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Dexter's of Thornton Park, Orlando

Bay Lake, Florida, United States, North America: down-to-earth alternative to Orlando's theme park night spots, Dexter's of Thornton Park has a laid-back
808 E. Washington Street
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 648 2777's insider take:

Tourists in Orlando usually party at theme park–linked complexes like Downtown Disney or Universal's CityWalk, or along International Drive's tacky, neon-lit corridor. But savvy out-of-towners know that the real place to be is downtown. Dexter's in Thornton Park is one of those exposed-ductwork industrial spaces with concrete floors. Tables, booths, and high-tops surround a large rectangular bar, where most of the settle-in-and-stay-a-while hanging out takes place. The food here is solid, as well, and the brunch crowd descends on Saturday and Sunday for Bloody Mary specials and flavored mimosas, while on Tuesday nights the $1 burgers are the draw. Regardless of the day, classic rock pumps through the speakers, and while the decibel level of the music stays relatively sane, the ambient chatter creates quite a din when the place is packed. Overall, it's an Orlando scene far more organic than in theme park world.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Wednesdays 7 am to 10 pm, Thursdays 7 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 7 am to midnight, and Sundays 7 am to 10 pm.

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