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The Dapper Duck Bar puts forth extra effort that pays off

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Dapper Duck Bar
28 S. Orange Ave., 407-286-0256, dapperduckbar.com ­­

After work or after hours? Both, plus a serious lunchtime scene

Beer/wine or liquor too? All of it

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/cans (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? Newly renovated and very nice

Bag hooks? Y ☒ N ☐  

TVs? Y ☒ N ☐

What's on? Sports

DJs? Y ☐ N ☒

Live music? Y ☐ N ☒

Loud music or background music?Low-key reggae on a recent afternoon visit

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

Essay question: Why should I drink here?  
Dapper Duck tries a lot harder than it has to. Opened about six weeks ago by the owner of the Downtown Pourhouse and staffed by experienced bartenders you’ll recognize from other downtown haunts, it’s got a built-in clientele. But rather than simply leaning on the regulars and the ideal Orange Avenue location, the Duck offers decor a bit nicer than it needs to be (Edison bulbs, etc.), a stellar food menu, way more wine choices than you might expect in a relatively casual downtown bar and grown-up staff mixing well-built cocktails. The bar would probably be just as busy without all these things – and it is almost always busy – but it’s nice to know they’re putting the good work out there anyway.

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