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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

Alejandro Escovedo
Friday, June 3, 2016 8:00pm

Americana Fest
Saturday, June 18, 2016 3:00pm

Boxcar Hollow
Saturday, May 28, 2016 8:00pm

Come Back Alice
Friday, July 15, 2016 8:00pm
Damon Fowler Group
Friday, June 24, 2016 8:00pm

Kaleigh Baker
Sunday, June 19, 2016 5:00pm

Noel's Birthday Bash
Friday, June 10, 2016 8:00pm

Randy McAllister
Sunday, June 26, 2016 5:00pm

Scratch My Back Benefit
Sunday, May 29, 2016 2:00pm

Sonic Stew
Saturday, July 9, 2016 8:00pm
Soul Circus Cowboys
Sunday, June 12, 2016 5:00pm

Steve Connelly and The Greater Good
Saturday, June 4, 2016 8:00pm

Suncoast Blues Society Anniversary Show
Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:00pm

The Applebutter Express
Friday, July 1, 2016 8:00pm
Thomas Wynn and the Believers
Saturday, June 25, 2016 8:00pm

Tony Tyler Band
Friday, May 27, 2016 8:00pm

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