10 Great Bars in Orlando to Check Out

October 15, 2018 0 0

One of Florida’s most popular cities may be best known as home to Disney World, but there are also a ton of leisure activities that don’t involve children here — and many (or maybe most) of them can be enjoyed in the best bars in Orlando, FL. If you’re looking for a place to grab a quick drink or chill out for the evening sans kids, our list has it. Check out Eden Bar for a fix before you hit the movies, or Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour if you’re a beer lover. There are also exclusive spots such as The Treehouse or Hanson’s Shoe Repair, if you’re in the mood for some signature cocktails. There’s many more to soak up, though, so take a look at the following list of several of the best bars in Orlando, Florida, and you’ll never be unsure about where to spend the evening again in town when you’re there.

Hanson’s Shoe Repair

27 E Pine St

This former cobbler’s shop has become one of the most exclusive speakeasies in Orlando. It only holds about 30 people, and you’ll have to DM them via Twitter to get the password for entry, but the extra steps will be worth it. The bar is evocative of the Roaring Twenties, with a rotation of craft cocktails made with whiskey, bourbon and gin (or, if you prefer, keep it simple, and go with an IPA). Get there when doors open at 8 p.m. if you want to snag a seat but leave your jeans at home — there’s a dress code.

Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour

2810 Corrine Dr

Redlight is the place to be if you prefer beer to Bellinis. There are 250 bottles available to customers, stuff like Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, Funky Buddha IPA, Perrin Gold, and more, and over 23 rotating drafts on tap. The menu is separated into categories such as “budget beer suggestions,” pale lagers, brown ales, “for non-beer lovers,” etc. And if you really can’t decide, there’s a very knowledgeable bartender on-call at all times to help you out, which really makes this one of the best bars in Orlando, Florida.

BART

1205 N Mills Ave

The owners of BART knew beer retro-arcade games and local artwork on the walls would be a winning combination. With a nod to nostalgia, patrons can relive their childhood  — with an adult spin. There are cans of Abita Amber, bottles of Bell’s Oberon, and cider like Crispin Honey Crisp. Enjoy it all while playing some Pac-Man, Asteroids, Frogger, and more.

The Monkey Bar

26 Wall St, 2nd Floor

The Monkey Bar is a classy cocktail lounge with a tropical twist. More low-key than neighboring bars, you’ll find sleek patrons ready to get their drink on. Order a hurricane or a Bunny Blue martini and make your way out onto the balcony that overlooks scenic Downtown. Save room for dessert, because this place has some of the best ice cream sandwiches in town.

Wally’s Mills Ave. Liquors

1001 N Mills Ave

The dive-leaning Wally’s is an Orlando institution, so this is where you want to go to get a stiff pour in a smoke-filled room. Come as you are, listen to ’80s rock music, and appreciate the rated-R décor plastered all over the walls. Stop by on Mondays for $2 PBR tallboys or Tuesdays for 16-oz. Rolling Rocks with a Fireball shot for $7, and you’ll inevitably end up hearing crazy stories from the locals.

Aku Aku Tiki Bar

431 E Central Blvd

The Hawaiian theme at Aku Aku makes the place feel like a neverending vacation. Tke kitschy decor is an ode to tiki culture, and the drinks pack a powerful punch to match. Opt for a classic Mai Tai, or, the Volcano Bowl, which has six different types of rum and comes in 32 or 48 ounces and can be shared by up to four people. They only allow two drinks per person, but with 18 ounces of rum and Bacardi 151, you’ll probably be set with one.

The Matador

724 Virginia Dr

The Matador is somewhere between a cocktail bar and a dive. You could come here for a craft cocktail but still enjoy the easy-going and cozy vibes. Stop by before 8 p.m. for happy hour and try a Pimm’s Cocktail or a Venus In Furs for $6 on  the outside patio, a spot will almost always hopping with people ready for a good time.

Eden Bar

1300 S Orlando Ave, Maitland

If you’re looking to catch a movie at the Enzian Theater, stop by Eden Bar beforehand. It’s a great outdoor setting for when the weather’s nice, and there are specials every day. On Monday, get a pint of Yuengling for $3 or a $6 whiskey sour, $6 margaritas on Wednesday, and weekends boast $8 moscow mules or $5 IPA pints. Either way, pair your drink with nachos, chilli fries, or edamame, and kick back before you hit your next spot for the evening.

The Treehouse

68 E Pine St

The Treehouse will undoubtedly bring back memories from that oh-so-secret spot you had as a kid. Walk up stairs with fake grass carpeting, and through branches that frame the doorway into a wood-paneled room that smells like pine needles. Try a signature cocktail, maybe a Green Tea Mojito, a Blackberry Lemonade, or a shot of moonshine. There’s only room for less than 20 people, so aim for a weeknight if you’re looking to miss the crowds.

The Imperial

1800 N Orange Ave

There aren’t too many bars that are housed inside furniture stores, so you should definitely jump at the opportunity to visit The Imperial. Located within Washburn Imports, not only can you get some great drinks, but everything on display is also on sale. You’ll find beer like Head Hunter IPA, 5 Lizard Wit, and Founders Porter in addition to white and red wine like Point North Pinot Noir and Titus. If you’re hungry they also serve bar food like angus beef sliders or charcuterie and cheese and, who knows, you may even go home with some new décor.

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Christina Elia

Assistant editor Christina Elia is currently pursuing her BA in Art History Communications at Fordham University, and writes about various topics ranging from arts and culture to practical tips and how-to advice. She has been published on online platforms such as The Odyssey. You can follow her on Twitter via @stinaelia

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