Discover Tampa's Dynamic Music Scene at Top Local Venues

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 their infamous outdoor concert area, the “Skipperdome.”

Perhaps you’re more in the mood for a casual bar that just happens to showcase local talent like Red Star Rock Bar, in trendy Seminole Heights, or the Orpheum in Ybor City.

You’ll find that many live music venues are clustered in the Ybor City area, but terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Tampa such as Tampa’s version of CBGBs, the Brass Mug, that features heavy metal and rock bands and is located in north Tampa.

If you are looking for more cultural offerings, Tampa hosts a symphony orchestra and opera company as well! Check out the Straz Center for Performing Arts. A world-class facility located in the heart of downtown. Whatever kind of live music experience you’re looking for, you can find it in Tampa.

North Tampa
Brass Mug
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Opened in 1982, this live music venue is known as "Tampa Bay's Music Core." Although it once headlined bands like pre-stardom Green Day and No Doubt, The Mug is now a punk/metal scene popular among locals and University of South Florida...  Read More

Seminole Heights
Red Star Rock Bar
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers

Red Star Rock Bar is located in Tampa's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood. Occupying a small narrow storefront on Florida Avenue, what it lacks in size inside, it makes up for with an outdoor patio and stage area outside. The decor is...  Read More

Orient Park
Hard Rock Cafe
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The Hard Rock Cafe is located in Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Featuring the famous Hard Rock experience, Tampa's edition delivers in spades with it's impressive entrance giving way to an expansive view of an elevated stage...  Read More

This poll-topping venue is hailed by many as the premier spot in Tampa, Florida for live music. Originally built in 1917, the RITZ underwent a $2 million renovation and now boasts three magnificent rooms, a grand foyer, multiple full-service...  Read More

The New World Brewery is a casual, indie bar tucked away on a back street in Ybor City. Well worth checking out if you deem yourself a fan of live music and good beer. Indeed, the groovy little shack books a wide range of acts from week to week,...  Read More

Rock, jazz, ska, dubstep, hip-hop, indie, metal, reggae – the Tampa, Florida live music scene doesn't get more varied than this. The Crowbar, a local fave strung with Christmas lights, offers a clean, intimate space in which concertgoers can...  Read More

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers

The Straz Center is Tampa's world-class center for the performing arts that hosts most of the area's major cultural performances. Here you can enjoy performances from the Florida Orchestra and Opera Tampa as well as popular music greats such as...  Read More

Devoted to nurturing live musical acts, this club supports both local and national performers. The sound system is first-rate and, on nights when the DJs run things, there's a dance floor for those who feel inclined to move and groove. Drink...  Read More

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly Live Nation & Ford Amphitheater) is Tampa Bay's largest outdoor concert venue with a capacity of 20,000. The biggest names in the music industry play here as well as up-and-coming acts. The...  Read More

A legendary local hangout, Skipper's Smokehouse is wonderfully Old Florida and attracts a faithful crowd of regulars. The decor is perfectly done in Florida-shack style, looking like it's made of corrugated tin and brightly painted plywood held...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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