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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

Antsy McClain & the Trailerpark Troubadours
Friday, March 6, 2015 8:00pm

Bachaco: Part of Tropical Heatwave
Sunday, March 8, 2015 7:45pm

Blair Crimmins
Friday, March 13, 2015 8:00pm

Come Back Alice
Saturday, March 28, 2015 8:00pm

Fresh Breath of Music
Sunday, March 15, 2015 4:00pm

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
Sunday, March 22, 2015 5:00pm

John Ginty Band
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:00pm

Johnny G Lyon Band
Saturday, April 18, 2015 8:00pm

Larry Garner Band
Sunday, March 29, 2015 5:00pm

Mike Zito
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:00pm

Samantha Fish
Friday, April 17, 2015 8:00pm

Southern Culture on the Skids
Saturday, March 7, 2015 8:00pm

Tampa Bay Beer Week: Cigar City Brewgrass Festival
Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:30pm

Under the Willow
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:00pm

WMNF Presents: Karibbyan Kruze
Saturday, March 21, 2015 4:00pm

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