The nightclub is slated to open in the Charles Ringling building on the east end of downtown this weekend.
Following some delays, downtown Sarasota’s newest nightclub will open this weekend in the historic Charles Ringling building.
Sarasota Sky Bar & Club will open at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at 1927 Ringling Boulevard, which is adjacent to McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. The club will feature 1960s-themed local band Robin and the Retros starting at 8 p.m., with a $5 cover to get in, said co-owner Tony Tannus.
Democracy, a reggae band, will play during the same hours Saturday.
“We have to mix it up,” said Tannus, who said he wants to focus on bringing in a mature crowd to the non-smoking building. “I’m not bringing in 20 year olds to bounce around.”
Tannus, who also co-owns the Meadows Village Pub & Grill, said the 7,000-square-foot size of the interior, and its history, attracted him to the property. Charles Ringling, John Ringling’s brother, constructed the two-story building in 1926.
“His office is still up there,” Tannus said.
Sean Dreznin & Jag Grewal from Ian Black Real Estate handled both sides of the transaction.