April 14, 2017

The 20 best college bars at every Florida university

There's a solid chance many of you made some of your best damn memories at these Florida college bars. You may have also shamelessly made out with your ex at these too, but hey, college! Whether it's a complete dive, a sports bar, or an over-the-top dance club, here are some of the best college bars in Florida.

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Club Recess
705 S Woodward Ave, Tallahassee, (850) 570-8535
For a club frequented by college students, this place is pretty swanky. With cabanas, a pool and even bottle service, this is definitely one of the dare we say, classy college hangouts Tallahassee has to offer. However, (after a few bottles from the cocktail waitresses of course), that doesn’t mean the crowd has to be. 
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Club Recess

705 S Woodward Ave, Tallahassee, (850) 570-8535
For a club frequented by college students, this place is pretty swanky. With cabanas, a pool and even bottle service, this is definitely one of the dare we say, classy college hangouts Tallahassee has to offer. However, (after a few bottles from the cocktail waitresses of course), that doesn’t mean the crowd has to be.

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Coliseum
Varsity Shopping Center, 1833 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, (850) 727-4555
Although it's true that the best trash college bars are usually found in nondescript shopping plazas, Coliseum is a rather large nightclub, and yes, it's located right smack behind the CVS Pharmacy. It’s been said that the security at the door is tighter than the TSA and there’s no real room to breathe, Coliseum is also home to Bianca’s pizza, so that’s worth it. 
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Coliseum

Varsity Shopping Center, 1833 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, (850) 727-4555
Although it's true that the best trash college bars are usually found in nondescript shopping plazas, Coliseum is a rather large nightclub, and yes, it's located right smack behind the CVS Pharmacy. It’s been said that the security at the door is tighter than the TSA and there’s no real room to breathe, Coliseum is also home to Bianca’s pizza, so that’s worth it.

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Balls Bookstore
1716 W University Ave, Gainesville, (352) 366-1188
Yep, this college bar is just as trash as it sounds, but man does it offer some good deals. Located right across from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, this hole-in-the-wall graffitied bar is just the place for a really cheap, trashy college night out.   
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Balls Bookstore

1716 W University Ave, Gainesville, (352) 366-1188
Yep, this college bar is just as trash as it sounds, but man does it offer some good deals. Located right across from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, this hole-in-the-wall graffitied bar is just the place for a really cheap, trashy college night out.

Photo via claudzv/Instagram
Copper Top Pub
5112 E Fowler Ave, Temple Terrace, (813) 988-8656
Here, $20 gets you all you can drink and all you can eat wings, plus the regular Copper Top amenities like pool tables, darts and foosball. This bar, (which actually does have a copper top), has been quenching the thirst of USF students for decades with $9 all you can drink specials and all the cheap beer they could ask for. 
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Copper Top Pub

5112 E Fowler Ave, Temple Terrace, (813) 988-8656
Here, $20 gets you all you can drink and all you can eat wings, plus the regular Copper Top amenities like pool tables, darts and foosball. This bar, (which actually does have a copper top), has been quenching the thirst of USF students for decades with $9 all you can drink specials and all the cheap beer they could ask for.

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Gilt Nightclub
740 Bennett Rd, Orlando, (407) 504-7699
Formerly known as Roxy, a.k.a the first bar you’d ever go to as a college student and get hit on by 40-year-old men, Gilt has become the Mecca for UCF students on a Thursday night. With ridiculously cheap bus tickets to get there and stupid cheap drink specials, Gilt has become the club that kicks off the weekend for UCF students looking to party. 
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Gilt Nightclub

740 Bennett Rd, Orlando, (407) 504-7699
Formerly known as Roxy, a.k.a the first bar you’d ever go to as a college student and get hit on by 40-year-old men, Gilt has become the Mecca for UCF students on a Thursday night. With ridiculously cheap bus tickets to get there and stupid cheap drink specials, Gilt has become the club that kicks off the weekend for UCF students looking to party.

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Stagger Inn
12190 Collegiate Way #140, Orlando, (402) 270-9604
Just as the name insinuates, this is the place to walk, stumble or stagger your way into for a cheap beer, especially after happy hour at Pub. Although the bar is only two years old, it’s gained as much popularity among UCF students as Lib or Pub because it just so happens that many UCF students really value a bar that is acceptable to wear flannels to. 
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Stagger Inn

12190 Collegiate Way #140, Orlando, (402) 270-9604
Just as the name insinuates, this is the place to walk, stumble or stagger your way into for a cheap beer, especially after happy hour at Pub. Although the bar is only two years old, it’s gained as much popularity among UCF students as Lib or Pub because it just so happens that many UCF students really value a bar that is acceptable to wear flannels to.

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The Knight Library
11448 University Blvd, Orlando, (407) 704-7477
Named the No. 1 college bar in America at least once, Knight’s Library has established itself to be worthy of the award. Why? Three words: free liquor pitchers. But also, Karaoke night. 
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The Knight Library

11448 University Blvd, Orlando, (407) 704-7477
Named the No. 1 college bar in America at least once, Knight’s Library has established itself to be worthy of the award. Why? Three words: free liquor pitchers. But also, Karaoke night.

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Knight’s Pub Inc.
3910 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, (407) 720-8713
It’s no doubt that Knight’s Pub is a true UCF staple. Even though it has not topped the charts of best college bars in America like Library has, it’s likely that if you’re a UCF student, or live remotely close to UCF, you have blacked out at happy hour, double fisted free drinks or had your fake ID taken from here at least once.
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Knight’s Pub Inc.

3910 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, (407) 720-8713
It’s no doubt that Knight’s Pub is a true UCF staple. Even though it has not topped the charts of best college bars in America like Library has, it’s likely that if you’re a UCF student, or live remotely close to UCF, you have blacked out at happy hour, double fisted free drinks or had your fake ID taken from here at least once.

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Salty Dog Saloon
1712 W University Ave, Gainesville, (352) 375-6969
Located in the heart of Gainesville’s Midtown, Salty’s really is the college dive bar. Here, you can expect large crowds, cheap food and dangerously cheap drinks. With happy hour offered daily and half priced food items, it’s no wonder this is a haven for UF students . Also, be prepared to listen to country music, a lot of it. 
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Salty Dog Saloon

1712 W University Ave, Gainesville, (352) 375-6969
Located in the heart of Gainesville’s Midtown, Salty’s really is the college dive bar. Here, you can expect large crowds, cheap food and dangerously cheap drinks. With happy hour offered daily and half priced food items, it’s no wonder this is a haven for UF students . Also, be prepared to listen to country music, a lot of it.

Photo via phat_chicken/Instagram
Sandbar Sports Grill
3064 Grand Ave, Miami, (305) 444-5270
The Sandbar definitely offers a more chill vibe among the bustling and bougie Miami scene, and was at some point, such a trash bar it’s even been on Spike’s “Bar Rescue.” Tacos, draft beer and sports. What more could a college student ask for?
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Sandbar Sports Grill

3064 Grand Ave, Miami, (305) 444-5270
The Sandbar definitely offers a more chill vibe among the bustling and bougie Miami scene, and was at some point, such a trash bar it’s even been on Spike’s “Bar Rescue.” Tacos, draft beer and sports. What more could a college student ask for?

Photo via kaleofkrypton/Instagram