The Moon Under Water | Authentic British Colonial Tavern | St. Petersburg, FL | 727-896-6160


Our Story


The name came into being following the activities of Recruiting Sergeants in the 18th century who spent much of their time visiting Taverns in order to "Press" people into joining the British Army. Many of their methods were extremely dubious and they would go to any length in order to get men to sign up since their pay depended on it. Once a man had accepted the "Queen's Shilling" by fair means or foul, he was deemed to have become a recruit.

On entering a Tavern, a Recruiting Sergeant would very often sit next to some drunkard oaf and secretly drop the Queen's Shilling into the man's pewter tankard. When the drunkard lifted the tankard and the ale touched his lips that was it! He was regarded as having accepted the Queen's Shilling and was in the British Army. He was then carted off for service in some far-off campaign and almost certain death.

As means of countering this practice, the glass bottomed pewter tankard was introduced so that if a customer was in the least bit suspicious as to whether a coin had been dropped into his tankard, he could hold it up and look underneath before taking a drink. The sight of the Queen's Shilling under the ale with froth above was likened to that of "The Moon Under Water" hence the name.

About us

A Little History

In 1996 Suzanne & Alan Lucas, while walking along Beach Drive, came across an old dilapidated building covered in Ivy. One look and a "light bulb" went on and simultaneously said "this would be a great location for a British Colonial Tavern" and the rest is history.

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Meet Our Team

Michael Crippin


Originally from Manchester, England. Educated at Leigh Culinary College where he received his diploma & cooking qualifications from City & Guilds of London. He has worked in England, Spain, The Channel Islands and the Canary Islands.

Alan & Suzanne Lucas


In 1991 we arrived in St Petersburg from Wales and after a few years we found that St. Petersburg had no traditional pub, so, in 1996 we built The Moon Under Water and it has been a great success ever since.

Mark Logan


Mark moved to St.Petersburg from Cleveland in 2000 and joined The Moon in 2002. Today he is currently one of the owners and Managing Partner. It has been a great journey!