Sleep Inn & Suites University/Shands
4110 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: (352) 376-4145
Fax: (352) 505-0005
Bars & Cafes
Take in the atmosphere of the Australian Outback while enjoying mouth-watering entrees and high-quality service. Serving dinner only, Outback Steakhouse offers an extensive menu featuring appetizers, chicken, ribs, steak, seafood, pasta, salads and desserts for moderate prices. Family-friendly, the casual restaurant has something for everyone at its numerous locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Hop into the Gainesville location and you are sure to be satiated with this exotic dining experience!
One of the more popular bars in the southern part of the city, Backstage Lounge is an ideal spot to head to for a good time with friends. Of course, this is not the kind of place to head for if you want a glamorous, glitzy, swanky venue. Backstage Lounge is more like a dive bar, only with a lot more pool tables, a large stage, and better drinks. Do stop by here to checkout the music scene. See the website to know more.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the few Mexican eateries in downtown Gainesville, Boca Fiesta brings the colors and explosive flavors of Mexico to customers. A local favorite, this restaurant serves up known delicacies like quesadillas, burritos, and tacos, while also serving specialties like Pizzadillas. combination of pizzas and quesadillas, and Fried Mac&Cheese. Besides the great food and drinks, the place also hosts live music. Call to know more.
Serving Downtown Gainesville since 2003, Liquid Ginger is known for its Asian Fusion cuisine, created from the freshest ingredients. Both the dining rooms are wonderfully cozy, making you want to take your time over a delicious meal. There is also an extensive selection of teas, with or without caffeine, that you can savor at this restaurant and tea room. The Hibiscus Spice and Dragonwell Green are two of the caffeinated treats you can relish; the caffeine free teas include the Hibiscus Flower and Raspberry. The Asian dishes the menu features include the coconut pasta, spicy garlic rib-eye steak and the spicy cream shrimp. Sake, beers and cocktails are also offered; you can enjoy some good deals during Happy Hour, in operation between 5p and 7p, Tuesday to Sunday.
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.