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Independent Bar and Cafe

#179 of 1,874 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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German, European, American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
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5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2122
+1 813-341-4883
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Clearwater, Florida
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588 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Nice little place, mellow. Looks like a great place for a beer. We had lunch and I thought their menu was creative and different. Good service, friendly athmosphere. I'd go back and try a few more things.

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Thank Gena C
Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

The best that Seminole Heights has to offer. Sit, drink, enjoy, and relax to start the weekend. A great place to be laid back with friends. Marc

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Thank altedbaseball
San Diego, California
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112 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Outdoor seating and reasonably priced tasty breakfasts. Love the Cuban toast and flavorful coffee. Friendly staff.

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Thank tsudoughnim
tampa
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Popped in for a quick lunch...food is awesome, beers are more awesomer..food vibe..laid back. Nice place in Tampa to chill with a pint or 2, and catch some good grub

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Thank urbagurba
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words!! Cheers! More 

Africa
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255 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

This is the place to go in Tampa for those looking for an authentic, well stocked, international level proper beer session. The selection is superb, the barmen know their stuff and you can't fault it really. Forget all the other faux pubs. This is the place to come for a proper pint, good music and a decent social buzz. Winner

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Thank JambianiNeil
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words!! It is so nice to know when people really get what we are doing, and the level at which we are doing it. Cheers! More 

Frisco, Colorado
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169 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome big selection of imported draft beers. They even had schwabenbrau from Stuttgart. I didn't have any food but beer, vibe and friendly service plus 3 to 6 happy hour makes this a great place.

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Thank Eric R
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, and for your love of German bier!! Cheers! More 

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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Amazing beer selection. And you have try the Indie grilled cheese or the Randy. I like to bring my dogs to sit outside in the shaded overhang.

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Thank Shannon M
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words!! Cheers! More 

Marietta, Ohio
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We found this place by reading reviews on Trip advisor. So glad that we did. What a find. The young man that waited on us was a class act. Very helpful with menu and advise on what to drink. The food was delicious...interesting combinations on sandwiches. Croissants homemade and awesome. You have got to try this place!!!!!!!! Oh and the... More 

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Thank Brenda V
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words and for going off the beaten path to find us! Cheers! More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We popped in for a quick sandwich and a coffee in the daytime, but it also looks like a great place to have a few drinks at night. Friendly staff, good atmosphere, great sandwiches. Oh and they have proper glass bottles of Orangina, I don't know why that makes me so happy but it does!

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Thank AlexEnglish
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words!! It is so nice to know when people really get what we are doing, and the level we are doing it. And I am addicted to Orangina!! Cheers! More 

Tampa, Florida
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128 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

I have been here numerous times and it always is top notch. The Beer Menu changes frequently (sit at the bar and most likely you will see them update the chalkboard at least once) so ask your server for suggestions. Be sure to check the website for the Live Music schedule. Order a Pint and enjoy. Absolutely get "The Randy"... More 

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Thank Luvzog
Veronica D, Owner at Independent Bar and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words about the food and draft selection! Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 14
Cuisine
German, European, American, Bar, Cafe, Pub
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
09:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 22:00
Thursday
09:00 - 22:00
Friday
09:00 - 23:00
Saturday
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-2122
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-341-4883
Description
The Independent is proud to have been one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement in the Tampa Bay area. The Independent continues to be one-step-ahead of the curve, offering rare and unique beers and wines truly from around the world, as well as quality, award-winning European café fare. The "Indie" has 14 taps that are constantly rotated to ensure a fresh and ever-changing draft selection. There is also a hand-picked selection of more than two hundred bottles to choose from - including beers from notable American craft breweries and amazing world class brews. The friendly, knowledgeable staff at the Independent strives to make craft beer accessible to everyone, and they will gladly help navigate through the eclectic tap and bottle lists.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?