Gainesville after sunset is most definitely known for being a party town, and a lot of fun can be found on and off University Avenue. If tequila is your poison of choice, then check out our list of the best bars for tequila in Gainesville.
With quaint Mexican tile-lined walls and the breezy all-white outdoors patio, Felipe's is an authentic Mexican taqueria and serves pretty good margaritas. On Margarita Wednesday, they offer $4 margaritas, and on Felipe's Friday, they have BOGO margaritas all day! Their margaritas are freshly-squeezed right in front of you so not only are you in for a good drink but also a show.
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Although known for being a rum bar, Madrina’s offers a great selection of tequila and tequila-based cocktails with nearly 15 types of tequila and 12 types of mezcal depending on availability. Not only are their drinks incredible, the atmosphere is also worth checking out. If you're into cigars, Madrina’s also sells three different ones. If tequila is what you're after, however, try the “Juan That Got Away!” This mezcal-based cocktail with chile poblano liquor is $11 but well worth it. Their Paloma is also highly recommended.
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A local Gainesville eatery, Boca Fiesta is flavorful and fun. With a wide range of tequilas, their margaritas are some of the best around. Their weekly happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. puts their margaritas at just $4! Other than their freshly-squeezed “Boca Margarita,” the best part about Boca Fiesta besides the tequila is the food. A lot can be said for their eloté corn on the cob and especially their queso!
If a small, hole-in-the-wall bar is what you're into, the Dime is the perfect place for you. The Dime offers over 12 signature cocktails and provides something for everyone whether tequila is your drink of choice or not. For tequila lovers, the "Skeleton War" is a must-try. Tequila, mezcal, and bitters are just a few ingredients that make this drink a sinister concoction. Their "Dos Brazos" cocktail is another solid choice for tequila lovers!
Other than serving quality tequila, all of these bars in Gainesville are in a close proximity to one another so a short cab ride or even walking is a possibility.
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