Lake Buena Vista Ale House

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Type: Bar, Eatery

12371 County Rd 535
Orlando, Florida, 32836-6737
United States

(407) 239-1800 | map


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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by jwjon1:
Photo of jwjon1
2.43/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

Come on peeps. How in the hell is this an 82? Let's see: about 35 taps, 95% BMC. Had to settle for a Sam A... not that I don't enjoy Sammy A, but come on. I can find Sam anywhere. At a place called "Ale House", I'd expect more. Per the tender, they don't even rotate save for a Sam A seasonal. Oh, and a Blue Moon seasonal.

Passed this place on my way to my hotel, and after learning my hotel bar already closed, I came back for a brew. I regret that choice. Pathetic beer joint.

Now, if you dig typical sports bars enjoy TGIF, and don't care about beer, come here. Actually, TGIF has better beer selections, if that tells you anything.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BdM
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MGodduclan5
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Chincino
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I lived down the road from this particular Orlando Ale House which is near Disney in the Lake Buena Vista section of Orlando. This particular Orlando Ale House seems to cater to a large tourist as well as Disney "cast member" crowd. You'll usually find a large crowd here on any given night. It is a good place to watch a game as there a large number of televisions which they have recently upgraded to watch games on. There are pool tables and dart boards as well so it's a good place to go to meet up with friends for cheap food and beer, to play a game of pool, or to watch a game.

That being said, the Orlando Ale House is not a place to go to if you expect to get a good micro-brew. The beers they serve here are inexpensive for a reason. They usually offer 2 dollar coronas on Tuesday nights or a bucket of 5 bottles of natty ice for $5. Occasionally, there will be some halfway decent beers on tap here, but that is the exception to the rule. The food here is decent and is very inexpensive. They serve nachos that could easily serve 8-10 people for around 8 dollars.

I frequented this place because it was a good place to meet up with friends to have a good time without spending a lot of money, but you have to be forewarned about what to expect from this place-decent cheap pub food and not so good cheap beer.

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Photo of brewman63
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This place would be better with more microbrews available but the selection they have isn't terrible. This is part of the Ale House chains in the Florida area. There always seems to be a strange odor to it though. Almost like someone got sick and they didn't clean it up.

The service was good once I got a bartenders attention. It's always crowded but that's what happens when you're in a big tourist area like Disney.

The food was okay without being great.

This isn't a bad place to go when you're on vacation.

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Photo of Portertime
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This was pretty much like any other noisy sports bar. I went on a Friday night and there were a lot of people. They have a billiards table and a few dart boards so you can entertain yourself or friends. Muted TVs were everywhere so you can catch a game but obviously not hear it. The taps were the usual macros with the special just being the latest Sam Adams or Bud seasonals. Food was alright but greasy and cliche for a sports bar. The wings were sub par and not as hot as I preferred. Nothing special here.

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Photo of jim102864
2.54/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

I expected little and this place met my expectations. The actual location of the Ale House I visited last week is next to the airport rather than this one, but I don't suspect they're at all different. About the best I can say for this typical Florida bar is it had a sizeable outdoor bar, which for a guy who's listening to the sleet tap against his window as he writes, was most enjoyable given that it was last week and it was 84 and sunny there. That and the hot barmaid. End of story. Predominantly macro crap from the big three and a bunch of locals with red necks and bad haircuts who loved to smoke. Suffice it to say most of them got the "bucket" which was a plastic bucket of Miller Lite on ice. Each and every one of 'em looked as content as could be and more than willing to talk 'Gator football or fishing or hunting or whatever but not about quality beer. Again, the facility itself is modern and comfortable, but the only reason why we stopped there was because of its proximity to the airport. Not worth the visit if you're a beer enthusiast but about the best you can hope for in Orlando with the exception of Underground Bluz.

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Photo of FirkinBucky
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3.5

This is a nice sports bar, but a mediocre beer bar. Their beer selection consists primarily of imports you can get anywhere like Guinness and boring regionals like Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams. The simple fact that they served their beer in frosted glasses lets you know they are not serious about beer in any way.

Orlando is absolutely devoid of quality beer bars. The fact that this qualifies as one of the better ones is a sad statement. Better choices in the immediate area are Underground Bluz II and Cricketeers Arms--although they have some shortcomings as well.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The Orlando Ale House has lot of decent beers on tap (Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Paulaner Hefe, Stella, Urquell, Guinness) stand out just to name a few off of the top of my head. Decent selection, a bit pricey but good service and decent food. You must try the chicken nachos if you go here. It is a HUGE plate full of tortilla chips covered in cheese, chicken and peppers. Overall, the Ale House is a decent place to go for a brew mainly because of it's proximity to me. Not a bad place to go for good dinner and a pint of brew.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Just got back from a four day trip to Orlando and we hit this place a couple of times. It was very easy to get to as it was right across the street from our hotel. Looked promising from the outside as well as the name. The inside was okay, nothing to brag about. Sports bar all the way. A couple of games and pool towards the back right. Huge horse shoe bar in the middle. The taps were a disappointment. Tons of macro, SNPA, a couple Sam, Guinness, and the like. Service was very friendly and fast. Food was good for bar food, but don't expect the best. The crowd was actually cool. Met a roadie for Neil Young there.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Pretty basic sports bar. "Ale house" is a misnomer, the place has about 10 brews on tap, and none of them are spectacular (pilsner Urquell, Sam Adams, Bud, Bud Light...etc). Bottle selection isn't much more than what they have on tap. They do however stock the sam adams seasonals, which are usually very good.

The only saving grace of the place is the food. While not amazing, the wings are very good as well as pretty much everything else on the menu. The chicken Nachos are exceptional, not to mention huge.


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Photo of CRJMellor
2.86/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

To me this was a very basic sports bar that tried to have a few decent beers on tap. Absolute mad house the night I visited and ended up walking out after waiting 15 minutes to get a beer. Pretty big place with a U-shaped bar as you walk in the door. Dining room to the left and what looked like pool tables, darts and video golf games to the right. Didn't really get a chance to examine. Plenty of parking which is probably the best thing I can say about the place. Plenty of TV's for your viewing pleasure. Menu didn't look all bad but pretty basic.
All in all I'd have probably skipped the place anyway after looking at the beer list.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This is one of the better stops near Disney. The location is a little off the beaten path, but close to all the action near Lake Buena Vista.

Plenty of off street parking in a congested area. The look is lots of dark wood and brass, with enough seating for a legion. The bar is a large U-shaped affair with lots of TVs easily viewable from anywhere at the bar. The taps are impressive in quantity, but not in quality. Mostly its a macro affair for most taps and all of the bottled selection, with Pilsner Urquel and Sierra Nevada being some of the better draft along with Pauliner.

Good eating fair with a large selection of burgers and other goodies available. Service is fast and courteous. The theme here is trophy fishing with many large specimen mounts around the large interior. A very nice stop in this beer wastelnd.

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Photo of Loki
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This is one of the better chain restaurants I've visited. That being said there is still a lot of room for improvement.

The atmosphere is good and friendly. They have plenty of TV's around the bar and the restaurant area seems fairly nice. The place is laid out much like an Outback.

The quality of beers they serve is a toss-up. While they have a great selection for the beer wasteland that is Orlando, they don't have that many quality beers. They have a lot of Bud, Miller, Heineken, Bass, Guiness, etc. So all the major macros including the import macros. They have 33 on tap and 21 bottles. All the bottles where macros. The taps varied with Anchor or Sierra Nevada being the smallest producer they carried.

The service was good except for one putz behind the bar, but the other two servers made up for him and they split the tips, so I still had to be generous.

The selection is not that great as it tends to be 20 different varieties of the same style. There were some differences, but nothing I hadn't had or really liked. Best beers they had IMHO Pauliner Hefe, Sierra Nevada Pale, Anchor Steam, and Pilsner Urquel.

The food was very good. Apparently they make all their pasta fresh. I had the Cajun Mahi Morah. Very good.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

We stopped here after landing in Orlando on our way to the condo. It was a late lunch so the place was pretty empty. It seemed even more empty because the place is HUGE (Capacity=400+). It was cold enough inside for me to go back to the car to get a jacket (and I am from Ohio, so I am used to the cold). The atmosphere is fishing-related, right down to a full-size hammerhead shark over the main entrance.

The bar is impressive at first glance, as there are 20+ taps. Unfortunately on further inspection the selection is not really great. They have a Sam Adams seasonal, and a couple Lagers that are away from the norm but otherwise it is mostly macro draughts. You won't find any FL beers or micros here.

The food was actually very good and the portions are large. I had cajun chicken over fettucini and it there was enough left over for another meal later in the week. Overall I am glad we stopped by here, even though the beer selection was not very exciting.

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Photo of DarrellK
4.33/5  rDev +34.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A nice chain of a half dozen or so locations. The atmosphere and decor vary from true sports bar with dozens of TVs to a little darker and slightly more formal but still entertaining. Beer variety is good and generally they do a good pour. Food is consistent, nachos are great and huge. Menu is quite varied but I really enjoy the seafood portion, which is unusual for the type of place. Crowd is generally mid-20's and up and families are comfortable too. Bar can probably seat 50.

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Lake Buena Vista Ale House in Orlando, FL
Place rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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