November 16, 2015


Between 1989 and 1999, a vital piece of Gainesville’s cultural landscape was the Hardback Café. It was one of the first venues to feature local bands and artists. The likes of Less Than Jake, River Phoenix, and Hot Water Music (who recorded a live album there) spent t...

August 29, 2015


Public & General recently opened up in the former Brew Spot Café location at 1000 NE 16th Avenue, and really transformed what was a bizarre business in an already-odd location. The old dingy fluorescent classroom is now a rustic u-shaped wooden bar, with chalkboard me...

June 14, 2015

Here's my pick for my six favorite Gainesville bars. I know there are plenty of choices in town, but these are the six that I frequent and enjoy the most. Notably absent from this list are restaurants as I only included establishments that do not serve food. So with ap...

April 16, 2015



Good morning, and welcome to another edition of…THE NEWS! Haven't done one of these in a while! Lots of exciting stuff going on right now, especially if you’re a beer lover. Ready? Set? Go!


-Graduation is quickly approaching, so a big congrats to all the Gator Senior...

February 9, 2015


Crafty Bastards recently opened in the Magnolia Park area off NW 39th Avenue (4860 NW 39th Avenue) in the former Kazbor’s location. This is an area in dire need of quality restaurants and in even more dire need of a quality watering hole. After a long construction...

January 14, 2015


It’s time once again for…the news! Lots of good stuff coming up on the horizon. As always, keep checking this page for the latest scoops! Watch for new reviews coming out in the next week or so. For those asking about Valentines Day specials, I’ll make a post closer t...

January 7, 2015


And I’m back from my Winter hiatus! Hope everyone had a great holiday season. Now I normally wouldn’t cover a supermarket opening, but the new Lucky’s Market at 1459 NW 23rd Avenue is officially opening its doors to the public on Wednesday, January 7th. I missed th...

September 18, 2014


It may seem ridiculous for me to get so upset over the closing of a bar, but I am having a difficult time with Stubbies & Steins’ announcement that they will be closing their doors on September 27th.


For anyone unfamiliar, Stubbies & Steins was at the forefront of bri...

August 28, 2014


Welcome to a Game Day Edition of THE NEWS! As the greatest time of the year is upon us (football season), we must celebrate long days of drinking, BBQ, and cheering on a hopefully much improved Gators team! Yours truly will be smoking a 9 pound brisket this weekend...

August 23, 2014


On a very special edition of Ken Drinks Gainesville, I visited the brand spankin’ new First Magnitude Brewing Company tonight. The brewery is located at 1220 SE Veitch Street, and is set to open its doors to the public tomorrow (Saturday) from 2 PM to 9 PM. Gainesv...

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