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Our favorite Orlando beer joints

These bars may not have the craft cachet but provide the perfect backdrop for just drinking a beer

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Burton's Bar

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The Hideaway Bar


Wekiva Island
1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood, 407-862-1500, wekivaisland.com
Remember when you were a kid and you'd go on vacation with your family? Remember how, inevitably, the dads would always gravitate in the evening toward the dock to casually cast their lines in the water and drink beer? Wekiva Island reminds us of those lazy evenings. Sit at the bar, situated at this old marina-meets-fish-camp-meets-Jimmy-Buffett-style hangout on the Wekiva River, or get your beer in a plastic cup, sit on the deck and let the water mesmerize you while you soak up some sun and sip some suds. It can get a little crazy on the weekends, but when it's not slammin', it's relaxing, therapeutic and downright Floridian. – Erin Sullivan

The Caboose
1827 N. Orange Ave., 407-898-7733, facebook.com/thecaboosebar
The reason people love dive bars isn't (just) because they're cheap. (We should state here that "dive bar," is, for us, a term of extreme affection.) No, the thing about a dive bar is that there's no barrier to entry, so there's no telling who you might meet. You go to a place with bottle service, you know exactly who you're going to meet. The Caboose, smack in the middle of Ivanhoe Village, is definitely the cheapest bar in its immediate neighborhood, and its eclectic clientele reflects that – specials like nickel beers or one-price all-you-can-drink happy hours draw in the fixed-gear-bike crowd, who mesh perfectly with the Nascar-watchers with eyes glued to the TV screens, who have no problem with the cheap-sangria-drinking girls or the neighborhood shopkeeps shooting a quick game of pool. Did we mention that the beers on tap are cold, American and cheap? Just the way we like it. – Jessica Bryce Young

Burton's Bar
801 E. Washington St., 407-425-3720
But for the scare that it was going to close back in 2007 – potentially shutting the door on one of downtown Orlando's longest-lived liver-hardening establishments – Burton's has continued to be Thornton Park's only daytime-drinking bar with nighttime hair-of-the-dog tendencies. However, there has been a palpable evolution from the old Budweiser-at-3-p.m. crowd in recent years, as the ironic act of slumming it in the middle of a tony brick-paved neighborhood has gained steam. These days (and mostly nights, really) you'll find a sort of frat-boy/sports-bar crowd mingling with some pretty girls and some rough boys around the pool tables and large-screen televisions, all with cheap beers in hand. It's clearly no-frills and faintly divey, but then it always has been. And that's a relief. – Billy Manes

Sportstown Billiards
2414 E. Robinson St., 407-894-6528, facebook.com/sptstown
Whether you're playing the game or playing spectator, when it comes to leisure activities, like pingpong or pool, it only seems right to play with a beer in hand. Sportstown Billiards, a dark watering hole tucked along the funky commercial strip known as the Milk District, certainly keeps the competitive crowd occupied – and beer is the name of the game here (there's beer and wine, but no liquor). Not only do they have an extensive list of craft beers on the menu and ridiculously cheap beer specials (like $1.50 PBRs on Tin Tuesdays), this place also houses a horde of pool tables, corn-hole areas, arcade games, skee-ball and every board game in between. You could totally hole up for the entire night with a few brews at a place like Sportstown, where fellow bar patrons are more worried about who's got the next shot than the name on the label of your beer bottle. – AV

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