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Café C crafts sandwiches and salads with flavors as light and airy as the breeze wafting by on the outdoor patio. Guests can sample from a selection of Asian-influenced salads inspired by the fresh produce, meats, and seasonings at the nearby Asian market. Delicious handmade sandwiches can be assembled on pretzel bread, pressed wheat, or fresh ciabatta. The café’s lively interior boasts bright colors and a mélange of lunch plates and glasses amassed from local thrift stores. Café C also keeps guests guessing with desserts baked fresh daily and a unique flavor of iced tea each day, including blueberry and slip 'n' slide.

424 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

Get work done, relax, or meet up with friends while noshing culinary creations at The Laboratory's laid-back workshop. Inside, good-natured sandwich scientists stuff fresh ingredients between baked slices in ways previously unknown to lunchology, and espresso drinks abound for boosting brain flow during study sessions. Just like children playing jump rope for the first time, tongues will tingle with hops-induced delight when they taste selections from the 30 rotating types of craft beer available, including brews from Swamp Head Brewery.

818 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

A steady wave of live music erupts from both floors of the establishment, whether it be DJ Robzilla mixing beats in the lounge or Mama Trish plucking acoustic melodies on the patio. Meanwhile, open-mic poetry nights give versatile versesmiths a respectful audience to recite sonnets about hygiene found on truck stop hand dryers.

211 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

Open until 2 a.m. seven days a week, Flashbacks Lounge caters to caffeine fixes at all times of the day with local brews from Sweetwater Organic Coffee and Tree City Roasters. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, the staff serves a variety of spirits in a laid-back, relaxing environment devoid of intrusive noise or loud music. Guest can also gather on the outdoor patio to sip beverages in the fresh air.

211 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

Sweet Mel's combines food and drink in a way not seen since the invention of the banana milkshake, offering a lengthy lineup of burgers, beers, and mixed drinks inside a red and black bar. From their perches on exposed-brick walls, hungry TVs can only dream of sampling what they see?pork chops, deep-fried Oreos, beef patties sandwiched between funnel cakes (The Sweet Mel), and foot-long hoagies packed with slabs of ground beef and bacon (The Boss). To wash down big meals, bartenders pour a steady stream of martinis and specialty cocktails, and fill 100-ounce towers with beer, the only beverage that does not immediately curdle when poured into a tower. A wide array of events puts the corner stage to use, with $1 drafts on Mondays, trivia on Tuesday, and Shakespearean-style readings of the menu specials every day.

1 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

At Infinity Lounge, colorful lights and propulsive music flood the dance floor as guests sip on drinks and smoke hookah on comfy couches. DJs keep EDM tunes pumping as late as 4 a.m.

12 sw 2nd st
Gainesville,
FL
US