Orlando craft beer bars
A sampling of places to get the best brews in town
Published: December 25, 2013
819 E. Washington St., 407-423-3060, facebook.com/thefalconbar
When this little corner bar/gallery opened in 2011, it threw all the rules about how to “do” bar nights out the window – anything goes at the Falcon, from PBR-inspired art shows to parties celebrating the release of the Taco Bell Doritos Locos taco to dark-wave music nights where Joy Division, not Deadmau5, is on heavy rotation.
Frank & Steins
150 S. Magnolia Ave., 407-412-9230, frankandsteins.com
Frank & Steins is the perfect craft beer bar for average people who like regular bars but want above-average beer. It’s stocked with games, billiards, shuffleboard and more, and there’s tons of beer to choose from – more than 330 craft beers, plus wine, sake and food.
The Hourglass Brewery
255 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood, 407-262-0056, thehourglassbrewery.com
Hourglass Brewery packs their tiny taproom thanks to a vigorous cycle of sours, stouts and other acts of brewing whimsy. New beers are added on Mondays, and on Tuesdays you can sample drafts for just 50 cents.
The Gnarly Barley
7431 S. Orange Ave., 407-854-4999, thegnarlybarley.com
This roadhouse serves great food and drink. This pub features 16 beers on tap and a menu full of hangover preventers (or cures).
Keg ’n’ Cork
1566 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-951-8706, facebook.com/kncwp
This bar opened in the space that used to be the Winter Park Saloon (and before that, McRaney’s Tavern), and it promises to serve the finest in microbrews and boutique wines. Beers on offer are often posted to Facebook, and the live music, trivia nights and UCF Knights viewing parties also on tap here make for excellent drinking companions.
1036 N. Mills Ave., willspub.org
For the most part, you can expect to go in there, nestle into a booth with faux lanterns and order your drinks in a cozy environment where you’re not necessarily screaming over the band to have a conversation with your drinking buddies. But, on select nights, the bar becomes a venue for mostly smaller scale shows, like string bands, jazz solos and one-man bands.
The Milk Bar
2424 E. Robinson St.
For affordable availability, it’s hard to beat the Milk District. Multi-page menus of sub-$5 beers, nightly specials and DIY board-game entertainment at Milk Bar mean you can try several new beers for less than $10 and remember you’re a badass at Connect Four.