When you stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn, you’ll be just moments away from downtown. Take advantage of the bar scene! Whether you are looking to have a romantic glass of wine with your sweetheart or stay out all night, there are tons of bars in Gainesville, FL, to choose from.
If you’re going to head to the Gainesville, FL, bars, at night, you’ll need some things to do during the day! Our area is filled with countless other wonderful attractions. For a complete list of handpicked, local recommendations, take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide. This valuable resource has helped so many travelers plan unforgettable trips to Gainesville, so get a copy today!
9 of the Best Bars in Gainesville, FL
1. The Arcade Bar
The Arcade Bar in Gainesville is an experience unlike any other! Here, you will find 3 floors filled with games and drinks. Challenge your friends at one of the pool tables or try to beat the high score on one of the many arcade games. Plus, there is plenty of seating to sit and relax with a cocktail. You’ll feel like you stepped back into your childhood!
If you’re looking for a unique experience, try Madrina’s in Gainesville. This Cuban-inspired cocktail bar keeps visitors coming back for more. The drinks are strong and the atmosphere is fun. You’ll love the decor; regal Cuban statues contrast against elegant black and white tile. It is definitely one of the best bars in Gainesville, FL!
3. Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar
If you’re looking for bars in Gainesville, FL, with entertainment, you should definitely visit Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar. They often have live music in their piano lounge as well as stand-up comedy and open mike nights. You don’t have to make a reservation, but we recommend it to make sure you get a table.
4. Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub
Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub has been serving Irish cuisine and drinks for over 20 years. Because of its long-standing history, it has become a watering hole for locals. Their great happy hour draws many; you can get $2.50 single wells, $1.00 off pints and pitchers, $4.50 house wine, and more!
5. Bank Bar & Lounge
If you’re looking for the nightclub scene, try the Bank Bar & Lounge. Once home to an actual bank, this hot spot now houses a unique bar. The dimly lit atmosphere and great drinks will remind you of a swanky nightclub. Plus, they have great specials for happy hour and holidays!
6. World of Beer
Just 15 minutes away from Sweetwater Branch Inn, you’ll find more than 500 varieties of beers at World of Beer! This bar has brews from around the world; you’ll most likely see countless labels you have never even heard of before. Plus, craft beer lovers will love how many craft drafts are available. Pair it with bar food and you have a beer lover’s paradise!
7. The Brass Tap
If you’re looking to go to casual Gainesville, FL, bars, you’ll love The Brass Tap. There are tons of beer taps and wine options so there is something for everyone! The TVs are always tuned to sports and there is often live music. There’s always some sort of entertainment to enjoy as you sip your libations!
Loosey’s has two bars in Gainesville, FL! Loosey’s Downtown is known for their beer, burgers, and live music. Loosey’s Bar and Table has a bit bigger of a kitchen. Both are known for delicious drinks and entertainment! You can often find local bands at both locations, and there is even the occasional trivia night to enjoy.
9. Salty Dog Saloon
If you’re looking for some cheap drinks in a college atmosphere, try the Salty Dog Saloon. This bar has been in Gainesville for more than 30 years, so it has become a classic. Whether you are reliving the “good ol’ days” or are looking for some University of Florida camaraderie, you will love this local watering hole. Plus, their food menu consists of pizza and sandwiches, exactly what you want while drinking!
Stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn
After your fun-filled night at any of these bars in Gainesville, FL, come back and relax at Sweetwater Branch Inn. Enjoy a restful night in one of our luxurious rooms, suites, or private cottages, then wake up ready for your next adventure. Our inn is tucked away in a gorgeous Florida-style garden for an ultimate Gainesville getaway, yet still close enough to downtown to get back and forth easily. Plus, you’ll love waiting up to our delicious breakfast after a night out on the town! Book your stay today!