Avenue Gastrobar's sophisticated atmo makes it an Orange Avenue happy hour hit 

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Jessica Bryce Young

Address/phone/web: 13 S. Orange Ave., 407-839-5039; avenuegastrobar.com

After work or after hours? After work shading into late-night supper and cocktails

Beer/wine or liquor too? All three

Check all that apply:
☒ fancy cocktails
☐ make 'em strong and keep 'em coming
☒ wine list (5 choices or more)
☒ craft beer
☒ beer: the usual suspects
☒ wide selection of bottles (more than 15)
☒ wide selection on tap (more than 15)

Food? Y   

Smoking allowed inside? N

Outside drinking: Y

Dog-friendly? N

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad? Very nice, in fact

TVs? Y

What's on? Various sporting events on several different channels

DJs? N

Loud music or background music?  Background; definitely present but not impossibly loud

Essay question: Why should I drink here?
Avenue is a wolf in sheep’s clothing: From the outside, it looks like any unassuming Orange Avenue bar, but step in and you’ll be surprised by the sophisticated interior, not to mention the creative menus of food, house cocktails and craft beers. It’s more of a swanky late-night supper spot than a party-hard bar, but don’t assume a stolid atmosphere: It was packed with Friday-evening revelers shaking off the work week when we visited.


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