Bourbon Street Nightclub: New Port Richey, Florida

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Sometimes the grandest events can be found in the smallest, most unlikely of places and few areas epitomize that statement more than the tropical seaside community of New Port Richey, Florida. Besides beautiful coastline views and mild year round temperatures this Tampa area suburb offers locals and travelers alike one more reason to claim sanctuary in the Sunshine State. An imported slice of New Orleans in the form of the Bourbon Street Night Club where every night is Mardi Gras. At Least that’s the way it used to be…. 

This particular strip mall neighborhood bar, snugly nestled among the various businesses of U.S. Route 19 comes with a storied history: It was once a rustic pool hall named Pockets before becoming Rockets and then, followed by a rather glorious (and somewhat notorious) run as Greg Serio’s Bourbon Street Nightclub, became a blues turned rock ‘n’ roll venue where, as they put it “Every night is Mardi Gras“.

That’s how I came to know the BSNC and that’s how I remember it back around a decade ago. But back then it was known for its heavy metal and Southern rock, wrestling, karaoke, wet t-shirt contests and even church…. Church you ask?… Yes, church…. Rock ‘n’ roll church that is!

During its glory years as the BSNC, the venue brought names such as Leon Russell, the Family Stone, Lucky Peterson (junior and senior), Juice Newton, Vanilla Fudge and Edgar Winter to the small Tampa suburb.

All of those good times ended in September 2010 when the owner closed the doors to the dismay of those who came to know and love the BSNC. After that it became a sports bar. Twice. And now in 2014 it’s back to its old claim to fame as Bourbon Street.

Well, sort of, anyway….

Only 2 pool tables are left of the billiards era along with a couple of dart boards and arcade games. The giant football field mural of the sports bar years is gone with a hometown street scene that backdrops the stage replacing it.

The New Bourbon Street

Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay News.

Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay News.

Just like the original BSNC glittery Mardi Gras decorations hang from the ceiling and on the walls which are lined with 21 plasma screen and two projector TVs. The old Formica bar has been resurfaced and replaced with wood. And the kitchen, sound and light systems have all been updated.

In short, the new Bourbon Street is an amalgamation of what it once was with the decor and weekly event schedules reflecting that: live bands and a DJ on the weekends, with karaoke, bike nights, ladies nights, NFL Sunday Ticket and a few male revues here and there.

The top of the order is the music which this now geared to the over-21 crowd and the new Bourbon Street is slated to feature many of the bands seen at other bars and clubs in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. This includes names such as country western singers Jennifer Lee and Nevaeh Peek, Mark Anthony Band, Nashville recording artist J.T. Curtis & the Silver Eagle Band, along with Brandon native and blues guitarist aficionado Damon Fowler just to name a few.

The bar also hosts charity benefits like bringing in nine bands to help pay for the funeral for a young mother and her unborn child, and serving as the first stop on a poker run to raise funds for Rockin’ Horse Farm, a nonprofit therapeutic riding program for special-needs students.

The Original Bourbon Street Nightclub in 2005

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Bourbon Street Nightclub: New Port Richey, Florida

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Author:The Man About Town

Aaron Cupil (a.k.a. The Man About Town) is an avid traveler and good time thrill seeker. A former trucker and the founder of Partyclique.com, his cross country hauls were the inspiration for this website. When he's not writing or running his company, you can find him circling the globe in search of new adventures to report on.
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