One of the main goals of Florida Pours is to feature the growing Florida craft beverage industry, because let’s face it, Florida is starting to rival some of the other better known states. Our primary focus has been on the establishments that are brewing right in the state. But recently after being stood-up a couple times (ahem, you know who you are) to have what I was going to call my Tampa Skip Day, I had to settle for exploring the Ivanhoe neighborhood of Orlando. Instead of hitting only brewed in-house establishments, we hit several local bars, and I’m glad we did.
Located just north of downtown Orlando, Ivanhoe Village is an eclectic mix of independent shops, restaurants and bars. One of the best things about Ivanhoe Village is that it’s all walkable. For this visit, we started our walk on Orange Avenue and then made our way down Virgina Drive.
The Hammered Lamb. Serving great eats such as Gyro’s and French Dips and a pretty expansive beer and cocktail list, the Hammered Lamb is the perfect start to your journey in Ivanhoe Village. If you don’t mind the heat, they also have a great covered outdoor seating area.
Hideaway Bar. A local dive bar serving some great bar food (get the fried banana peppers, you’ll thank me later). They also have a pretty expansive beer list with local favorites such as Coppertail and out-of-state selections like McKenzie’s Hard Cider, you’ll find something to drink here.
GB’s Bottle Shop. One of the newest additions to Ivanhoe Village, GB’s Bottle Shop, a new venture by the folks over at the Gnarly Barley, serves up a collection of craft brews. Complete with a small retail area, you can have your growlers filled here with one of their 20-rotating-taps.
Nora’s Sugar Shack. An eclectic bar in a historic house (yes, a house) where you can feel free to light up your cigars and make friends with the owner’s dog who can be seen mingling with the crowd.
The Matador. A great bar specializing in handcrafted cocktails. You’ll find some of the best Gin and Tonics, Old Fashions and Whiskey Sours made the way God intended here.
Quantum Leap Winery. Focused on sustainability, Quantum Leap Winery has a wine for everyone (even if you’re not a wine drinker like me). Most notable for me was their Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley.
If I had one complaint during my visit, it would have to be parking. Like any typical semi-downtown location, parking can be a bit of a chore. But if you come early and stake your claim on a parking spot, Ivanhoe Village is the perfect place for an enjoyable, safe, walkable evening. Better yet, skip the parking challenge, be safe and take an Uber.