Gainesville is known for its college and its college bars. The city has been named one of the top party colleges for years, and for good reason. The bars in midtown and downtown Gainesville are hot spots for college students. We've compiled a list of the best college bars in Gainesville. These bars have everything that college students look for in a bar; cheap drinks, good music, and a rowdy time with friends! 

Whether you're a current student or alumni looking to come back and relive the college days, these bars are sure to show you a true University of Florida experience. The best nights to head out to one of these best college bars in Gainesville would be Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night! 

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Balls Bookstore

1716 W. University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32603
Cheap drinks and great times with friends! Balls: Gotta Have 'Em Your favorite hole in the wall dive bar! Cheap drinks, great bartenders, good times had...

Salty Dog Saloon

1712 W University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32603
Since 1982 the Salty Dog Saloon has been a landmark within the Gainesville community. Come for great prices and beer from all around the world!

Grog House

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1718 W University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32603
One of midtowns best bars since 1996! Come join us Fridays for beat the clock where pitchers and wells are just 25 cents starting at 9.

The Social GNV

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1728 W University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32603
Welcome to your new favorite hangout. Your favorite place to get Social! Lots of large screen TV's

Arcade Bar

6 E University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32601
Welcome to downtown Gainesville's three story arcade bar. Located at 6 E University Ave. Next door to Pop-A-Top and The Dime. 21+, open 7 days a week....

The Midnight

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223 S Main St , Gainesville FL, 32601
A fine drinking establishment! The Midnight has an extensive beer menu, great specials, late night food, and a fun, friendly atmosphere.. Food served everyday...

The Swamp Restaurant

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1642 W University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32603
Originally constructed in 1914 as a University of Florida professor's house, the building was nearly destroyed by a catastrophic fire in 1993. After a massive...

The Bull

18 SW 1st Ave , Gainesville FL, 32601
The Bull is a gallery and venue serving craft beer, wine, and organic fair trade coffee. Check on upcoming events: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Lq_n47mHoGGHNrfPFeMIeZ23wBQvo-x7to0a0VWyZn0/edit?usp=sharing

Fat Daddy's

1702 W University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32603
Located in the heart of Midtown, Fat Daddy's loud speakers drown out any responsibility you might have in your life. Come for music stay for the slushee's...

Mother's Pub & Grill

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1017 W University Ave , Gainesville FL, 32601
Gainesville's Best Sports Bar! If a game or match is on TV we will find it for you. A Small Neighborhood Style Pub, where everyone is a friend featuring...