August 22, 2018

Orlando’s best bars, bands and nightlife of 2018, as chosen by our readers

Here you'll find Orlando's best bars, clubs, bands, DJs and more, all determined by you, the readers.  If you don't see your personal favorites here, maybe you'll vote next year, or this will lead you to a few new places to try!

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Best Bar (overall)
Winner: Will's Pub, willspub.org 
Second Place: The Guesthouse, facebook.com/the-guesthouse 
Runner Up: Mathers Social Gathering, mathersorlando.com  
Photo via Will’s Pub/Facebook

Best Bar (overall)

Winner: Will's Pub, willspub.org
Second Place: The Guesthouse, facebook.com/the-guesthouse
Runner Up: Mathers Social Gathering, mathersorlando.com

Photo via Will’s Pub/Facebook
Best Bar Patio
Winner: World of Beer Lake Eola, worldofbeer.com  
Second Place: The Hammered Lamb, thehammeredlamb.com  
Runner Up: Eden Bar, enzian.org   
Photo via World of Beer (Downtown Orlando, FL)/Facebook

Best Bar Patio

Winner: World of Beer Lake Eola, worldofbeer.com
Second Place: The Hammered Lamb, thehammeredlamb.com
Runner Up: Eden Bar, enzian.org

Photo via World of Beer (Downtown Orlando, FL)/Facebook
Best Bar to Play Pool
Winner: Sportstown, sportstownbilliards.com  
Second Place: Trick Shots Billiards, trickshotsbilliards.com  
Runner Up: Spatz, facebook.com/spatz1025  
Photo via Sportstown Billiards/Facebook

Best Bar to Play Pool

Winner: Sportstown, sportstownbilliards.com
Second Place: Trick Shots Billiards, trickshotsbilliards.com
Runner Up: Spatz, facebook.com/spatz1025

Photo via Sportstown Billiards/Facebook
Best Bartender 
Winner: Jen Harton, Lil Indies, facebook.com/lilindiesorlando 
Second Place: Rick Big, The Thirsty Topher, thethirstytopher.com 
Runner Up: Lee Courtley, Independent Bar, independentbar.net  
Photo via lil indies/Facebook

Best Bartender

Winner: Jen Harton, Lil Indies, facebook.com/lilindiesorlando
Second Place: Rick Big, The Thirsty Topher, thethirstytopher.com
Runner Up: Lee Courtley, Independent Bar, independentbar.net

Photo via lil indies/Facebook
Best Club DJ
Winner: DJ BMF, mixcloud.com/djbmf 
Second Place: DJ Ponyboy, facebook.com/Ponyboydj 
Runner Up: Matt Roquentin Lament
Photo via DJ BMF/Facebook

Best Club DJ

Winner: DJ BMF, mixcloud.com/djbmf
Second Place: DJ Ponyboy, facebook.com/Ponyboydj
Runner Up: Matt Roquentin Lament
Photo via DJ BMF/Facebook
Best Club Night
Winner: '80s New Wave Night at Independent Bar, independentbar.net 
Second Place: Mac & Cheese, independentbar.net 
Runner Up: Girl the Party, girltheparty.com  
Photo via Independent Bar/Facebook

Best Club Night

Winner: '80s New Wave Night at Independent Bar, independentbar.net
Second Place: Mac & Cheese, independentbar.net
Runner Up: Girl the Party, girltheparty.com

Photo via Independent Bar/Facebook
Best Country Act
Winner: Thomas Wynn and the Believers, thomaswynnandthebelievers.com 
Second Place: Whiskey Sharts, shartsville.com 
Runner Up: Sean Holcomb, seanholcomb.com  
Photo via THOMAS WYNN & THE BELIEVERS/Facebook

Best Country Act

Winner: Thomas Wynn and the Believers, thomaswynnandthebelievers.com
Second Place: Whiskey Sharts, shartsville.com
Runner Up: Sean Holcomb, seanholcomb.com

Photo via THOMAS WYNN & THE BELIEVERS/Facebook
Best Cover Band
Winner: Hayfire, hayfire.com 
Second Place: Nirvanna, facebook.com/nirvannatributeband 
Runner Up: Skin Deep, skindeeprocks.com  
Photo via Hayfire/Facebook

Best Cover Band

Winner: Hayfire, hayfire.com
Second Place: Nirvanna, facebook.com/nirvannatributeband
Runner Up: Skin Deep, skindeeprocks.com

Photo via Hayfire/Facebook
Best Craft Beer Bar
Winner: Redlight Redlight, facebook.com/redlightredlight 
Second Place: Crooked Can Brewing Co., crookedcan.com  
Runner Up: Hourglass Brewing, hourglassbrewing.com  
Photo via Redlight Redlight/Facebook

Best Craft Beer Bar

Winner: Redlight Redlight, facebook.com/redlightredlight
Second Place: Crooked Can Brewing Co., crookedcan.com
Runner Up: Hourglass Brewing, hourglassbrewing.com

Photo via Redlight Redlight/Facebook
Best Craft Cocktail Bar
Winner: Lil Indies, facebook.com/lilindiesorlando 
Second Place: The Guesthouse, facebook.com/the-guesthouse 
Runner Up: Mathers Social Gathering, mathersorlando.com  
Photo via lil_indies/Instagram

Best Craft Cocktail Bar

Winner: Lil Indies, facebook.com/lilindiesorlando
Second Place: The Guesthouse, facebook.com/the-guesthouse
Runner Up: Mathers Social Gathering, mathersorlando.com

Photo via lil_indies/Instagram