The long-established Nick & Stella's maybe in a strip mall, but they've beautified their piece of sidewalk with palm trees, umbrellas and lots of TVs. The family behind the name are of Greek heritage and make delicious gyros and spinach pie. In addition, you'll find lots of Italian specialties, including popular pizza pies and calzones. Even better, the kitchen stays open until midnight. Stop by and catch a game replay on one of the 40 televisions, playing every sport and every team you might want to see. Although the owners are Pittsburgh Steelers fans, they are quick to welcome everyone into their family establishment.
Recommended for Late Night because: This family-owned sports bar has been in a local favorite for decades, with 40 TV's and filling food that is served until midnight.
Gina's expert tip: The Baklava is award-winning, made by Stella herself.
RonDao's has been serving up great pizza, in an exciting atmosphere for watching sporting events, for some fifteen years. The main sports bar has island seating...rows of narrow bars facing a GIANT projector screen. With 75, yes 75 big screens try the signature seafood pie; loaded with shrimp, scallops and crab in a rich white sauce. Not only can you catch up on scores late at night but the kitchen cranks out food until 1:30. College fans rooting for Iowa and Notre Dame gather here on a regular basis, although there is more than enough room for everyone. The bar is also filled with pool tables, foosball and arcade games. You won't be bored here.
Recommended for Late Night because: With 75 televisions and projector screens, RonDao's is a family-owned, feel-good sports bar with superb pizza that comes out until 1:30 am.
Gina's expert tip: If you're a Buffalo Bills fan, there is a private room reserved for you on game day.
With 16 big-screen TVs, 13 taps, an open floor plan, and corn hole games, you might guess this is a fun place to watch a game, but it also has a creative and satisfying menu line up with a kitchen that serves late. The wings are juicy with house-made dipping sauces, and the nacho chips are hand-cut from flour tortillas. A brick oven gives the pizza a crisp, light crust; it's special ingredients are garlic butter and Parmesan cheese. Regulars love the chicken and waffle sliders drizzled with maple honey mustard. But the big deal is tater tops; nuggets of shredded, deep-fried potatoes, with a dusting of ranch seasoning. Order alone, Greek-style or covered with a wide variety of toppings to satisfy almost any craving.
Recommended for Late Night because: A sports bar that caters to the late-night and hospitality crowd with more offerings than just wings and pizza, although they are legendary here.
Gina's expert tip: Check the online calendar for trivia nights and karaoke.
The Gulfshore Grill is one restaurant with two great vibes. The indoor portion provides quiet, the comfort of air conditioning and views of the Gulf of Mexico from every seat. The outside deck, also called The Cottage, serves the same menu, and this is where you find the late-night action. There is live music almost every evening and the kitchen stays open to make sure you can still get the famous Beach Bread while you tap your toes. Grouper is also a popular menu item along with dishes that have a Southwest flare. Take advantage of the valet service as towing companies are active in this area and parking spaces are limited.
Recommended for Late Night because: This restaurant on the rooftop of one of the most famous party places on Fort Myers Beach serves well-prepared food with an amazing view.
Gina's expert tip: Great spot to watch the Spring Break beach action, from a safe distance.
This is one of those spots that locals hate to let outsiders in on, but outsiders are dying to find. Located behind Benson's Grocery Store, it's a rustic hidden gem where you'll find hungry entertainers and DJ's after their gigs, law enforcement, and partygoers all getting food to go or eating at picnic tables. This is not just a late-night place but also early morning, opening at 5 am with breakfast fare. The kitchen doesn't close on Friday and Saturday nights, it literally stays open 24 hours. Famous for tacos, the menu also includes tamales, quesadillas, tortas, and a condiment bar loaded with extras. The portions are generous, the prices enviable and the quality fantastic. Great value and a good find, if you can find
Recommended for Late Night because: Found behind an old grocery store, this hidden gem stays open 24 hours on Friday's and Saturdays, satisfying your taco cravings.
Gina's expert tip: The website is in Spanish. Best to check out Facebook if you are more adept at English.
For years, the Downtown House of Pizza has been the premier spot to get a late-night slice that hangs off the edge of a paper plate. Serving until 3 am, patrons who show up at this hour are delighted. You'll find a line out the door for the hand-tossed pizza, but it moves relatively quickly. The case is full of pies loaded with all kinds of toppings, just waiting to be finished off in the hot ovens. While the slices are big, if there are more than a couple of you ordering, it's worth it to get an entire pie. Seating inside is limited and it can get hot with those ovens cranked up, but there are benches and tables in the back courtyard too.
Recommended for Late Night because: This pizza joint is the hottest spot downtown after the clubs close, not just because it is open late, but also because it's GOOD.
Gina's expert tip: Good for a fast lunch also
Society occupies a huge indoor/outdoor space, has a wine room, a private dining room and a spacious rooftop entertainment area known as the Treehouse. The kitchen is huge and stays fired up until midnight on weekdays and 2 am on weekends serving an array of savory dishes. The spirits are premium, the cocktails are craft and more tiki-like at the Treehouse Bar. Find entertainment seven days a week, mostly bands and musicians, however, nationally known DJ's often get the party going on Friday and/or Saturday nights. Check the entertainment schedule as it changes often, along with food and drink offerings to keep things fresh and exciting.
Recommended for Late Night because: Society is a hot spot with the "in crowd" serving creative cocktails, offering live music and late-night bites until 2 am on weekends.
Gina's expert tip: Call ahead to reserve space around the fire pit for private parties or VIP tables with bottle service.
A funky dimly lit pizza joint in Cape Coral, Nice Guys has almost a cult following late at night. It's small, so you may have to wait for a table, but it's worth it. The pizzas are fantastic; try the Truffle Shuffle for something different. Until 1:30 am you'll also find subs and salads here and their infamous garlic knots. After a night of partying, things like fried pickles, cheese stix and deep-fried Oreos also resonate well with patrons. A bit rock-n-roll, a bit hippy, this spot with an eclectic cool vibe also has an exotic selection of craft beers. They've expanded to include an adjoining lounge with a stage, cozy seating and games. The staff and customers at Nice Guys, really are NICE.
Recommended for Late Night because: This small, dimly lit pizza joint with a rock-n-roll/hippy vibe serves great pies, fun sides and lots of craft beer until 1:30.
Gina's expert tip: Bring some sticky notes and your creativity and add to the decor on the bathroom walls
Nevermind's moniker is "Awesome Bar and Eatery", and that it is. This downtown Cape Coral hotspot not only serves but encourages ordering food late at night, with a special menu. Ordering from the "Late Night 420" is served through midnight. This menu has everything from burgers and parmesan truffle wings, to spicy crab rolls and hot, homemade cookies. Nevermind is a small space so it fills up fast with fans wanting specialty cocktails made with fresh ingredients, even the simple syrup is made in house. Thankfully, the adjoining space has been taken over and a front patio added, as well as covered seating in the back. If there is one thing that is certain here, it's change. The owner is always offering something new as far as dining, drinking and entertainment.
Recommended for Late Night because: This bar and restaurant serves gourmet goods all evening but has a special late-night menu starting at 10 am with meats, sweets and more.
Gina's expert tip: Keep an eye out as it is easy to drive right by this small spot at night.
The Lobster Lady Seafood Market and Bistro sits in an unassuming strip mall, serving a full menu until midnight every day, with live entertainment until 11 pm. A case filled with fresh seafood lines one wall, while multiple tanks full of lobsters line the other with just enough space for a musician or two. Also along the perimeter, you'll find a decent size bar to belly up to, not only for drinking but also for dining. Besides enjoying food later in the evening hours, you can enjoy two for one house wines and drafts from 10 to midnight. Just over the Caloosahatchee River in Cape Coral, The Lobster Lady recently expanded, adding the ultra-cool Chill Bar where you can get sushi and a superb selection of craft cocktails.
Recommended for Late Night because: A wide variety of fresh food and great entertainment awaits until midnight. between the seafood cases and the lobster tanks.
Gina's expert tip: Try the Lobster Lady Sushi Roll, it has 1/4 pound of lobster meat and it's beautiful.