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Orlando bars where fun is always on tap

Video game bars, bowling and drinking, drag queens and more

Photo: Kings Bowl, License: N/A

Kings Bowl

Photo: Hamburger Mary's, License: N/A

Hamburger Mary's

This gay-friendly burger joint is a lively, campy downtown hangout. On Tuesdays, play Hambingo with Orlando fave drag queens Miss Sammy and Carol Lee; on Wednesdays play trivia with Doug Bowser, and on Sundays, experience a drag show at brunch. Cabaret shows, fun and games, drink specials and more, served up alongside a hearty menu of sloppy burgers, fried foods and more.

8967 International Drive, 407-426-7555, icebarorlando.com

The largest permanent ice bar in the United States is right here in Orlando and features 50 tons of carved ice. Coats and gloves are provided, or if you’re feeling fancy, you can rent furs to wear inside for $10. Once you’re done cooling your heels, warm up in the adjacent Fire Lounge, where resident DJs spin the hits.

Kings Bowl
8255 S. International Drive, Suite 120, 407-363-0200, kingsbowlamerica.com/orlando

High-end amenities, like automated scoring computers, elaborate lighting and private rooms with their own lanes, make this bowling bar-restaurant more than just another bowling alley. Kings serves an extensive scratch-made menu and unusual alcoholic offerings.

Plaza Cinema Café
155 S. Orange Ave., 407-982-5444, cobbtheatres.com

The only movie theater in downtown Orlando, the Plaza Cinema Café offers a full beer and wine menu, so you can imbibe to your heart’s content while catching the latest flicks.

2428 E. Robinson St., 407-228-0804, facebook.com/spacebarorlando

An arcade bar was just the addition the Milk District needed, so you could say that Spacebar truly filled a gap on the strip. With a broad selection of craft beers in cans and bottles, you’ll enjoy the out-of-this-world-themed pinball machines or a heated battle of Marvel vs. Capcom for both a good brew and a good time. Music nerds - keep an ear out for their Bring Your Own Vinyl nights you won’t want to miss.

Downtown Disney, 1494 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 407-938-7467, splitsvillelanes.com

This massive Downtown Disney bowling alley features two floors, 30 bowling lanes and five bars, as well as billiards, a restaurant and a patio.

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