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Old 12-14-2009, 04:55 PM
 
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Brandon has a ton of shopping, stores etc. Restaurants are pretty much chain but there are a lot. If you want to go to clubs, then you'll have to go downtown. But there are bars/pubs out in Brandon. If you're 22 yrs old you probably wouldn't like it. If you're 32 you might.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Here is everything you need to know about the music scene in the Bay area, its pretty big. Just check out the links below, there are calendars, listing of venues, artists, etc....

Soundcheck | Tampa Bands, Tampa Concerts, Music and More (http://blogs.tampabay.com/tbt/Artists/ - broken link)

Music | Creative Loafing Tampa | Music
I usually dont doubt what you say tampaguy, but the music scene in the bay area is pretty bad compared to the scene in many cities half the size. As musician (stictly playing for fun) I have been quite underimpressed with the music scene in tampa and clearwater. I have not yet been to st pete, which i hear is pretty good for music. I have seen musicians getting paid for what they would be booed off an open mic stage for in some cities.

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just curious....how far is Brandon from downtown and south tampa? Is it a nice area to live? much to do around there and amenities (stores, restaurants, shopping. movies etc)....or do you have to go downtown/south tampa for most of the "action" (lol)....
Most of the fun will be in south tampa (soho, hyde park), and westshore (Intl Plaza, Green Iguana x2, hula bay, etc)

as someone who lived in brandon for a year, I can say, DONT MOVE THERE AS A SINGLE GUY. i spent all my time in soho and westshore. Downtown itself doesnt have a lot going on. Channelside isn't really cool for locals IMO, unless you dont get out much. Channelside seems to be more touristy. Jacksons on harbour island is cool though.

while I do like soho, It will be hard to make friends there. A lot of the locals there are Tampa natives and are in cliques. Thats not to say you cant have a great time. there are some excellent spots down there. Westshore, to me, has a better singles scene for the "tampa transplants".

Brandon just straight up sucks for a single guy. there is a green iguana and an acropolis there, and a few other bars (o'briens, balukas, ale house, linksters) and they all pretty much suck big butthole, and that is putting it nicely.

Keep your search refined to South Tampa and Westshore. You can buy me a beer in thanks when you get here. I am telling you, I am saving you from misery. If you must live in brandon, it is only 15 mins from everything. The crosstown is the only reason i stayed sane for the year i spent out there.
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:44 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Thanks Craig....your posts are very thoughtful and certainly helpful to say the least

I was also curious if you have spent much time in Broward County and the Fort Lauderdale area....Tampa would be a new "check out" for me to consider, since i have never been there before...but i am very familar with Broward because my dad lives in the north end of it and have been visiting him for years....

I'm much older then you, but i am single...and though i love NYC i am growing weary of the cold...and sometimes the frantic pace gets to me a bit....i think i need the more relaxed, laid back and healthful warmer climate of florida....

i am actually a young retiree.....so of course i am also interested in the singles scene as well as lots of interesting stuff to do...nice stores, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, etc....
and hopefully without having to do extensive driving to get to...

Any opinions on the Broward County and Ft Lauderdale area? (as compared to Tampa) as far as living.....Basically i think i will be deciding between the two ) after i check out Tampa, of course
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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No experience with the other places you mentioned. My father lives in boyton beach, i should go visit him and check out ft lauderdale.

when you visit tampa, look at soho but i would focus on Intl Plaza/Westshore. Soho is going to be younger crowds, mid 20s - mid 30s. I would say westshore is more late 20s - mid 40s. The biggest draw for me was the fact that everyone is a transplant. i have met new yorkers in bars there.

also... there are a lot of out of towners in on business, so there are always fresh faces

when you come to tampa, stay at the marriot rennasaince international plaza. it is right near the airport and some of the best night life and shopping in tampa is attached to the hotel.


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Thanks Craig....your posts are very thoughtful and certainly helpful to say the least

I was also curious if you have spent much time in Broward County and the Fort Lauderdale area....Tampa would be a new "check out" for me to consider, since i have never been there before...but i am very familar with Broward because my dad lives in the north end of it and have been visiting him for years....

I'm much older then you, but i am single...and though i love NYC i am growing weary of the cold...and sometimes the frantic pace gets to me a bit....i think i need the more relaxed, laid back and healthful warmer climate of florida....

i am actually a young retiree.....so of course i am also interested in the singles scene as well as lots of interesting stuff to do...nice stores, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, etc....
and hopefully without having to do extensive driving to get to...

Any opinions on the Broward County and Ft Lauderdale area? (as compared to Tampa) as far as living.....Basically i think i will be deciding between the two ) after i check out Tampa, of course
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:04 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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I usually dont doubt what you say tampaguy, but the music scene in the bay area is pretty bad compared to the scene in many cities half the size. As musician (stictly playing for fun) I have been quite underimpressed with the music scene in tampa and clearwater. I have not yet been to st pete, which i hear is pretty good for music. I have seen musicians getting paid for what they would be booed off an open mic stage for in some cities.


Sorry to hear you've had some bad music experience here in Tampa...have you checked out the local goings on at places like The Orpheum, Crowbar, Cuban Club, Czar, Blues Shark in Ybor City? Skippers Smokehouse in North Tampa? Ive seen some awesome local stuff and music of all kinds...and im not talking about cover bands....
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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as someone who lived in brandon for a year, I can say, DONT MOVE THERE AS A SINGLE GUY. i spent all my time in soho and westshore. Downtown itself doesnt have a lot going on. Channelside isn't really cool for locals IMO, unless you dont get out much. Channelside seems to be more touristy. Jacksons on harbour island is cool though.

while I do like soho, It will be hard to make friends there. A lot of the locals there are Tampa natives and are in cliques. Thats not to say you cant have a great time. there are some excellent spots down there. Westshore, to me, has a better singles scene for the "tampa transplants".

Brandon just straight up sucks for a single guy. there is a green iguana and an acropolis there, and a few other bars (o'briens, balukas, ale house, linksters) and they all pretty much suck big butthole, and that is putting it nicely.

Keep your search refined to South Tampa and Westshore. You can buy me a beer in thanks when you get here. I am telling you, I am saving you from misery. If you must live in brandon, it is only 15 mins from everything. The crosstown is the only reason i stayed sane for the year i spent out there.
Thanks for the tip. I'm not single or a guy. I'm not looking to live in Brandon though. Thanks for the info. I find everything very helpful. My husband plays heavy metal so we are looking for a bar/club like that.
I also forgot to mention that he's white, I'm black and of course our kids are mixed. Is that an issue in those areas?
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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DH is mixed and I'm white and we haven't had any problems at all in Tampa. We've lived in South Tampa and Riverview and as far as I can both are very well integrated.
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