Have you ever felt that downtown St. Petersburg is overrun with stockbrokers? Well, get ready to make your wildest dreams come true because last Thursday, September 17, a new stock market-themed bar, Whiskey Exchanged, made its debut.
Located at 540 Central Ave. near another newcomer Chick’nConeand in the heart of Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete., which is now teeming with food from every type of cuisine, from seafood to barbecue, locals are spoiled for choice. Continuing with the overflowing cornucopia vibes, Whiskey Exchange is ready to spoil customers who stop by in search of a buzz. Although the joint doesn’t distribute insider trading information (a la Martha Stewart), the bar serves a slew of craft cocktails and has a serious whiskey collection.
According St. Pete Rising, the stock market element means that certain drinks will be priced according to supply and demand. If a certain drink is popular that night, the price will go up, while if another drink is not getting too much attention from customers, the price of the drink will go down. I wonder how this affects the food cost calculations.
“Prices change every ten people and visitors can check the ‘stock’ ticker to see which drinks have dropped in price. The bar even has “stock market crashes” in place, which will be announced on social media,” St. Pete Rising wrote. “Two types of crash are possible, one is a recurring crash (similar to a happy hour), while the other type of crash is completely random and lasts around 30-45 minutes. In both cases, the prices of drinks go down.
Daily specials include Monday Service Industry Night from 7 p.m. until closing, $5 Old-Fashioned Smoked Tuesdays, and WAP Wednesdays with half the charcuterie. Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily at the Whiskey Exchange, proving once again that stocks rise or fall after normal business hours.
Oh, and if you don’t have the money to play with the stock market, the long-time and revered Emerald Bar dive is just steps away.
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