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Orlando Bars to Visit for a Fun Night Out

When it comes to finding the best bars in Orlando, Florida, there are plenty of places to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a drink with friends or somewhere to dance the night away, Orlando has something to offer everyone.

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Here is our list of the top bars in Orlando, based on customer feedback and our own personal experiences.

Best Bars in Orlando, FL

  1. The Courtesy
  2. Imperial Wine Bar
  3. Hanson’s Shoe Repair
  4. Mathers Social Gathering
  5. The Guesthouse
  6. The Woods
  7. Aku Aku Tiki Bar
  8. Player 1 Video Game Bar
  9. Crooked Can Brewing Company
  10. Gnarly Barley
  11. Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
  12. Lil Indie’s
  13. Redlight Redlight
  14. House of Blues Orlando
  15. The Hen House Bar
  16. M Bar

The Courtesy

114 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-450-2041
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Their handcrafted cocktails are made from spirits and ingredients of only the highest caliber. The wine and craft beer selection will bring variance and pleasure to every palate.

I really loved this place, so I’ll be coming back soon. When I was here I ordered the Four Founders with Scotch, Barrel Aged cachaca, Quinine Aperitifs, pineapple, and passionfruit bitters. Some other drinks that the bartender recommended were the La Quebrada, Margarita Gose, or Cinnabar Islands.


Imperial Wine Bar

1800 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-228-4992
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Neighborhood bar specializing in boutique wines, craft beers and classic cocktails. Enjoy a relaxed evening in one of their comfortable yet elegant surroundings. Cheers!

We dropped by this spot one night and had a blast! If you end up visiting this bar, I would try the Original Sin, Flying Monkeys, or Ravenous Pig.


Hanson’s Shoe Repair

27 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-476-9446
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Hanson’s is located at 27 E. Pine Street in a building that was erected in 1883-1884 with a nineteenth century commercial style. Andrew Hanson acquired it in 1894 for his “Hanson Shoe Repair Shop” which had Orlando’s first electric sign.

It is generally thought that this building may be the oldest building still standing in downtown Orlando.

This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Death In The Afternoon.


Mathers Social Gathering

30 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-486-3457
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A stylish, dark wood, exposed brick filled hideaway housed on the third floor of a vintage furniture store from the late 1800s. Mathers promotes group interaction in a sophisticated yet comfortable setting.

Their dapper bartenders use boutique spirits and seasonal fruit, with house made cordials, bitters, and syrups to create classic cocktails and modern libations.

We had so much fun at this place! My friends ordered the Old Fashioned and Toasted Almond, and I opted for The Phoenix. My drink came with  St. Germain, jalapeño, mango nectar, and lime.


The Guesthouse

1321 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-630-6574
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Craft cocktails in a chic, plant-filled bar with an outdoor area and a boisterous happy hour scene.

This spot served up some of the best drinks I’ve had and was so much fun. I came here with a group of friends and ordered the Hurricane with Passion fruit, simple syrup, grenadine, lemon juice, and dark Jamaican rum. My friends ordered the Tom Collins and Pain Killer.


The Woods

49 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-203-1114
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The Woods is a craft cocktail bar situated in the iconic Wall Street Plaza in Orlando! They bring a vibrant atmosphere, high quality drinks – from craft cocktails to local brews, and a fun addition to your night out. They have the best drinks no matter the occasion!

My all time favorite drink at this spot is the Snowfake Whispers. It comes with Hendrick’s gin, St. Germaine, house-made blackberry lemonade, bubbles and is absolutely delicious! I also tried the The Bogart and Wilky May which were equally as good.


Aku Aku Tiki Bar

431 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-839-0080
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Aku Aku is a tribute to one of the greatest eras in Tiki, the 1960’s . The Stardust Casino in glitzy Las Vegas opened its doors in 1958, soon after, it opened Aku Aku restaurant. With its beautiful tropical decor and its two Monolith Moais out front, it was the place to be, and the place to be seen.

The bartender at this spot recommended the Mai Tai with rhum agricole, blackwell jamaican, rhum creole shrubb, fresh lime, house orgeat, and mint, so I had to try it! The group of friends I was with ordered the Pupule Punch, Coconut Cocktail, and Planters Punch, Hemingway Daiquiri, and Fu Man Chu.


Player 1 Video Game Bar

8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836
Phone: 407-504-7521
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Combining video games and craft brews is not a new concept, however, they at Player 1 pride themselves on being THE place in Orlando to celebrate the video game industry while offering local and national support of craft breweries. 

This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Abita Mardi Gras.


Crooked Can Brewing Company

426 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Phone: 407-395-9520
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Built upon the founder’s passion for craft beer, Crooked Can Brewing Company is a local craft brewery built inside the Plant Street Market located in downtown Winter Garden, Florida. The brewery represents a unique image and creates a cultural following for a way of life.

The brand represents a free spirit, laid-back approach but with a purpose.


Gnarly Barley

1407 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-854-4999
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Gnarly Barley is a watering hole and sandwich bar located in Ivanhoe Village. We spent almost 10 years in our previous location in the Belle Isle neighborhood before moving north into a new space to bring better sandwiches, colder beers, and awesome drinks.

I really loved the drink I ordered, Negroni with campari, tanqueray, sweet vermouth, and orange peel. Our bartender also recommended a few of the other drinks on the menu; Zombie, Cherry Lime Mule, and Ology Gin N’ Tonic.


Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar

1610 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 407-490-1800
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Enjoy wines from acclaimed and well-known wineries as well as growing regions that are up-and-coming. Whether you are looking for a glass of wine on tap or an ounce of some of the finest wine in the world, they have something for everyone to enjoy.

Their menu features masterfully paired wine & food (small plates, family style entrees and more) as well as cocktails, spirits and beer.

When I came to this spot my friends ordered the Wake Up Call, American 75, and Seasonal Collins. I went for the Lil’ Tiki Too which was absolutely amazing. It’s a cocktail with George Dickel Rye, Ron Zacapa Rum, pimento dram, orgeat, and orange bitters.


Lil Indie’s

1036 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: None
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Conveniently connected to Will’s Pub. It’s intimate, cozy, non-smoking, and perfect for conversations, dates, and parties. Take over a couch and spend a quiet evening with one of their handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, or a glass of wine.

The Negroni was absolutely delicious and had New Amsterdam gin, campari, Cocchi Di Torino. Other great cocktails I tried were the Breezin’ Along, Beyond The Reef, and Hate Yourself. This spot is a must-visit!


Redlight Redlight

2810 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-893-9832
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They have 24 rotating draughts, including 8 House Brews, and 2 beer engines for cask-conditioned ales. They also have 250+ bottles, including a selection of vintage beers, and one of the best selections of sour beers in the southeast.

Here you should write about drinks you recommend trying – are there any that people mention often in the reviews? Do they have specials on certain nights of the week? You can also mention food if they offer food.


House of Blues Orlando

1490 E Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
Phone: 407-934-2623
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Discover the experience that is House of Blues Restaurant & Bar. Located in Disney Springs West Side, next to Cirque Du Soleil and The NBA Experience, their famous water tower sits as the beacon that can’t be missed.

Come in for unforgettable southern inspired cuisine and hand crafted cocktails sure to satisfy any taste bud.

On my visit I tried the Beast Of Bourbon with Knob Creek bourbon, maple syrup, chocolate bitters, and orange. It was absolutely amazing so I definitely recommend ordering this. Other drinks that sounded great were the Strawberry Fields, Barrel Aged, and Green Gator.


The Hen House Bar

11 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-849-9904
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At The Hen House, you can enjoy craft beers, unique liquors and their famous apple pie moonshine.

This little bar-dello is the perfect intimate escape in the middle of Wall St. Plaza to stop and grab a drink on your way to other pleasurable experiences…or grab a seat and stay a while.

My friends tried the South Side, Aviation, and Hanky Panky and loved them! I had the Bee’s Knees with St. Agustin gin, honey syrup, fresh lemon, lemon twist and it was delicious!


M Bar

2000 N Orange Ave #100, Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 321-430-1190
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The M Lounge is an upscale, rooftop bar and lounge where the locals and out of town guests can come to relax and wind down after work and stay into the late evening hours. Their attention to detail will not go unnoticed.

From entering through the glass elevators to getting your last drink, the “experience matters” throughout your entire visit.  Enjoy your nights with their craft cocktails, signature drinks, and bottle service, while listening to music in an intimate setting.

I highly recommend trying the Ponce Gimlet, Gold Rush, and New York Sour. My favorite cocktail was the Cucumber Gimlet with Wheatly vodka, sugar, lime, and cucumber.


Final Thoughts

We’ve given you the low-down on all our favorite bars in Orlando, so now it’s your turn to tell us which ones are your favorites!

Did we leave any of these off the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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