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Independent Bar and Cafe

#164 of 1,843 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2122
+1 813-341-4883
09:00 - 23:59
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Sun - Wed 09:00 - 23:59
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 00:59
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207 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the place to go in Tampa for those looking for an authentic, well stocked, international level proper beer session. The selection is superb, the barmen know their stuff and you can't fault it really. Forget all the other faux pubs. This is the place to come for a proper pint, good music and a decent social buzz. Winner

Thank JambianiNeil
Frisco, Colorado
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155 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome big selection of imported draft beers. They even had schwabenbrau from Stuttgart. I didn't have any food but beer, vibe and friendly service plus 3 to 6 happy hour makes this a great place.

Thank Eric R
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Amazing beer selection. And you have try the Indie grilled cheese or the Randy. I like to bring my dogs to sit outside in the shaded overhang.

Thank Shannon M
Marietta, Ohio
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We found this place by reading reviews on Trip advisor. So glad that we did. What a find. The young man that waited on us was a class act. Very helpful with menu and advise on what to drink. The food was delicious...interesting combinations on sandwiches. Croissants homemade and awesome. You have got to try this place!!!!!!!! Oh and the... More 

Thank Brenda V
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We popped in for a quick sandwich and a coffee in the daytime, but it also looks like a great place to have a few drinks at night. Friendly staff, good atmosphere, great sandwiches. Oh and they have proper glass bottles of Orangina, I don't know why that makes me so happy but it does!

Thank AlexEnglish
Tampa, Florida
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104 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I have been here numerous times and it always is top notch. The Beer Menu changes frequently (sit at the bar and most likely you will see them update the chalkboard at least once) so ask your server for suggestions. Be sure to check the website for the Live Music schedule. Order a Pint and enjoy. Absolutely get "The Randy"... More 

Thank Luvzog
Tampa, Florida
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

The Independent was one of the pioneering Seminole Heights pub venues, already well regarded for its long and interesting list of beers on tap, live music and a great indoor-outdoor space. Some years ago they began adding food, and the menu has now expanded to include a number of sandwiches, brats (for beer and brats) and salads. It's still a... More 

Thank Jeffrey R
Carbondale, IL
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91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

awsome tap house with super friendly, helpful staff. good beers in tap and LOTS of cellared bottles for on site consumption.

Thank LilyWanderingGypsy
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Europen style comeraderie Exstensive study of the Finest craft beers Top shelf wines at really fair prices Unique food choices to accompany the imbibling!! They come all neighborhoods to enjoy this Garden of Craft Beer They Even have water for Fido!!!

Thank insider
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92 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Food seems not to be the priority here; live music and local brews are. The very current vibe brings in lots of locals, primarily those in their 20's The layout is unique in having some small tables, some community tables, and plenty of outdoor seating in what appears a repurposed gas station.

Thank Robert G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
German, European, American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:59
09:00 - 23:59
09:00 - 23:59
09:00 - 23:59
09:00 - 00:59
09:00 - 00:59
09:00 - 00:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2122
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-341-4883
"You won't find a three-course tasting menu at The Independent, unless you count a few small plates and three different craft brews. What you will find is an exceptional array of serious beer, a relaxed and casual neighborhood atmosphere, and pub fare that has no right to be as good as it is. Whether it's grilled cheese or bratwurst, every dish has more going on than you'd first expect, from poppy seed vinaigrette to onion jam -- all made in-house."

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