Outdoor drinking in Orlando
Places with cool patios and hot rooftop decks
Published: December 25, 2013
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) hanging out at the bar, and the outdoor beer shed and covered deck at Johnny’s “other side” are always hopping in nice weather – especially on Tuesday nights, when all food and drinks are half off. Beer selections run the gamut in price and quality here.
33 W. Church St., 407-649-4270, churchstreetbars.com
Rise above the hanging humidity on Church Street: Climb the stairs to the rooftop bar at Latitudes, where misting fans and fresh air are in plentiful supply. Practice aerial people-watching while downing the cold stuff on Saturday nights.
The Lucky Lure
1427 N. Orange Ave., 407-250-6949, facebook.com/theluckylureorlando
This nautical-inspired watering hole is entirely outdoors, albeit covered and loaded with cooling fans, and offers a wide-open view of bustling North Orange Avenue. Patrons can partake in games of foosball, and behind the bar are TVs that play extreme sports videos of surfers and snowboarders. You can enjoy a cocktail at Lucky Lure while overlooking the picturesque Lake Ivanhoe across the street. Add in the Bob Marley and Red Hot Chili Peppers playlist, and you’ll feel like you’re right at the shore.
Wildside Bar and Grill BBQ
700 E. Washington St., 407-872-8665, wildsidebbq.com
Wildside’s bar is a casual hangout for those who want a beer after dinner in Thornton Park. An inside bar with adjacent outside seating makes it a prime spot for people–watching – or dog-watching – in one of the city’s most pleasantly walkable neighborhoods.