Beerlando (70) Orlando, Florida | August 2, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very cool new bar located inside an imported furniture store (Washburn Imports) in the College Park area of Orlando. The decor is second to none, as you are literally surrounded by antique imported Balinese, Indian, Thai, and Indonesian furniture and artwork. In fact, the smell of all the rich wood and finishes is quite nice, and accordingly (and thankfully) there is no smoking allowed. The beer selection isnít vast, by any means, and there are some spotty selections, but there are no Bud/Miller/Coors products, and any beer geek can find something nice to drink (examples from my visit included JP Oro de Calabaza, Cascade Kriek, Saison Dupont, & Southampton Keller Pils). Glassware was, generally speaking, appropriate for each style. Pricing is a bit odd, as some beers are right in line with going rates ($20 Cascade & JP 750s), while others are overpriced ($10 Hitachino & $5 Wittekerke 12oz). There is no food, save for bar pretzels, so make sure you eat before visiting. Service can be slow when it is crowded, and the staff is still learning, but everyone is pleasant and friendly. Orlando needs more places like this. Great potential here.