Wedged amongst a sushi bar and a jazz club is The Independent on 3rd Street North in St. Petersburg. It is a small venue with a modest facade that is easy to walk past. This would be a mistake for any beer lover in an area full of dance clubs and light beer. The Independent boasts itself as a beer hall sporting beer garden style tables on the interior floor space and Hofbräuhaus banners hanging from the walls.
The interior is dominated by a beer hall style bench. The very limited seating at the bar is supplemented by tables built into the side walls. On favorable nights the front glass doors can slide open, exposing outdoor seating on the sidewalk. If you get tired of people-watching outside there is a steel tip dartboard (bring your own darts) available inside.
Not only does it feel like a beer hall it also tastes like a beer hall. There are only a dozen beer taps, a small number when compared to other beer bars, but the bar hosts a rotating and eclectic selection of beers. The rotation maintains a variety of beer styles and is not restricted to certain brands. The Independent also carries a small selection of wine.
The Independent is a place for the beer drinker to experience new brews. The dim lighting, subdued music, brick walls and beer paraphernalia deliver an enjoyable ambiance. A great opportunity for people to mingle is provided by the large beer garden table. With all that was previously stated and an exciting rotation of tasty brews it would be hard to find a reason not to visit The Independent.