Nightlife

MIDTOWN BARS/ CLUBS

Conveniently located across from campus, midtown offers a unique array of bars and clubs. Music, Gator memorabilia and ideal drink specials make up these bars. Its is the place to seek to experience the ultimate in college bars.

101 Cantina

Escape the bores of work and school at 101 Cantina. Located at the heart of midtown, it offers a relaxed chic ambiance in a lounge setting. Inspired by the lures of Mexican fun, it specializes in mod-Mexican food, margaritas and tequilas. Channel the thrills of Mexico as you sip on a chilled margarita on a hot summer days on one of the stools that surround the tiki hut bar. Immerse yourself in its island- fun on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Make your Sunday memorable during its hallmark Sunday Funday. Escape the mundane of reality when you indulge in the festiveness of 101 Cantina.

101 CantinaEveryone 18 years old and up welcome.

Seek thrills at 101 Cantina on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Visit its website for hours, events and information.

101 Cantina
1612 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
352-283- 8023

Food and Drink Specials

Indulge in the spices and zest of 101 Cantina’s mod-Mexican food menu. Treat yourself to the unique creations of its brunch, lunch, dinner and late night menus. Its drink menu is also inspired by the liquor of choice in Mexico: tequila. Savor its menu of tequila, margaritas and beers. Save a little and have some fun with Daily Drink Specials, which include a daily 3-4-1 Happy Hour, a Tequila Tuesday and a Sunday Funday. Celebrate the flavors of Mexico with a twist at 101 Cantina.

If you dare, participate in 101 Cantina’s El Cinco Loco Challenge. It has raised the bar of burritos by a few pounds or so. Eat this giant 5 pound flour tortilla burrito stuffed with queso, rice, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and your choice of chicken, beef or pork in one hour, and win a $50 gift card, El Cinco Loco T-shirt, and your picture will be featured in its El Cinco Loco hall of fame online. Can you handle the challenge?

Birthday Specials

Celebrate your birthday at 101 Cantina. Make it memorable when you take advantage of its birthday specials, which include a FREE limousine ride to and from 101 Cantina for any party that purchases two or more bottles and parties of eight or more, and FREE birthday dinner for parties of eight or more. Spend a little and never forget your special night with a little help from 101 Cantina.

The Swamp Restaurant

A staple of the Gainesville community, The Swamp Restaurant is the No. 1 college enterprise in the country. Established in 1994, it is named for its close proximity to the legendary Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, where the Gators and their bait gather every Saturday to set records in football. On game days, the excitement of the crowd is not only heard at Florida Field, but also in the rumble of the fans who gather to watch the game. Its proximity to campus isn’t its only avenue to popularity, but rather it is its balcony and front lawn of wooden decks, outdoor tables and giant oak tree, which is enclosed by a white picket fence that allow Gators to soak up the thrill of “the Swamp.” Gators can also indulge in its tasty American cuisine of sandwiches, wraps and chicken wings. The Swamp also comes alive at night with its great drink specials. If the ultimate college night is what you desire filled with drinking, friends and sports, then stop by The Swamp Restaurant.

Everyone 18 years old and up welcome.

Enjoy the thrills of a local favorite, especially on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. It is also a favorite of Greek Life.

Visit its website for hours, events and information.

The Swamp Restaurant
1642 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32603
352-377-926

Food and Drink Specials

Watch a game, savor zesty chicken wings, which are $0.35 on Mondays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., and sip on a cold beverages. Enjoy The Swamp Restaurant’s daily Happy Hour, beer specials and Martini Tuesdays. Escape the heat at The Swamp Restaurant.

SALTY DOG SALOON

A haven of thrills and nights to remember, Salty Dog Saloon offers a relaxed bar atmosphere for students to escape the mundane and the stress of reality. Since 1962 it has been serving food, domestic and imported beers, fine spirits and wine. It is located in midtown, across from Sledd and Fletcher Hall. Pop a coin in the jukebox, play a game of pool and gather around with friends at Salty Dog Saloon. Make your own history at one of Gainesville’s oldest bars.

Salty DogEveryone 21 years old and up welcome.

Enjoy the thrills of this old bar, especially on Wednesday and Friday. Stop by for one of the best Happy Hours in town.

Visit its website for hours and specials.

Salty Dog Saloon
1712 W. University
Gainesville, FL 32603
352-375-6969

Food and Drink Specials

Have a brew and enjoy the food of Salty Dog Saloon, which is 1/2 price everyday. Salty Dog Saloon offers some of the best drink specials in Gainesville. Enjoy its Wednesday Beer Fest and excellent Happy Hour, especially on Fridays. Save a little and have some fun at one of Gainesville’s oldest bars

BALLS

The stress of exams and work wash away when you enter Balls. Located across from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, it offers the ultimate college bar experience, complete with excellent drink specials and graffiti walls. Leave your mark on one of Balls’ walls.

BallsEveryone 21 years old and up welcome.

Enjoy the cheap thrills at Balls, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Enjoy the Gators’ wins on game days too.

Visit its website for hours and information about specials.

Balls
1716 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32603
352-336-1188

Drink Specials

All You Can Drink Specials are common at Balls, which offers such specials on Wednesdays and Fridays. Stop by for the most popular Friday Happy Hour: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All You Can Drink for $7, where you’re sure to run into old friends and meet some new ones. Its the most paradigm way to start the weekend.

GROG HOUSE BAR AND GRILL

Wooden floors and tables, awesome drink specials and the latest music entices you at Grog House Bar and Grill. Located across from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, have a beer and enjoy a Gator win. Its a bar and club. Make your party memorable when you have it at Grog House Bar and Grill, which is available for rent on Thursdays for private parties. Stop by Grog House Bar and Grill.

beerEveryone 18 years old and up welcome, except Saturdays when it is 21 and up.

Get a little groggy, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. Don’t miss the next stop after Ball’s Friday Happy Hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grog House Bar and Grill for Beat the Clock. Its a staple of Fridays.

Visit its website for hours and more information.

Grog House Bar and Grill
1718 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32603
352-378-7033

Drink Specials

Whether its Wednesday’s Ladies Drink Free Night, Beat the Clock Friday or Free Beers Saturdays, Grog House Bar and Grill has some of the best drink specials in town. So save a little and drink a lot at one of Gainesville’s most entertaining college bars and clubs.

GATOR CITY SPORTS BAR AND GRILL

Sports memorabilia and orange walls entice you to indulge in one of Gainesville’s most popular bars, Gator City Sports Bar and Grill, which is located across from Sledd and Fletcher Hall. Savor a cold beer and indulge in one of its tasty burgers, which are said to be the best in town, or sandwiches. Watch a Gator win on the projection screen, or win in your own game of pool, darts or ski balls, which can be found in its game/ bar room. Stop by and enjoy one of the most Gator- themed bars in town, which is connected to XS.

Gator CityEveryone 18 years old and up welcome.

Party like a real Gator at Gator City Sports Bar and Grill, especially on Wednesdays, which has one of the best Ladies Nights around, and Fridays.

Visit its website for hours, events and location.
Gator City Sports Bar and Grill
1728 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32603
352-377-7333

Food and Drink Specials

Juicy chicken wings, plump burgers, zesty chicken and gourmet sandwiches make up the menu at Gator City Sports Bar and Grill. It even delivers. Order online. Savor one of its tasty entrees, especially for lunch with $2.99 lunch specials. Save a little and feast on one of its many food specials.

Compliment a tasty burger with a cold, refreshing drink. Enjoy some of the best specials around during Happy Hour on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. At night, savor its enticing drink specials, especially on Mondays with $14.99 All You Can Drink and Eat Chicken Wings and Wednesdays with Ladies Night till midnight. Save a little, drink plenty at Gator City Sports Bar and Grill.

XS

Dirty beats, 90s music hits and sensational drink specials await you at XS, one of the hippest clubs in midtown. To the right of Gator City Sports Bar and Grill, XS has a large dance floor and stage and a couch area to take a break between dances. Pay cover at either and enjoy both venues. XS is also available for private parties. So don on your club bests, and dance the night away at XS.

DrinkEveryone 18 years old and up welcome.

If you wish to partake in this sensation dance party, come by XS, especially on Wednesday for Ladies Night and Friday for 80s Night.

XS
1728 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32603
352-377-7333

Drink Specials

Shake it up and savor some of the best drink specials around at XS. Indulge in one of the best Ladies Night around on Wednesdays, where ladies drink free till midnight.

THE COPPER MONKEY

Juicy burgers and cold brews await you at the relaxed atmosphere of The Copper Monkey. Located in the second floor of the UF Plaza, its location offers a great place to eat and drink before indulging in the festivities around Midtown. Take a break from studying and feast on a zesty meal and cold brew at The Copper Monkey.

Copper MonkeyAnyone 18 years old and up welcome, except Wednesdays during Ladies Night.

While any day at The Copper Monkey is fun, Wednesday is the best because it is Ladies Night, so ladies drink FREE.

Visit its website for its hours and special.

The Copper Monkey
1702 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32603
352-374-4984

Food and Drink Specials

American cuisine of burgers, gourmet sandwiches, vegetarian delights, appetizers and chicken wings make up the menu at The Copper Monkey. Save a pretty penny and eat plenty on Mondays with $3 burgers.

Compliment your tasty meal with one of its many drink specials, especially on Wednesdays with Ladies Night till and $5 pitchers of domestic pitchers for everyone.

MOTHER’S PUB AND GRILL

Giant scoreboards, 16 HDTVs and unbeatable drink and food specials await you at Mother’s Pub and Grill, conveniently located between Midtown and Downtown. Voted one of Maxim’s top 16 sports bars in America in its March issue, it plays NHL Ice Hockey, NFL Sunday Ticket, College Football Game plan, March Madness and other sporting events on TV. Sip on a cold brew and feast on a zesty meal at Mother’s Bar and Grill, one of the friendliest and warmest bars in Gainesville.

Mother's PubIf beer is what you adore, try its Drink the Wall Challenge of 34 beers. Each participant will be given a punch card with 34 mugs, which will be punched as they drink each beer by themselves and prizes will be rewarded as the challenge is completed.

Anyone 18 years old and up welcome.

Mother’s Bar and Grill is ideal on game days and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit its website for hours, events and photos.

Mother’s Pub and Grill
1017 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
352-378-8135

Food and Drink Special

Burgers, gourmet sandwiches, seafood, salads, South of the Border favorites and chicken make up the tangy menu at Mother’s Pub and Grill. Take advantage of its daily food specials, like $0.35 chicken wings and $0.50 tacos on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., $2 burgers from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Friday Fish Fry for $5.99 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Save a lot and eat plenty at Mother’s Pub and Grill.

Mother’s Pub and Grill not only offers various types of beers but has a full liquor bar too. Save a little, drink plenty when you indulge in one of itsdaily drink specials, like $5 for five beers in a bucket on Mondays and $2 pints of beer on Tuesdays, and during its Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., which features 2-4-1 wells. It also has select $1 drafts.

THE BEER PIT

Sports memorabilia and beers of all sort entice you at The Beer Pit. Located in the first floor of the UF Plaza next to Relish, its location offers a great place pre-drink before enjoying the festivities in Midtown. If beer is what you savor, stop by The Beer Pit.

Everyone 21 years old and up welcome.

Enjoy The Beer Pit, especially during its Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays where Ladies drink FREE from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays is the best days to stop by The Beer Pit.

The Beer Pit
1702 W. University Ave., Unit C
Gainesville, FL 32603
352-694-4400

Food and Drink Specials

Indulge in some of the best drink specials in town at The Beer Pit, where ladies drink FREE on Wednesdays till midnight.

KAVA BAR AND HOOKAH LOUNGE

HookahComfortable couches, the enticing aromas of hookah and a full liquor bar await you at Kava Bar and Hookah Lounge. Indulge in one of the latest leisure activities, hookah, with over 20 flavors to choose from, and music in this relaxed atmosphere. Open until late daily, drink before enjoy the clubs in downtown or after.

Anyone 18 years old and up welcome.

Enjoy Kava Bar and Hookah Lounge, especially late night on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The party doesn’t end at 2 a.m.

Visit its website for its hours and specials.

Kava Bar and Hookah Lounge
1007 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
352-505-5331

MARS PUB AND LASER TAG

The exhilaration of laser tag and the joys of drinking come together at Mars Pub and Laser Tag to bring you one of the most unique experiences in Gainesville. Play a game of laser tag to music and sip on a cold beer or nice glass of wine at this exciting venue. Seek the thrills of one of the most creative night outings in Gainesville.

Mars Laser TagEveryone 18 years old and up welcome.

Play a game of laser tag, especially on Mondays for Metal Mondays where games are $5 and Two Can Tuesdays where cans of beers are 2 for 1.

Visit its website for its hours and specials.

Mars Pub and Laser Tag
239 W. University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
305-323-4926

Laser Tag and Drink Specials

The rush of a game of laser tag in this illuminating venue are especially enjoyed at great prices. Games are $8 per game and $7 per game with a valid student ID. Play even more when you take advantage of its laser tag game specials, like on Mondays where games are $5 and Wednesdays where two games are $10.

Compliment your game of laser tag with a cold drink. Take advantage of its daily drink specials, like $10 All You Can Drink drafts on Fridays and $1 drafts on Saturdays.


DOWNTOWN BARS/ CLUBS

Located within minutes from campus, downtown offers chic clubs and bars from the classiest to the most laid-back. Dress up or dress down and escape the mundane, when you indulge in the thrills of downtown Gainesville.

101 DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT AND MARTINI LOUNGE

Chic and alluring, escape the mundanes of reality and indulge in the classy and vibrant atmosphere at 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge. Located down the street from Dragonfly Sake & Saki Co., it is a lounge setting, ideal for an intimate dinner during the day, and when the stars are bright it becomes a night club, which plays the latest music, like house on Techno Tuesdays. Feast on some of its tangy unique food creations, sip on its sweet signature martinis, which is some of the best in town, and smoke some hookah outside. Done on your best dress and escape at 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge, one of the classiest venues in Gainesville.

101Everyone 18 years old and up welcome.

While 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge is sensation almost any day of the week, it really comes alive on Tuesdays for Techno Tuesdays and Saturdays.

101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge

201 S.E. Second Ave, Suite 101

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-376-4177

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Monday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Thursday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Food and Drink Specials

Designed by its head chef, Jason “Spike” Cullen, and its general manager, Erik Zika, 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge’s food menu incorporates the most sensational of international flavors in its artful food creations, which will satisfy the most discriminating of food palettes. Its new menu features “Tapas,” which are ideal for sharing with family and friends. Enticing bistro sandwiches, signature entrees, salads, burgers and sushi add variety to its menu. For those who seek healthy alternatives, it even has a “101 Lite” menu, which lessens the portions and lightens the sauces of some its signature entrees. Sunday brunch are a tradition at 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge, with scrumptious breakfast entrees and $15 All You Can Drink mimosas, bloody marys and screwdrivers. Savor the food creations at 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge and expand your food horizons. It’s a shock for the taste buds.

101While wine, liquor and beer populate the Adrink menu, it is 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge’s martinis the toast of title town. Evocative, sophisticated and sensual, these martinis appeal to the whims of the savvy, confident and debonaire. The martinis at 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge go beyond the gin, vodka and vermouth classics to include tangy recipes with rum, whiskey, tequila, fruit infusions, liqueurs, creams, edible orchids and fresh fruit garnishes. Broaden your liquor preference to include the liquid elegance of martinis.

Save a little, drink plenty when you take advantage of its drink specials, like its Happy Hour, which occurs Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and offers $7 select appetizers, 2-4-1 single liquor wells, $3 house wines and $5 Absolut drinks. On Wednesdays, indulge in Wind Down Wednesdays, where all seasonal wines are half off and $20 All You Can Drink house wines, with $7 select appetizers. On Thursdays, celebrate Perfect 10 Thursdays with $10 All You Can Drink wells and domestic drafts from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Birthday Specials

Celebrate your birthday at 101 Downtown Restaurant and Martini Lounge. Make it memorable when you take advantage of its birthday specials, which may include a FREE limousine rides to and from the location, free birthday dinner for the birthday person and great dink specials, which all depend on the party size.

2ND STREET SPEAKEASY

Dubbed Gainesville’s classiest bar by one of its regular patrons, 2nd Street Speakeasy offers a swanky lounge to distract yourself in from the stresses of reality. Jazz music tempts your eardrums. Tasty classic cocktails and classic martinis made right, indulge your senses. If elegance if what you crave, stop by 2nd Street Speakeasy.

Everyone 21 years old and up welcome.

During the week 2nd Street Speakeasy is ideal for an after work drinks, but from Wednesday through Saturday, it is popular among the older crowds of 23 years old and up.

2nd Street Speakeasy

21 S.W. Second St.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-271-7569

Drink Specials

Indulge in the classiness and relaxed atmosphere at 2nd Street Speakeasy wisely when you partake in its drink specials, like $4 martinis on Tuesdays. Stay classy.

:08 SECONDS

Recognized as the best country bar in Florida, :08 Seconds offers patrons a unique western experience, unmatched anywhere else in Gainesville. Patrons can done on their cowboy hats and boots, daisy dukes, sip on a cold brew, line dance, or listen to the latest in country and occasional hip-hop, and watch a live show. Savor the sweetness of country hits and enjoy the slowness of cowboy living.

Everyone 18 years old and up welcome.

Its black and white spotted cow motif entice you to come to this country favorite, especially on Thursdays for College Nights and Saturdays.

:08 Seconds

201 W. University Ave

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-494-2343

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Available for Private Parties

Tuesday: Available for Private Parties

Wednesday: Available for Private Parties

Thursday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

Save a little, drink plenty when you take advantage of the drink specials at :08 Seconds. Enjoy Thursday’s College Night/ Ladies Night, where ladies drink free till 12:30 p.m., $1.50 beer bottles and free line dancing lessons from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturdays savor $2 beer bottles, $4 You- Call-It Liquor Drinks, including top-shelf liquor, and free line dancing from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Save a horse and ride or dance on a cowboy at :08 Seconds.


THE BANK BAR AND LOUNGE

Housed in what was once of the earliest private banks in Florida, which was established by C0l. Henry F. Dutton, a veteran of the Union Army, in 1873, The Bank Bar and Lounge is among the classiest lounges in Gainesville. Founded in 2001 by four University of Florida graduates, they built a club that would be a cut above the standard. Dance in its main bar room, where the elusive blue lights of the bar entrance you, or lounge by the couches that surround its fireplaces. Private seating is also available in its vault. Savor its tasty cocktails and martinis, and make history in one of the most historical buildings in Gainesville.

BankEveryone 18 years old and up welcome.

Be classy at The Bank Bar and Lounge, especially on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Bank Bar and Lounge

22 W. University Ave.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-271-0333

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Available for Private Parties

Monday: Available for Private Parties

Tuesday: Available for Private Parties

Wednesday: Available for Private Parties

Thursday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

Stay classy and embrace the drink specials at The Bank Bar and Lounge. This summer spend money on drink instead of cover because everyone gets in free on Thursdays and Fridays, where they’ll enjoy $2 domestic beers, $2 house wines, $3 imported beers, $3 single wells, $3 Sky Vodka and Barcardi Rum drinks, $4 Jager, Rumpy, SoCo and other shots and $4 martinis.

BROPHY’S IRISH PUB

Shamrocks and beer await you at this authentic Irish pub. Patrons gather during Happy Hour and weeknights to watch a sports game or have a cold brew at Brophy’s Irish Pub. Wi-Fi is also available, so patrons can study for class and have a drink. It’s the sort of place where everyone knows your name.

Brophy's Irish PubEveryone 21 years old and up welcome.

Channel the luck of the Irish when you drink yourself silly at Brophy’s Irsih Pub, especially on Karaoke nights, which attracts the most colorful crowds.

Brophy’s Irish Pub

60 S.W. Second St.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-372-8126

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Monday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

Save a pretty penny and drink plenty when you partake in the drink specials at Brophy’s Irish Pub. Drink your worries away during its Happy Hour, which runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Spend wisely on Recession Sundays, where all beers on tap are $2.50. Spend wisely and join the colorful characters at Brophy’s Irish Pub.


LUX

Dubbed as “A bar for the rest of us,” Lux was created to fill a void in downtown when its venues only seem to appeal to young drinkers. Designed to emulate the true aura of Gainesville: relaxed and elegant chic, it is a haven of drinkers seeking a sophisticated ambiance. It is located between :08 Seconds and Fubar. Stop by Lux and sip on one of its signature drink as you sit on its elegant bar.

LuxEveryone 21 years old and up welcome.

Embrace the warmness of Lux, especially on Saturdays, where select drinks are $5.

Lux

211 W. University Ave.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-372-2005

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

A bar designed to channel the needs of Gainesville is not complete without pocket- friendly drink specials. Mondays at Lux is Hospitality and Unemployment Night, where the woes of being jobless do not hinder you from drinking, and the first Bud draft is $1. Thursdays its a $5 cover and free beer from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m.

SHARAB LOUNGE

Unlike anywhere else in Gainesville, Sharab Lounge offers exotic drinks and blended liquor hookahs in a vibrant and intimate lounge setting. Relax downstairs or dance into the night to the latest of beats in its upstairs dance area. Make your night more special in its exclusive VIP areas. Embrace the lures of the night in one of Gainesville’s most premiere lounges, Sharab Lounge.

SharabEveryone 18 years old and up welcome, except on Fridays and Saturdays when it’s 21-years-old and up.

Dress to impress. No shorts, sunglasses, ball caps and or torn jeans are allowed to be worn.

Indulge in one of the trendiest lounges in Gainesville, especially on Thursdays and Saturdays.

It also host Gainesville Fashion Week.

Sharab Lounge

109 S. Main St.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-505-5155

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

Exotic cocktails, blended martinis and the sweetest and meanest of shots make of Sharab Lounge’s drink menu. Get more for you money because all signature cocktails are doubles. Take advantage of its drink specials too, like All You Can Drink til midnight and$5 doubles after midnight on Tuesdays and $4 wells on Thursdays.


SPANNK

Inspired by the retro lures of the 1970s, Spannk offers a fun environment, which is swankily decorated, and the latest beats to dance to. Dim lights excite patrons for the possibilities to come. Indulge in the club, which was inspired by the foxiest decade and hosts the notorious Neon Liger Parties, which are the most popular techno/ dubstep and house parties in Gainesville.

Anyone 18 years up welcome.

Seek the thrills of Spannk, especially on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Spannk

15 S.W. Second St.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-362-1766

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

Music to vibe to and great drink specials rule Spannk, like FREE Beer until the keg runs out on most of it concert series nights.


THE UNIVERSITY NIGHT CLUB

The premiere night club among the gay community,The University Night Club offers an energetic environment complimented by the latest music and awesome drink specials. Indulge in the excitement of Karaoke and laugh and admire the talent in its drag shows. Escape the traditional night life of Gainesville, and partake in one of its most thrilling and diverse venues.

Anyone 18 and up is welcome.

Channel the energy at The University Night Club, especially on Thursdays, Saturdays and for its drag shows.

Courtesy of the AlligatorThe University Night Club

18 E. University Ave.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-378-6814

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Monday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

Vibe to the music at The University Night and sip on some of the sweet and sour liquid delights on its drink menu, which are reasonably priced.

THE VAULT NIGHT CLUB

Chic and urban, The Vault Night Club is the largest dance club in Gainesville, which is made up up The MezzBar and The Loft Lounge, its VIP areas that are located on the second floor. Throbbing music of the latest hits in hip-hop and house and trance shake the walls of this establishment. The Loft is a haven for music lover who vibe to the sounds of dubstep, house and techno. Thirsty? Quench your taste buds with one of its liquid concoctions or a classic cocktail or cold brew. Get lost in one of the premiere night clubs in Gainesville.

Anyone 18 and up is welcome.

VaultWhile any night at The Vault Night Club is exhilarating, its best nights are Fridays, Saturdays and during its celebrity music performances. The Loft Lounge will excite your eardrums on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Vault Night Club

238 W. University Ave.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-505-6554

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

Dance to the dirtiest of beats at The Vault Night Club, while you indulge in its pocket- friendly drink specials, like on Follow Me Fridays where ladies 21-years-old-up receive free cover and $1 drinks till 11:30 p.m.


TALL PAUL’S BREW HOUSE

Located in the historic building built in the 1880s, Tall Paul’s Brew House offers a relaxed environment and an array of beers to choose from, both local and global. Play Foosball, darts, shuffleboard and life-sized Connect Four, as you sip on a cold beverage. It has 32 beers on tap and even brews some. Relax in the urban atmosphere of Tall Paul’s Brew House.

Anyone 21 and up is welcome.

Stop by and have a beer at Tall Paul’s Brew House after work, especially on weekends.

Tall PaulsTall Paul’s Brew House is also available for private parties. Because of its modular set up it can be arranged in way you desire.

Tall Paul’s Brew House

10 S.E. Second Ave

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-505-0090

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Monday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

A cold beer is even more tasty when its on special as is a bottle of wine. Indulge in some of the drink specials, like Wacky Wine Wednesdays where bottles of wine are $10 off from 7 p.m. till close, at Tall Paul’s Brew House.
ROCKEYS DUELING PIANO BAR

Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar is a unique nightlife experience, wherein patrons can sing a song on stage or request the pianists to perform their favorites. Pianists even have musical battles every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Show starts at 8 p.m. Have a drink and indulge in the fun of one of Gainesville’s most unique venues.

Anyone 21 and up is welcome.

Courtesy of GoWillaIt’s the most fun to be at on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar

112 S. Main St.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-505-0042

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

DURTY NELLY’S IRISH PUB

Established in 1994, Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub is an authentic Irish pub, whose Irish music and beers attract its drunken patrons. Its friendly environment and benevolent staff is sure to make every visit memorable.

Anyone 21 and up is welcome.

Durty Nellies PubHope of the luck of the Irish as you have a brew at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub, especially on Tuesday Night Trivia, where you can win gift cards or gear for your team.

Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub

208 W. University Ave.

Gainesville, FL 32601

352-374-9567

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Monday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tuesday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thursday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Drink Specials

Save a pretty penny and savor a cold beer or a classic Irish cocktail from the drink specials at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub.


LIVE MUSIC VENUES

Tim and Terry'sAre you ready to get your rock on? Blender magazine named Gainesville “Best Place to Start a Band in the United States.” Bands like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Against Me!, Less than Jake and members of the Eagles all call Gainesville “home.” Don’t feel like going to the club to dance to the same repetitive house music? Don’t worry, because Gainesville’s music scene is huge. Here are some of the city’s best live music venues, which fancy several music genres from rock n’ roll to house and dubstep.


DRINKING LAWS

Red Solo CupHere are some basic things to remember about drinking laws and ordinances in Gainesville. Remember that possessing or consuming alcohol for anyone under 21 is a misdemeanor. Open containers of alcohol are not allowed in public.

Alcohol safety

NOISE ORDINANCES

Noise ordinances are implemented for those Gainesville residents who aren’t college party animals and have to wake up for work at 7 a.m. If you’re throwing a party and the noise disturbs the neighbors, here’s what you need to know:

Noise ordinances


LATE-NIGHT EATS
It’s midnight. You’ve been studying for tomorrow’s organic chemistry exam for the last four hours, or you’re leaving Salty Dog after a night of bros and brews. No matter the situation, you’re probably hungry. Where can you grab some grub in the middle of the night? Check out these places.

In the mood for some good ‘old burgers and fries? Maybe a nice, thick milkshake? Steak ‘n Shake can help you with that!

Who said pancakes can’t be a late-night snack? For breakfast (and more) 24 hours a day and seven days a week, go for Perkins and IHOP.

If you’re looking for vegetarian options, nothing beats The Top.

Ready for a little late-night fiesta? Don’t miss Boca Fiesta.

Crave anything from curry to stir fry to beer to cafe con leche (coffee with milk)? The stop by Fresh Cafe.

When your sweet tooth gets the best of you, head to Midnight Cookies for fresh, made-to-order cookies

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