Gainesville has one of the best bar scenes for college students. Gators don't mess around. The Swamp has great places for great food and drinks, and the best part is — it's dirt cheap. There's something going on every night of the week in Gainesville. Whether it's $1.00 margs on Monday's, Ladies' Night on Wednesday's, all day happy hour on Saturday's, or free tequila shots on Sunday Funday the Swamp's got you covered. Think of it this way: you could go out every night of the week in Gainesville and it would still be cheaper than a weekend in NYC. Here're a list of bars that Gainesville is forever greater than Tallahassee. 

Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar

Comedy night, dueling pianos, ladies' drink free on Thursday's — this bar has all the entertainment a college student needs.

101 Cantina

Yes, there's a 101 Cantina in both Gainesville and Tallahassee. But we all know Gators party harder, especially when they have $1.00 margs on Monday's.


Swamp is the place to take the parents on game day. It' been around since 1994 and holds a great tradition for students and alumni


All day happy hour on Saturdays. Bottomless brunch on Sunday's. That is all.

The Rowdy Reptile

A classic for good music, terrible service, and a lively college atmosphere.

Salty Dog Saloon

Happy hour is every day here, but this place is especially good for whisky drinkers

The Social

Gainesville's newest bar with two floors and an open top deck.

Grog House

Students' say this is the best bar on campus. It's really known for its cheap drink deals and for running into Ryan Lochte

Tall Paul's Brewing Company

Tall Paul's boasts live music, darts, huge beer selection, and space. It caters more to the grad student crowd.

Gator's Dockside

Gator's Dockside is the ultimate sports bar, with big screens, wings specials and all the beer you could want.