Best Of 2019

Best Losing My Religion
Photo by Maisie Haney

Church of United Ministry closes

June 28, 2019

The second-floor space at the corner of Mills and Colonial was a bastion of Orlando DIY weirdness and excellence for several years (former incarnations included Anime Fun Shop and A-Space). But late June saw the final event, an all-star local showcase and dance party that included TV Dinner and Bacon Grease. Under musician and arch-conceptualist Jason Kimmins' quasi-religious branding, C.U.M. Worship repped the Good Word and hosted fashion shows, karaoke nights, touring bands, local music, DJ nights and more. The closing of this DIY bastion was very much the end of an era for Mills 50.

Music & Nightlife: Best of Orlando 2019: The best in local bars, clubs, bands, DJs and more

Music & Nightlife: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Music & Nightlife

Best Bar

1. Will's Pub,

2. Mathers Social Gathering,

3. Tanqueray's,

Best Bar Patio

1. The Hammered Lamb,

2. Eden Bar,

3. The Porch,

Best Bar to Play Pool

1. Sportstown,

2. Spatz,

3. The Matador,

Best Bartender

1. Robbie Kennerney, Throwbacks Sanford

2. Dave Merkli, Tanqueray's

3. Big Rick, The Thirsty Topher

Best Club DJ

1. Angel of Boom,

2. Mango Beats,

3. (tie) DJ BMF,

3. (tie) Dizzlephunk,

Best Club Night

1. '80s New Wave Night at Independent Bar

2. Mac n Cheese at Independent Bar

3. Girl the Party at Southern Nights

Best Country Act

1. Sean Holcomb,

2. Layla Brisbois,

3. Oak Hill Drifters,

Best Cover Band

1. Hayfire,

2. Audio Exchange,

3. Rockit Fly,

Best Craft Beer Bar

1. Crooked Can Brewing Co.,

2. Redlight Redlight,

3. Hourglass Brewing,