The Gnarly Barley

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The Gnarly BarleyThe Gnarly Barley
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The Gnarly BarleyThe Gnarly Barley

Type: Bar, Eatery

7431 Orange Ave
Orlando, Florida, 32809-6056
United States

(407) 854-4999 | map

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Added by Kenyon on 02-03-2013

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by alienlifeforcecube:
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Really enjoyed my 1 hour that I could spare. Went with coworkers who are craft beer drinkers but not into sours. Had the breuery's oude tart. Awesome but coworkers didn't as much as I did. First and foremost the staff was phenomenal. Without great staff, the experience sours. Selection was great. Tap selection was well balanced; they have a small tap selection but each style was represented. Recommend highly.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

The Gnarly is a small comfortable place in what used to be someone's home a long time ago, but this is at least its third incarnation as a bar. It's got a wooden bar without any back bar, wooden floors (except for the faux wood tiles right around the bar - easier to clean), and a mural of a field of barley with a windmill. It can get a little loud seeing as it's so small, but there's seating outback that's calm and relaxing despite the traffic going by on 527. Also, I've heard it said that it's out in the middle of nowhere but that's not true (at least anymore), it's right up the street from the Bauern-stube German restaurant, and not really that far from the outlets in Oak Ridge.

The food is good, although perhaps a touch pricey, but probably worth it (depends on your tastes and level of thriftiness - $9 for a sub doesn't seem that bad to me if it's done right).

There are 16 beers on tap, and there's space on the beer board for a placard that would have made 17, and a beer engine sitting behind the bar, but it's apparently not in use any more. All of the beers on tap are top notch, there's no crap, and I've been impressed by their selection (I've currently got 4,780 reviews done, so I think that says something). The line-up is a mix of locals, domestics, and a few imports which is nice.

What I enjoy most about the Gnarly is that it's laid back, charming in its simplicity, and easy - the service is really good and very friendly. I might even go there if the beer selection wasn't as good as it's just so much nicer in my opinion than the more polished places like Brick House and World of Beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
4.81/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Great little spot! Limited seating inside and outside seating, Food selection was decent. Tacos hit the mark and the tap list was "okay". Goose Island and Dog Fish had most of the tap's tonight. Would I return? for sure!

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Photo of Squire123
3.94/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of tugg407
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.98/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of DisneyDaddy
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of rjp217
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Incredible spot. Really quality food and service. You would never know about this spot from the side of the road. Looks like a little shack but it is awesome. Really great local draft list. Expansive bottle and can list. Food is really good as well. A must stop.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Small and very quaint. The food was very tasty and seemed to slightly pair with the beer. The tap list wasn't highly impressive, but was eclectic. The service was as quick and precise as you'd expect. Will keep in mind for another trip.

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Photo of suckaj
4.35/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of MacSon1982
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Amazing food, great selection of draught and bottles (couple of whalez too). Place can get a bit overcrowded at times and this forces people to sit outside in the Florida heat. Besides that, absolutely one of the best beer spots around.

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Photo of pagriley
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of shivtim
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great stop in the Orlando area. Just 16 on tap, but they're all good. Nice little porch and outdoor section.

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Photo of Mangbus
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A great spot, a little ways from mainstream downtown Orlando, its in the SoDo region.

Top notch beers all day long, with great food. You can buy whales if they have them in stock for double the standard price.

Awesome anniversary parties.

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Photo of pmangold
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of iTunesUpdates
3.83/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of Agentveba
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Stiggy
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

One of the best craft beer bars in Central Florida, and certainly the best in the south Orlando area. Only 16 taps and modest but decent bottle selection, but man are their craft beer selections outstanding. Beer for beer one of the best selections of local and hard to find craft beers anywhere. And they offer an imaginative casual pub food menu...sandwiches, tacos, salads, flatbread pizzas...of outstanding quality food!

Located in what looks to be a small old house with a cozy, rustic feel inside. Dirt parking lot surrounding decent sized outdoor back porch and biergarten area. Staff is young, hard working, extremely friendly and very knowledgable about the beers they serve. Satellite TVs showing sports, and board games and free wifi available for times when all you want is a casual hangout. Usually will find a relaxed crowd of varied ages hanging there. Highly recommend!

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Photo of sonnylemmons
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

If you're in the Orlando area and want/need to get away from everything mouse related (and overpraised), take the time to make the drive here. You may think you're heading into an abandoned industrial area, but that's due to the massive amount of trains in the area.

The menu is slightly limited, but the taste of everything is great. I suggest the "Build Your Own Grilled Cheese," but do what I did: select Mac & Cheese as one of your cheeses, and add bacon and/or jalapeños. You'll thank me.

The bottle selection is fairly standard with a few gems, but the ten drafts they have are sometimes unreal (Prairie Bomb, anyone?).

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The Gnarly Barley in Orlando, FL
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