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Winter Park’s Keg ’N Cork is a neighborhood bar in the best sense

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

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Keg ’N Cork

1566 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-951-8706;

After work or after hours?
After work

Beer/wine or liquor too?
Beer and wine

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

(X) Y
☐ N  
Keg ’N Cork offers flatbreads, wraps, salads and a selection of fried finger foods.

Smoking allowed?   
☐ Inside
(X) Outside

Outside drinking:  
(X) Y
☐ N     

(X) Y
☐ N  

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad?
Not bad

(X) Y
☐ N  
What’s on? Sports.

☐ Y
(X) N

Loud music or background music?
Unless there’s a band, open mic, trivia or comedy onstage, the Touchtunes is set to a very reasonable volume, audible without killing conversation.

Games? Check all that apply:
☐ pinball
(X) video (touchscreen variety)
(X) pool
(X) darts
☐ shuffleboard
☐ other:

Essay question: Why should I drink here?
Keg ’N Cork is a neighborhood bar in the best sense: a low-key place where people can have a few beers and hang out with friends. Located in the old McRaney’s Tavern space after a couple of other endeavors failed in the location (RIP, Barley’s Taphouse and Winter Park Saloon), the remodel has brightened things up, both inside and outside. The patio is inviting and the beer selection is respectably extensive. The food is OK, but don’t feel bad if the smell from 4 Rivers, located just next door, summons you for a barbecue break between beers. Parking headaches, long a problem at previous incarnations of this spot, are alleviated now that you’re allowed to park in the 4 Rivers lot.