Best Gainesville, FL Nightlife

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    9. Gator City Sports Grill

    When UF students venture out for an evening of relaxed fun, they often head toward Gator City. This typical college haunt offers front and back rooms, each with its own bar. Up front, big-screen TVs broadcast sports...

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    8. Gator's Dockside

    This chain of sports bars has locations throughout Florida, and in Gainesville, the large enterprise is a top gathering place for watching away games on the telly. Filled with tons of TVs (including enormous...

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    7. Salty Dog Saloon

    Casual, somewhat small, and adorned with neon and beer memorabilia, this college bar almost always has a full house. If you're interested in hanging out with friends, it's a good option, and the diverse, substantial...

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    6. XS

    Set right beside Gator City, this club is a mainstay for folks (especially UF students) who want to dance into the wee hours. Along with a large stage and dance floor, it provides a separate room with sofas where...

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    5. 08 Seconds

    In the mood for some lively two-stepping? How about a little all-hands-on-deck line dancing? If so, 08 Seconds is just what you need. This self-proclaimed "true country experience" pulls in loads of jeans-wearing...

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    4. University Club

    Frequented often by gay patrons, this fun, lively club welcomes a diverse crowd with a wealth of activities. It also accommodates most anyone who wants an entertaining night out. On various evenings, the UC presents...

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    3. Back Stage Lounge

    Occupying an old ABC store, Back Stage Lounge (formerly Eddie C's) presents more live music than any other club in Gainesville. Perennially casual and boasting a slightly rough edge, the place is a haven for garage...

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    2. Maude's Classic Cafe

    Coffee culture is alive and well in Gainesville, and Maude's is the best place to tap into it. Boasting an alternative vibe, the easygoing cafe is adorned inside with movie and music posters while outside, a...

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    1. The Swamp

    This appealing, two-story enterprise (formerly a professor's home) is both restaurant and bar. It's also a classic Gainesville hot spot and a great hangout by day or night. Outdoor dining is a favorite pastime, and...

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