10 Best Checks Out Tampa's Local Music Scene To Find Top Venues

Skye Rodgers

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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There’s nothing as powerful as a great live music experience and Tampa has many options to offer those looking to check out the local music scene. From a 20,000 seat outdoor amphitheater to four tables in a dive bar, 10 Best has got you covered with this list of venues. If you’re looking for a taste of old Florida, check out Skipper’s Smokehouse. They feature national and local acts that play an eclectic assortment of music in the famous outdoor concert area, the “Skipperdome.” Perhaps you’re more in the mood for a casual bar that just happens to showcase local talent like Yeoman’s Road Pub, close to downtown, or the Read more »

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    Skipper's Smokehouse

    Skipper's Smokehouse is a well-respected music venue providing an eclectic mix of genres performed by...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're visiting on a hot day beware, only the inside bar is air-conditioned."

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    MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

    The Live Nation Amphitheater is the largest outdoor concert venue in Tampa attracting the music industry's biggest names.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're saving money by choosing lawn seating but don't have a chair, there are some available for rental at the venue for $5."

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    David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

    The Straz Center is Tampa's world-class performing arts center that features musical performances from...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Before the performance enjoy a light dinner or drinks at the outdoor cafe featuring views of the Hillsborough River."

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    The RITZ Ybor

    The Ritz is the premier live music venue in Tampa Bay, intimate but large enough to attract top industry names.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be prepared, drink prices are a little higher here than at some other venues."

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    Brass Mug

    Known as Tampa's CBGB, the Brass Mug is a live music venue specializing in punk/metal bands.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bands play every Friday and Saturday, but there are sometimes performances other days of the week. Check their Facebook page for listings."

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    Yeoman's Road Pub

    Yeoman's Pub is a hole-in-the-wall bar featuring local live music acts and a good beer selection.

    Local Expert Tip: "A good party spot for a Friday or Saturday night but Yeoman's is small, so it can get tight when it's busy."

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    The Crow Bar in Tampa is popular with locals for its clean, intimate atmosphere, original bands, and affordable prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out the popular Ol' Dirty Sundays party for a laid back afternoon of good music and free food."

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    Hard Rock Cafe

    The Hard Rock Cafe is a upscale restaurant and live music venue located in Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out the Wall of Rock to see rock & roll memorabilia from Elvis, Madonna and the Who just to name a few."

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    New World Brewery

    New World Brewery in Tampa is a great place to get plugged into the local indie music scene while sampling local brews.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their popular Smoker Wednesdays from 4:30-8:30 pm when $5.00 gets you a plate of BBQ chicken with sides."

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    The Orpheum

    The Orpheum has hosted many of today's well-known and emerging musicians to this small established venue in Ybor City.

    Local Expert Tip: "The music is good and the price is right, but if you're over 25, you might be in the wrong spot. "



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