Food & Drink » Bar Exam

The Sideshow is in town, and we’re the freaks

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

  • Photo by OW staff


15 N. Orange Ave.

After work or after hours?

Beer/wine or liquor too?
All three!

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

(X) Y
☐ N    
Fancy Polynesian-inspired carnival grub. (The kitchen closes at 11 p.m.)

Smoking allowed?
☐ Y
(X) N   

Outside drinking?
☐ Y
(X) N

☐ Y
(X) N

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad?
Complete with funhouse mirrors, the bathrooms remain true to the theme and clean – for now.

(X) Y
☐ N     

What’s on?
Whatever’s hot at the moment. Sports, presumably. Large carnival portraits slide over to reveal flat-screens.

(X) Y
☐ N   
There’s a trippy, projection-mapped light show every night.

Loud music or background music?  
Background music by day, loud party awesomeness by night.

Games? Check all that apply:
☐ pinball
☐ video
☐ pool
☐ darts
(X) other: A giant spinning roulette wheel that determines featured shots

Essay question: Why should I drink here?     
You don’t go to a carnival to drink hoity-toity craft beer – you want to get drunk on the classics and ride some rides. In this case, the ride is your own class-act drunkenness. It’s a trip to see passers-by stop mid-stride and soak in the ambience. Can you blame them? The place is a visual marvel. The Sideshow is in town, and we’re the freaks – act accordingly.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.