Craft Beer in Downtown Orlando

There are plenty of places to drink beer in downtown Orlando. Not all are created equal when it comes to craft beer. I've got a few go-to places when I'm looking to enjoy a good beer in downtown O'town.
Lake Eola Park fountain with swans
There's some craft beer to be found beyond the Fountain

Broken Cauldron
The closest brewery downtown in Broken Cauldron. It's a straight shot up Church Street. Not even a mile from The Amway Center, a half mile to Camping World Stadium and a couple of blocks from Orlando City Stadium.
entrance to Broken Cauldron Brewery
A two in one brewery

Broken Cauldron is two breweries combined into one. Broken Strings brews some tasty IPA's. I'm happy when I see White Room IPA on the menu👍Black Cauldron makes a tasty Rukus Red Ale. They also have a Blood Purple Saison⚽

This brewery is a family friendly brewery. It'a great spot to enjoy some Orlando beer before or after an event. It's a great brewery to chill with friends and watch the game on TV.
Frank & Steins is a happening place for Happy Hour. A lot of downtown workers chill here after the end of their work day. The craft beer selection here is impressive; they have a nice menu laid out categorizing their beers. They have hundreds of beers to choose from including over three dozen on tap. If you happen to come during their Happy Hour during the week, from 3 pm-7 pm you'll get half off selected drafts and you'll find a couple of food specials as well.
Frank & Steins Eatery & Pub
Frank & Steins Eatery & Pub 

Frank & Steins has a nice food menu with their focus being on the "Franks". I love sauerkraut so The German is my go too hot dog when I'm eating here. If franks aren't your thing you will find plenty of appetizers, sandwiches, salads & more to choose from.

Frank & Steins will have events from time to time. The bar is pretty big with a lot of seating, making for a good place for groups. I enjoy that they have some cool beer events, but the place gets really loud & crowded during them. I've been later at night and the vibe is much more chill. 

Frank & Steins is a great place to belly up to the bar to watch the game. It's also a fun place to stop by with friends. There are a bunch of board games you can play at your table or you can have some fun with Skee-ball.  

I love the vibe going on at The Woods. It's an out of the way watering hole in downtown and on my visits the bar has had a nice chill to it. 

There is a "woodsy" feel about the place with tree designs throughout the bar. It's dark and I like that. There are some tables overlooking Orange Ave or you can really be secluded in the back. Not many people sit back there. I prefer to sit at the bar where I can engage with the friendly servers.

I come here for the beer, but The Woods is more about cocktails. There are about a dozen beers on draft and they have a decent bottle selection priced nicely. 

They have some cool events, but they need to do a better job on social media getting the word out. Follow their Instagram to find out about some of the things happening at the bar.

I've been to The Woods Orlando a couple of times. My first time was during a Michigan Beer Night when they had Bell's Hopslam and Founder's KBS on draft. These are two of my favorite beers, so it didn't take much to entice me.
Bells Beer at The Woods Orlando
Bells Beer at The Woods Orlando 

If you stop by on a Wednesday you get a slice of bacon to go with your drink. Beer & Bacon pairings!🍺&🐷 

In a sea of average beer bars downtown, The Woods is a nice place to escape to enjoy a drink.

Tap & Grind
I love the aloha feel about Tap & Grind. It's a hidden craft beer gem where you can chill & enjoy a beer with friends. 

This is one of the most intimate bars in Orlando. That's what I enjoy about it. A lot of the time I just want to enjoy a good beer and just be. I don't want to deal with crowds. The bar may be small, but they are big on the beers.
craft beer at Tap n Grind in orlando
All American beers on tap🍻

You'll find sixteen American craft beers on tap along with a more to choose from the bottle list. There may not be hundreds of beers, but Tap & Grind is more about quality over quantity. 

The bar is dark on the inside. The lighting is low, the music is chill and the television has some extreme sports playing in the background. I enjoy that much more than watching a game. Along with seating at the bar, you will find a few tables inside. If the weather is nice I like to take my beer outside and enjoy it on the patio.

Tap & Grind has some cool events from time to time. You might not find out about them until the day of. I wish they shared more on social media, but for now, I'll be happy enjoy Tap & Grind when I can.

It seemed like it took forever for the World of Beer to open in downtown Orlando. Once it did the crowds have never stopped. This is a prime location with a large outdoor patio overlooking Lake Eola.

I've been to a handful of World of Beers and this is my favorite setup. I love the downtown location, but I also enjoy the spacious seating inside. I'm not the only one who enjoys a drink or two at this downtown Orlando bar, every time I stop by the place is packed. 
They have hundreds of beers to choose from. Check out their website for a cool interactive menu to help you decide on your brew. This World of Beer also has a nice sized Tavern Menu along with a "Beerunch".

World of Beer has a lot of events going on at each bar. I can't hit them all, so I try and see what ones are enticing at the downtown location. I like the variety of the events the have as well. They range from tap takeovers to beer dinners and charity events.
World of Beer Downtown Orlando |
Beer Flight

If you're in town visiting or a local who enjoys craft beer you have a handful of good options. Make an afternoon out of it and enjoy a craft beer crawl on foot or rent a Juice bike for the day. 

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.