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Reviews by jim102864:
4.08/5 rDev -6.8%
One of these places you only find if you do your research on BA but then again, I do every time I travel. Hidden away in yet another lifeless strip mall but right next door to the University of Central Florida, Bluz is a tiny beer bar but one that packs a good punch when it comes to quality beer. The place is no larger than a studio apartment but has the beer vibe that most enthusiasts seek; lots of tap handles, intimate, attracts others who know and want to talk beer. A handful of stools at the curvy bar with an equally curvy barmaid to serve you, a few tables and booths and a small stage for live entertainment make for a nice setting for a good beer experience. I'd say approximately 30 on tap including the likes of Nostradamus, which is a first for this writer, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, also somewhat of a rarity, Delirium Noel and a host of other high quality domestic micros and imports. The bottle menu is easily within range of the tap selection in quantity and quality. Schamiclaus 2006 vintage was to be had and served in proper glassware which was most enjoyable. Paul the bar manager was an affable fellow (the author of the review below me) who knows his beer. Hopefully, Bluz is an encouraging sign of things to come in Florida. In fact, given its proximity to a large University, theres no excuse for positive change in the beer drinking world for Orlando with places like Bluz in the area.
12-16-2007 12:03:43 | More by jim102864
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4/5 rDev -8.7%
Great place my name is on the wall- I had to drink over 100 beers. They have a large selection of Belgiums. About seven taps. The bartenders know thier beers. They offer beer mixutres, too. I enjoyed this place more when the bands didn't play every night and they weren't so loud... they need to just the sound. Its a too small of a beer to play music you can hear across the parking lot. UGB seems to focus more on the music than beers but thier logo is a big saxophone and they have a stage, so... They offer no food but you can bring some in- Lazy Moon is next door).
10-19-2010 22:06:58 | More by beersensei305
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
UB is my favorite local beer bar.
The interior is a little run down. But this is the only drawback.
The staff is knowledgeable, especially Paul, the manager. They are very responsive to customers.
The beer selection is good and always changing. There are always a nice group of people in there, so you don't have to drink alone.
Paul has been hosting monthly beer tastings. These are informative and fun. Appetizers are included in the $20 entry. We typically work our way through 12 beers.
UB is located across the street from University of Central Florida and close to Research park. This provides a nice mix of clients.
Paul has live music there most evenings on their very small corner stage. UB is a common stop for local and regional brewmasters. It's a fun place to go.
02-19-2010 13:20:18 | More by chickenflea
4.41/5 rDev +0.7%
Cheers to Paul. Paul was one of the most Beer knowledge Tap tenders I have met. I was there on a buisness trip. I always use BA to find to good spots near my location. Underground Bluz is a small place. The have a GREAT selection of USA craft beers. Since the draft beers rotate I want list all he had . But I will say Paul introduced me to the Best German style Wiess beer brewed in the US with Brooklyner Weisse. Great to talk beer with with you Paul. Catch you next time I am in Orlando. You can order food from local places in the srtip mall and they will bring it to ya.
09-26-2009 21:49:14 | More by Hallbrauhaus
4.14/5 rDev -5.5%
Went here on a Sunday and it was real laid back and chill - I would imagine that the place, since it is tiny, might be a hassle when live music plays and it gets crowded. That is my only complaint of an otherwise nice beer establishment.
It won't wow you with a huge selection, I think there were somewhere between 10-15 taps (I could be wrong) and probably 60-70 bottle selections overall. That being said, the QUALITY outweighs the quantity and there were some great brews there, including some Oktoberfest/Pumpkin Ales that I haven't been able to find in stores and some Jolly Pumpkin Ales they don't sell in VA.
The two bartenders really, and I mean REALLY, knew their stuff and were educating me a little.
It was great sippin' on some brew, shootin' the bull with guys who are interested and getting a bill that did not break the bank (in fact, for a beer bar their prices are spot-on compared to some other places that gorge your wallet).
I live in Orlando for two years and never made it here...I am so glad I did when returning.
09-29-2008 17:39:54 | More by clayrock81
3.96/5 rDev -9.6%
A - Tiny place, dive bar decor all the way. Obviously live music is as important as the beer. I was there in the early evening, but seeing as they are across the street from UCF and that everything seems designed to be as drunk-ass proof as possible I would imagine it gets pretty intense in here on a weekend night.
Q - Music may be a priority here, but beer is up there too. The manager cleans the draught lines himself and notes on the board when it was done - now that is fucking service. We were there early and Paul, the manager, was serving us himself so obviously the staff was knowledgeable and friendly.
S - I didn't get much of a look at the bottle menu, but the draught lineup was nice. Definitely no crap on tap here. Everything seemed to be either a good session beer or something unusual and interesting, just the way the draught selection should be at a beer bar.
Overall a good experience, and definitely the best place I know of to have a beer in or near Orlando. I feel like I missed out on the real vibe of the place by not being there later, but at the same time I have a feeling it was a bit rowdier than I like my beer bars to be.
08-08-2008 09:13:14 | More by nickfl
5/5 rDev +14.2%
Underground Bluez is my kind of place.. very friendly and knowledgable staff. all of which know good beer and are quick with sugustions if you ask for one... my only regret is that i live 3 hrs away.
I attended a beer tasting one weekend when i was visiting my friend for his birthday. Paul did great with it explaning the companys, brew style, and hop selection in the beers. there was about 30 people it was $15 for 12 4oz pours. with all the beers ranging fron 5.5%abv to 12%abv.
The Place usually has a $5 cover charge on the weekends. the 2 nights that we went they had bands playing, pretty good. I enjoyed sitting outside and watching all the "freshmen type" college kids pour into knights library(horrible college club), sipping on one of many fine craft brews they had on tap. about 15-20.
I would recomend this bar to any BA member in the orlando area. Its well worth the drive. I only wish they could open one here in Ft. Myers, i would be there every night...
07-16-2008 18:42:49 | More by bmw0825
4.64/5 rDev +5.9%
Underground Bluz is definitely a gem over in the UCF area where there is nothing more than bars going through kegs and kegs of Natty Light. Great beer selection, and there are many new offerings with the on-tap offerings changing frequently. The manager of the bar, Paul, is a great guy and you can tell beer is his passion and he is not just there to cash a paycheck. The prices are reasonable, the lines are cleaned frequently, the staff cares about the beer, and there is plenty of good beer. What more can you ask for? Awesome bar, wish I didn't live so far from Underground Bluz or I would be frequent the bar much more often. If you are in the area, go grab a few pints!
07-13-2008 03:56:17 | More by cjgator3
4.74/5 rDev +8.2%
my gf and i headed to underground bluz after a nice meal at the Cricketers Arms and some lovely hand-pumped english ales. the cover charge on a sunday for the guy strumming pop songs on the tiny stage was a little strange... he was an OK player but on a slow night it didn't add much.
paul the bartender was a fantastic guy, and it was a slow sunday night so we had a chance to rap about beer, homebrewing, working in bars, and all the great stuff that beer geeks do.
the bar seems like a great place, it had that divey, unkempt "underground" feeling but with dozens upon dozens of beers on hand. my gf had a St. Louis Framboise on tap, followed by some Czech pils whose name i can't remember... i sipped on a Paolo Santo Marron from DFH while chatting with Paul.
we'll definetly be going back there on a busier night - i really want to see what a live band on a friday in such a small place is like, the atmosphere probably gets 10x as awesome :)
06-13-2008 22:19:41 | More by teletype1
4.14/5 rDev -5.5%
From what I could tell, this was the best place in the Orlando area to get decent beer on tap. The place is a litle dark "hole in the wall" but isnt a rat trap. I think the max occupancy is 60. Theres a small corner for a band. The night we were there, 3 bands played and were decent.
Theres a few tables to sit at with a mix of benches and chairs. Theres also a little patio outside. Smoking is allowed.
I think there were probably 20 beers on tap, plenty more available by the bottle. The bartenders were knowledgeable on what was available. They were also pretty quick and friendly. Paul, the manager, showed up later and had a few samples for us(thanks Paul!) Would be a definate hangout if I lived in the area.
06-10-2008 16:28:35 | More by nriech
Underground Bluz in Orlando, FL
95 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.