THE ORIGINAL INDEPENDENT BAR WAS OPENED IN 2005 WITH A SIMPLE MANTRA: “INDEPENDENT BIERES, VINS, MUSIC & THOUGHT.”  THE IDEA WAS TO SUPPORT NON-COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS AND MUSIC, AND TO ENCOURAGE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AMONG PATRONS; AND THE REST IS HISTORY….

The Independent was one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement in the Tampa Bay area.  During the present craft beer renaissance, the Independent continues to be one-step-ahead, offering rare and unique beers and wines from around the world, as well as quality, award-winning European café fare.

 The “Indie,” as it has become known, has 14 taps that are constantly rotated to ensure a fresh and ever-changing draft selection. There is also a hand-picked selection of more than one hundred fifty bottles to choose from — including beers from notable American craft breweries and amazing world class beers. The friendly, knowledgeable staff at the Independent strives to make craft beer accessible to everyone, and they will gladly help navigate through the eclectic tap and bottle lists.
 The Independent frequently hosts brewery launch parties and other craft beer and wine events, where one can often mingle with the actual brewery/winery owners in attendance from across the country or across the globe. Local brewers and top craft beer industry people can be found at the Indie daily, discussing the newest beer trends and imbibing their drink of choice.
 The atmosphere at the Indie is comfortable and ambient. There are no TV screens to distract from conversation. People can enjoy the outdoor Biergarten year-round, or sit inside at the custom cedar wood bar. The Independent also hosts free weekly live music shows featuring talented local and touring musicians. The Event Calendar provides an up-to-date list of the upcoming beer, music and community events.
 The Independent is open daily for breakfast and lunch, serving up gourmet coffee and tea, fresh baked goods, and some of the best bar food in the area. The Independent is a true “Neighborhood Bar,” in every sense of the word, and is proud to be the locals’ choice for great times and great libations. The Independent continues to raise the bar for the ever-changing craft beer culture: OFTEN IMITATED, NEVER DUPLICATED! DRINK INDEPENDENT!!

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The excitement of Tampa Bay Beer Week is once again upon us, and the Independent Bar Tampa is your craft beer headquarters!
We have another great slate of events this year for both beer tourists and aficionados alike:
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 5 pm
6th Annual Brewers’ Ball After Party
Join us once again for the BREWER’S BALL AFTER PARTY! We will have special brews on tap for the event including FOUNDERS CBS and other SPECIAL BEERS brewed for this occasion by GREEN BENCH BREWING, 7TH SUN BREWING and others. We will also be serving burgers, brats and other food outside to satisfy the hungry folks coming from the festival. LIVE MUSIC 6-9 PM BY MYLO RANGER! NO COVER!
Monday, March 9, 2015, 7 pm
“Total Eclipse of the Sun” – 7th Sun Total Tap Extravaganza!
Join us for another TOTAL ECLIPSE OF 7th SUN BREWING! We will be tapping FOURTEEN 7th Sun SPECIALTY brews including, “You’re Doing It All Wrong” (IPA), “Earth People” (Lemongrass Saison), Mon Sentir Boit (Brett Pumpkin), “The Octopus Has No Friends” (Sour Brown), “My name is Casanova” (Belgian strong), Berry & Awl (Strawberry Berlinerweisse) and more!!! Raffle prizes will include 7th Sun growlers, T-shirts, glassware and specialty bottled beers.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7-9 pm
CHEERS TO BELGIAN BEERS!
Join us for a 2 hour mini Belgian Beer Festival in our Biergarten. Brewery representatives from Belgian breweries such as St. Bernardus, Rodenbach, La Trappe, Rochefort, Duvel and others will be on hand to discuss the history and brewing process of the various Belgian beer styles such as Saisons, Blondes, Dubbels, Tripels, Trappist ales, Sours and Witbiers, while you taste your way through the styles. A limited amount of Cantillon will be available for tasting while supplies last. Cheers!! Cost is $20 for commemorative tasting glass plus 10 sample tickets. Additional tasting tickets available for purchase.
Pub Crawl IndependentWednesday, March 11, 2015, 5 pm
Lost Coast Spokes and Suds Bike Ride
Lost Coast Brewery, Hampton Station Pizza, Velo Champ, Fodder and Shine, Ella’s, and the Independent Bar present the Spokes and Suds Bike Ride. Starting at 6pm, Free Admission, and each stop features a different Lost Coast Brew on Draft. Plus Raffle Prizes for Riders!Stops: 6pm Ella’s Folk Art Cafe | 7pm Hampton Station Pizza | 8pm Fodder and Shine | 9pm The Independent
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7 pm
“Barley and Ash: Brews and Cigars with Barley Mow and Highland Breweries”
Enjoy a stogie, while sipping on the delicious beers from local star Barley Mow Brewing Co, and Asheville’s Highland Brewing Company. Raffle prizes will be awarded.
Friday, March 13, 2015, 7 pm
Cigar City Brewgrass Festival Official Pre-Party featuring Cigar City brews
Get a free preview of some of the music scheduled for the Cigar City Brewgrass Festival taking place on March 14-15 at Skippers and Ferg’s! We will also feature several specialty Cigar City beers on tap, with live music by Oak Hay and Ramblegrass (with Dave Easley on Dobro, Gary Makie on fiddle, and Kristen Oliphant on flute). Free Event!

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Independent Tampa Monthly Event Calendar

First Saturday Jazz featuring the Andre Roy Trio

Starts: 8:00 pm

Ends: 11:00 pm, April 4, 2015

Location: Independent Bar Tampa

Description: Every First Saturday of the month at the Independent Bar is our First Saturday Jazz Series; featuring some of the best Jazz musical talent Florida has to offer in an intimate and causal setting.

Saturday, April 4 First Saturday Jazz featuring the Andre Roy Trio 8 pm

Live Music Featuring Ella Jet

Starts: 6:30 pm

Ends: 7:30 pm, April 5, 2015

Description: Sunday, April 5 Ella Jet 6:30 pm

First Monday Movie Night

Starts: 8:00 pm

Ends: 11:00 pm, April 6, 2015

Location: Independent Bar Tampa

Description: First Monday Movie Night at the Independent Bar Tampa. Every first monday of the month, at 8pm we feature a movie on a screen in our beer hall room; featuring cult classics, vintage or new comedies, or arthouse flicks. Titles announced monthly.

Live Music With Chant The Trees

Starts: 6:30 pm

Ends: 7:30 pm, April 12, 2015

Sunday School for Sinners Bluegrass Night feat Trail Dogs

Starts: 6:00 pm

Ends: 11:30 pm, April 19, 2015

Location: Independent Bar Tampa

Description: Every third Sunday is Sunday School For Sinners Bluegrass Night, featuring a featured artist at 6:30pm.

First Saturday Jazz with Rajib Kamakar

Starts: 8:00 pm

Ends: 11:00 pm, May 2, 2015

Location: Independent Bar Tampa

Description: Every First Saturday of the month at the Independent Bar is our First Saturday Jazz Series; featuring some of the best Jazz musical talent Florida has to offer in an intimate and causal setting.
Saturday, May 2 First Saturday jazz featuring WAHH with Rajib Kamakar 8 pm

Sunday, May 3 Will Quinlan and the Holy Slow Train with special guest TBA

Starts: 12:00 am

Ends: 12:00 am, May 4, 2015

First Monday Movie Night

Starts: 8:00 pm

Ends: 11:00 pm, May 4, 2015

Location: Independent Bar Tampa

Description: First Monday Movie Night at the Independent Bar Tampa. Every first monday of the month, at 8pm we feature a movie on a screen in our beer hall room; featuring cult classics, vintage or new comedies, or arthouse flicks. Titles announced monthly.

Live Music: Rebecca Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets 6:30 pm

Starts: 12:00 am

Ends: 12:00 am, May 11, 2015

Description: Sunday, May 10 Rebecca pulley and the reluctant prophets 6:30 pm

Sunday School for Sinners Bluegrass Night Featuring Oak Hay

Starts: 6:00 pm

Ends: 11:30 pm, May 17, 2015

Location: Independent Bar Tampa

Description: Every third Sunday is Sunday School For Sinners Bluegrass Night, featuring a featured artist at 6:30pm.

Ed Wotil Trio

Starts: 6:30 pm

Ends: 7:30 pm, May 31, 2015

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