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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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The Hideaway Bar

The Hideaway Bar
516 Virginia Drive, 407-898-5892,thehideawaybar.net
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. – JBY

Johnny's Fillin' Station
2631 S. Ferncreek Ave., 407-894-6900, johnnysfillinstation.com
South Orlando's mecca of burgers and beer is just about as representative of what Orlando really is as anything out there – and not so much the dolled-up aspirations of what it wants to be. On any given evening, you'll find the bar regulars and regular bartenders (all know each other's names, of course) propped up against the bar. Beer selections run the whole gamut in price and quality here. In the dress-down restaurant area surrounding, folks from all walks of life – polite families to raucous bartenders to gossiping co-workers – gnaw at beef patties and are routinely drowned out by the digital jukebox and endless sports on overhead televisions. More than likely, your server will be a pretty woman with some sass, because that's a model that seems to work. Makes the beer taste better! – BM

Wing Shack
4650 E. Michigan St., 407-381-4798, wingshack.com
Wings and beer. They go together like … well, wings and beer. And when you want wings and beer, you generally want a few more things to make the experience what it should be: cold lager, an affable and lively crowd and a bar that's homey enough that you can enjoy both with relish (not self-consciousness). Wing Shack is, pretty much, the quintessential non-chain sports bar/wing joint, and when we're in the mood for two things – wings and beer – it's our go-to. – ES

Graffiti Junktion
900 E. Washington St., 407-426-9503, graffitijunktion.com
There's something magical about Graffiti Junktion in Thornton Park. Where else can you find such an explosively diverse combo of culture? Need a bro-tastic bro-fest bar for sports-viewing? Done. Hipster hangout for the artsy-fartsy types? Sure! Feeling fabulous? BAM, it's a gay bar. The beer is cheap, the food is great, and you may even meet a few new pals along the way. Graffiti Junktion also harbors some of the nicest bar staff in town. If you're in the area, it's a local luxury that you can't afford to miss. Eat, drink and black out around good friends! – AM

Lone Cabbage Fish Camp
8199 State Road 520, Cocoa, 321-632-4199, twisterairboatrides.com/cabbage.htm
Lone Cabbage is much closer than it seems – just head east on Colonial Drive, and you'll quickly learn why this spot is so favored among those who stumble upon it. The bar is set up almost like a picnic area in a state park, and the primary clientele includes bikers and families headed out for airboat rides. If you avoid the lure of the dock and sit instead at a wooden table along the pier, you get a tranquil view of the tall reeds lining the St. Johns River with the sun on your back and a freshwater breeze. Attentive, friendly staff in T-shirts and jeans notice when your beer gets low, treating every straggler who wanders in with an unabashed and automatic familiarity. Careful, though, it's easy for beers to add up in that way they tend to do at family BBQs. – AB

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