Tarpon Tavern

very good

10 Ratings
Tarpon TavernTarpon Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

21 N Safford Ave
Tarpon Springs, Florida, 34689-3447
United States

(727) 945-1000 | map

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Added by floridabeerman on 07-30-2012

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I will be hassled, harassed, & harangued no more! Yes. I will come visit you in Flowida. Day one shenanigans. Where to start but up the road some in Tarpon Springs, with Jed & D. First beer of the day, on the Panelli bike trail, literally…

D, she loves the sun, and she’s all about the outside porch tabled, but let’s see what goes on inside, eh? Cobra shaped bar along the far wall (I guess it’s got 5 sides of an octagon but some sides are inverted), wood & panel topped with sharp angles, and a wood panel base. Seating on hightop chairs for 15 winding through.

A pair of 15 tap towers to each side of center fronting mirrors on the barback over stainless steel panels. Shelved wine bottles above on the same treatment. 3 door cooler below the vertical units housing mostly bottled selections; glassware & wine lining the top side. A single shelf above with their bottle selections displayed, with a dive suit helmet, and a framed tarpon print above. Glassware & wine displayed to both sides of the cooler below.

Tan stucco’y wall uppers over deep red painted lowers to the front and rear. Tile floors and faux pressed tin drop ceiling panels with spinny fans, drop nipple pan lamps, & track spots. Flats on 3 walls, and framed tarpon prints, old wood canteens, a map, a 3D school of fish metal piece, a framed fishing boat pic, a skull and crossbones over the door (because, Gar), a strung mermaid, an ancient cave drawing print, international flags (Jed says they call themselves a British pub, I did not know that), and the obligatory tarpon dangling from the ceiling, you know, the uuuge. Kitchen peek-a-boo in the rear corner. The front windows blinded, and one of the doors is done in a colored stained glass motif. Just shy of a dozen tables, hightop & low. Outside, the porch is the jam. Open on 2 sides, it must take a breeze well. 15 tables under the awning, heat lamped from above, necessary I couldn’t imagine when.

So, space for 30 taps, nearly half of what’s up are state of Florida players (Silver King Strike Blonde, Stilt House Soul Candy Milk Stout, Dunedin Apricot Peach Ale, Angry Chair Silver Alert White IPA, Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale & Strawberry Shortcake Lager, Tampa Bay Brewing Co Reef Donkey APA, Cycle Crank IPA, Florida Avenue Ale, Escape Diversion IPA & Rejuvenation Pale Ale, Swamp Head Wild Night Honey Cream Ale). The remainder are craft afar (Founders Oatmeal Stout, Victory Vital IPA), import, cider, macro, and things the tread those borders. I drank the Escape Diversion IPA, Tampa Bay Brewing Co Reef Donkey APA, & helped Dena with her Cigar City Strawberry Shortcake Lager.

Big breakfast just an hour ago meant there’d be no food, dude, but I tooks a look at the food menu just the same. I have to admit I’m curious about something called Dang Dang Shrimp. Tunes, yeah, we got that. Things started out all Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, some acoustic Crows, and then got kind of loud in a ‘you want me to leave’ kind of way, but not so much this last time around. It’s the Tarpon jam. First day Florida as one does.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of maxson924
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of wabridges
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Fantastic gorgonzola wings to go with a wide selection of fine beers.

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Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of goodshiz
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of OldeSchool
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The Tarpon Tavern has been open for only about one and a half years, but this little place on Safford Avenue in downtown Tarpon Springs is already making its mark among Tampa Bay area beer aficionados. Once you step inside, you'll quickly see what the buzz is all about: 30 taps, featuring offerings (at least the night I was there) from such breweries as Founders, Cigar City, Pensacola Bay, Hacker Pschorr, Anchor, New Belgium, Young's and a host of others.

The atmosphere is decidedly traditional, with a notable lack of "brewiana" decor; rather, Tarpon Tavern wraps itself in cherry and mahogany wood tones, with a few well-placed televisions offering easy viewing from anywhere inside the restaurant. The high-top tables are spacious, and feature comfortable, padded seating - with chair backs. There is also an outdoor patio area to accommodate smokers or for those patrons who prefer dining al fresco.

I had received a tip from a Local Insider that Founder’s Breakfast Stout was on tap here, so I immediately rearranged my social calendar to make the journey to Tarpon Springs as soon as possible. Upon entering the establishment, I indeed noticed that familiar hungry toddler adorning one of those aforementioned 30 tap handles, so my choice of the evening’s beverage was easy enough. My party also sampled the Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest and New Belgium Sunshine Wheat, both of which earned solid reviews all ‘round.

Food-wise, the fish and chips garnered a rating of 8.5 on a 10 scale from one of my rather picky dining companions, while the vegetable quesadilla also registered high marks. The half-pound Pub Burger was cooked perfectly, and was served on a pretzel bun with a generous helping of fries. The cole slaw had a great texture and flavor; neither too sweet nor sour, and made a nice complement to our meal.

Overall, Tarpon Tavern is a fine addition to the Tampa Bay microbrew scene; the beer selection is outstanding, the service was excellent during my visit, and the food is prepared and presented very well. If you are in the Tampa Bay area, I strongly recommend that you include the Tarpon Tavern on your list of must-see micro pubs.

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Photo of Frodo
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Fantastic! Great wee bar. Justin (the barman/owner?) was excellent. Friendly and extremely knowledgable. We travelled a long long way to drink here and it was worth it. Great spot. If the jai alai is on and you like ipa....drink it. Good beer good food, chilled. Cool.

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Photo of Retta123
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Tarpon Tavern is a nice addition to the Tarpon Springs area. It is a small pub in a refurbished historical building, with plenty of outdoor seating. The bar has approx. 24 rotating taps. Every time I have been there, the servers have been friendly and are knowledgable about the beer. The tavern has a good menu and the meals I have had have been very good. Food prices are reasonable. Beer range from $6 to $8, they also offer flights of 4 different beer. There are a few wines and a tasty homemade sangria. TV's are normally showing sports. They play a good variety of music, including live music on the patio. It is my preferred tap house in the area.

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Photo of powpig2002
4.58/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

first visit. 30 beers on tap. all st. somewhere, sculpin, stone ipa, left hand milk stout, swamp head big nose, tampa bay brewing one night stand(blows sn pale ale out of water). inside dark and cool. outside patio with umbrellas and fans for smokers.music was late 60's early mid 70's, robin trower, ten years after, etc. typical pub fare. had tarpon burger with grilled onions,roasted peppers and basil. wicked good. justin the bartender was knowledgable and friendly. will be rotating taps. all in all, i was very pleased and will be going back

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Tarpon Tavern in Tarpon Springs, FL
4.09 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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