About Hideaway Cafe

The Hideaway Cafe & Recording Studio is St Petersburg's Original Listening Room! The Hideaway Cafe is an original music venue offering craft beer & wine and a simple, yet mouthwatering menu. Come catch an original (often live-recorded) showcase from some of the most talented local & nationally touring musicians.

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The Hideaway Cafe is St. Petersburg's Original Listening Room

We are proud to provide an atmosphere of respect for all artists and an acoustically rich musical experience for music lovers.

Our Story

The Hideaway Cafe was "officially" established in 2009 as a labor of love for owners, John and Nicole Kelly. Having met in Nashville, TN, John, Singer-Songwriter & Studio Engineer, and Nicole, Music Lover & IT Professional, married their individual business ventures with the idea that they could offer a pretty complete package to musicians and an original spot for music-lovers to congregate.

Prior to 2009, Hideaway Recording Studio was owned and operated as an extension of The Kellys' household....in their mother-in-law suite behind their first home and later as the entire 1st floor of their home in Crescent Heights. As all good things tend to do, the Hideaway and its talented musician-base grew and branched into a commercial space in 2008, with the primary focus being studio recording. In this space, it became apparent that the Hideaway could offer more to its studio clients in the way of showcasing their finished product to an audience. Hence, the migration in 2009 to 1756 Central, where the concept grew into a space that would accomodate a listening room style music venue...The Hideaway Cafe...a perfect complement to the studio. In 2010, the venue expanded a bit more, doubling the occupancy and accomodating yet another one of John's artistic passions....food! And while music will ALWAYS be the main entree, the hope is to satisfy more than just their audience's hunger for ORIGINAL music!

The Hideaway Cafe has been privileged to welcome hundreds of local and national acts to its stage since the doors opened in 2009.  See our ARTIST PAGE for the complete picture of the amazing list of talent that has taken the stage here!


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Meet the Artists
In addition to catering to a thriving local music scene here in Tampa Bay, we have been privileged to welcome the following artists. See the complete picture on the ARTIST page

The Alternate Routes

Warren and Donnelly have always been drawn to universal

Noel Paul Stookey

Singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey has been altering

John McEuen

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (now in

Trace Bundy

Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy

Peter Mulvey

Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless,

Emerson Hart


It’s a good album title,

Glen Phillips

Glen Phillips is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist,

Ellis Paul

"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul


Our History
The complete picture of all happenings, both Cafe & Recording Studio...

May 2017 at the Hideaway Cafe

This month: TC Carr & Betty Fox keep our Wednesday Blues Night rockin' Thursday nights are packed with local talent as artists show up and put their name on the list for their 15 minutes of fame...

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April 2017 at the Hideaway Cafe

Blues Wednesday - Betty Fox  and  TC Carr & Bolts of Blue rotate Every Thursday - "Living Room Live" Open Mic 4/1 - Big Kettle Drum 4/4 - Fuzz & Carrie of Caravan of...

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This week at the Hideaway Cafe - Week of 3/22/17

The week of March 22, 2017 - March 25, 2017 Wednesday - Betty Fox Band Thursday - "Living Room Live" Open Mic featuring Dustin Overbeek Friday - Jamal Hasan hosts Local Songwriter Showcase...

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This week at the Hideaway Cafe - Week of 3/15/17

The week of March 15, 2017 - March 18, 2017 Wednesday - TC Carr & Bolts of Blue Thursday - "Living Room Live" Open Mic Friday - Shaun Hopper Saturday - John Frinzi & Michael J...

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This week at the Hideaway Cafe - Week of 3/7/17

The week of March 7, 2017 Tuesday - TNT Groove International Live Video Recording Wednesday - Betty Fox Band Thursday - "Living Room Live" Open Mic Friday - Spring Training Soul Stew...

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