We've been saying Orlando has it all, and the bar scene is no different. This bustling, growing city has a long list of great places to sit back and enjoy a drink, from swanky rooftop bars to trendy mixology and live music.
Best Bars in Orlando
The Courtesy Bar | Cocktail Bar | Downtown Orlando
Head to downtown and revisit history in this prohibition era-inspired bar. Enjoy a sampling of flawlessly handcrafted classic cocktails, like their signature daiquiri and old fashioned. The Courtesy’s mixologists are so popular, they are regularly requested for Orlando’s high-end foodie and nightlife events. Safe to say their liquid craft creations are worth the hype, drop in and see for yourself.
Bosendorfer Lounge | Lounge Bar | Downtown Orlando
Step into this local favorite spot for chilled martinis and some smooth live Jazz. Located inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel, this five-star hotel bar is swelteringly sophisticated and imbued with a warm elegance that will make your night worthwhile.
One 80 Grey Goose Lounge | Lounge Bar | Downtown Orlando
Sit back atop Orlando’s Amway Arena and overlook the staggering views of the city. Praised for the same level of sophistication as South Beach’s top venues, One 80 Grey goose Lounge will afford you a night like no other in Orlando. Slink into your best dress and lounge in the leather couches inside or enjoy a premium drink under the Spire Tower to the beats of a live DJ.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville | Cocktail Bar | City Walk
For those of you staying near the parks, the City Walk's landmark Margaritaville is one of Orlando’s most popular tourist destinations for a boozy night out. The venue is made up of three bars: The Volcano Bar, Land Shark Bar, and 12 Volt Bar, all of which are inspired by Jimmy Buffet songs and a cool island attitude.
Ragland Road | Irish Pub | Disney Springs
Featuring Celtic music and dancers, this lively spot dishes out modern Irish pub fare and boasts and an amazing selection of beers and drinks. A must stop for anyone visiting the parks, this place packs a raucously fun atmosphere for a great time out.
The Matador | Bar | Ivanhoe Village
A casual alternative to the busier downtown bars, The Matador offers a warm and plush environment of velvety upholstery and vintage furnishings. The attentive barkeeps are an added plus, as is their gin & tonic (served on tap!), likely the best in town. Altogether, the friendly local vibes at this bar blend together with a speakeasy feel, complete with dim lights and a pool table, and make for a great experience.
The Imperial | Wine & Beer Garden | Ivanhoe Village
A neighborhood bar that specializes in boutique wines and craft beers, The Imperial is a great spot for some intimate chat and a great date. Considered a local secret, this unique spot is housed inside a furniture store and boasts a selection of over 40 beers and 45 wines to choose from. Head on over if you're looking for more of a local scene.
Hanson's Shoe Repair | Cocktail Bar | Downtown Orlando
Located in historic downtown's oldest building, this date-night speakeasy destination offers cozy, intimate confines, and some of the best cocktails in town. This spot also features a great outdoor patio and a buzzing adult crowd. You'll need a password to get inside, so be sure to call (407-476-9446) between the hours of 1 pm - 7 pm, and in their own words, "speak easily into your telephone receiver", and you'll be given the evening's password.
Luma on Park | Restaurant & Lounge | Winter Park
Besides being an excellent restaurant, Luma on Park boasts a chic modern lounge with an upscale feel that draws in elegant crowds and the occasional celebrity. Try their house-infused pineapple-habanero tequila, or ask for a White Linen, crafted with St. Germain, white cranberry juice, and splashes of sour and mint. This high-end hot spot is a welcome reprieve from the more touristy scenes, and a great place for drinks and conversation.
Ember | Restaurant & Bar| Dowtown Orlando
This Mediterranean-inspired spot features a gorgeous outdoor patio and cozy indoor seating. Don't be thrown off by the dinner menu, Ember hosts a lively crowd and is one of the most popular spots in town to grab a drink and relax with some friends. Try swinging by on a Wednesday for Ember's, Wine Down days. Additionally, you'll find this place has a great selection of wines and a new American menu, should you work up an appetite.