3690 W US HWY 90
Lake City, FL 32024
Phone: (386) 755-9028
Fax: (386) 752-2352
3690 W US HWY 90, Lake City, FL, US, 32024
- Phone: (386) 755-9028
- Fax: (386) 752-2352
Bars & Cafes
Perhaps, the name says it all. A place where you can experiment with new music, learn new things, and be yourself, The Laboratory is one of Gainesville's favorite cafes. Located just a few blocks from the University of Florida, on the buzzing University Avenue, this cafe/bar usually has a student crowd, with grads or post-grads stopping by here for Trivia night or some great music. The drinks are cheap, especially the beer, which is served in glass beakers, and is immensely popular. Call to know more about The Laboratory.
A restaurant that has been serving delectable cuisine since 1973, Leonardo's 706 is more of a landmark rather than just a restaurant. Dedicated to serving food made from fresh, locally farmed ingredients, the restaurant is known for its food. Among the items on offer are their popular 706 Rolls, Blackened Grouper, and 706 Bouillabaisse. Besides the ingredients that are locally grown, the place also promotes music that is locally nurtures, and features bands and artists from the area. See the website or call to know more.
The University Avenue of Gainesville, FL, is home to a fine melange of bars, restaurant, and clubs, each full with a promise of a great night out. The Vault Nightclub is one of these venues along that busy avenue. But, this club does stand out from the crowd of clubs surrounding it. Spread over two floors, excluding the mezzanine level, with The Loft Lounge located on the second floor, The Vault is your quintessential venue for some nightly wanderings. On offer are live performances by popular artists and bands, entertaining theme nights, and scintillating drinks. See the website or 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.