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Rob Bartlett

Friendly Confines

Ten bars in Orlando where you can drink, relax and watch the game 

Brick House Tavern + Tap

8440 International Drive, 407-355-0321;

Any bar that puts a giant deviled egg on their Bloody Mary spear is cool by default. Brick House has a pretty chunky beer menu, though it may be a little light on the crafts for the beer snobs. The patio is big, and the fireplace is bigger, which makes this a good stop for those of you who get stuck on I-Drive from time to time.

CaddyShanks Virtual Golf & Sports Pub

4882 New Broad St., 407-574-6570;

Family-friendly Baldwin Park isn't really known as a nightlife hotspot, but a tired mom (or dad) needs to hit happy hour once in a while, and in this neighborhood, this is a good place to do it. Watch the game on TV, or blow off some steam with a few rounds of virtual golf.

Devaney's Sports Pub

7660 University Blvd., Winter Park, 407-679-6600;

A local sports bar staple, Devaney's draws the crowds with its two-for-one shot specials, rowdy trivia and bingo nights, rotating craft beers on tap, football Sundays and can't-be-beat $6 lunch specials. Come for the sportsball, stay for the good times.

Friendly Confines

33088 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, 407-478-0506 435 N. Alafaya Trail, 407-736-91824757 S. Orange Ave., 407-852-48007025 County Route 46A, Lake Mary, 321-257-0536;

If you're lacking a home base, it's a safe bet that any of the Friendly Confines locations will suit your needs. The Confines cater to all sports enthusiasts, particularly those ravenous for hot wings. TVs on every flat surface mean you can't not look at a game, and the close seating allows fan enthusiasm to bubble over to raucousness.

Gator's Dockside

4982 New Broad St., 321-972-1974;

Family-friendly, but still a respectable place to watch a game, Gator's Dockside is the perfect sports bar for the in-the-family-way Baldwin Park neighborhood.

Harry Buffalo

129 W. Church St., 407-422-6656;

A recent addition to Church Street following the closure of Mojo, Harry Buffalo is an ambitiously sized bar/restaurant with daily specials good enough to make you a repeat customer. The bison burgers are pretty delish, and tons of TVs and space for crowds make it a great place to catch a game – join the herd, as they say.

Hideaway Bar

516 Virginia Drive, 407-898-5892;

Dog-friendly patio? Check. Fried fish sandwiches? Check. Full liquor, should you feel the need for a shot to go with that PBR? Check and check. The Hideaway on Virginia Drive is the quintessential casual sports bar – it's not Miller's Ale House-intense, but there is a rabid Miami Dolphins allegiance that you won't miss. The Hideaway is also that rare sports bar where artists, hairdressers and theater folk feel right at home – located walking distance from Lure Design, Trim Salon and Spa and the new home of the Varietease troupe, the Venue, the Hideaway is just as comfortable with its Andrew Spear murals and occasional hipster Worst Music parties as it is with shouty sports fans on a Sunday afternoon.

Kiwi's Pub & Grill

801 W. State Road 436, Altamonte Springs, 407-788-7666;

This Altamonte Springs sports bar is home to a collection of 26 televisions to watch your stories on, two projection screens and two more boob tubes outside for the smokers.

Nona Tap Room

9145 Narcoossee Road, 407-440-4594;

People out in Lake Nona need their food and bev too. This biz has more than 50 beers on tap and another 50 in bottles (not to mention a wine and cocktail menu). This is where you'll find a lot of Disney castmembers taking in some much-deserved R&R as they gather to watch the game and nosh on burgers, smoked fish dip and other tasty snacks.

Tap Room Grille

12789 Waterford Lakes Parkway, 407-630-5789;

The owners of Nona Tap Room have had so much success that they've branched out with this satellite location out in Waterford Lakes. They've got a ton of craft and imported beer both on tap and in the bottle, as well as a respectable wine list and a smart selection of grown-up snacks, sandwiches and salads. Join their beer club to get some rewards and recognition. Throw in HDTVs and devoted fans and you've got the recipe for game night done right.


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