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Gay Nightlife in the Sunshine State: Gainesville and Panama City

By October 31, 2012

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Splash BarAnd one final blog post today, before revelers head out to party on Halloween: the release of a couple of guides on the gay scenes in two popular small cities in northern Florida. First, there's Gainesville, home to the main campus of the University of Florida, plus a great little downtown loaded with cool cafés and restaurants, plus an extremely popular GLBT nightspot, the University Club. Here's our Gainesville Florida Gay Nightlife Guide, and to this article I'll be adding some dining and coffeehouse recommendations soon in the near future, as I was in town last January and ate at a couple of terrific eateries.

Out along the coast of the Florida Panhandle, the picturesque vacation getaway of Panama City has become famous as a destination for spring-breaking college students in the past couple of decades - it's primarily popular with hetero college kids, but this city and adjacent barrier island is steadily developing more gay cachet. There are two gay bars in the area - here's a guide to these lively hangouts, one near the beach and the other in town.

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