Mermaid Juice


13 Ratings

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

458 N Highland St
Mount Dora, Florida, 32757-5732
United States

(352) 223-3300 | map

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Added by Mermaidjuice on 05-05-2012

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of HopCity88
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great Place, friendly staff, awesome environment, and a clean bathroom.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.75/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Funky place with dusty antiques throughout (all for sale). Its like walking into someones house, but one that you feel very welcome & comfortable in. Great beer selection with coolers & tap stations all over the place. Newer beer garden out back. A must stop for anyone who is passing through this region. Funky, one of a kind craft beer spot. A MUST SEE!

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Photo of PostRockandCats
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of twitchasaurus
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sendmorehops
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Greg_Nall
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of WynnO
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is so eclectic that, just have to go there to experience it. If randomness is a decor, then Mermaid Juice has a patent on it. You will find all things scattered about---taps, seats, antiques, tables, people, doors, outside, trees, etc. What you won't find scattered is atmosphere and beer.

The proprietor, Daneaux, so desires to make his customers happy, and on this, he is exemplary. That's a perception---I do not know him personally, but a beer lover can tell.

His selection is top notch, and it rotates. Great bottle selection given the facility's size.

Please don't let this one slip by. If you are in or near Mount Dora, make the effort to get there. Don't look for some sweet looking sign or the giveaway full parking lot of vehicles. It's like all other treasure---buried!

Every town needs a place like this. So far though I have only found one!

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Photo of schoellnasty
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A friend of mine in Mount Dora took me to this place recently. He joked with me that he was going to see how many times he could drive by the place before I spotted it. As others have said it's certainly a hidden gem, and one would never guess that such a great place existed here.

The atmosphere feels as though you're sitting in a basement bar sharing a beer with some friends (if we had basements in FL). Various tables, chairs, and couches are available to sit at instead of the sprawling bar that you find at most taphouses. This gives the place a much more intimate feeling than larger establishments. Daneaux, the owner, built on this feeling as he welcomed us immediately when we walked in.

Speaking of Daneaux, I can't say enough about the service he provided. His only interest seemed to be that we were enjoying ourselves as much as possible. He was happy to sit and talk beer with us for what seemed like forever.

The selection is not vast, but it is extremely well thought-out and executed. Virtually all styles are represented, and there seemed to be something that any beer drinker could enjoy. As others have said, it is not uncommon to find some rare or vintage bottles/kegs.

Overall this place was great, and I'll certainly be back anytime I'm in the area.

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Photo of dannyhead
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Mermaid Juice is a little hidden gem about a half hour northwest of Orlando. Dan, the owner, is very friendly and instantly makes you feel at home. I was very impressed with his draft and bottle selection, stuff you can't find anywhere else, and the prices were very reasonable. He gave us generous portions to taste and sample beers that we were interested in. I will definitely be a regular here and highly recommend visiting.

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Photo of JamieKay29
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is such a great place! Quaintly unique and perfect, it's an antique shop and my favorite place to enjoy a craft brew. An odd combination that really works! The owner is a wonderful host and is very knowledgeable of all craft beers as well as the staff are super friendly & helpful!
They often have fun events as well as live music! I highly recommend this great hang out to kick back and relax while sipping one of the many brews on tap or from the wide variety of bottled beer in the cooler.
I have to visit this place AT LEAST once a week!

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Photo of MattGeleske
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Mermaid Juice is a uniquely wonder place located in the heart of Mount Dora. The atmosphere when you first walk in is old world charm. The charm not only flows from the antiques and beer, but from Daneaux Narrow, the owner. You are instantly invited into Daneaux's word of craft beer and are treated like his oldest friend.

Daneaux's vision of a cleverly disguised a craft beer bar in the middle of an antique store is pulled off amazingly. This gives the bar a great character and depth.

Moving past the vintage items you'll quickly notice there at 17+ active beer taps all with craft beer. Each tap usually moves pretty fast so there is always a great and varying selection of draft beer. If your lucky, you'll get a well aged vintage craft beer on tap. Just recently Daneaux was serving a 2010 Southern Teir Mocha Stout.

If you can make you way through the taps you'll notice there are dozens of craft beers bottled. Many of these bottles are aged or rare. Most frankly are hard to find anyplace else.

I encourage anyone who reads this to venture down to Mermaid Juice and stay for a while. You'll find your self going back again and again.

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Photo of LightOff
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Some of the beers he has you can't even get at large establishments. These include beers from well-established breweries as well as homebrews made by the area's brewing greats.
A food review is applicable since the Cajun boiled peanuts (boiled in Chimay beer when I was there last -the beer was repurposed after accidentally being frozen) were amazingly tasty. If you're not a fan of Cajun peanuts do not worry as they were just hot enough that you could keep eating them but not start sweating.
The atmosphere is inviting and there are many wonderful antiques to look at while sipping a beer that cannot be purchased anywhere else in the state of Florida.
Service is top notch at this establishment. The owner will take care of you like you both have been friends for years.
Value is great! Prices of the beer, peanuts, and antiques are fair and I felt like I got a great deal for my money.
A draft selection of over 11 beers and others in bottles make this place a go to any time you're thirsty.
Next time you're in Mount Dora I highly suggest checking the place out, grabbing a beer, and looking at the antiques

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Photo of mycatsissy
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Quirky, fun place serving outstanding beer and wines. There's something for everyone. We were delighted to find several very limited and rare beers on tap.

The owner, Dan, who is always on the premises greeted everyone who stopped in with such a warm welcome. He's extremely knowledgeable.

Mermaid Juice is an interesting and unique combination antique/vintage shop/beer wine bar. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual. It's easy to find on your way into town.

Mermaid Juice is definitely a must every time we visit Mount Dora!

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Mermaid Juice in Mount Dora, FL
4.61 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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