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Skipper's Smokehouse

Editor's pick

Categories: Restaurant, Music venue, Bar

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

Backtrack Blues Band
Saturday, October 29, 2016 8:00pm

Bill Wharton
Friday, November 11, 2016 8:00pm

Freakers Ball: Exercise Your Demons
Friday, October 28, 2016 8:00pm

Igor and Red Elvises
Saturday, October 22, 2016 8:00pm

Mad Dogs
Friday, October 21, 2016 8:00pm

The British Invasion
Saturday, November 5, 2016 6:00pm

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
Sunday, November 6, 2016 5:00pm

WMNF Presents Fall Frolic
Saturday, November 19, 2016 3:00pm

WMNF Presents Gringo Star
Sunday, October 23, 2016 7:00pm

WMNF Presents Todd Snider
Sunday, October 30, 2016 6:00pm

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