I love discovering unique bands and listening to new music. Where are some of the best venues to find live music near my USF apartment?

The city of Tampa is a mecca for impressive amateur bands and artists who are looking to stand out and make a name for themselves, and near the University of South Florida, there are so many great places to discover music that you might not have imagined listening to otherwise. Every artist starts somewhere, and supporting local artists and bands is a great reason to get out of your apartment near USF every once and a while to help someone get better recognized for their talent in the community.

If one thing's certain, a plethora of different artists and music genres can be discovered at all the venues in town. Whether you are into slow jazz, blues, hard metal rock, folk music, rap, RnB, reggae, or multiple genres at a time, you will be sure to find a new artist playing it somewhere in Tampa.

If you live in a 3-bedroom USF apartment and want to bring some roommates along, or you want to get an apartment with roommate matching to find others with similar music tastes, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone!

The Attic

In the heart of Ybor City, this venue near USF apartments offers not only great music but a beautiful and comforting, brick interior, perfect for moody music lovers. The brewery underneath this venue called Rock Brother's Brewing sells a vast array of local drafts and brews and perfectly complements the vibes of Ybor and its Orleans-style shows and entertainment. Whether it's a tribute band, individual, or group of artists playing together, you are sure to have an excellent time.


This is another fantastic venue in the historic district of Ybor City. Crowbar not only has a beer garden that hosts live music sessions for local up-and-coming artists, but they also host a lot of new DJs that are looking for a fun and energetic crowd. This would be a great place for people who like to dance to EDM and Dubstep. If you live in some of the best apartments near USF, chances are this venue is not too far away!

Hooch and Hive

This venue is a fully functional restaurant with food, drinks, small appetizers, and more. If you find yourself wanting both great food and live music, this is the best place to go. If you attend the University of South Florida but live in an apartment near the University of Tampa, you are likely only a few minutes away from this place. Regardless of where you live, the delicious eats and chill beats make this location worth the drive!

The Ritz Ybor

This location less than a 20-minute drive from your USF apartment is an iconic venue in the city of Tampa. Big names like the Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Twenty-One Pilots, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Miguel have made their mark at The Ritz Ybor. Once a cinema and adult movie theatre is now one of the best places to see both well-known and underground artists live and for a reasonable price every year.

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