitely more of a night time location for spending the later part of your day in because of the ambience it provides. It just feels like a place to come hang out at after a long day of work. Plenty of seating at the bar and around the inside. Equipped with some swinging chairs which gives it a unique feel like you’re the only person there.

Steep station uniqueness doesn’t stop there. I mentioned before that there’s a special tea they have…

Drumroll please…. *dunununununununununununununununuununun*

Delta 8 THC Tea – This special tea is made from the Delta 8 compound found in Hemp Plants

There’s some confusion on whether it’s legal or not but what most people aren’t aware of is that the compound that’s found in marijuana that causes the psychoactive effect and making people “high” is the Delta 9 compound.

So while yes that’s a pretty thin line. It’s still a line

Come check out Steep station once your day is done and you’re ready to turn up a little bit

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