Raising the bar: Five Orlando watering holes where form is just as important as function 

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Branching out: The Treehouse

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • Photo by Rob Bartlett

You know a bar is dedicated to its theme when they even take the scents wafting through the air into consideration – at the Treehouse, one of downtown Orlando’s newest speakeasies, you catch the distinct aroma of pine needles after you climb the stairs carpeted in fake grass and decorated with tree limbs (and even a tree swing hanging overhead), which give you the feeling that you’re about to walk into an elf’s apartment.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • Photo by Rob Bartlett

The room itself is small, cozy and comfortable, and when we visited, the two TVs that flanked the bar played scenes of snow falling in a forest. Since it’s a speakeasy, part of the fun of the Treehouse is finding it, and the owners (who also own the Basement and the Attic) don’t publish the bar’s address online. So you’ll have to be resourceful when looking for it. We’ll give you a hint – look for the green door, which is usually open during bar hours, and take a peek up the stairs. If you see an arboreal-looking stairwell carpeted in green turf and lit by lanterns, you’re in the right place.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • Photo by Rob Bartlett

The Treehouse, located in the vicinity of 68 E. Pine St. |

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