Tampa and St. Pete Independent bars offer discounts if you vote

And there’s a new Chad Mize mural in Indie Seminole Heights, too.

click to enlarge Chad Mize in front of his 'VOTE' mural at Independent Bar in Tampa on Oct. 27, 2020. - Ray Roa
Ray Roa
Chad Mize in front of his 'VOTE' mural at Independent Bar in Tampa on Oct. 27, 2020.

It’s near the end of a very chaotic election cycle and what better way to end it than with some much-needed booze? From right now until Election Day, Independent Bar in Tampa and St. Pete will both give 50% off the first drink when you show your “I Voted” sticker or selfie when you order.

If you’re in Seminole Heights enjoying your drink of choice, make sure to take a picture in front of local artist/gallery owner Chad Mize’s new “Vote” mural at the Tampa location. Independent Bar owner Veronica Danko and Mize worked together on the new graphic art piece that’s scheduled to be completed by this weekend. Danko and Mize are old friends who started discussing the mural last week. In a press release, Danko says she came across Mize’s Twiggy “Vote" graphic art piece, named  “The Masked Messenger”, on Instagram and immediately messaged him.

“I messaged Chad immediately and said I need that! I have JUST the place for that!” stated Danko, "It is such a strong statement in this current atmosphere. The iconic Twiggy, wearing a mask, covered by the word VOTE. As a legal poll watcher, I encourage everyone to exercise their privilege and right to vote. It spoke to me loudly. It is very personal. “ 

Mize says he’s excited for everyone to see the mural. In the same press release, Mize says he’s always been very political and thinks using art to get a message across is “very powerful”. Besides the Twiggy “Vote” graphic art, he’s busy curating a “Vote” exhibit at his gallery in St. Pete’s Uptown neighborhood at 689 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N. 

"I was so excited," responded Mize. "It's such a visible location. Murals allow artists to have strangers walk past your work on a large scale. They are for everyone." 

Everyone can view the mural on the south-facing wall of The Independent, located at 5016 N. Florida Ave.  facing the intersection of N. Florida and W. South Avenues. Mize’s VOTE exhibit can be viewed in-person at Mize Gallery or online via chadmize.com.

Independent Tampa opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week (it closes at midnight Sunday-Wednesday, 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday). Independent St. Petersburg, located at 1049 Central Ave., is open 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday, 2 p.m.-1 a.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m.-midnight on Sunday.

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