This downtown dance club does it Sarasota style—meaning there’s a strict dress code (no sleeveless shirts on guys, no sports jerseys, no sunglasses after 7PM, no “excessive bling”) and the crowd stays this side of out-and-out rowdy. Think of a good time billiards and beer place housed in an elegant, well-restored historic building. The Gator Club is, in fact, in a 1913 building that’s done turns as a grocery, newsstand, cigar store and real estate office. Now it hosts local and regional acts ranging from rockabilly to hip hop. The crowd is mostly under 30 though you probably will see some gray hair in here, depending on the entertainers. The downstairs bar can get pretty packed during the live performances, but there’s also an upstairs bar. Special nights include a Tuesday Ladies Night Dressed to Kill and Bloody Good Saturdays when you build your own Bloody Marys from 11AM to 3PM. The club posts a list of its events online, so you can check out what’s on for the dates you’ll be in the area.