After Dark: Post-Game Huddles

Whether you’re celebrating or sulking, these five bars are prime choices for some after-football fun.



NORMA LOPEZ MOLINA

To Celebrate a Victory

The Moat Sports Grille It may look small from the outside, but this sports grill is bursting at the seams with rowdy college students and locals alike. Dedicated exclusively to UCF sports, The Moat offers an expansive menu—extra-cheesy nachos and burgers included—and retails a surplus of UCF Knights gear. The bar boasts the best game-day drink specials in town, whether the game is at home or away, and caters to a noisy crowd that expands quickly from the windows to the walls and out onto the patio after a victory. Just expect slightly slower service on game days. 4250 Alafaya Trail #100, Oviedo, themoatsportsgrille.com


Southern Women's Show

To Continue the Tailgate

Buffalo Wild Wings UCF With two locations within three miles of Bright House Stadium, it’s no surprise that a huge crowd flocks to BWW for food, drinks and further tailgate-like raucousness after a game. This large, colorful sports bar, which has indoor and outdoor seating, offers a sizeable variety of flavored wings and towers of beer for big cheers. It's also known for the multitude of giant flat-screen TVs on every wall so you can watch more college or pro football games after you’ve left the bleachers. 11400 University Blvd., Orlando; second location at 504 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, buffalowildwings.com

 


GWN Dragon Boat

To Drown Your Sorrows

World of Beer UCF Not in the mood to eat? World of Beer has a rotating lineup of about 50 beers on tap and 500 bottle choices. Small TVs hang over the bar and on the patio for those who want to keep up with other games, but the majority of the crowd are UCF fans and students who are just looking to talk Knights and enjoy the wide variety of brews. And good news: If you happen to get your appetite back, there’s a menu of nearby places that will deliver food right to your WOB table. 3402 Technological Ave., Orlando, wobusa.com/ucf

 


Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

To Make the Transition to Downtown

Frank and Steins Eatery and Pub After a game, the next step for many is to head into downtown Orlando for some late-night barhopping. Frank and Steins is an ideal first stop before a long night out; there are 300 craft beers behind the busy bar, a list of gourmet-inspired hot dogs on the menu, and dozens of board games on shelves around the pub for some friendly (and sometimes extremely competitive) fun. Big-screen TVs playing multiple sports games decorate the walls, and there’s a tiny upstairs hideaway for small groups seeking a break from the crowd. 150 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, frankandsteins.com

 


"Olga Ivanovna" by Nicholas Simmons

To Get Away From It All

The Lazy Gator Bar at Black Hammock The Looking to get away from the whole sports-crazed fan scene? Head over to The Lazy Gator Bar at Black Hammock. Located on Lake Jesup in Oviedo, this waterfront venue has two full bars and live music on the weekends. The overwhelming football crowd likely won’t head here, and there’s always a lively mass of patrons enjoying the tequila shot and Presidente beer specials, not to mention a local rock band, until 1 a.m. 2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Rd., Oviedo, blackhammock.com

 



 

 

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