Nightlife in Gainesville

One or Three Private or Small Group Billiards Lessons at Play Great Pool (Up to 63% Off)

Play Great Pool

Play Great Pool

During two-hour sessions, a billiards expert teaches up to four pupils professional shots and strategies for sinking balls into pockets

$250 $99

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Complimentary Wine Tasting for Two or Four One Take-Home Bottle Per Person at Island Grove Wine Company (47% Off)

Island Grove Wine Company

Ocala/Gainesville

Complimentary tasting helps in the selection of bottles of fruit wine engineered by expert winemaker Chase Marden.

$34 $19

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Billiards and Refreshments Package for Two or Four at Chiefland Billiards (Up to 48% Off)

Chiefland Billiards

Chiefland

Enjoy an evening shooting balls with friends as drinks and apps keep you well fueled for the next round

$21 $11

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High Dive Shows Oct/Nov: Rocky Horror, David Cook, Beatles & Talking Heads tribute, & film fest (Up to 47% Off).

High Dive

High Dive

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Cult movies, punk rockers dressed like Power Rangers, tributes to the Beatles and Talking Heads, American Idol winner, and more

$9.70 $6

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Comedy Show and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. (Half Off)

Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar

Gainesville

Nationally touring comedians transform piano bar into a sanctum of side-splitting jokes while guests sip on delicious cocktails

$24 $12

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Four- or Five-Hour Rental of a 45-Seat Bus from Ultimate Party Bus (Up to 47% Off)

Ultimate Party Bus

Gainesville

Party bus laden with flat-screen TVs, surround sound & 9-foot propane grill chauffeurs riders in style between tailgate parties or clubs.

$1,196 $649

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Bottles of Wine at Bluefield Estate Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Bluefield Estate Winery

Windsor

Sip up to eight wines brewed from blueberries or muscadine grapes in a winery nestled on a scenic horse farm

$28 $16

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Drinks and Hookah at Infinity Lounge (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Infinity Lounge

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Guests down drinks and savor hookah on comfortable couches as electronic dance music plays in the background

$20 $11

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Reptiday for Two Adults and Two Children on Saturday, October 18 (Up to 50% Off)

Reptiday

Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures’ behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

$30 $15

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Sesame Street Live 'Make A New Friend' at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on October 21 (Up to 47% Off)

Sesame Street Live: "Make A New Friend"

Stephen C. O'Connell Center

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Grover, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster learn that friendship is universal when a foreign visitor arrives at Sesame Street

$28.25 $15

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An endless amount of stories flicker across the screen at these cinemas, which offer stadium seating and digital sound. The theater plays films chosen from Hollywood’s newest releases, featuring stars just plucked from the vines where they grow in the California hills. Between whispered critiques of each preview, audience members can wash down fluffy kernels of popcorn with soda from the concession stand. The theater also opens its doors for birthday parties and large private screenings for up to 300 guests.

6741 West Newberry Road
Gainesville,
FL
US

Experienced instructor Maria Alvarez leads solo hoofers or fleet-footed pairs through the steps, forms, and customs of more than 15 styles of dance. Private lessons—each lasting 50 toe-tapping minutes—cater to the ability of each individual student or couple, and the one-on-one interaction allows for the speedier learning of steps and the secret fox-trot handshake. Group lessons, which are usually composed of 10–30 participants, encourage students to boogie down with multiple dance partners, and each group outing focuses on a few steps. Newly acquired fancy footwork comes in handy at the monthly studio parties, in which students test out their skills in a fun social setting. Movement-friendly duds should be worn to classes, and more semiformal threads, such as dresses or tuxedo T-shirts, are welcome at the parties. All events require footwear with clean soles.

3550 SW 34th St
Gainesville,
FL
US

One of the oldest community theaters in the state, The Gainesville Community Playhouse has produced crowd-pleasing plays since 1927. In Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, elderly Carrie sets out to escape the clutches of her cowardly son and his bossy wife by returning to her childhood home. A dedicated cast and crew of local volunteers ably enact Carrie's search for her past. Patrons peep through the fourth wall in the 210-seat Vam York Theater, which boasts facilities to stage the most demanding musicals or Shakespearean space battles.

4039 NW 16th Blvd
Gainesville,
FL
US

The posse of chefs at Agave Blue piques curious palates with a menu of casual Mexican fusion fare. Step in from the eatery's parking lot to warm up masticators with an appetizer of taco cheese fries ($5.95) topped with taco meat, jalapeños, and shredded cheese. Mouths can move on to deep-fried chicken chimichangas ($9.95), a trio of steak tacos ($10.95) harmonizing with mexican slaw and chimichurri sauce, or the baja burger ($8.95), which hulas to tables with an entourage of grilled pineapple, pepper jack cheese, and sautéed onions. Diners can sip, slurp, and blow bubbles into traditional margaritas, sidling up to the bar to watch the game or hanging out at a table to watch the table.

203 SW 2nd Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

Belting out karaoke can be a scary prospect for some, but Stage 7 offers a remedy for this particular brand of stage fright. Inside their private karaoke rooms, groups of three to 30 can sing alongside their friends, secure in the knowledge that they will not be mocked by strangers or have their uvula photographed without their consent. Rooms of varying sizes are furnished with sofas and tables so visitors can relax and socialize while they choose from a selection of more than 7,000 English-language songs?which range from classic rock to Top 40?as well as thousands more in Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, and Filipino. Waitresses ferry snacks and drinks to each room, keeping singing pipes well-oiled with sake, soju, domestic beers, and imports such as Tsingtao and Asahi.

4110 SW 34th St, Suite 1
Gainesville,
FL
US

University of Florida fans tuck into booths, sit along the bar, and lean across a blue-felt pool table while they enjoy the lively atmosphere and sports action at Gator Tales Sports Bar. The kitchen sates patrons with a long list of edibles, and bartenders keep whistles whetted and in tune with cool drafts of Miller Lite and Amber Bock. Ceiling fans manufacture breezes on the outdoor tiki bar, surrounded by key-lime-green walls and twin flat-screen TVs, and a mounted gator head smiles above the bar inside.

5112 Northwest 34th Street
Gainesville,
FL
US