Best Of 2022

1st: Finnegan's Bar & Grill,
Most watering holes inside Orlando's theme parks feature menus overflowing with overpriced premixed cocktails, and usually seek to shuffle their patrons off to their next ride as swiftly as possible. Located in the New York section of Universal Studios Florida, Finnegan's has long been the exception to the rule, with a long-serving staff of welcoming barkeeps who make it the Cheers of area attractions. The bar's traditional Irish-American trappings are only props on a movie set, but the properly poured pints of Guinness are perfectly authentic and pair well with the signature deep-fried "webb" of potatoes and onions. Just beware: The only thing scarier than the haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights is the wait to get a drink at Finnegan's before the event.

2nd: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto,

3rd: Rose & Crown Pub,

Best of Orlando® 2022: Drinking and Nightlife

Best of Orlando® 2022: Drinking and Nightlife

Local Legends: Keith & Romi Mawardi

The Mawardi sibs and their super squad, Team Market Group, are faster than the Flash when it comes to creating new scenes. With Celine, Tier, Mathers Social Gathering, the Robinson Cocktail Room, the Wellborn boutique hotel, Plantees Burgers and soon — we're waiting and hoping — a reinvigorated Colonial Lanes to their names, they live up to their motto: Together Everyone Achieves More.

1st: Will's Pub,

2nd: Tori Tori,

3rd: The Guesthouse,

1st: Santiago's Bodega,

2nd: Kiwi's Pub & Grill,

3rd: Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen,

Best Bar Patio
Photo by Matt Keller Lehman

1st: The Wellborn,
A perfect spot for a sociable night out with friends, playing cards and sipping a Delaney Park Swizzle while sampling the Wellborn's new menu of "Floribbean" small plates. With a myriad of seating choices spread across a brick pavement, this enchanted patio fitted with mirrors hidden amongst hanging orchids and low-lying philodendron and ferns makes large groups or intimate outings equally comfortable.

2nd: Tuffy's Bottle Shop/Lounge/Music Box,

3rd: Eden Bar,

Best Bar Restroom
Photo by Matt Keller Lehman

1st: Tori Tori,

2nd: Mathers Social Gathering,

3rd: The Commission Beer Chamber,

1st: The Commission Beer Chamber,

2nd: Will's Pub,

3rd: Hourglass Brewing,

1st: Tabitha Bonner, Corona Cigar Co. & Diamond Crown Lounge,

2nd: Jenn Armas, Bowigens Beer Co.,

3rd: Mark Cavallini, Cavo's Bar & Kitchen,

1st: Celery City Craft,

2nd: GB Bottle Shop & Tasting Bar,

3rd: Hourglass Brewing,

1st: The Hammered Lamb,
Located across from Lake Ivanhoe, The Hammered Lamb lays out arguably Orlando's most extensive Bloody Mary bar. Try not to be overwhelmed when you're faced with the choice between good old Tito's or a vodka infused with either herbs, peppers, pickles, citrus or bacon, plus the roughly 75 items you can put in your drink (as a "garnish," LOL) including shrimp, veggies, cheeses and local hot sauces.

2nd: Maxine's on Shine,

3rd: Hamburger Mary's,

1st: GB Bottle Shop & Tasting Bar,

2nd: Redlight Redlight,

3rd: The Commission Beer Chamber,