markwise (209) North of Tampa, Florida | February 26, 2008| Updated January 17, 2009
Great ambiance and good service. It is a tiny little bar that is hard to find, even if you have the address. They have an awesome bottle selection and great beers on tap. THEY SHOULD TELL YOU IT IS CASH ONLY. I didn’t find out until it was time to settle up. No worries, though.
On my second trip in August 2008, the bartender made my friend and I wait in the pouring rain because it was 4:50, and not 5:00. She refused to let us in, and when she did we were very wet and only stayed for one round. Left me with a bad taste in my mouth for the bar.
Came here on 12.3.2018 directly from the airport as it is the best rated beer place in the city. From outside it looks very average. Inside to the left they have the small brew house and some fermentation tanks. A long bar in the center surrounding some fridges and a huge board to the right, displaying the 25 beers they have on tap. Great selection including Schlenkerla Fastenbier, Uerige Alt and many rare US beers. In the fridges I saw some Belgium lambics I have never seen before. One of the best vintage bottle selection I have come across. They have only 2 of their own beers on tap. I had an excellent cask conditioned IPA (Current Fad Batch #4). My second beer was a Hanssens Oudbeitje (Belgium) also from the hand pump. Really really good! Outside the food truck serves beef and pork pulled donuts - not bad. The ambiance and acoustics (liked the music - hardcore/punk) of this place is not outstanding but the sour beer selection is one of the best in the country.
Jow (322) Winter Garden, Florida | November 26, 2017
Finally made it here while family out of town. Big airy space but I dig the decor. Very friendly bartender who knew her stuff. Decent well thought out draft list huge vintage bottle list. They have food trucks that park outside most nights. Their house beers very good as well. Would love to frequent but not that close to where I’m moving or my work.
This place was great. An old air conditioning facility so rather large. The bar wraps around the fridge filled with beer. There is a second level where the brewery operations are. Back of the facility has some benches and tables for groups of people. Excellent selection of taps with many one off and hard to find beers here. An even larger collection of beer. Great place for any beer lover. Lights are really low but the ambiance is nice. Large project for sporting events on occasion. No food onsite but I have seen food trucks outside and occasional vendors inside.
Great place. Location isn’t great though... We were here just after opening hour + happy hour. Had some decent IPA’s and sours. 2 homebrews as well. Overall a nice place, but I don’t get why this place is in the top 50 of RB...
Was skeptic at first that a place in Orlando could have such a reputation, but was dully corrected. The place is simple with a rather industrial feeling. Aprox. 20 taps very well curated with a clear distinction between "plays" (sour, hoppy, malt, etc...) and a good selection of bottles and vintage bottles. Prices on everything were reasonable meaning you could get 4 or 5 pours of world class beer for under 25-30 USD. Service was great and very attentive. Loved the place and will come back whenever around.
My only regret from my first visit to Redlight Redlight (at the old Bennett Road location) was that I didn’t visit sooner. Redlight consistently has an excellent selection of draft (rotating), bottle, can, and vintage beer. If you’re looking for a beer from a huge company, you probably won’t find it here, but the staff will help you find a similar and better alternate. They also serve wine, mead for the non beer drinkers.
The atmosphere is unique, relaxed, and inviting. You can shop the food trucks and nearby restaurants (many that deliver), and enjoy your meal inside. Brent and the staff are helpful, knowledgeable, and welcoming, making me a long-term repeat customer.
Not too far from Cask & Larder brewpub. The best beer bar in the area. Interior was a bit too "airy" for my liking. Ok tap list but for me too much Europe-oriented. The speciality here is vintage beers. They even had Koff Porter 2009 vintage. Service was ok/normal.
chibuck (612) Chicago, Illinois | March 13, 2015| Updated February 10, 2018
Against my better judgment I gave Red Light a second chance, 3 years since my last visit. Shockingly just as bad experience. The drafts were terrible. A couple decent bottles, but not much.
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Its a joke this place is ranked as RB top 50 beer place in the world, utterly laughable. Ridiculously pedestrian draft list. Roughly 30 beers on tap, 26 of them were easily and nationally available beers. About 4 locals, but nothing from a place you care about. How do you not have a Funky Buddha or Cigar city beer on? The locals were small crappy breweries not even worth trying. Perhaps more atrocious than the draft list was the service. I was served by a whispy bartender who was utterly clueless about beer. She asked what I wanted and I told her something local. She told me she didn’t know what they might me. I named 4 of the local beers and she just kinda shrugged. I then said I’d take an ipa, she said I think we have cans. I settled for a cask IPA brewed with a yet to be created 10 ten brewing. Amateur hour, tasted like a boring English IPA. Maybe it was an off day, but this was way the hell off.
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.