Check out this blog post from GAINESVILLE OBSERVED which has a great history of our venue

HIGH DIVE is the epicenter of live music and events in downtown Gainesville, FL. In former home of Common Grounds and Covered Dish! We share the building with Five Star Pizza and Wholly BBQ, next to the southwest parking garage. We have the biggest dedicated parking lot of any venue downtown, and parking is always FREE (first come, first serve)

(Front Gate)

HIGH DIVE is a live music and event venue unlike any other in Gainesville, providing a professional concert experience in a gritty rock n roll environment . This is the kind of space artists and music fans might typically expect only in a bigger city.  High Dive has the largest and highest quality sound system of any venue in Gainesville. Full production specs here.

Our newly renovated BEER GARDEN features a full outside bar and is always NO COVER for 21+. For those that wish to hang out but don’t want to see the show !  The Deck features 42″ flat screen TVs with stereo sound, for catching that big game!  You can also see a video feed of the entire stage from outside while you have a smoke or enjoy your drink.  We also feature LIVE DJ’s spinning in the Beer Garden from time to time.

(Outside in the Beer Garden)



(Jasmine vines climb the fence in our Beer Garden)

PELICAN BROTHERS FOOD TRUCK typically sets up in front of our entrance Thu – Sat and during big shows, serving a wide variety of dishes at affordable prices. Feel free to bring your food inside and have a drink !

(Pelican Bros Food Truck = Tasty!)

AGE POLICY – GAINESVILLE CITY LAW stipulates that NO ONE UNDER 18 is allowed inside UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY PARENT OR GUARDIAN at all times while in the building ! Additionally, DRIVERS LICENSE or PASSPORT or BIRTH CERTIFICATE (accompanied by photo ID) is REQUIRED TO ENTER! It’s the law, and we must enforce it!

HIGH DIVE IS NON SMOKING inside the show room .
Smoking is allowed outside in the Beer Garden only.

HOURS OF OPERATION are typically from 9pm to 2am, but vary for each show and event. Please check our calendar of events for full information daily

UNDERAGE DRINKING IS ILLEGAL and will not be tolerated. Anyone caught drinking under the age of 21 or facilitating under age drinking will be asked to leave. We don’t enjoy policing this law, so please don’t make us do it !

$3 SURCHARGE on every ticket will be collected at the door for ANYONE UNDER the age of 21, ALWAYS!