The Dime

4 E University Ave, Gainesville
(352) 692-0068

Recent Reviews

Andrew Park

Chill af. Good start to the night.

Michael Gardner

This is one of my favorite bars in Gainesville! The atmosphere is very pleasing and since there is a limit of about 35-ish people in the establishment at once (inside seating) it makes it pretty nice.

Kendal Gee

The rudest bartender I have ever encountered. bartender became hostile because I grabbed a glass to put the excess ice of my drink in. Even after I profusely apologized, she continued to be rude to the point where it was actually shocking and uncomfortable for everyone around us.

Aaron H.

Nice place to start our night. It's a Gainesville 5 and a country 4 with regards to craft cocktails. Had a bees knees to compare to other places and a Bandito to see the local flavor. Bartenders don't measure ingredients and shook with regular freezer ice in the drinks. Garnishes were in drinks but nothing especially curated. As for the drinks themselves the bees knees was good but maybe a little more bitter than normal. The bandito was on point...smoky mezcal and a really spicy finish made this the highlight of our stop. Atmosphere is nice but could get crowded really fast. We happened to get a table right when we walked in which was lucky. Staff was nice and service was quick. We would go back...but this is not a true speakeasy with knock your socks off cocktails. Prices were about what you would expect...classics around 10 and the bandito was 15. Good spot, and a nice place to hang.

Aaron Paschke

Nice bar with good happy hour drinks. Cocktails in the 5-6 dollar range.

James T.

Dime bar Pete is Pete make good drink gud drink I like Pete I repete much gracias so good nice yes

John E.

Went here, waited for service, kept waiting, and was kept disappointed. The female bartender there was rude and indifferent. Was excited to show a couple friends this place and none of us will return.

Mark Keränen

True 5-star. Complex, handcrafted cocktails are standard. If it's not on the menu they can make it. Priced fairly for what you get.

Griffin Greene

This place has a nice chill atmosphere, with some alternative (and sometimes vintage) tunes playing. Bartenders are very friendly. Drinks may be a little more expensive, but are high quality.

Brian Peddie

What a great place that isn’t another college dive bar in Gainesville. They offer homemade top shelf craft cocktails that are wonderful. The staff is a bit “edgy”, which could rub folks the wrong way, but it fits in with the scene and they are efficient and professional. The place gets crowded and real cocktails do take extra time to make so be patient when ordering if it’s packed. This is by far one the best cocktail establishment downtown with ambiance to match.

Chaker F.

The Dime Bar is a small, craft cocktail bar located right in the middle of Downtown Gainesville. DRINKS (4.5/5): In the past, this place got a bad rep due to some issues that have since then been resolved. In my opinion, The Dime is one of the best places in Gainesville to get a cocktail. ESPECIALLY DURING HAPPY HOUR. My recommendations are as follows: - Caipirinha - Bee's Knees - Testarossa - Skeleton War SERVICE(4.5/5): Service is good here now! I have not had a bad experience in the past two years. ATMOSPHERE (4/5): I like the vibe of this place! It is small and cozy. If you come during a busy time, you will be asked to wait outside until a seat becomes available.

Walt Jamison

Hands down, the best bar in downtown Gainesville if not the whole city. The bartenders are masters of their craft, extremely well-versed in all things cocktail culture and fantastic hosts. From the moment you walk in, you're treated like family; the perfect Mad Man style, mid-century modern decor is just the cherry on the sundae. I come here as often as my wallet allows.

Kay Bee

The bartender was great, the drinks were strong, the happy hours were long and the crowd was perfectly eclectic. Definitely a hip spot to enjoy unique handcrafted cocktails.

nathan s

I witnessed the most passionate drink maker behind the bar, a real craftsman creating excellent flavors.


Best place in Gainesville for cocktails. Bartenders are well trained and are the bomb.

Yogi Patel

Hidden gem. Friendly bar tender that makes delicious drinks.

Jeremy H.

Make sure to flip off that bodega guy Cason. Don't forget to order the deep fried Frito Pie Chili Dog.

SaintVincent11 .

Best place in Gainesville for cocktails. Bartenders are well trained and are the bomb.

Mike S.

Worst experience ever, aggressively rude bartender, I have never felt so disrespected while spending my money. From other reviews I have read, it seems as shit service at this bar is the norm. The owners should re-evaluate what customer service is and train their staff accordingly. I would never step foot in this bar again nor would I ever recommend this place to anyone. As for the butch bartender that had on a mamey colored shirt yesterday, she and her friend were both drunk and disrespectful to the patrons at the bar, you do not deserve the right to serve guest, nevertheless, get paid to do so. The owners must not care much as I see they don't even have the face to reply apologizing to the customers on behalf of their unprofessional staff, place is a joke.

Matthew Teneyck

I've never had worse service at any place in my life. Rudest bartender ever. Extremely mean and condescending to me. Wouldn't close out my tab when I asked. I loved the venue and the selection, but I'm never going here again because of the staff. If you want to be made to feel terrible about yourself, I guess I'd recommend it to you. I think this is the first time in my life I didn't leave a tip somewhere

Daniel Wagner

Fashionable downtown bar, wide selection of drinks

Michael C.

For a time this place was getting a bad rap on Yelp, but I'm glad that it's making a come back because in my opinion it's one of the best bars in Gainesville. There are few places I would actually consider for a great drink in Gainesville and the dime bar is one of those places. A nice intimate location with a speakeasy vibe, it's not only affordable but has good quality drinks. Back in my student days I'd love to come to the happy hour (which has an wide selection of different drinks), while the bar still had some decent seating before the night service. The Bee's Knees is my go-to refreshing cocktail and always gives me a nice buzz with a little sweetness. So far I've never had a bad bartender (although they aren't overly friendly), but in my opinion they are just focused on their work. While this might be a turn-off for others I always found myself just talking to other people given it's a speakeasy and that's what you're supposed to do :).

Jonathan M.

Lexi is a rock star bartender! She makes great cocktails, on menu and off, and is very personable.

Miles Mathia

Best drinks in town by far. Friendly staff. Great ambiance.

Meaghan N.

Hip bar downtown. It easily blends into the background and I've often have to point the location out to many friends while they were open! It's a great location to people watch and the drinks are decent. Only four stars because the bartender that served me was actually a little rude (bad day??) and because of that I have yet to come back

Meredith Gardner

My friends and I came in for a drink for her birthday. We spent about 10 minutes there- just enough to finish a drink for her. Upon leaving, the bartender chased us outside to the neighboring bar and harassed us about not buying enough and how we “cost her $100” by coming in. She said we should think about going into a bar and not buying enough drinks in the future. I will certainly be thinking about that as I don’t plan on going here anytime in the future.

Sarah John

One of the bartenders is very rude. He made me leave because I asked to close my tab and then decided I wanted to keep it ope. He didn't like that. I work in the industry and have never seen such a thing. (btw I had only had 2 drinks and a shot so no I wasn't drunk)

Loden G.

Cool, artsy and very small (intimate), this bar has nice drinks, a fun youthful counterculture clientele, and a good downtown location. Definitely recommended for drinks before dinner.

Christine N.

The Dime Bar is tiny and cannot be easily spotted. It's between Pop a Top and the UC. I didn't even know this bar existed until some friends recommended it. I went with some friends and it was pretty empty but the vibe was cool. I bet during the school year this place can get packed quickly. I also noticed that most everyone was a young professional and older which was reassuring since the over 23 crowd still deal with undergrads most everywhere else. I honestly can't remember what I drank but I do remember having an extensive conversation with the bartender about whiskey types. He was extremely knowledgeable and nice. Check out The Dime Bar for a low-key time!

Beatrice D.

I never noticed this tiny little bar until I heard some rave reviews from friends. My first trip there was awesome! The drinks are incredible and more like what you'd expect from a bar in NYC than Gainesville. It's a little loud (due to its popularity and tiny size combined) but worth it!

Aysha W.

This is a very tiny, trendy and low-key bar smack in the middle of downtown Gainesville. It's directly adjacent to one if the most popular and largest bars in Gainesville so it sees a fair amount of foot traffic and can get pretty busy during peak hours on weekend evenings. I've read a lot of other reviews about this place turning people away due to reaching capacity and I can see how that would be the case. It seems that a lot of people may take someone telling them no (possibly for the first time in their life) personally and somehow chalk it up to them not being "hipster" enough but I don't think that's what's going on here. I certainly wouldn't categorize myself as hipster nor am I part of the downtown crowd, and I've never encountered issues. Ive been allowed in and turned away from this bar before and the message has always been "come back in fifteen when there's less people here". I think it really is a capacity issue. They also usually only have one person working the bar and their cocktails are a little more complicated than your average gin and tonic so it can take a while to get a drink. The cocktails are really delicious though so I don't mind the wait. They are on the pricey side so be forewarned you'll definitely be spending a pretty penny should you order more than just a few drinks. It's definitely worth it if you're feeling in fancier mood. I like that it's a more intimate space frequented by a more mature crowd. It's a nice spot to take a first date after dinner for some chit chat and great spot for people watching, hipster or not a hipster.

Sarah Nixon

Snooty staff, mediocre drinks, high prices. If you are besties w the bartender good luck getting a drink in less than half an hour

Hillary F.

We love the dime bar! It's got a cool vibe with nice people. I love when the environment of any place is artistic and fun, and nice people are so important right??! The bartender always seems happy and is helpful and answers your questions. We almost always go for happy hour before we eat downtown (we are old people, gotta go to bed after dinner!) and they have a great happy hour. I love ordering the pink drink (I'm the WORST! I forgot the name, but you'll know it). My husband gets the bees knees? Or something about bees. (Wow. I'm on my game with Yelp today hahah) Price - expect to pay $6-7 at happy hour for an amazing cocktail.

Johnny SaintTellah

Best cocktails in town. Confident talented bartenders may come off gruff to the impatient passerby. However if you are a patient well mannered guest, you will enjoy the finest cocktails and ambience in gainesville.

Garett Cartechine

Unique drinks and cool atmosphere. Loved it. Hope to be back soon!

Ashley Villard

Went with a group but in the group was my friend who was a regular. She took us through the back door and when she did I asked was that ok which she replied “ I do it all the time”. As soon as we walked in because we were black we were put out in a rude way, first she told us she would just I.d. Us outside but as soon as we got outside she told us they were at capacity and couldn’t make eye contact with us and TOLD us to leave. The female bartender said “she not losing her job over us” when I went back to talk to her to let her know I was offended she told me to get the f*** out of her bar �

Austin Van Wie

All the bartenders at The Dime rock. Come here for your cocktails. Pete - the guy who runs the place - is super cool and knows a lot about mixing drinks. He won't let you down. The aesthetic in this place is awesome. It has a great mid-century vibe. The space is small so it can get crowded and occasionally loud, but that's fine because this place really does just have the best cocktails.

Corey McLeod

Had great experiences previously, but tonight the bartender was visibly stressed after we ordered and was throwing things around like he was having a rough night....understandable. I was considering buying him and myself a shot of his choice because of his stressed attitude, but right before doing so, some of his buds walk in and he starts complaining to them about how busy he was and how people were asking him to take shots with him (clearly they saw his stresses like I did) but he was pissed about those offers, stating he "would have to clean more glasses" during his rush and was offended (I get it), but immediately lines up 5 shots next to us and takes one with his friends and starts laughing! Meanwhile, my girlfriend and I were sitting there being ignored during our stay, even when I politely stated my drink was great, and asked what he made (I asked to make anything with rye highlighting the beverage as he previously was excited to make a favorite when I requested something similar in the past). This was all after his "rush" when we ordered, and after he relaxed there was never an apology or a thank you for the tip. I am clearly offended by his immature professionalism tonight... It's not like we haven't been served by him several times before.

Nikhil Shah

Had a recent bad experience with a group of 8-10 where the hostess and the bartender were pretty cold, rude and told some in our party that they were "at capacity" with half the place empty. However, I was there this past weekend and had a great experience (different people working). The drinks were delicious both times.

Corey McLeod

Had great experiences previously, but tonight the bartender was visibly stressed after we ordered and was throwing things around like he was having a rough night....understandable. I was considering buying him and myself a shot of his choice because of his stressed attitude, but right before doing so, some of his buds walk in and he starts complaining to them about how busy he was and how people were asking him to take shots with him (clearly they saw his stresses like I did