If you’ve ever listened to iconic musician Jimmy Buffet sing about the Sunshine State, then you already know that Florida isn’t afraid of anything with alcohol content. Orlando plays host to countless neighborhood bars, and you can find everything from small traditional pubs and back street karaoke bars to swanky dance venues and penthouse martini lounges. At night, every nook and cranny of the city come alive with music, dancing, live performances, and well, you name it. It almost seems like each establishment is trying to outdo the other in uniqueness; there is no lack of wild, weird, and wonderful places to sip your favorite potion. Because there are just so many cool places throughout this town, we’ve weeded through them for you and chosen the cream of the crop.
Orlando’s Best Local Bars
For an unusual, rollicking musical experience and creative drinks served in a bucket, head to Howl at the Moon. This is no ordinary piano bar. Featuring an upbeat party vibe and hilarious dueling piano shows, Howl at the Moon can’t be beat for a casual yet high-energy atmosphere full of fun and laughter.
Tobacco aficionados will love Alchemy Lounge. With a laid-back atmosphere of glowing lights and soft sofas, Alchemy Lounge is Orlando’s top hookah bar and offers over 75 kinds of tobacco along with a great selection of beer and wine.
Fans of board games and poetry will want to head to The Milk Bar Lounge, where you will find an impressive selection of international and domestic beer, poetry slams, live music, and an array of board games. There’s also an adorable wanna-be bartender there named Buddy, but he’s got limited abilities because he has no thumbs—he’s a dog!
For a super-cool underground (literally) bar with awesome live music and great drinks, check out Tanqueray’s, which now fills the largest cellar of any downtown building; the space was originally a 1920s bank vault.
On the opposite end of the vertical spectrum, head to The Monkey Bar martini lounge for spectacular views of downtown Orlando.
For a classic tavern atmosphere complete with taxidermy animal heads, kick back at The Lodge and enjoy a great selection of craft beers and cocktails.
No Holds Barred
During your Orlando vacation, the last thing you want to do at night is being holed up in a hotel room. Go out and experience as many of Orlando’s fantastic watering holes as you can! Though we’ve listed only a small fraction of the great bars in Orlando, our knowledgeable staff at Vacome can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Visit our Area Guide for more things to do in the Orlando area.