Best Of 2014

Best Literal Bar

Thirsty Topher’s big, thick plank
1609 Alden Road, 407-491-4342,

The Thirsty Topher’s gimmick is simple: a clean, well-lit bar with plenty of seating and a good selection of beer and wine. The ostentation-free setting serves to highlight the beauty of the real centerpiece of the bar: the actual bar. Made from three huge, solid pieces of varnished cypress, the Thirsty Topher’s bar top is guaranteed to impress anyone with an appreciation for woodworking and a fondness for the drinks served on it. It’s the kind of thing that, after a few rounds, you’ll be boasting to friends that you could craft at home if you wanted to. Trust us: You can’t.