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Orlando’s bar scene is ever-growing and ever-evolving. From swanky lobby bars to artsy craft cocktail bars to no-frills dive bars, Orlando is packed with special places. But if you're looking for something different, maybe a little off the beaten path, we suggest you give these stellar spots a try.

Updated April 2024 by Meghan Roth

18 Unique Bars in Orlando for Drinks and Atmosphere

  1. Hanson’s Shoe Repair
  2. The Courtesy
  3. The Bellhop
  4. The Falcon Bar & Gallery
  5. Cocktails and Screams
  6. Stardust Lounge
  7. Tanqueray’s Bar
  8. d.b.a by The Strand
  9. VAULT 5421 at Gods and Monsters
  10. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
  11. ICEBAR Orlando
  12. Player 1 Video Game Bar
  13. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto & Tiki Bar
  14. Bars at Universal's Great Movie Escape
  15. The Robinson Room
  16. Aku Aku Tiki Bar
  17. Tori Tori Pub
  18. The Neighbors

Hanson’s Shoe Repair 

27 E Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801
Hours: Daily: 8pm – 2am

Love a great speakeasy? Hanson’s Shoe Repair is the place to go for a very unique, stylish bar vibe that takes you back in time to the Prohibition-era days.  Check their Twitter account (@hansonsshoeshop) for the daily password, which will be your key to getting into the bar.

Once in, enjoy a variety of expertly crafted drinks all night long on their intimate, rooftop terrace setting. Welcome to one of the best bars in Orlando.

The Courtesy

1288 N Orange Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 4pm – 12am, Friday – Saturday: 4pm – 1am, Sunday: 3 – 10 pm

Many Orlandoans give credit to The Courtesy for helping to lead the craft cocktails in Orlando movement. Their Winter Park location replaces their original destination in Downtown Orlando. Just about 10 minutes away from where it all began, The Courtesy now calls Winter Park home.

We feel compelled to put The Courtesy at the top of our list of bars in Orlando for date night because it has it all. Besides delicious and creative beverages there is an exclusive menu from Swine and Sons, dubbed Bar Swine.

Bar Swine Menu at The Courtesy Winter Park - Dani Meyering
Bar Swine Menu at The Courtesy Winter Park – Dani Meyering

Here you can relax, sip on expertly crafted drinks, soak up the ambiance, and keep the evening going with some delicious nibbles. The Bar Swine menu from Swine and Sons is only available here and it is put together thoughtfully. Definitely add The Courtesy to your Orlando bars date night bucket list.

pink colored Craft Cocktail at The Courtesy
“It Has Pockets” Craft Cocktail at The Courtesy – Dani Meyering

The Bellhop

37 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: Closed, Thursday: 6am – 12am, Friday – Saturday: 6am – 2am; Sunday: 6pm – 12am

A stunning bar called The Bellhop is already a downtown Orlando icon, on the bottom floor of the historic Angebilt Hotel. The bar is designed by former Walt Disney World Imagineers and has a glamorous vintage hotel lobby feel, with a gleaming wood bar, glass and feathered chandeliers, leather chairs and plush lounge seating, a display of brass hotel keys, and more.

The space functions as a moody coffee bar by day, and an elevated lounge by night.

819 E. Washington St. Orlando, FL 32801
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am, Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 2am, Sunday: 3pm – 12am

The Falcon fuses the best of two worlds—music and art, all in a bar setting. The focus at this bar is combining those two elements into a distinctive experience for customers. Home for many original art pieces, The Falcon hosts themed art shows, open mic nights, trivia, comedy showcases, and live music.

With an ever-changing menu, The Falcon is a terrific neighborhood-type spot in Thornton Park to visit. You can even pop in while you’re taking your pup for a stroll around the community– this casual hangout spot is also dog-friendly.  

Cocktails & Screams

39 W Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 7pm – 2am, Sunday: 12pm – 12am

If you are a Halloween enthusiast, you can celebrate the spooky holiday all year long at Cocktails & Screams. This haunting, horror-themed bar and lounge offers both booze and boos, no matter what season it is. Their drink and food options are so creative and festive, including favorites like the Witches Brew, Frank’s Stein, Drunken Pumpkin, or the Cereal Killer Brunch menu.

Stardust Lounge

431 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32885
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 4pm – 2am, Sunday: 2pm – 2am

The Stardust Lounge is located adjacent to Lake Eola Park, nestled beneath the downtown area. It is home to some of the best live entertainment in Orlando, whether that’s the burlesque show they host on Wednesdays, dirty bingo nights, or the Back to the 80s night. Its underground location flaunts a retro, Vegas-inspired style with red leather booths, chrome lamps, and décor that will make you forget you’re not back in the 60s and 70s. 

Tanqueray’s Bar 

100 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32801
Hours: Monday – Friday: 5pm – 2am, Saturday – Sunday: 8pm – 2am

Follow the steps to Orlando's underground and you’ve landed in the heart of Tanqueray’s Bar (usually called “Tanq’s” for short). This Downtown Orlando bar always has great drink specials and live music—that’s why lots of locals always come back to this unique spot. Tanq’s prides itself on being one of the few local dive bars that has live entertainment seven days a week, every night from 10:30pm to 2am. Plus, don’t forget Happy Hour every weekday night between 5pm and 8pm. 

d.b.a by The Strand

807 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32801
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 5 – 10pm

Orlando locals like us have loved The Strand for many years. This Michelin Guide restaurant in Orlando expanded in early 2024 to include a unique bar doing business as “d.b.a.” This spot is totally date-worthy, and yet very casual. The atmosphere brings retro vibes matched with quality beverages you'd expect from the team behind The Strand.

Drink at DBA Bar by The Strand – image by Jodi Caballero

Unique Bars in Orlando's Attractions Area

VAULT 5421 at Gods and Monsters

5421 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 5 – 11pm, Friday: 5pm – 1 am, Saturday: 3pm – 1 am

Whether you're a full-on nerdy couple or just appreciate a cool environment, Vault 5421 is one of the most unique bars in Orlando. Besides unique beverages there is free-to-play retro gaming to help you pass the time between raids.

Enjoy the VAULT’s theming & props, created by some of the best movie production designers and artists working in Central Florida.

dark and creepy interior of Vault 521 Bar in Orlando - Dani Meyering
Vault 5421 Bar in Orlando – Dani Meyering

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar 

Disney Springs – 1486 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830
Hours: Daily: 11am – 11:30pm

Disney Springs has so many incredible dining experiences to offer, but Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is one of the most immersive and eclectic. Inside this cozy, vintage-inspired dive bar, you are fully transported into one of the greatest action cult movies of all times—Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. The bar is modeled after the 1940s airplane hangar of Jock Lindsay, the ex-home of Indiana Jones' sidekick and pilot. 

Disney really went all out in making this experience as close to the movie as possible, even down to making the drinks Indiana Jones-themed. You even can pair your exotic drinks with themed small plates and tapas, from the Snakebite Sliders (the tomato bacon jam is to die for) or Air Pirate’s Pretzels.

Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar | Image credit: Walt Disney World Resort

ICEBAR Orlando

8967 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 12am, Thursday: 5pm – 1am, Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 2am, Sunday: 5pm – 1 am

This bar is definitely one of the “coolest” Orlando bars, featuring more than 70 tons of hand-carved ice. Guests must begin this one-of-a-kind experience by entering through the Fire Lounge, where you are prepped for your Arctic evening by being provided with thermal coats and gloves.

Once you transition to the below-freezing room, you are served perfectly chilled drinks out of ice-sculpted cups and accompanied with vibrant entertainment, a diverse food menu, and an overall unique atmosphere. If you don’t want to stay frozen all night, you can migrate back to The Fire Lounge at any time to warm up with some flaming beverages. 

Orlando events for date night this month - Geeky Tiki Luau at ICEBAR
Image credit: ICEBAR Orlando

Player 1 Video Game Bar 

8562 Palm Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32836
Hours: Daily: 1pm – 2am

Player 1 Video Game Bar is the only spot in the Orlando area that brings video games and craft brews together. What’s better than a bar and arcade combined into one? Besides beverages you have unlimited access to Xbox, Nintendo Wii, Playstation, and old-fashioned arcade games. 

To gain entry, it’s $5 for Florida residents, and $8 for out-of-state guests, and don’t forget to always follow their gamer’s etiquette

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto & Tiki Bar 

1600 Seven Seas Drive, Orlando, FL 32830
Hours: Daily: 3pm – 12am

If you want to end your day at  Disney World with a drink or two, stop by Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto & Tiki Bar nestled in the Polynesian Resort lobby. Trader Sam’s has an exotic, tropical theming with a drink menu to match. Their handcrafted drinks are fruity, refreshing, and island-inspired. You can also grab a bite to eat with some shareable plates like the Kalua pork tacos or famous pan-fried dumplings.

The dimly-lit lounge definitely has an exclusive feel to it. It can be pretty tricky to get in, so arrive early and be prepared to wait. You can hop upstairs to Tambu Lounge or out to the pool bar if you need some refreshment while you wait. 

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Bars at Universal's Great Movie Escape

The newest bar at Universal Orlando's CityWalk is actually two small bars inside one really cool experience. The bars at Universal's Great Movie Escape are free for anyone to visit – you do NOT need to purchase admission to the new Universal's Great Movie Escape. This escape room-style experience is awesome for movie fans, especially of Back to the Future and Jurassic World.

However, you do not have to purchase admission to the experience to enjoy the two bars in this venue. If you or your date are movie fans then you'll want to check this place out. There is no cover charge to enjoy either the small downstairs bar or the larger bar upstairs.

Upstairs Bar at Universal's Great Movie Escape - Dani Meyering
Upstairs Bar at Universal's Great Movie Escape – Dani Meyering

Head upstairs for more space and better views. Sip on beverages and mocktails themed after Back to the Future and Jurassic World. These little bars are a fun place to kick off your night before having dinner at these Best Universal Orlando Restaurants for Date Night.

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