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There's very little at the Woods to distract you from the cocktail business at hand



The Woods
Address/phone/web: 49 N. Orange Ave., 407-203-1114;

After work or after hours? Both

Beer/wine or liquor too? Lots o' liquor.

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

DJs? ☐ Y ☒ N

Loud music or background music? At least for happy hour, the music level is low enough for conversation, but loud enough where you can hear what’s playing.

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

Essay question: Why should I drink here?  
The Woods is one of the linchpins of the craft cocktail scene in downtown. Accordingly, there’s very little in the place to distract you from the business at hand: trying new cocktails. Though the menu they had when we stopped by for happy hour skewed a little sweet for our tastes (is that just a downtown thing?), the list of interesting ingredients will bring us back. (There was cachaça, apple bitters and poblano pepper syrup in the Raising Cane we tried.) Check out their website to stay informed of Iron Bartender competitions or other distillery- or brewery-sponsored events, often with complimentary booze for attendees.

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