Skipper's Smokehouse

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Categories: Bar, Music venue, Restaurant

Features: Beloved dive, Icon, Live music, Outdoor seating

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

Skipper's is an institution. Generations of music lovers have called themselves regulars at this classic, Old Florida-themed establishment. Not only does it provide a spacious outdoor concert area, communal benches and beachy sand add even more charm, and its restaurant serves some of the best Floridian fare in the bay area – one of the few places that serve gator tail!

It gets a bad rap for being overloaded with aging hippies, but some of the best times can be had with jolly tie-dyed boomers, shaking it to a Grateful Dead tribute band. What gets overlooked in the frantic avoidance of ponytailed dads: Skipper's is a premier concert venue, offering the biggest variety of musical styles. It's where you can catch headliners as diverse as the Avett Brothers, Black Keys, Jonathan Richman, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Duane Eddy, Dickey Betts and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, along with a wide variety of premier local bands such as Nervous Turkey and Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets.

Jay Cridlin of tbt* did this wonderful piece on the 30th anniversary of Skippers. It's filled with lore and loving tributes.

Events at Skipper's Smokehouse

Artists in the Round
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 5:00pm

Friday, August 15, 2014 8:00pm

Come Back Alice
Friday, August 8, 2014 8:00pm

Ellie Lee & Blues Fury
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:00pm

Saturday, August 16, 2014 2:00pm

Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00pm

Sunday, August 17, 2014 4:00pm

Pete & Wayne Revival
Sunday, August 31, 2014 5:00pm

Pete and Wayne
Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:00pm

The Mojo Gurus CD Release Show
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00pm

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