Its a small little bubble of liberalism in a sea of southern weirdness.
UF has a history of being anti-gay (you know, back in the cray-cray days of Mc Carthy and the Johns Committee), but many would argue that the University is making strides to change this perception.
UF even instituted March as Pride Awareness Month in 2000 and brings in various LGBT entertainers.
Flacos (University Avenue at NW 2nd Street) is the late night cuban sammie shop to stop at for lunch, dinner or for that post-bar crawl sober-uping delicious snack. The Jones Eastside (401 NW 23rd Avenue) serves locally grown breakfast all day every damn day!
Satchel’s Pizza (1800 NE 23rd Avenue) is a Gainesville landmark.
It’s a great place to live, filled with great communities, lots of local music, and plenty of opportunities for artists, students and professionals alike. Only three are official “gay bars” but downtown is very gay friendly for the most part.
Here’s an overview of the official gay nights: There is a great little club down town called the University Club (UC) that has drag performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
The food is one of the great jewels of Gainesville.
There are so many family-owned restaurants featuring locally-grown produce and livestock from family farms and almost every restaurant has vegan and vegetarian options.
A nice spot for Sunday brunch, a full bar with nightly drink specials. Every afternoon the line of cars is looped around the restaurant spilling into the road and around the block.