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Discover live music and great beer at the Smiling Bison

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


745 Bennett Road, 407-898-8580,

After work or after hours?
After hours if you want to avoid the dinner crowd.

Beer/wine or liquor too?
☐ fancy cocktails
☐ make ’em strong and keep ’em coming
(X) wine list (5 choices or more)
(X) craft beer
(X) wide selection of bottles (more than 15)
☐ wide selection on tap (more than 15)

(X) Y
☐ N

Smoking allowed inside?
☐ Y
(X) N

Outside drinking?
(X) Y
☐ N

☐ Y
(X) N

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad?
not bad

☐ Y
(X) N

☐ Y
(X) N

Loud music or background music?
Live music some nights; otherwise, background music

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

Essay question: Why should I drink here?
On certain nights, there's live music, and nothing's better at the Bison than being adventurous and trying new beers on draft while soaking in the sounds on Jazz Tuesdays. They retained the marvelous bar many of us perched around when Redlight Redlight occupied the space, which means the Bison bar top similarly serves as communal grounds for random small talk with other barflies.