You'll find suds, sips and even sushi at Orlando's top happy hours

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 warmth of The Woods, where on Mondays, happy hour goes all night long. For a well-appointed tavern in which to pitch woo - or business deals - consider Mathers Social Gathering. At "social hour," their pricey cocktails, select ones, anyway, are knocked down by half or more! Visitors in the I-Drive corridor will find the ample fare at the Yard House as generous as its daily (and nightly) specials while beer mavens may find themselves up in Sanford for Hoppy Hour at Celery City Craft. Lovers of late-night specials, and gourmands at that, would do well to pop into Santiago's Bodega, where some fine tapas go for $5 a plate with beverage specials to boot.



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 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



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 looking...  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



Love beer? How about CRAFT beer? Then you've come to the right place. Celery City's tap roster boasts more than 50 at any given time, plus loads more in bottles and cans (and wine for those feeling more grape than grain). What's more, it's...  Read More



Mathers Social Gathering's story, or at least that of the charming building in which it is housed, begins back in the 1800s, and the third-floor space that Mathers occupies is rife with charm and atmosphere. Expertly mixed craft cocktails await...  Read More



Cuba Libre may be smack in the middle of the Pointe Orlando shopping, dining and entertainment complex on touristy I-Drive, but its lovely facade, with a casco antiguo aesthetic, alludes to the transportive atmosphere inside. And believe us when...  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



The Woods' intriging, urban, up-the-stairs-to-a-special-hideaway entrance gives new patrons pause as they take in the warm essence of this friendly watering hole, where specials abound and quality comes in the form of excellent whiskeys and...  Read More



When one of the city's best French restaurants – perhaps best restaurants, period – offers up fare such as confit chicken legs and croque monsieur sliders for a few shekels, you'd best pop in to check it out. It's a beautiful space to get...  Read More


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Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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