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The Essential Bar Hopping Guide to Downtown Orlando

Where to drink in the City Beautiful

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Bar hopping in Downtown Orlando? This list covers the essentials for a booze-filled romp around The City Beautiful. There’s something for everyone — no matter the color of one’s collar or the group’s sandal to shoe ratio. Here one can find a quality happy hour, a chill Thursday night, a dance floor of SYTYCD potentials and would-be-rejects alike– and definitely a common place to commiserate with locals.

The greatest thing about Orlando’s downtown bars is their proximity to others. This list is a “Use at your own risk” sort of list. It’s meant to inform and prepare those who can “solemnly swear that they are up to no good.”

Note: points are arranged geographically from north to south. Points are not rankings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Courtesy

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A first in the mixology movement in Orlando, The Courtesy is a must-stop in Downtown Orlando. Words that come to mind: dapper, on trend, and sophisticated. This place is not for the faint at heart, nor is it a place for those in a rush — like a first kiss, this place takes time.

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Lizzy McCormack's Irish Pub

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Home to the pudding shot and the occasional Irish fight song, it’s a must-stop for that alone. The cookies and cream pudding is always a safe bet, but plenty of other options as well. (Also home to a plethora of beers and loads of Jameson and other whiskeys and spirits too). Locals and out-of-towners alike enjoy this little Irish pub.

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The Lodge

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An Orlando staple, The Lodge embraces Christmas year-round, one designed by a drunk Clark Griswold. It’s less kitschy, and more of a colorfully lit, yuletide rager. Boasting all of the elements, it’s home to a photo booth, a punching bag game, and a perennial TV fireplace to keep the customers warm when the temps drop frighteningly below 70.

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Finnhenry’s Public House

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The Public House that started it all for owner and all-around badass Caitlin Barry Van Voorhis. Finnhenry’s is a combination of good times and bad decisions. The DJs are always mixing the best of every era while its signature “Dirty Finn” is a heated up pickle-back and whiskey delight.

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Wall Street Plaza

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Swap out the stockbrokers for bartenders, the investments for bar tabs, the Dow Jones for Dirty Bingo, and Orlando’s Wall Street might as well be in the Big Apple. The heart of downtown nightlife beats through this never-ending block party. The seven bars that line the street are as different as the days of the week; yet operate like a fine-oiled machine. Holidays and sporting events tend to bring out the whole city. For those who enjoy a good Sunday Funday, Wall Street will put them to the test.

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Casey's On Central

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Live music every night of the week, copious amounts of multi-flavored popcorn, and cheap booze — in a nutshell, that’s Casey’s. The drinks here are stronger than most and are best enjoyed on the outside patio after midnight; the people watching on Central should cost money it’s so good.

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Stagger Inn

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Who doesn’t love a cleverly named bar? Stagger Inn is a good ol’ time - tall boys (talking beer, not males, but there’s plenty of those there too), country music, and a dart machine. AND the best boiled peanuts in town. If you stagger in, be prepared to stagger out.

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Magnolia

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Magnolia is as close to a home grown Orlando bar as it gets. From the hatred of Dwight Howard to the eclectic mix of its patrons, Magnolia isn't a melting pot — it’s a carefully crafted cocktail with all the right ingredients. The proof is in the taste of its signature drink, the Magnolia. The owner Pat has carefully curated the bar’s décor with walls adorned with masked naked ladies, a freezer door with a painted frozen Han Solo, (both by local artists) and even a framed picture of the original cast of 90210.

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The Harp & Celt Irish Pub & Restaurant

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Epcot’s not the only place in Orlando to drink around the world. After entering through the doors of The Harp & Celt, one is immediately transported to what feels like a true Irish pub (minus the accents). With a significant selection of beers and malt whiskeys, this family-owned pub has a knack for authenticity. The Harp & Celt is by far the premier place in O-town to watch good footie.

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Mathers Social Gathering

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Albeit rather new, there’s not a better-dressed place than Mather’s downtown. From dress code to décor, no one does it classier. The attention to detail is noticeable down to the doorknobs. The drink list is a page taken out of a bartender’s dream manual. The music: Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and10000 percent worth the effort of looking sharp. Tip: Note the hours of operation.

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Hanson's Shoe Repair

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Hanson’s Shoe Repair was Orlando’s first speakeasy in recent years, opening in 2013. It was creatively and aptly named after the space’s original function circa 1883, a shoe repair. Hanson’s is located on the third floor, accessible only by a code word, and houses a large bar inside and a 35-person seating area outside, nestled amongst some of The City Beautiful’s taller buildings. Home to craft cocktails and classic cocktails alike, Hanson’s is no doubt helping to put Orlando on the map in the cocktail world.

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Bullitt Bar

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Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots… (everybody). Also — bottle service, and the latest in hip-hop or electronic, this is Bullit Bar. Don’t sleep on noticing the artwork and/or the naked girl wallpaper. This place is popular more oft than not, especially on weekends and often times, home to Orlando’s local celebrity athletes.

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The Basement Orlando

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Home to loaded Caprisuns and free beer on UCF gamedays, The Basement is the downtown home of many a college kids. Here it’s the more, the merrier. (PS Double-fisting is totally acceptable). While some Orlandoans still miss Pine Street Bar & Grill, The Basement has a recipe for success for the newer wave of twenty-somethings.

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Tanqueray's

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Think of Cheers, but only if Ted Danson, Shelley Long and Rhea Perlman chain-smoked cigarettes and drank craft beer. This basement bar is a downtown gem that never disappoints. Their Monday reggae nights are a high note on an otherwise slow Orlando evening. Tanquerey’s has the funk — in every good sense of the word.

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Church Street District

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Where do Orlando City supporters hang out on game day? None other than the historic Church Street District. Whether watching footie at the new Lion’s Pride, grabbing a bucket o’ Heines at Harry Buffalo, or grabbing a beer and a bite at Ferg’s Depot, Church Street is finally coming back to life and Orlando fans couldn’t be happier about it.

Photo Credit: Demilio Photography

The Courtesy

Photo credit: The Courtesy

A first in the mixology movement in Orlando, The Courtesy is a must-stop in Downtown Orlando. Words that come to mind: dapper, on trend, and sophisticated. This place is not for the faint at heart, nor is it a place for those in a rush — like a first kiss, this place takes time.

Photo credit: The Courtesy

Lizzy McCormack's Irish Pub

Photo Credit: Orlando Weekly

Home to the pudding shot and the occasional Irish fight song, it’s a must-stop for that alone. The cookies and cream pudding is always a safe bet, but plenty of other options as well. (Also home to a plethora of beers and loads of Jameson and other whiskeys and spirits too). Locals and out-of-towners alike enjoy this little Irish pub.

Photo Credit: Orlando Weekly

The Lodge

Photo Credit: MyOrlandoGuru.com

An Orlando staple, The Lodge embraces Christmas year-round, one designed by a drunk Clark Griswold. It’s less kitschy, and more of a colorfully lit, yuletide rager. Boasting all of the elements, it’s home to a photo booth, a punching bag game, and a perennial TV fireplace to keep the customers warm when the temps drop frighteningly below 70.

Photo Credit: MyOrlandoGuru.com

Finnhenry’s Public House

Photo Credit: Interstruct

The Public House that started it all for owner and all-around badass Caitlin Barry Van Voorhis. Finnhenry’s is a combination of good times and bad decisions. The DJs are always mixing the best of every era while its signature “Dirty Finn” is a heated up pickle-back and whiskey delight.

Photo Credit: Interstruct

Wall Street Plaza

Photo Credit: Orlando Weekly

Swap out the stockbrokers for bartenders, the investments for bar tabs, the Dow Jones for Dirty Bingo, and Orlando’s Wall Street might as well be in the Big Apple. The heart of downtown nightlife beats through this never-ending block party. The seven bars that line the street are as different as the days of the week; yet operate like a fine-oiled machine. Holidays and sporting events tend to bring out the whole city. For those who enjoy a good Sunday Funday, Wall Street will put them to the test.

Photo Credit: Orlando Weekly

Casey's On Central

Photo Credit: Casey's on Central

Live music every night of the week, copious amounts of multi-flavored popcorn, and cheap booze — in a nutshell, that’s Casey’s. The drinks here are stronger than most and are best enjoyed on the outside patio after midnight; the people watching on Central should cost money it’s so good.

Photo Credit: Casey's on Central

Stagger Inn

Photo Credit: YouTube

Who doesn’t love a cleverly named bar? Stagger Inn is a good ol’ time - tall boys (talking beer, not males, but there’s plenty of those there too), country music, and a dart machine. AND the best boiled peanuts in town. If you stagger in, be prepared to stagger out.

Photo Credit: YouTube

Magnolia

Photo Credit: MyOrlandoGuru.com

Magnolia is as close to a home grown Orlando bar as it gets. From the hatred of Dwight Howard to the eclectic mix of its patrons, Magnolia isn't a melting pot — it’s a carefully crafted cocktail with all the right ingredients. The proof is in the taste of its signature drink, the Magnolia. The owner Pat has carefully curated the bar’s décor with walls adorned with masked naked ladies, a freezer door with a painted frozen Han Solo, (both by local artists) and even a framed picture of the original cast of 90210.

Photo Credit: MyOrlandoGuru.com

The Harp & Celt Irish Pub & Restaurant

Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

Epcot’s not the only place in Orlando to drink around the world. After entering through the doors of The Harp & Celt, one is immediately transported to what feels like a true Irish pub (minus the accents). With a significant selection of beers and malt whiskeys, this family-owned pub has a knack for authenticity. The Harp & Celt is by far the premier place in O-town to watch good footie.

Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

Mathers Social Gathering

Photo credit: Orlando Weekly

Albeit rather new, there’s not a better-dressed place than Mather’s downtown. From dress code to décor, no one does it classier. The attention to detail is noticeable down to the doorknobs. The drink list is a page taken out of a bartender’s dream manual. The music: Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and10000 percent worth the effort of looking sharp. Tip: Note the hours of operation.

Photo credit: Orlando Weekly

Hanson's Shoe Repair

Photo Credit: 10Best.com

Hanson’s Shoe Repair was Orlando’s first speakeasy in recent years, opening in 2013. It was creatively and aptly named after the space’s original function circa 1883, a shoe repair. Hanson’s is located on the third floor, accessible only by a code word, and houses a large bar inside and a 35-person seating area outside, nestled amongst some of The City Beautiful’s taller buildings. Home to craft cocktails and classic cocktails alike, Hanson’s is no doubt helping to put Orlando on the map in the cocktail world.

Photo Credit: 10Best.com

Bullitt Bar

Photo Credit: Bullitt Bar

Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots… (everybody). Also — bottle service, and the latest in hip-hop or electronic, this is Bullit Bar. Don’t sleep on noticing the artwork and/or the naked girl wallpaper. This place is popular more oft than not, especially on weekends and often times, home to Orlando’s local celebrity athletes.

Photo Credit: Bullitt Bar

The Basement Orlando

Photo Credit: MyOrlandoGuru.com

Home to loaded Caprisuns and free beer on UCF gamedays, The Basement is the downtown home of many a college kids. Here it’s the more, the merrier. (PS Double-fisting is totally acceptable). While some Orlandoans still miss Pine Street Bar & Grill, The Basement has a recipe for success for the newer wave of twenty-somethings.

Photo Credit: MyOrlandoGuru.com

Tanqueray's

Photo Credit: Orlando Weekly

Think of Cheers, but only if Ted Danson, Shelley Long and Rhea Perlman chain-smoked cigarettes and drank craft beer. This basement bar is a downtown gem that never disappoints. Their Monday reggae nights are a high note on an otherwise slow Orlando evening. Tanquerey’s has the funk — in every good sense of the word.

Photo Credit: Orlando Weekly

Church Street District

Photo Credit: Demilio Photography

Where do Orlando City supporters hang out on game day? None other than the historic Church Street District. Whether watching footie at the new Lion’s Pride, grabbing a bucket o’ Heines at Harry Buffalo, or grabbing a beer and a bite at Ferg’s Depot, Church Street is finally coming back to life and Orlando fans couldn’t be happier about it.