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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.7/5 rDev +5.4%
This review will be completely out of order from the rest of the transcribed notes that constitute the field reports from WHF II & III, but circumstances dictated that I post my review before they move.
Todd at The Abbey was the one who told us about Red Light, Red Light and frankly, without his input, we would have blown past without a second glance. It was up a set of stairs with three neons in the window on the second floor and a simple wood and glass door on which was stenciled the word "BEER". Since it was so seemingly generic, I anticipated having one of those white cans with the solid black lettering, such as Otto drank in "Repo Man".
Ascending the steps, we reached the landing and without a compass and night goggles, we were lost. Dark? Stygian? Closed? Intruders, stay out! Feeling my way along, I managed to find the sole bathroom on the right side and TheChauffeur1 latched onto the doorway to The Stairway to Heaven (and Hell) - an unfinished concrete stairwell all of the way aft, past the short bar that ran down the left wall. The music (Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Roy Orbison) was excellent and as my eyes adjusted, I spotted the tile bar off to the left. Suddenly, Teege, the bartender popped up like a Dracula jack-in-thebox! Yeeessss?, he asked. This was NOT a place for the sun 'n' surf crowd.
Peering into the darkness, I sussed out about eight (8) taps, but they were all things from up north. I then refocused on the extensive (between 75 and 90) bottle collection which actually required a three-ring binder to enumerate. I cannot recall what I had, but I "helped" Greg with a bomber of Lagunitas Lucky 13, then I called Lagunitas to tell them about their product. Cell phones worked up there. Teege introduced us to many of the regulars and even put the lights up slightly so that I could have a better look around. There was a jet-black rubber Devil Duck on the bar that only reinforced the idea that this might be a circle in Hades. A small stage sat in the far left corner at the front of the building. The place had an unfinished, rustic look, with exposed joists and beams everywhere.
Where were we? Somebody's basement? San Francisco? All of the above? Hit it, baby! Do you dig Delilah's in CHI? Come here. Otherwise, stay FAR away. That, or come here,but know that it is not for the faint of heart.
Addendum: Upon (finally) reaching the place where our CouchSurfing host was attending a going-away party, we met another of the Redlight x 2 staff - a tall, lanky young lady with jet-black hair and some great ink on her arms. It would have been wild had we gotten to RL x 2 earlier, while she was working, then randomly met her at a party. Sometimes, the Fates do not weave quickly enough.
06-20-2008 12:45:23 | More by woodychandler
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4.27/5 rDev -4.3%
I was staying in town for business and decided to give this place a try. I wasn't quite as enamored with this place as others, but this is probably the best selection in Orlando.
The whole area kind of lacks any real feel to it. It is located in a tiny strip mall with other restaurants and clothes shops surrounding it. The exterior is non-descript, and the interior lacks any feel. It is vacuous with no real attitude or ambiance.
My one complaint, which really isn't a true complaint, just a preference, is that out of the 25 or so taps, there was only ONE, yes ONE IPA. I know not everyone is a hophead, but this is the only BA worthy bar I have been to in the past 6 years or so that didn't have atleast three or four IPAs on tap. The only one available was Swamp Head Big Nose, which was a nice beer. The variety of styles is unmatched, which is most desireable.
The style selection runs the gamut from Altbier to Barrel Aged Saison to Helles to Schwarzbier. The bottled selection was awesome and rivaled any bottle selection I have seen anywhere in Florida. There had to be 500 bottled beers. They even had a huge ass bottle of St Feuillien (sp?) that was a 9L bottle, also known as a Salmanazar, for sale. The bartender said it was about $600.
Service was okay. I wasnt really acknowledged when I walked in and was ignored for about two minutes. After the initial introductions, the servers were knowledgable and conversational.
For beer, this is a true destination in Orlando.
04-30-2014 22:40:02 | More by SaCkErZ9
Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL
97 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.