Summer Guide 2014
What‘s your favorite place to drink outdoors in Orlando?
We tell you about some of our favorite outdoor drinking destinations. Tell us about yours in the comments.
Published: May 28, 2014
Hanson’s Shoe Repair
27 E. Pine St., hansonsshoerepair.com
Everybody loves Hanson’s for its remarkably well-done speakeasy theming and its dedication to making amazing craft cocktails, but seriously – have you been out on their rooftop deck? It’s a little bit rustic, very chic and comfortable, and it’s currently one of our favorite outdoor bar spaces in town to sip a perfectly mixed craft concoction.
Drink this: The menu changes frequently, but you really can’t go wrong. Unless you only drink vodka, because they don’t serve it here at all. – Erin Sullivan
Barley and Vine Biergarten
2406 E. Washington St., barleyandvineorlando.com
The patio at Barley and Vine is one of our town’s newest hangout spots, but it instantly feels like home. With picnic tables that look as if they’ve been plucked from backyards around town (but are actually handcrafted by the bar’s owner), it’s an ideal spot to bring a crowd of friends or to go alone to get some summer reading done while sipping on the bar’s huge selection of craft beers. They cook out on Sundays, so show up to claim free food from a different chef each week. The bottle selection is exciting, but don’t neglect the beers on draught. Since the bar is still new, the tap lines are clear as a summer’s day.
Drink this: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.
– Ashley Belanger
1913 N. Orange Ave., savoyorlando.com
Sure, you could stick to the ice-cold air-conditioned excess of giant flatscreens and loud music and go-go boys dancing on boxes inside – and who could blame you for wanting to catch up on closed-captioned episodes of Jeopardy? – but just out back, behind the darting eyes of men who want certain things, Savoy boasts a lovely patio area perfect for more casual drinking and conversation. The owners have recently juiced up the joint, removing some of the cruise-y cruise ship chandelier vibe, and the staff is super-nice (meaning hot). Anyway, summer drinks are made for hidden patios like this.
Drink this: A screwdriver, of course. – Billy Manes
802 Virginia Drive, santiagosbodega.com
A large and welcoming brick patio filled with tables, some umbrella-topped, makes this Orlando outpost of the popular Key West tapas bar a prime summer-evening spot. The location near the corner of Virginia and Mills offers just enough street life to feel pleasantly urban; the conversations
at the tables around yours waft by in an array of various accents; and the sangria is justifiably famous. (It’s also a bit pricey, but the extensive wine list will satisfy most tastes/wallets, and there’s beer and mixed drinks as well.) If it’s not too hot to eat, Santiago’s tapas menu is one of the best in town.
Drink this: Sangria. – Jessica Bryce Young
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