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Orlando’s neighborhood hangs, comfy dives and places to kick back

Bars and lounges where you can kick back while you throw one back

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Independent Bar

Dog-friendly patio? Check. Fried fish sandwiches? Check. Full liquor, should you feel the need for a shot to go with that PBR? Check and check. The Hideaway on Virginia Drive is the quintessential casual sports bar – it’s not Miller’s Ale House-intense, but there is a rabid Miami Dolphins allegiance that you won’t miss. The Hideaway is also that rare sports bar where artists, hairdressers and theater folk feel right at home – located walking distance from Lure Design, Halo Salon-Spa and the new home of the Varietease troupe, the Venue, the Hideaway is just as comfortable with its Andrew Spear murals and occasional hipster Worst Music parties as it is with shouty sports fans on a Sunday afternoon.

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.

Lizzy McCormack’s
55 N. Orange Ave., 407-426-8007, lizzymccormacks.com

Drunken camaraderie marks this Irish pub with one of the longest happy hours in downtown Orlando and one of the best atmospheres to boot. Pull up a barstool or sit out front to people-watch Orange Avenue. You don’t want to be anywhere else for St. Patrick’s Day.

Odin’s Den
1335 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, 407-644-3588, facebook.com/odinsdenwp

Odin’s Den is a treasured dive because their happy hour runs all day (noon to 7 p.m.) and includes free pool and cheap domestics. But what’s more, their “always” special serves up Yuenglings and Rolling Rocks any time you’re thirsty for just $3.

The Peacock Room
1321 N. Mills Ave., 407-228-0048, thepeacockroom.com

This neighborhood lounge has a bit of everything; quiet wine sipping corners, art shows, national DJs, drag shows and garage bands. It’s kind of a microcosm of the Mills 50 neighborhood in which it sits. It’s a laid back, local’s bar with artsy leanings and no pretense. They’re just there to have a good time and a good, strong drink.

Schumann’s Jäger Haus
25 W. Church St., 407-985-1950, schumannsjagerhaus.com

There’s a new German restaurant/bar downtown where you can sample some spaetzle while sipping on Schnapps or Spaten. An interesting menu combines traditional German cuisine, like schnitzel and wursts, with German-inspired sandwiches, salads, soups and burgers. Then there’s the drinking: eight German beers on tap, plus import and domestic bottles, wine and plenty of Schnapps.

Spatz Deli & Billiard Liquor
1025 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-3354, spatzwp.com

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