1313 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa, 813-248-4969, myspace.com/newworldbrewery
The quaint red-brick outdoor terrace is a cozy place to unwind while schmoozing with friends and catching a show by local and regional groups and smaller-scale national indie acts — who all play on the patio's ground-level stage area. Inside is a generous L-shaped bar with a superior beer selection, more chairs and tables, two foosball tables and bathrooms that stay fairly clean. You can pretty much hear the music anywhere you stand, though the sightlines aren't always great if it's packed, and the sound gets more muffled on the inside.
Memories: June '07: Baltimore-based Dan Deacon put on a hopelessly wacky show of schiz'd-out, high-energy electronic dance numbers for a crowd of roughly 50 people. He alternated between singing and thrashing above his table of makeshift sound-altering equipment and telling long-winded, completely bizarre stories • Local band showcases at WMNF's Tropical Heatwave over the last few years featuring standouts like alt-country luminaries Have Gun, Will Travel, which tore it up in a twangy kind of way in May •Any number of performances by sensational Athens, Ga., pop-rockers Modern Skirts •Hardcore troubadour David Dondero performing "South of the South," which includes a surreally astounding verse about Ybor City, and a moving cover of Little Feat's "Willin'" last October.
Grub: Pizza made to order
Booze: Beer only
Next big show: Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Nov. 28