Beer cocktails at Yard House (©Yard House)
There’s a real brouhaha over brew in Orlando these days. Besides the tried-and-true institutions, new pubs seem to be popping up all over the place. Whether you’ve spent a day at the theme parks, in a meeting or on the golf course, a cold pint is always a welcome sight when the clock strikes 5. Here’s a 12-pack of places to get a great beer in a friendly, pub-like setting:
1. Frank & Steins presents 300 craft beers, 30 big TVs and games like Skee-Ball, darts, shuffleboard and Golden Tee. You’ll definitely want to make a night of it.
2. At International Drive’s Yard House, head to the bar where you’ll find a seemingly endless row of taps. The menu reads like a novella on beer. Watch out for the Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot with 11.1 percent alcohol.
3. Near Universal Studios, World of Beer features more than 500 hundred bottles and 50 taps of the best craft beers from around the globe. There’s no better way to travel.
4. Downtown’s Orlando Brewing is Florida’s only certified organic brewery. Brewed right on the premises, this cool spot has 21 beers on tap and offers free tours. If that’s not convincing enough, there’s live music on weekends.
5. At Raglan Road at Downtown Disney, you can enjoy traditional menu items such as shepherd’s pie while raising a pint of Guinness. Lively dancers make this a fun atmosphere for the whole family.
6. Brick House tavern and tap room on International Drive gives visitors a neighborhood vibe in the heart of the visitors corridor. Choose from dozens of great beers and an extensive food menu.
7. The local watering hole for young professionals is Downtown Pourhouse, where you’ll find your favorite drafts along with mouthwatering burgers.
8. Go through the grand entrance at Pointe Orlando’s The Pub, and you’ll feel like you’re across the pond. Enjoy nightly specials and traditional British fare, served by a wait staff in kilts.
9. Another traditional British setting is Rose & Crown inside Epcot’s World Showcase. You won’t need a passport, just park admission. Stay till 9 pm for a spectacular view of the fireworks.
10. Downtown’s Schumann’s Jäger Haus serves up tasty German food and beer in an authentic, casual setting. Pony up to a picnic table and meet some new friends in the popular Church Street Entertainment District.
11. Redlight Redlight is an independent micro-brew worth the trek outside the visitors corridor. Its wide selection has earned a loyal following.
12. In the upscale enclave of Winter Park, you'll find Cask and Larder, a self-described Southern Public House with beer made on the premises and fresh, Southern cuisine made from scratch.