Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Gainesville

Dime

A small bar, some dim lighting, talented bartenders and strong, delicious cocktails – that's what you get at The Dime, a gin joint that feels like it made a wrong turn in 1930s Manhattan and ended up in central Flor…
Bar in Gainesville

Arcade Bar

Three floors of old-school arcade goodness are the order of the day at Arcade Bar, which is filled with coin-operated games, pinball machines and plenty of other diversions that – we know, we know – you're really go…
Bar in Gainesville

Whiskey House

There's a very contemporary vibe going on at the swish Whiskey House, which draws in an attractive crowd that loves to mingle on the big outdoor patio. Anyways, that's all well and good, but there's something like 3…
Bar in DeLand

Abbey Bar

This is a genuinely funky, fun drinking option in the heart of town. The bar has some great brews on tap, board games in the corner, a house selection of mead (why not?) and a quirky, neighborhood-pub feel that is i…
Cafe in Gainesville

Curia On the Drag

There's plenty of good coffee in this college town, but we love Curia, both for its not super-milky coffee and its young, smart, accommodating staff. Yes, it's a mural-chic, bohemian kinda coffee spot – it's just ex…
Gay & Lesbian in Gainesville

University Club

Predominantly gay, but straight-friendly, this place is the hub of the local gay and lesbian scene and is famous for its drag shows. The entrance is around back. DJs spin most nights, and there are more than a few e…
Bar in Gainesville

Swamp

A college bar for a college town, with cheap pitchers and drunken frat boys galore, plus a pretty darn nice patio for daytime boozing. They serve food too, but its uninspiring – treat this spot as a watering hole (y…