Taps: 12 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 13
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
3.94/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Atmosphere was what you could expect in the club area its in, hipsters abound, music being mostly hipster songs played on the pa system via an ipod. I can't take off for it due to it being legal but indoor smoking sucks.
The staff was quick even on a late Friday night, they looked the part but didn't act pretentious.
Selection wasn't bad at all but was lagunitas on 2 taps a cider a black ipa and then like 6 imports but no bmc . Lots of bottles but what surprised me was nothing made in the state of Florida. Focused on imports and west coast mostly.
Okocim lager $5, lagunitas ipa $6 and WTF $7 for what was a standard plastic party cup.
Would I go back? Sure its better than the surroundings.
05-07-2011 15:36:03 | More by sliverX
3.48/5 rDev -18.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I don't like the layout of the place. Very awkward. One tiny bar in the back of a big room. Its great if you like wrestling for position to order drinks.
Otherwise, the service is pretty good. They strive to give you the cleanest glassware, authentically matched to the particular style being poured.
There are no poor quality beers, but many are not better than average.
Imports are prevalent over craft beer at this spot. Still, quite a few nice things to choose from.
The beers are taxed! I can't be paying an arm and a leg for, say, Okocim. Not my favorite spot.
12-25-2009 09:17:09 | More by ktrillionaire
4/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
The ambiance is very urban-modern in a small beer bar. There is both tables inside and out and a few places at the bar. The service is great. Neal was very nice and loves to talk beer. The selection is sure to please everyone with all the bases covered. They dont have very many exotic or hard to find beers but it's still good if you like imports and common micros. There is no food there but two places right next to it. Its pricey and that is my only beef. Great place to drink beer downtown. They have some wines too.
12-09-2008 05:49:40 | More by nick76
4.66/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I have been here many times, and keep meaning to review it for BA members. The Independent is a small, quaint beer bar in the heart of St. Petersburg. It has some family-style seating areas that is very conducive to meeting new friends and a very knowledgeable staff. Their selection is great, focused on Belgian and German beers. They could do better in the American Micros/Craft breweries if that is your thing. They play good music, have outdoor seating and a great selection.
When there during my last visit our bartender took us through our selections and made some great recommendations. He really tried to expand our minds a bit by offering some selections similar to what was ordered (we know our beer) but giving us the option to try something else. If we didn't like it, he wouldn't charge us - that never happened.
Worth checking out after a visit to the Dali Museum or just when just looking for a low key place to enjoy your company and a good beer.
04-16-2008 17:19:36 | More by smellody
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife's family is based in St. Pete. I was pleasantly surprised by the Independent on my last visit. If you are in downtown St. Pete, chances are that you can walk to the Independent.
I didn't know what to make of the place during my first visit. I would describe it as a hip/urban beer hall - without food.
There are about a dozen taps. I think the Independent tries to balance out their micro domestic offerings with hard-to-come-by European brews; it made for a wide-ranging menu. The list of beers is set forth on a menu which is convenient. Each beer is served in a style specific glass and consideration is given to the correct pour. It was apparent that they take care in the quality of their product.
The owner was there and we chatted with him for a short while. He was very pleasant and added another level of personal touch to our already good visit.
04-14-2008 20:40:03 | More by kbm
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Growing up in St. Petersburg, or as Jack Kerouac once referred to it as, Salt Peter-burg, I certainly noticed a beer vacuum. With only a few places to buy specialty beer, there was really nowhere to sit and drink. You know, like a bar or something. Luckily, just a few years ago, The Independent popped up in St. Pete's now classy and, thankfully, younger downtown.
The main appeal of this place is the atmosphere -- comfy high pews with velvet cushions and long, festhaus-like tables. Massive Hof-Brau and Paulaner flags drap from the super-high ceilings. A pristine and perfect array of glassware shimmers from a crystal rack behind the spotless bar. And if the inside is too busy, which is not uncommon, you are free to enjoy your brew outside in front of the bar amid the mild Burg weather.
The beer selection is superb -- with more Belgians on tap than I've ever seen (limited as my experiences are). Nothing is better to me than St. Bernardus ABT 12 on tap. Nothing. To boot they have an entire array of St. Brnardus, Delirium, and the odd golden ale on tap year 'round. Their bottled selection is modest but can be weeded through fairly quickly after a number of visits.
What will keep you coming back is the wonder of at least a handful of Belgians ON TAP and the flawless, friendly atmosphere.
01-09-2008 16:43:45 | More by marinermc
4.66/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Step off the street into The Independent and you're instantly transported from Florida (a.k.a. BudLightLand) to a mythical beer dimension. One who enjoys this site will realize quickly that s/he's come to the right place. We just don't have too many places around Tampa Bay where the bartenders are well-versed in all the subtleties of their selections. So, this place gets very high marks from me. Really an enjoyable place to be. Once we sat down, I didn't want to leave to attend the concert around the corner...in fact, we heard the band from outside, sold our tickets, and went back! If I lived in the neighborhood, I'd be there daily.
02-22-2007 16:52:09 | More by i13tony
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Fairly decent tap lineup that leans heavily to european products and seems to avoid the better American Micros. The place is fairly small, but the high ceilings and well laid out design make it feel much bigger. A long and solid bench style table takes up the center of the space and a mix of old world and modern art elements give it a hip, but refined feel. It gets high marks for atmosphere. It's very pricey, but it's a pricey part of town. I'd like to see a wider selection considering there is much more availible than what they carry, but as I said it is a very small place so space is at a premium. Worth a visit for the atmosphere alone.
10-12-2006 20:49:05 | More by Jredner
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I love when I get into downtown St. Pete and get a chance to go to The Independent. Their atmosphere is a great mix of professionals and artists, etc..
The quality is good all around. They decorate the place well and the big medival looking benches add a neat feel.
The service staff seems quite knowledgeable about the different brews and offer good recommendations to "rookies". They are quick with a good pour or at your request they will let you pour your own.
Their selection is second to none in the area!
You will have a good time in this safe, warm environment. Its a place where friends meet and drink until they walk to their apartment. Though the prices are a little up there, but expected with the location.
05-04-2006 03:56:36 | More by phishgator
4.39/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
*Open at 5PM - No food!*
While walking through the commercial district of St. Petersburg, The Independent is fairly easy to find right in the heart of the "downtown" area. With an inviting retractable open front, getting drawn in is no problem. Immediately, the stylish interior and careful attention to detail resounds. Art deco like long black couch to the right adorned with artwork above, and interior colors of maroon and peach with flat black high ceilings and a concrete floor and votive candles at dusk. Simple classy elegance!
I bellied up to the left side of the small bar divided by the middle of three tap towers. Tall stools and a tall bar offered up Okocim, Einbeckel Dunkel, Reissdorf Kölsch, Radegast, Delirium Tremons, Chimay Tripel, Val Dieu Winter, Affligem Blonde, Hobgoblin, Franziskaner, and a Rogue.
An impressive international selection viewed inside waist high cold boxes behind the bar at Independent clearly demonstrates the dedication to this beer oasis. A few bottle standouts are Rogue Imperial Pils, Great Divide Hercules, all three Rochefort, Brasserie des Rocs, Karmeliet Tripel, Weinstephaner Korbinian, Konings Hoeven, and the list goes on about 50 in all.
Here is why The Independent gets a "5" on quality. All beers are served in the glassware from the brewery. Yes..ALL beers! And the place is spic 'n span. Done right! Even the two unisex bathrooms in the back are clean.
My 'tender Dan admits that he enjoys the Belgians and he is still learning. Aren't we all! He explained that customers have added to the flags adorning the walls.
Last call: Could you bring your Mother here? Ummm...yes if Mom drinks world class beer or wine. No food here! The Independent opened on 04/01/05 as per the framed dollar bill on the wall and upon their 1st Anniversary last week, the customers served the bartenders and staff with an open bar! Darn! I was here and I missed it!
04-11-2006 05:15:31 | More by blitheringidiot
The Independent in St. Petersburg, FL
93 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.