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Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors: strongest drinks, longest hours

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

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Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors

1001 N. Mills Ave.

After work or after hours?
All of the above.

Beer/wine or liquor too?
So much liquor.

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

☐ Y
(X) N

Smoking allowed?
(X) Y
☐ N    

Outside drinking?
☐ Y
(X) N

☐ Y
(X) N

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad?
It’s not the Four Seasons or anything, but not bad. Be prepared to make a new friend, as both bathrooms are fairly cramped.

(X) Y
☐ N   

What’s on?
news, sports, video poker

☐ Y
(X) N

Loud music or background music?  
TouchTunes is pretty loud, but if no one pays, nothing plays. When it is on, though, you’ll hear everything from AC/DC to Frankie Goes to Hollywood; and don’t be surprised if the customers erupt into a full-bar sing-along.

Games? Check all that apply:
(X) video
☐ darts
☐ shuffleboard
(X) other: bar-top video poker, trivia, etc.

Essay question: Why should I drink here?   
Wally’s has been an Orlando institution for as long as anyone still drinking can remember. (In fact, they celebrate their 60th anniversary this weekend: See This Little Underground on page 41.) Wally’s serves the strongest drinks (a rum and Coke looks like ginger ale), has the longest hours (open 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday), sells package goods later than anyone from their storefront/table area and has the best wallpaper in town. Local celebrattorney John Morgan is known to pop in unannounced from time to time and buy a round for the bar. Cash only.


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