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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

Bruce Katz Band
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 7:00pm

Cinco de Mongo
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 7:00pm

Come Back Alice
Saturday, May 30, 2015 8:00pm
Friday, June 26, 2015 8:00pm

Corey Harris
Friday, May 22, 2015 8:00pm

Dan McMillion and High Octane
Sunday, May 10, 2015 5:00pm

Flying Balalaika Brothers
Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:00pm

Gumbo Boogie Band
Friday, May 8, 2015 8:00pm

Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues
Sunday, May 17, 2015 5:00pm

New Orleans Suspects
Friday, June 5, 2015 8:00pm

Scratch My Back
Sunday, May 24, 2015 5:00pm

Shoeless Soul
Saturday, May 9, 2015 8:00pm

Suncoast Blues Society's Anniversary Party
Saturday, June 6, 2015 8:00pm

The Cheaters
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:00pm

The Flying Balalyka Brothers
Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:00pm

The Mud Flappers
Sunday, May 31, 2015 5:00pm

Thomas Wynn & the Believers
Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00pm

Tommy Roxx
Friday, May 1, 2015 8:00pm

Tuesday Bluesday
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:00pm

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