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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July 26th: Live Music with Antsy McClain

Sharing his mantra of “Enjoy The Ride,” McClain has won friendship and collaboration with some of the most talented musicians in the world. With such a wide circle of mentors like Waylon Jennings, Tommy Smothers, guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel and cowboy poet Baxter Black, it’s no wonder McClain marches to the beat of a different […]

July 18th – 21st : the 6th Annual Belgium Independence Day Celebration!

The Independent will hold its 6th Annual Belgium Independence Day Celebration from July 18 – 21, 2015! RARE BELGIAN DRAFTS! BIG BOTTLE TASTING! MUSSELS & POMME FRITES!! RAFFLE PRIZES! (Breweries represented: DE LA SENNE, DE RANKE, STRUISE, ST. BERNARDUS, ST. LOUIS, DREI FONTEINEN, GULDEN DRAAK, LA TRAPPE, PETRUS, HANSSENS, BRASSERIE DUPONT and MORE).

July 4th First Saturday Jazz Featuring Tom Kersey & Kelp

Cellist and composer Tom Kersey has earned a reputation as a strikingly versatile and passionate musician. A staple of Tampa Bay’s diverse music scene, Tom performs with a variety of ensembles in styles ranging from jazz, rock and avant-garde to classical, celtic and latin music. Tom’s band KELP showcases original compositions and improvisations influenced by […]

Independent Tampa Monthly Event Calendar

First Saturday Jazz with the OB JAZZ quartet

Starts: 8:00 pm

Ends: 11:00 pm, August 1, 2015

Location: Independent Bar and Cafe, 5016 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, United States

Description: Saturday, August 1 First Saturday Jazz featuring OB Jazz Quartet 8 pm | No Cover
Join your friends at the Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa for our monthly featured Jazz Series: First Saturday Jazz !
Great live music from local, regional, and national players, and always a good time in the beer garden, No Cover!

Live Music: Gypsy Wind

Starts: 6:30 pm

Ends: 9:00 am, August 3, 2015

Location: Independent Bar and Cafe, 5016 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, United States

Description: Sunday, August 2 Gypsy Wind 6:30 pm

A musical journey from Kentucky bluegrass to gypsy swing, Gypsy Wind embodies a new take on an old blend of jazz, swing and acoustic music.

First Monday Movie Night : The Man Who Fell To Earth

Starts: 8:00 pm

Ends: 11:00 pm, August 3, 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.

This month: The Man Who Fell to Earth featuring David Bowie RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1545141559039799/

Live Music: Braden Baugh

Starts: 6:30 pm

Ends: 9:30 pm, August 9, 2015

Location: Independent Bar and Cafe, 5016 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, United States

Description: Sunday, August 9 Braden Baugh Duo 6:30 pm

Braden Baugh is a rising Nashville musician, embarking on his first USA tours, be sure to check out this fresh faced singer songwriter talent.

Sunday School for Sinners Bluegrass Night w/ Boxcar Hollow

Starts: 6:00 pm

Ends: 11:30 pm, August 16, 2015

Location: Independent Bar Tampa

Description: Every third Sunday is Sunday School For Sinners Bluegrass Night, featuring a featured artist at 6:30pm.
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/985397581491822/

88.5FM WMNF Circle of Friends Party w/ DJ KTUF

Starts: 7:00 pm

Ends: 10:00 pm, August 20, 2015

Location: Independent Bar and Cafe, 5016 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, United States

Description: Thursday, Aug 20 WMNF Circle of Friends Party featuring DJ KUTF 7 pm
WMNF is the much beloved community supported FM radio station in the Bay Area. Always great music and a great time, DJ KTUF is well known for his deep knowledge of 70's deep cuts and beyond.

Live Music: Nate Najar Quintet

Starts: 6:30 pm

Ends: 9:30 pm, August 23, 2015

Location: Independent Bar and Cafe, 5016 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, United States

Description: Sunday, August 23 Nate Najar Quartet 6:30 pm

A world touring musician and jazz guitarist, Nate Najar calls the Tampa Bay Area home when not performing in theaters and clubs internationally. Always a favorite of newcomers to Jazz for his accessibility and virtuosity, as well as a favorite for traditionalists for his backing band of legitimate Jazz legends such as John Lamb.

Don't miss this one.

First Saturday Jazz w/ ACME Jazz Garage

Starts: 8:00 pm

Ends: 11:00 pm, September 5, 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. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/436999859812925/

Live Music: Rebecca Zapin

Starts: 6:30 pm

Ends: 9:30 pm, September 6, 2015

Location: Independent Bar and Cafe, 5016 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, United States

Description: Sunday, September 6 Rebecca Zapen & Jeremy Douglas 6:30 pm

A third-generation musician in a family tree including players of violin, piano, double bass, guitar, and accordion, Rebecca Zapen has developed into a versatile performer: jazz crooner, classically-trained violinist, and award-winning multi-instrumentalist songwriter.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/508562865974130/

First Monday Movie Night

Starts: 8:00 pm

Ends: 11:00 pm, September 7, 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.

Sunday School for Sinners Bluegrass Night

Starts: 6:00 pm

Ends: 11:30 pm, September 20, 2015

Location: Independent Bar Tampa

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

ADDRESS: 5016 N. FLORIDA AVE. TAMPA, FLORIDA 33603
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