From trendy to tried and true, the up and coming Mills 50 District is bursting with a bevy of options to belly up. The area packs some of the best bars in Orlando within a walkable couple of miles. With libations ranging from off the wall brews to fresh craft cocktails featuring house-made bitters, there’s a treasure trove of drinking options, and we’ve rounded up some of the best bars in the District that you won’t want to miss.
Between Central Florida and Tampa there is no shortage of breweries, so the list is constantly changing, but the owners do a great job of finding a balance between off the wall brews and refreshing standbys. The nitrogen generating unit uses blended gas, not only ensuring a great pour, but also keeping the kegs at ideal carbonation levels. Beer lovers aren’t the only ones to flock to this popular neighborhood watering hole, the Topher prides itself in carrying boutique wines unavailable in most retail stores, offering wine connoisseurs unique and hard to find choices. Oh, and ask Lando about the beautiful bar (spoiler alert: it’s made from a 2,500-year-old piece of wood found in the river of the Ocala National Forest). It makes for a great history lesson to pair with the limitless libations.
Unprecedented views of Lake Ivanhoe, an oversized patio, and free shots of Huckleberry 44 North Vodka, every time a train goes by, is reason enough to visit the neighborhood hot spot. But the Hammered Lamb offers up flavorful fare (it’s the only place in the area you can order food all the way up to 2 am) and well poured drinks in addition to free ping pong tables. Sports enthusiasts can catch the games via one of the nine flatscreen TVs and the bar is one of only four official Orlando City Pubs. Friday night happy hour features live music and an array of drink specials. But don’t miss the weekend brunch, one of the best in town. In fact, The Hammered Lamb won the city’s vote for ‘Best Bloody Mary Bar in Town.’ Spice it up a bit by adding one of the house-made Tito Vodka infusions in the likes of bacon, herb or citrus and pair your cocktail with the signature shrimp and grits or breakfast BLT for the ultimate brunch experience.
Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors
You can’t pass through the Mills 50 district without a stop at this local watering hole. I mean, this joint has been serving up stiff drinks to everyone from the local mayor to the town wino for over 60 years. From 7:30 am (yes you heard us right) until 2 am, forthright bartenders pour patrons Jack and Coke (well mostly Jack) to a backdrop of ostentatious wallpaper and an urn filled with the original Wally’s ashes. And, in case you want to take the party with you, there’s a packaging store attached.
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