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The Orlando bar scene is evergrowing with speakeasies, holiday themed bars, and craft breweries. Going to a bar has become so much more than just drinking. It's about socializing in a setting you enjoy. Whether you prefer a chill night or more lively one, this city has it all. There's truly something to fit everyone's needs.
Every date night has its own vibe. Sometimes we want to go somewhere intimate and sometimes we prefer the more social scene. This brewery fits somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.
It's pretty small but a cozy place to hang out with friends, drink some good beer and have some meaningful conversations. You can tell this is the spot to come to after work or on the weekends to wind down. My dark side loves the grim reaper decor hanging throughout the place. This spot is anything but dark though, it's very lively with people enjoying each others company with a good craft beer in hand.
If there's a cider on the menu, I have to get it so I ordered the Mango Cider (so good). It was the perfect blend of sweet and light. Duncan got the Punks in the Waiting Room which is a light house lager, something we usually go for.
Monday & Wednesday Closed
Tuesday & Thursday 3-10pm
The views alone are worth a visit to this Ivanhoe brewery. There's something about sipping a beer while watching the train go by that's so relaxing. I came here for the Guavacation (a guava beer) and it did not disappoint. If you have a taste for sours, then you'll love it!
As far as date nights go, I would say this place is more casual. It's the place you go to if you just want to meet up for a drink last minute. Right next to the brewery there's a slope that leads up to a parking lot. It overlooks the train track. We went up there and watched as the sunset and trains rode past us. It's such a beautiful hidden gem, I would've missed it if we didn't explore around the area.
Monday - Thursday 4pm-10pm
This is the ideal bar for an intimate date night. It's dim lighting, minimal decor, and soft background music sets the mood for you. I always enjoy their cocktails which range from $7-$10. I usually go for the Humming Bird, a very light and refreshing drink.
They have a patio out back equipped with string lights and an air stream. I've never been while the airstream is open, but they also serve drinks there occasionally. This is the optimal weather to enjoy cocktails outdoor. This bar is definitely on the more classy side so it's best for those days you want to dress up a bit.
Monday - Friday 4pm-2am
Saturday - Sunday 12pm-2am
Mathers Social Gathering
We're suckers for speakeasies. We love the vintage decor, quiet environment, and perfectly crafted cocktails. Mathers Social Gathering is definitely one of our favorites. We won't give away how to get in (that's the fun part), but I will tell you a huge hint is in these photos. Once inside, you'll notice the exposed brick, dim lighting, mix-matched furniture, and displays of old school pictures that are hung up on the walls. The building itself was constructed in the 1800s and was once home to a post office, music school, and a medical office.
Every drink is a unique concoction of goodness. I love the refreshing taste of their Frosé. On certain days, they have a burlesque show which is as much of a popular occurrence here as it was back in the day. The bartenders stick to the theme with their dress code, suspenders and button downs. This is the spot you come to if you want an intimate date night with a historic atmosphere and good drinks.
Monday & Sunday Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 4pm-2am
There isn't any other bar like this in Orlando, which is why we love it so much. Not only is it a speakeasy, but it's a rooftop speakeasy! In order to get in you have to get the password. If you don't know about this bar, it's very easy to miss it. You have to enter another bar to get to it.
Once inside you'll feel like you took a step into the past. The building itself is believed to be one of the oldest still standing in Orlando. Andrew Hanson acquired it in 1894 for his "Hanson Shoe Repair Shop". It's small and intimate which allows for just a few people inside at a time. You can tell that a lot of thought and work is put into the drinks. We love to come here when we're in the mood for a chill night downtown.
Monday - Thursday 8pm-2am
Saturday -Sunday 8pm-2am
There isn't a holiday I love more than Halloween. When I heard they were opening up a Halloween themed bar in Orlando I lost it. My favorite holiday ALL YEAR LONG!?? There's nothing that brings more joy to my heart. When I first stepped into the bar, it exceeded my expectations. A wall of masks greets you at the door and every corner has decor from a classic Halloween movie. The bartenders play the part of witches and every drink is like their own little potion. On some days, there's a performance on the main stage with a singer taking classic songs and giving them her own dark twist.
As if I didn't already love this place, they recently opened up a hidden bar inside. Again, I won't tell you how to get in but the pictures above have a huge clue. Once inside, you'll notice there's no drink menu. The bartender will make you a drink according to your taste. There's also a card reader on some nights. It's much darker in there and kind of gives you the chills in the best way. This bar is a must if you're into the darker things in life.
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 7pm-2am
Sunday - 12pm-2am
A craft beer bar with food trucks sounds like our ideal spot, which is why we love A La Cart so much. It has an open-air pavilion which gives you the option to sit indoors by the bar or outdoors in their courtyard. They have multiple mobile food vendors, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. We love getting food from Steak It Easy, a Brazilian barbecue food truck.
Inside, they have a bar with 15 taps. It's constantly rotating so every time we come, we get something different. They're always hosting events like Movie Mondays or Trivia Tuesdays. Sometimes we like to come here with our laptops to get some work done while sipping on a beer and enjoying the weather.
Sunday - Thursday 1130am-10pm
Friday & Saturday - 1130am-11pm
This bar is an antique car lovers dream. There are over 60 classic and rare vehicles for you to admire as soon as you walk through the door. It's truly impressive to see so many old school cars in one place. They even have a billiard table made from an old Mustang. You can play pool or vintage arcade games for free while enjoying an exceptional drink. I had an Aperol Spritz and Duncan opted for the Gold Rush, both very refreshing and light cocktails. We went during their happy hour which is from 4-8pm.
If you explore a little more, you'll find the rooftop. It's an open space with a bar and tons of seating. Rooftops aren't very common in Orlando, probably because it's always way too hot, but it's the perfect night time setting during this time of year. This bar is definitely on the more classy end of the spectrum so casual dressy attire is encouraged. It's the best spot in Orlando to take the car lovers in your life.
Monday - Thursday 4pm-11pm
Friday - 4pm-2am
Saturday - 11am-2am
Sunday - 11am-11pm
As Orlando grows, so does its night scene. Duncan and I love going to new bars after a long work week. It's the best way to wind down and enjoy the city life. Let us know about some of your favorite bars!