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College Guide 2014

Watering holes

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UCF college haunts

Knight Library
11448 University Blvd., knightlibrary.com
Named one of the top college bars in the country by thedailymeal.com, Knight Library has four bars, beer pong, tons of drink specials and notoriously gross bathrooms, just like any respectable college bar should.

Knights Pub
3910 Alafaya Trail, 407-382-4171, knightspuborlando.com
One of the newer UCF-area bars, Knights Pub caters to the college crowd: DJ nights, game-day specials and weekly drink specials that’ll be easy on the average college student’s wallet.

The Moat Sports Grille
4250 Alafaya Trail, 407-542-4938, themoatsportsgrille.com
Tons of craft beers, plus domestics and beer “floats” and drinks. Get half off all craft and import drafts and $1 off craft and import bottles on Thursdays.

Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery
11650 University Blvd.,
tiltedkilt.com
Pub grub and cold beer served in an Irish/Scottish-themed bar, with college-aged waitresses wearing kilts.

Tried and true downtown hangs

Finnhenry’s
39 N. Orange Ave., 407-648-0100, finnhenrys.com
A little more neighborly
appreciation of sports can
be found downtown at Finnhenry’s, where a halo of TVs displaying an array of sporting events rings the central bar. The pub is a throwback to old public houses of yore, sporting cozy high-top tables and tons of bar seating.

The Celt Irish Pub
25 S. Magnolia Ave., 407-481-2928, harpandcelt.com
You like wood? Like lots of it? How about some awesome beer? Well, the Celt bids you “céad míle fáilte” and it’s the closest downtown Orlando gets to a genuine Irish pub experience. Pound a plate of Irish nachos, slide over a few pints of Guinness, and you won’t want to be anywhere else for the rest of the evening – probably because your legs will stop working at some point. This traditional Celtic haven feels like home from the moment you walk through the door till you part ways and stumble on home. 

Independent Bar
70 N. Orange Ave.
407-839-0457
independentbar.net
I-Bar is hipster central; there’s no other way to put it, which makes it a target for teasing, sure, but it also means that you always have a story to tell after a night there.

Wall Street Plaza
19 N. Orange Ave.,
407-849-0471, wallstplaza.net
Special occasions, from New Year’s Eve to Oktoberfest, belong to this meeting place for the masses. Located at the epicenter of downtown Orlando, and always throbbing with music, booze and vitality, Wall Street Plaza and its eight venues take up an entire city block, but it’s easy to navigate, heavy on drink specials and stocked with eye candy for all. It’s not exactly upscale, but it gets the job done with laughter, music and a hangover souvenir.

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