Is wine fine? Or is whiskey quicker? Love tiki culture? Live music? Or the idea of drinking at Disney? Orlando has unique bars of all stripes – from chic haunts to neighborhood dives to places where you can buy the chair you're sitting in if you're so inclined!
Check out this list of some of the best bars in Orlando to find the next place for you and your friends to hang out.
The Imperial at Washburn Imports is a favorite Ivanhoe Village stop for folks with a hankering for home goods – dining sets to coffee tables, headboards to home décor – with the added cache of being a gorgeous wine bar.
Folks congregate here nightly for amazing wine and craft beer, sophisticated bar bites and a gorgeous atmosphere of exotic goods from India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and beyond. Be careful drinking, though, or you may go home with a brand-new armoire!
Redlight, Redlight is an Audubon Park Garden District stronghold for craft beer. They've been cited in publications nationwide since 2005 for their selection and knowledge and began making their own craft brew in the years since. Sours, ales, stouts – even mead! You'll find it all here, plus some of the city's best food trucks.
Loud tunes, a lot of drinking and all kinds of performing arts (you might even find a family-friendly wrestling event on the right day) are always on tap at Will's Pub, a Mills 50 stronghold for independent music since 1995.
It's fun. It's come-as-you-are. It's an undeniable local favorite.
There's more than one place to do so in Orlando, but we're isolating the Pinball Lounge in Oviedo, a UCF-approximate town in the Eastern end of the Orlando metro. Not only is it open seven nights a week for your pinballing pleasure, they also offer bowling!
They also have an extensive beer list (draft and bottles), plus wine and mixed offerings. This lounge is located inside the charmingly-overdue-for-a-makeover Oviedo Bowling Center.
Orlando is nothing if not a city that appreciates good theming, so it makes sense that it would have a few bars that have taken their lead from the parks.
Frosty's Christmastime Lounge, in the heart of downtown, celebrates the snowiest of holidays even on those steamy Florida nights. When better to enjoy a “frosty" beverage, anyway?
Speakeasy chic may be somewhat overdone these days, but Hanson's Shoe Repair, a truly clandestine, intimate and charming space located downtown actually requires you know the password before entering. Call and leave a message for the nightly phrase.
There are no 7/10 splits at Aku Aku Tiki Bar. There are, however, giant shareable rum drinks like the Volcano Bowl. Comprised of six different rums, an amalgam of fruity juices and topped with Bacardi 151, it can be made to serve two to four people.
That's literal at ICEBAR Orlando, where the bar (at least the cold portion!) is kept well below freezing. Otherwise, the actual bar and most everything else will melt.
Coats and gloves come with the cover charge, Tuesday specials make the tourist-area prices reasonable and you can even bring kids 8 and up before 9 p.m. Warm up in the Fire Lounge afterward.
It's not, actually. In fact, it would take Captain Jack Sparrow an eon to get through the wall of vintage, specialty and other rums at the Strong Water Tavern.
Located inside the lovely Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort, flights, mixed drinks and more – along with some stellar food – are among its lures.
On Winter Park's tony Park Avenue, a premier wine bar awaits. The Wine Room's vibe is kind of Colorado lodge-y but tasting here is made more fun than usual via the enomatic wine dispensers. Fund your card, then use it to sample from seemingly countless bottles in pours from 1 oz. to 5 oz.
Or several. At Epcot’s famed La Cava del Tequila, you can sample flights, suck down exotic margaritas including their avocado, coffee or blood orange varieties or even impress Instagram followers with a video of you downing a mezcal-soaked scorpion – at a bar hidden inside a towering Mesoamerican-style pyramid. Open since 2009, it’s still a favorite among Disney-prone drinkers, and a mandatory stop for anyone who’s stamping an imbiber’s passport around the park’s World Showcase. The only thing … you need to pay for park admission to visit this bar.
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