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Bars & Cafes
One of the popular venues for live music and great drinks in downtown Gainesville, The Atlantic beckons all seeking a great night out. A tastefully decorated venue, The Atlantic offers the comfort of a lounge, the liveliness of a nightclub, and the friendliness of a neighborhood bar to its customers, and the patrons here will confirm it. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays, the venue features theme nights like Motown Showdown on Wednesdays and DANG!! on Thursdays, which have come to be quite popular. Live music graces the stage on Saturdays. See the website or call to know more.
One of the popular nightclubs in the city, Plasma Lounge has been around for several years. Their House night is especially popular, and is known to be one of the hottest party scenes in the city. Head here on a Friday night, and let Simon, who owns this club, take you away on a journey through the wonders churned out on the disc. The club also hosts live bands now and then, so do stop by on your night out on the town.
A typical neighborhood bar where, 'everybody knows your name', Lillian's Music Store is a friendly hangout that has earned a lot of fans in the city. At this bar, you come for the music, stay for the drinks, and return again and again because of the excellently warm service. You won't find too many frills here, but only folks being themselves, relaxing with one of their popular drinks, and enjoying a live band. Though it can get a little too smoke-filled when the crowd gets bigger in the night, it is worth a visit. Call to know more.
In the heart of Gainesville, on the corner of the happening University Avenue and Southwest 2nd Street, lies Spannk, one of the popular clubs in the city. An ideal place to head to for an entertaining night, this club is where you can dance the night away. This club is also where Neon Liger Dance Party is held every Saturday, and it is one of the most happening parties in the city, with DJs from all over the country coming here to perform. Do call ahead for more information.
Recognized as one of Gainesville's best sushi spots, this Downtown restaurant has a lot of variety to offer its patrons. Recreating an authentic izakaya, Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company aims to brings a bit of Japanese pub culture to the city. The sushi you get here is tapas style, and you have a vast assortment to pick from. Specialty rolls like the Volcano, Cobra Kai, Black Dragon and the trademark Dragonfly come with various fillings and toppings, and are an absolute treat to your taste buds. You must complement your Japanese meal with cocktails like the Lychee Leung and Banzai Saketini.
If you are thirsting for the bitter yet lovable taste of Guinness, or looking for some excellent live Irish music, then head to Durty Nelly's Irish Pub in the heart of Gainesville. Established in 1994, this pub has been bringing the much loved pub experience from the Emerald Isle, and has an intriguing story to tell of its origins. Legend has it that there was a charismatic woman named Nelly in Ireland whose renowned kindness and famous drink, called 'Poteen', had everyone enchanted. Of course, the name 'Durty Nelly', was not associated with the woman, but rather originated from one of the first pubs named in her honor which was said to be appallingly unclean. So, there you have it; tradition, legend, great drink, and music, all coming together to provide a complete Irish experience. Do see the website to know more.
Located amidst the bustling downtown area, Lux is a popular neighborhood bar that is visited by one and all. This lively location welcomes guests with a casual ambiance, a friendly staff and a host of exquisite beverages that is complemented by an excellent finger food menu. The Lux bar plays host to an eclectic event line-up that includes DJ nights, gigs, concerts and open mic nights for poetry recitals. If you are hunting for a zealous bar in central Gainesville, you must visit the Lux. Check website for details.
One of downtown Gainesville's better known restaurants, 101 Downtown offers delectable cuisine on a menu co-designed by Chef Jason "Spike" Cullen. Among the delicacies on the menu, you will find quesadillas, Baja Fish Tacos, ceviche, and Chicken Florentine. The place is quiet known for their specialty Limo service, which is available for VIP dinner parties featuring eight or more guests. See the website to know more.
One of the few Mexican eateries in downtown Gainesville, Boca Fiesta brings the colors and explosive flavors of Mexico to customers. A local favorite, this restaurant serves up known delicacies like quesadillas, burritos, and tacos, while also serving specialties like Pizzadillas. combination of pizzas and quesadillas, and Fried Mac&Cheese. Besides the great food and drinks, the place also hosts live music. Call to know more.
Re-established in October 2012 after a brief closure, Mars Pub and Arcade is not your regular neighborhood pub. This eclectic space comes across as a mash-up between a watering hole and an arcade room with an outer space, Sci-Fi theme. So don't be surprised if you come across nightly events like Martian Idol and Sci-Fi Sundays on its calender, or teenagers dabble over an air-hockey or a pool table. As for the beverage list, the pub matches the best bars in town with a decent selection of beers on tap. The bar gets livelier on weekends, when various local as well as touring bands take center stage and give out some awesome, foot-tapping tunes for the audience. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.