Orlando's Happiest Hours: Deals Aplenty, Kitchen to Bar - Even Sushi Bar

The work bell rang, it's five o'clock and you're wondering where to sidle up for discount beverages here in Orlando? That depends not only on your location, but your mood and your company. Downtown drinking buddies would do well to sample the welcoming namesake atmosphere of the Courtesy Bar, where one option comes in the form of a $4 house-made punch. And with a happy hour that goes 'til 8 p.m., they really do live up to their name. Looking for something a little more low-key than loud? Tap & Grind's craft beer-lovers haven on the edge of downtown may be the "hoppy" oasis you're searching for. Visitors in the I-Drive corridor will find the ample fare at the Yard House as generous as its daily (and nightly) specials while the apres-work crowd in Winter Park may prefer the clean, contemporary lines of Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar. Casual, as in bring-your-dog and wear-your-flip-flops, is the order of the day at the Lucky Lure in Ivanhoe Village, which serves a free nightly sunset in its lovely lakefront location. And if you like your craft beer local, it doesn't get more so than the organic brew at Orlando Brewing. As is the case with the happiest of hours, discounts abound at each of our entries.

In town on business or with friends and family? I-Drive's newest additions at I-Drive 360 might be calling your name. For a happy hour spot pre- or post- a memorable circuit on the Orlando Eye (or a visit to Madame Tussauds, or even some live...  Read More

The rich, delicious and creative tapas they're slinging at Santiago's are already a favorite here in town – not to mention their great-value, fixed-price Sunday brunch (Bottomless mimosas and sangria? Don't mind if we do!) – but if you're...  Read More

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"Organic" and "local" are all kinds of foodie buzzwords these days, but throw the word "beer" into the mix and you might prick up a few sets of ears that were previously tuning you out. Orlando Brewing is Florida's only USDA-certified organic...  Read More

With a cute name, cuter logo and a lovely (and largely al fresco) home just across from Gaston Edwards Park, the Hammered Lamb is making a name for itself amid a collection of watering holes in Ivanhoe Village that continues to proliferate....  Read More


This cozy downtown enclave boasts quite the craft beer selection – 16 taps and an array of bottles beckon palates attuned to IPA, cider and everything in between. In a nightlife district where loud venues are not uncommon, Tap & Grind...  Read More

This Thornton Park eatery's stylishness extends well beyond the vibe, lacing it's tentacles around both plate and glass. Tongues and tummies will find nearly every hour happy here, but its ACTUAL happy hour means you can sample from both food...  Read More

Orlando doesn't have a beach, but the subtropical clime means there's more than a bit of flip-flop culture going on. You'll find it in spades at the Lucky Lure, a real neighborhood joint where "exceedingly casual," "outdoor" and "sunset-water...  Read More

The Sanford Imperial is a sister to Washburn Imports' first successful endeavor at its Orlando home furnishing location. Similarly appointed with rich, exotic decor from the likes of India, Thailand and beyond, this venue boasts a larger drink...  Read More

Carmel may be best known for contemporary takes on Mediterranean cuisine, but it's also a warm, welcoming place to pop in for a drink. The daily happy hour here runs seven days a week from 4-7 p.m., offering up $5 "Big Pour" wine options in a...  Read More


Step back in time inside the Courtesy, a downtown haunt that hearkens back to the era of Prohibition. Lovingly hand-crafted cocktails abound – from classics like the daiquiri and Manhattan to new spins on the old-fashioned. Events and specials...  Read More


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A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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