'Sláinte' and Cheers! Perfect Pints at Orlando's Top Pubs

If the road is rising up to meet you, it's probably time to call a cab. But in the event you're fresh and ready for a good pint of Guinness, a round or two of darts, an impromptu jam of Irish trad or to watch Stoke score right at the death to finish Arsenal, do we have the list for you. Orlando's pubs, English and Irish, are havens for rollicking good times, whether you're enjoying dance, drink, music and leveled-up fare at Disney's Raglan Road or showing up at I-Drive's George & Dragon at 8 a.m. to scarf a hefty English breakfast and catch a rugby game beaming in live from halfway 'round the globe. This selection features family-friendly havens, venerable and (we'll be polite) lovingly worn favorites and those that qualify as both depending on where you sit and what time you come in. Epcot's World Showcase is home to the Rose & Crown, while Universal Studios Florida boasts theme-park favorite Finnegan's. The Bull & Bush has been slaking the Milk District's thirst since long before the neighborhood became an arty enclave. And downtown's lovely Harp & Celt is a hybrid pub and restaurant that's as suitable for a large family brunch as it is for an afternoon footie match or a fun night out with friends. 

Sit-down, full-service dining within a theme park is semi-rare. The sort you'd go out of your way to recommend, rarer still. Finnegan's is just such a place, serving up simple Irish-American fare (be sure to sample the soda bread and apple...  Read More

Rose & Crown Dining Room

Okay, so it's not England. But it is Epcot's famous World Showcase, so you know they bring their A-game. This family-friendly haunt showcases a selection of British beers, ciders and more, along with live music and a cheery sensibility....  Read More

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and so forth.... If you're out looking for a hang to watch your favorites of the English Premier League (plus rugby to boot) you have found a home on I-Drive at the George & Dragon. Here you'll find every...  Read More

The Orlando outpost of this British-style pub-restaurant franchise is conveniently located in the touristy corridor of I-Drive (and notably ensconced in the Pointe Orlando shopping-dining-entertainment center), well within walking distance of a...  Read More

You will not find food at Lizzy's. You will, however, find booze-infused pudding – a rotating roster of more than 40 flavors, in fact – at this narrow, smoky and decidedly convivial hangout. Pop in for a pre-show drink if you're headed out...  Read More

Scotch eggs, shepherd's pie and smoking allowed! There's three things that may turn you on. Or off, we suppose. But proponents of the Bull & Bush (even those less enthused about the latter) have naught but good things to say. Its extensive...  Read More

The Claddagh Cottage is truly beloved by its legion of loyal locals and lauded by visitors who happen to stumble in. Friendly barkeeps, a solid beer selection, steel-tip darts and hearty Irish pub grub are among its chief lures. It's not posh,...  Read More

You don't even have to walk into Fiddler's Green to get a sense of its cheery Irish spirit. Walking distance from Rollins College and close to the multitude of dining and nightlife options on Park Ave., this venerable pub is known for its Car...  Read More

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Cold pints and warm, festive vibe are always on tap at Raglan Road, which isn't lying when it calls itself a genuine Irish pub. In fact, the whole place was built in Ireland and then shipped to Orlando where it was lovingly reassembled to the...  Read More

Family-owned and family-friendly, this venerable downtown favorite is half pub (the Celt), half restaurant (the Harp) and a 100 percent Orlando-area favorite. The Harp and Celt is a wonderful venue whether you're dropping in for a happy hour...  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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