What do you get when 3 friends with a lust for beer and thirst for adventure embark on a journey? Thats right, a terror squad of drunks, dropping into in to say hello on the unsuspecting populous. JP, Jimbo, and J-Man out on a mission to conquer all that is smoky, questionable, low-brow, and all too wonderful. The kinds of places where the tall boys are cold and any take home prospect may require a 3 beer minimum and a follow up of penicillin.
This review started out as a trinity of Orlando dive bars, but I quickly realized that out of the many, only one stands out in the crowd. A place that gets my repeat business whether it may be on a Wednesday or a Weekend spot. One has to realize that there are many bars that have suffered from “yuppification” like my old stomping grounds The Copper Rocket and Bar-B-Que Bar. This has been a recent trend in the Metro Orlando area. These fine establishments need to make money to survive, I know this. However, the clientèle has drastically changed and they consider these places a “dive bar,” I see them as a nice place to take a date, go figure. The Matador is about the only downtown bar still “worthy” of my patronage; take it as you will. And yes, I have to give mention to McRaney’s and Tom and Jerry’s as they were our pre-game places and well worth checking out.Though as I thought about this review, I quickly came to the conclusion that they alone or combined, did not have all the elements that make Odin’s Den the official hang out of JP, Chocolate Bear, and crew.
You may ask, “JP what makes a good dive bar?” Simple! Good inexpensive/cheap beer, atmosphere, and of course characters. These combined elements make Odin’s Den, in my opinion, the best damn dive bar in Orlando. This is why…
The Beer List that reads like an epic novel:
Rogue Dead Guy
NEW!Left Hand MilkStout
Shipyard Prelude ale
NEW!Orlando Brewery’s Old Pelican (seasonal)
Lost Coast Great White
Sea Dog Blueberry Ale
Orlando Brewery’s BlackWater
NEW! NEW!Lagunitas PILS
NEW! Delirium Tremors
Orlando Brewery’s Orange Blossom Pilsner
Sea Dog Porter
La Fin Du Monde
Don De Dieu
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Atmosphere wise, well this should explain it:
Yes, if your drinking is slowed down by the traditional can/bottle/glass to mouth method, a funnel is available to help speed up the process.
Yes, for all of those that questioned if there really was a beer named after me, here’s the proof…
In a fine establishment such as this, it’s always the Charators that make the place:
So, it needs to be said that we always have a good time at Odin’s. Ha! The even let me do the last call ceremony as I shotgunned a PBR. This is the spot where its warm and inviting. No one knows your name and guess what, they just don’t care either. It’s my kind of joint.
Also, a special shout out goes to Tina from the Bagel King, she totally made the morning after more bareable with her kick-ass breakfast special. Go see her!