Tarpon Tavern

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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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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 10
Photo of OldeSchool
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +5.2%
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 -5.7%
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 +4.1%
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
4.4 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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