24 essential dive bars in Orlando you should know by now
We spend a lot of time and energy here at Orlando Weekly telling you about the latest and greatest trends in the libation space. New bar programs, interesting cocktails and themed pop-ups are our bread and butter (to say nothing of butterbeer). But that doesn't mean we don't appreciate a good special on pitchers from an everyday hole in the wall.
In fact, journalist salaries being what they are, you're more likely to find a Weeklian holding court at one of Orlando's many dives than any other corner of the city. There's something to be said for a place that's cool, dark and cheap. Luckily, Orlando has them in abundance.
From downtown institutions like Tanqueray's to relative newcomers like District Dive, there are plenty of places to get a double of well whiskey and toast the City Beautiful. Check out a few of our favorites.
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B Nice151 E Washington St
Dive's aren't normally noted for their stunning views. One upside of of Orlando being littered with lakes is that lakefront property isn't quite so precious. Where other cities would plop a wine bar or a snooty restaurant, we've placed this space for loud music and cheap drinks.
1516 McCoy Rd., (407) 745-5829
Bar One has the spirit of a dive and the patio of a family-forward brewery. Doesn't hurt that you can ask for a cocktail without being ushered out.
3001 Corrine Drive
Every city on Earth has a dive bar called Big Daddy's. If your city has only one dive bar, chances are it's called Big Daddy's. Orlando's take on this time-honored tradition sets itself apart by being the spot for screaming karaoke at people who are just trying to play pool.
Burton's Thornton Park
801 E Washington St.
This dive bar pushes back against the tonier influences of Thornton Park. Even among the high-end bungalows and snooty shops, Burton's remains unapologetically itself: the kind of place to go when you really just want a High Life.
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50 E Central Blvd.
There's always somebody playing in this memorabilia-decked hole. Venture into downtown after hours and see why its been a hit since 1998.
6923 Municipal Dr., (407)248-0105
They probably don't know your name at this Orlando bar. But you might not either if the cheap pitchers have anything to say about it.
2401 E South St, (407) 601-2813
This LGBT dive bar opened up behind many others on this list. Without the patina of years of hardcores, how would folks know that District is casual? They settled for putting dive in the name and going all out on the availability of pool tables, dart boards and cheap drinks.
1018 N Mills Ave, (813) 898-4717
This haven for live music and late-night vegan food has kept its corner of Mills humming for years.
5470 Hoffner Ave, , (407) 447-5222
It's hard to find a good photo of the inside of Jerry's which is always a good sign for a dive bar
1427 N Orange Ave, (407) 250-6949
Lucky Lure shows Orlando is spoiled for choice when it comes to dive bars with excellent views.