The Independent Bar & Cafe | Tampa, Florida
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The Independent Bar & Cafe
Good based on 18 ratings
Type: Bar

5016 N. Florida Ave
Tampa, Florida United States 33603 [ print map ]
813 341 4883 | facebook | food menu | beer menu

Hours: 9 am - midnight daily

Affiliated user(s) here indiebar | Taps: 14 | Bottles: 250

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18 reviews for The Independent Bar & Cafe
 Ambiance  70%
 Service  77%
 Selection  68%
 Food  72%
 Value  66%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  80%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138  (285) Falls Church, Virginia | February 28, 2015
Nice place with several sections. Mainly visited the cafe side with freshly prepared sandwiches and coffee beverages. Patio outside with picnic tables. Small refrigerator with sodas and a few canned/bottled beers. Breakfast was tasty. Friendly service, staff were happy to bring the food out to us when it was done. Prices were fair. Good stop if you’re in the area.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (2125) Washington, Washington DC | February 21, 2015
This place has three parts, each with different opening hours: a small cafe that opens for breakfast and does a small menu of easy sandwiches and grilled stuff; a bar with taps and a few tables; and a performance space. They share a large outdoor patio, partially covered. Looks like an old gas station. Tap list is OK, some local stuff (i.e. Rapp)and some common craft. Staff is friendly. Worth s look.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
RickFitz  (31) , | April 19, 2014
Nice casual local pub. Has a bohemian feel. Beer selection is good and staff is nice. It can get quite busy and the number of tables is limited.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
maladrin  (2) | January 24, 2014
Great neighborhood pub and overall great beer bar!
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 2/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 9/20
Lenny115  (8) Florida | June 15, 2013
Great beers on tap, but not enough taps. Awesome bottle selection though be it somewhat pricey and not very "local". Food is ok but mostly pressed sandwiches with so-so ingredients. Good if you are pressed for time. Nice front patio area!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
MikeLuke23  (6) Tampa, Florida | May 14, 2013| Updated May 24, 2014
Great local place if your in the Seminole Hieghts area. Draft selection is constantly rotating. Lots of Euro beers on. Slight focus on local. Great bottle selection. Food is great! Service is stellar. The staff is made up of some craft beer lovers, which is a big plus.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare  (132) Columbus, Ohio | April 1, 2013
Went here with Wilkes and Lynn after eating at the Refinery. Nice little hip vibe. Handful of taps and a fair number of bottles. Nothing rare, but some good brew to be had. Open area to the outside... and I think there was a dog walking around. Anyway, we had a good time. It was crowded, but laid back.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Lukedog  (17) North Redington Beach, Florida | February 13, 2013
Nice selection of craft beer. Service is ok but has room for improvment. A decent place for a beer after work, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have a beer here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 17/20
cryochild  (1) Tampa, Florida | July 6, 2012
Fun bar. Always a good selection and a nice crowd.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
FloridaNative  (19) Florida | May 16, 2011
This place seems to have hit stride and is one of the best true local-owned neighborhood bars I have ever been to. Along with the Refinery, Ella’s and Cappy’s it seems to be spearheading the Seminole Heights business revival as the featured bar. Brilliant rotating tap selection, and extensive chilled bottle selection. If you live locally, this is the place in town to drink USA craft and European beer, served in the proper glass ware. One day can have a totally different brewery tap selection from the next, and they seem to get in lots of limited editions and seasonal offering that you will not find anywhere else in Town. For those that like Budweiser products, and entry level beers like Bass and Heine, this place is the step up, and will not serve any of those products. The Food: Excellent pub fare, that just won a bunch of local awards. Downside is that sometimes on the weekends the food can take a bit long. Lunchtime service is fast, but as the bar opens at 4-5 if you are there for lunch and a pint you will have to settle for lunch and a bottle, which is my only real complaint. Monthly event series, acoustic shows, bluegrass nights, movie nights that they somehow always put on for free (which makes me wonder why I pay a cover at a few places down in Ybor to see the same shows). No open mic night, thank god. The place can vary on clientele and atmosphere depending on when you go. It can range from business folks on the way home stopping in for a pint to a group of hipsters on fix geared bikes to local politicians.

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