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Even if all Gnarly Barley had was their beer menu, it would still be ahead of the game



The Gnarly Barley
Address/phone/web: 77431 S. Orange Ave., 407-854-4999;

After work or after hours? Both

Beer/wine or liquor too? Serious beer

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

Food? ☒ Y ☐ N

Smoking allowed inside? ☐ Y ☒ N    

Outside drinking? ☒ Y ☐ N

Dog-friendly? ☒ Y ☐ N  

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad? Not bad.

TVs? ☒ Y ☐ N
What's on? Sports

DJs? ☐ Y ☒ N

Loud music or background music?
There’s live music sometimes, but otherwise it’s nondescript to nonexistent.

Games? Check all that apply:
☐ pinball
☐ video
☐ pool
☐ darts
☒ other: board games

Essay question: Why should I drink here?
Even if all the Gnarly Barley had to offer was their extensive-to-the-point-of-obsessive beer menu, they’d still be competitive in the craft brew game among other beer spots in Orlando. But when you add in the friendly service, the shaded patio, fun events like movie nights and trash can beer pong (yep), and some of the best bar food we’ve ever gobbled up … well, there’s really no reason not to head south and wrap your paws around a can, bottle or glass from their diverse, ever-rotating list.

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