St. Pete’s is the kind of place that I would want to one of the “regulars”. Pete, the owner but not the namesake, actually works behind the bar … and you can tell how much he loves what he does and has since it opened 16 years ago. St. Pete’s is named for the patron saint of fisherman, St. Peter (I guess that explains the 61 fish hanging from the rafters, walls, and doors).
Pete was quick with a joke and a drink, he even squeezes the limes FOR you – what customer service saving my hands from becoming sticky and pulpy from my limes – and each drink comes with a real marlin swizzle stick.
The food is good – definitely try the chicken strips! The drinks are pretty strong … my sister was a little questionable after her first drink that is now affectionately called “The Alice” (which is good because I can’t see Pete serving one of the regulars something called a “Pretty Pink Princess Majesty” (tequila and pineapple).
There is a secret free parking lot behind the place complete with a back entrance into the awesomely huge patio area. This place has plenty of seating, big TVs, and purse hooks (yes!). The regulars were men you’d expect to see hanging out at a bar and some of the other patrons had mohawks and tattoos … and then there was the cute guy at the bar dressed to the nines with really nice shoes on.
As Pete’s business card states about St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin, “It is what it is.”
Drink strength: 4
St Pete’s Dancing Marlin
2730 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75226-1404
Monday-Friday | 4-7 p.m. | $0.75-$1 off all drinks