TAMPA, Fla. – In recent years, the Tampa Bay Area and St. Petersburg, Florida, have witnessed a remarkable surge in the popularity of kava bars, solidifying their status as the Kava Bar capital of the United States.
Grass Roots offers three convenient locations, including St. Pete, Ybor, and Seminole Heights
These establishments offer patrons a unique social experience akin to traditional bars but without the detrimental side effects associated with alcohol consumption.
“The Kava bar industry is growing very quickly and every day I hear about a new Kava bar opening up in a different city. When people find one, often St. Pete is the top of the conversation of where the best kava bars are,” said Ken Hoyumpa, co-owner of Grass Roots Kava House located in St. Pete.
Kava, derived from the root of the Pacific plant Piper methysticum, is the cornerstone of this burgeoning trend. Often referred to as “nature’s chill pill,” kava is celebrated for its ability to induce relaxation, alleviate stress, and foster a sense of well-being without the hangovers and health risks associated with alcohol.
Ken Hoyumpa owns Grass Roots Kava House.
“Kava is something that comes from the South Pacific, places like Hawaii, Fiji and Tonga and the ceremonial spiritual beverage, as well as being a social beverage, kind of like beer is in Germany, Kava is in Fiji,” explained Hoyumpa.
At kava bars, customers can savor a variety of kava-based concoctions, each offering its own distinct flavor profile and relaxation effects.
Kava bars have been popping up across the Tampa Bay area.
This growing cultural shift towards kava bars highlights the increasing interest in healthier and more mindful alternatives to traditional nightlife, making Tampa Bay and St. Pete prime destinations for those seeking a different kind of social experience.