Large place in a old style strip mall, adequate parking out front. Inside, the large bar is at the center, with stools and tables on three sides. Small (3 barrel?) brewpub is in the hayloft. Drafts are listed on a chalkboard and on chalkboard tap handles scattered about. Good list featured some new local breweries, plus some Trois Dames collaborations with Raphael himself in attendance. Bottles are in scattered fridges, with the vintage stuff in a back corner fridge - definitely have a close up look. But you can ask for a bottle list too featuring things like ’09 BFM Grand Cru and other treats. No food, but they have menus of places that deliver. The highlight of the evening for me, other than the company, was the amazing service. Every single person went well above the call of duty, so the night was an absolute pleasure. World Class is right.
This is a solid place, but maybe I am somewhat jaded by these "Top 50" places. I cannot say I would put it in that list based on other places I have been. The beer selection is good and there are even some elusive Cantillon bottles available, but the house brewery only had one beer on and the the tap selection was rather run of the mill. I will put this place at or near the top of my Orlando stops, but I also did not visit all potential places. There was no food that I saw.
A laid-back bar for serious beer lovers and casual drinkers alike. Has the whole package, including a great owner who tends bar and keeps the place fully stacked with hard-to-find top-notch beers. A Ratebeerian paradise and dangerously fun.
(Visited 08/2012): Redlight Relight is located on the northeast side of Orlando on Corrine Dr. Both the neighborhood and exterior of the building may lead a person to think they are in the wrong place, but it is there. Small lot plus some street parking nearby.
The interior is dark and divey with some wobbly tables and a to-go cooler by the entrance, then the bar on the left, then some more tables. The bar has a board listing the beers (there is another on the wall in the seating area) and is a nice stamped metal look.
The bar has over 20 taps with selections from Cigar City, Swamp Head, Terrapin and other craft brewers. Also a book full of bottled options from Cigar City (including vintages of Marshal Zhukov), St. Somewhere, Rogue, Bells and many others. Several imports as well.
Service on a weekday early evening was good. We were at a table and needed to order all our drinks at the bar. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beer menu and on top of things.
We did not have any food on our visit.
Overall this is the best beer place I have encountered in Orlando. That may be damning with faint praise on some level but they really do stand on their own in the pantheon of beer bars.
After dinner stop. The place was busy, but parking was available. Smallish in front, but a wraparound bar and a larger back room. Taplist was very solid and reasonably priced. Bottle list was extensive, but frankly not particularly exciting. Maybe I am just too jaded, but I thought the list at Gnarly Barley, while smaller, was better curated. Service was exceptional all evening long. A great beer hangout. Deserving of world class status.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 16, 2009
Visited later evening on a Wednesday. Located in an older strip mall, and upon entering it’s hard to believe the big open, tall ceilinged place is actually located in that strip mall. Well worn spot, though does give it quite a bit of character (divey in a fun sort of way). The layout is a big circular bar in the middle, with tables spread around, particularly in the back part of the bar. This is mostly a beer bar, though they also brew and had 2 of their own beers on when I visited (one of which was cask). In addition to house beers, there was one additional cask and 30 beers on draft. Limited and import beer seems to be the focus, and the list is indeed impressive. There were a number of beers offered that I had never heard of, and have less than 10 rates here on the site. Bottles and cans are exhibited / housed in the coolers in the middle of the bar, and there are hundreds of incredible beers. Service was friendly, and knowledgeable. Good crowd, certainly a place not to miss in Orlando.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Visited right at opening on a Sunday afternoon. Located in a small strip mall with plenty of parking options available. Nicely-appointed, semi-upscale feel to the place. The focus here is entirely on the beer, and for that I am thankful. The moderately large tap list was fantastic. One very tasty house beer featured in addition to a very well curated selection of guests. I had trouble choosing between options from Trois Dames, Prairie, Birra Del Borgo, Jolly Pumpkin etc. The bottle list was massive, no less impressive than the excellent draft line up. There were a huge number of sours available. BFM featured heavily. I also noticed quite a few limited bottles from 7venth Sun. No food seemed to be available, but a food truck was set up outside. Prices were cheap considering the quality on offer. Service was impeccable, personable. Overall, this is a legitimate beer destination. Worth a long detour.
Redlight Redlight....well what can I say. Florida has so few good beer bars that Redlight Redlight in Florida is a Shangri-La. But anywhere else...I mean there’s no way that Redlight Redlight is better than modest places like Pizzeria Paradiso in DC and certainly is nowhere near Toronado. The charm of RR is that it is a major league dive bar. I mean, when I first went there I was positive my car was going to be broken into and that I was stepping into a biker bar. But lo and behold, the interior is all Winter Park hipsters ordering exotic beers and then vomiting ferociously everywhere from their first taste of hops. But in all seriousness, RR has a very nice taplist, the bottle list is very impressive for Florida but not unworldly and certainly not Top 10 in the world worthy. Beers are poured with minimal heads. Serving temperature is wildly cold. Some beers are served so cold and with no head that it is physically impossible to enjoy them. Service was very good and the staff did make an effort to seek out the crazy beers of their bottle list our group was after. Really, the only thing that I dislike about RR is that you must have a DD to go there. It is in the middle of nowhere way outside of main Orlando and you cannot go anywhere with a street name by walking or biking. So, if you want to go to Redlight Redlight, and you do not want to be killed or get a DUI, bring a DD. It is a must. Other than that, probably is the beer place in Florida that I’ve been to but Kickback’s in Jacksonville is not far off. If only we could get the CCB Homers to rate Kickback’s, it may be in the Top 10 places for beer in the world too. ;)
As others have said...this is probably the best beer bar in Orlando...but that’s not really a strong compliment. Nonetheless, this is a worthy destination when in the area. Very cool décor...large number of taps. The beers available while I was their did not do justice to the amount of taps though...meaning maybe half were interesting and the rest were common. I agree with the review that says it’s too bad they don’t try harder to feature more FL beers. I also understand this place can get very crowded...but we hit it right at opening on a weeknight. The staff was very nice and helpful. I do think there’s room for some overall improvement if the owners are interested in making this place a true destination craftbeer bar.