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Craft cocktail connoisseurs flock to the Courtesy Bar

Bar Exam: the where, what and why of Orlando drinking

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The Courtesy Bar

Address/phone/web:
114 N. Orange Ave., 407-450-2041, thecourtesybar.com

After work or after hours?
after hours

Beer/wine or liquor too?
Liquor is the star, but there’s a nice selection of beer and wine as well.

Check all that apply:
(X) fancy cocktails
☐ make ’em strong and keep ’em coming
(X) wine list (5 choices or more)
(X) craft beer
☐ beer: the usual suspects
(X) wide selection of bottles (more than 15)
☐ wide selection on tap (more than 15)

Food?    
☐ Y
(X) N

Smoking inside?
☐ Y
(X) N
There are a few seats outside where smokers can indulge.

Outside drinking:      
(X) Y
☐ N  

Dog-friendly?     
☐ Y
(X) N

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad? not bad

TVs?    
☐ Y
(X) N

DJs?      
☐ Y
(X) N

Loud music or background music?  
background music

Games? Check all that apply:
☐ pinball
☐ video
☐ pool
☐ darts
☐ other: _________

Essay question: Why should I drink here?  
One of the first Orlando bars to kickstart the craft-cocktail movement here, the Courtesy is a don’t-miss on any true connoisseur’s barhop. Truly creative drink recipes are tested exhaustively before hitting the menu – no “hey, this might be good” sloppiness here – and only a few customer favorites stick around through the menu’s seasonal updates. In addition to the delicious drinks, the vibe is sophisticated without being stuffy: Lighting and sound levels are both pleasingly low, while style points for the vintage furnishings and long banquette are high.

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