City Guide: Ten Best Bars in Orlando

October 22, 2018 0 0

Like its parks, the 10 best bars in Orlando run the gamut in terms of themes, and you can rest assured that the themed bars are done as well as the amusement parks in town. Here, you can enjoy a tavern that’s more of a dive, sip some rum and fruit juice concoctions within a Polynesian wonderland, and visit an authentic (right down to the changing passwords) speakeasy. Crafty craft cocktails, jazzy lounges and beer and shot joints are just some of the things you can enjoy while sampling the spirits in Orlando. Here are the ten best bars to visit in Orlando, Florida – and ten reasons to hit them today.




Bossendorfer Lounge

325 S. Orange Ave

Located inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel, the Bossendorfer Lounge is aptly luxe. It’s one of the only places to sip a scotch and listen to the Imperial Bosendorfer Piano (one of only a few in the world). Live jazz, hot cocktails, and a sumptuous atmosphere make this a spot to remember.

The Imperial at Washburn Imports

800 N. Orange Ave and 116 N. First. St, Sanford

It’s a store, but it’s also your favorite bar located within your favorite store, with plenty of great wines, beers and spirits to sip.  Shop for exclusive home furnishings, then stick around for a cocktail or two. And maybe, browse a little afterward.

Hanson’s Shoe Repair

27 E. Pine St

No, it’s not a place to get your worn heels replaced. It’s actually a cool speakeasy (and one of the 10 best bars in Orlando). And you actually have to call ahead, text or check the bar’s Twitter account to get the password to gain entrance. 

Aku Aku Tiki Bar

431 E. Central Blvd.

If authentic tiki is what you’re craving, then head to Aku Aku, where you can sip Zombies and Mai Tais in an authentically kitchy atmosphere. The good rum abounds here. It’s located right above the Stardust Lounge.

The Guest House

1321 N. Mills St

Light and airy, this fern-filled bar is the perfect place to chillax. Atmospheric yet not over the top, this is a place where you can quaff contently. Especially if you want to sip craft cocktails.

The Matador

724 Virginia Dr

The environs of The Matador are dive-bar-meets-hipster hangout, and it’s a good meld of the two. Enjoy a beer and a shot, or get something crafted with tinctures and elixirs. 

Oblivion Tap Room

5101 E. Colonial Dr

Yeah, you can get some good grub at this pub, but everyone comes here for the beer. With 40 tap lines and too many bottles to count, this is where brew lovers congregate.

The Courtesy

114 N. Orange Ave

Dating back to the Prohibition era, this is where all cocktails are handcrafted. It’s also a place where you can learn how to make said handcrafted cocktails. And every so often, it also becomes a themed pop-up bar, too.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

Pleasure Island Boat Dock, Lake Buena Vista

The story goes that Jock Lindsey was Indiana Jones’ pilot, and this theme is carried out well (which, you, of course, expect from Disney). A little bit of dive, a whole lotta show, this is a family-friendly tavern. And there are plenty of good drinks to be had, too.

Wally’s Mills Ave Liquors

1001 N Mills Ave

This is a true dive, a hole in the wall and a neighborhood tavern.  Open since 1954, it predates the mouse, and it’s a verifiable Orlando institution. Plus, it serves PBR in a can.

Cheat Sheet

Orlando is the place to be when you want to wet your whistle. Plan your next outing at the links below to enjoy drinks at the 10 best bars in Orlando, Florida: 

Tags: Food and Drink, Top 10 Guides Categories: Food + Drink, Top 10 Guides
Jeanette Hurt

Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. She's written for, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast,, and dozens more publications.

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