As you surely know, finals week is here. This means lots of time studying, right? Or it means lots of time spent thinking about studying, texting your friends about how you don’t know anything and, in the end, seeking alcohol. Well if the latter is the case, we have you covered.
If you’re graduating this semester, and you’re like me, you’re starting to panic about leaving behind everything Gainesville has to offer. Coming back from Spring Break made that impending diploma seem way too real, and now you may be looking to pack in everything you’ve wanted to do over the last four years into the last six weeks. Lucky for you, I’m here to round up all of the must-do activities you need to check off your bucket list before the end of April.
What a ride we are on for this season with Bachelor Nick Viall. What started out with some very dull episodes, minus, of course, villain Corinne Olympios and her nanny Raquel, has suddenly picked up speed in the last few weeks. Nick, on his fourth appearance with the franchise, is desperate to find love and, yet, kicks off any girl who professes her love for him. He spends a lot of time crying, and I spend a lot of time wondering if this 36-year-old aspiring model is actually a catch. Now that we’re down to the final four and already know Rachel Lindsay is our next Bachelorette, you may need a few drinks to get you through the remaining episodes, so here’s the drinking game you’ve been waiting for all season long.
The best Sunday of the year is finally here, and whether you’re a football fan, a beer fan or a fan of good commercials, you know you’ll be watching the game. If you’re looking to get off your couch but still watch the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons, there’s a lot of places around Gainesville joining the celebration. Here are some of the best spots:
Swamp Head Brewery: A local favorite for craft beer fans, Swamp Head Brewery, located at 3650 SW 42nd Ave., is known for its creative brews and is at its peak in fall, when it offers tons of special-edition drinks to accompany the colder weather. Check these out:
“Stranger Things”: It’s the hottest thing on TV right now. It’s almost guaranteed that all of your friends will disappear for a day or two to binge this eight-episode Netflix series, and with Halloween coming up, it’s sure to keep growing in popularity. For those who haven’t watched the science-fiction hit yet, it follows the disappearance of 12-year-old Will and his family’s journey to get him back from supernatural forces, along with the help of a telekinetic girl with a buzz cut. There are plenty of monsters, teen romance and ‘80s vibes, so there’s basically something for everyone. If you haven’t watched it yet, a hurricane is coming and now is the ideal time. So grab a drink and follow along (spoiler-free, of course).
When it comes to Bill Burr’s stand-up routine, nothing is off limits.
We all know the routine: You have a few hours to kill between classes, or you’re on campus late at night and need to grab a bite to eat. You’re tired of dropping the same $8 or $9 at Chipotle or Chick-fil-A, so you’re looking for something that will satisfy both your wallet and your taste buds. I understand the struggle, and I have your back on this one, so here are Gainesville’s best bang-for-your-buck local food joints: no chain restaurants, no guilt for spending too much and none of the same old options.