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Mr. Sisters, Orlando

5310 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 545 2467's insider take:

To call this nightlife complex fronting a lake near downtown Orlando a gay bar is selling Mr. Sisters short. On any given night, you're likely to find a crowd as diverse as downtown Orlando itself—everyone from students to doctors to groups celebrating bachelorette parties (only the theme park crowd is missing here, keeping the scene largely local). Occupying a former auto dealership on a rather unappealing stretch of Colonial Drive, Mr. Sisters has open rafters, high ceilings, and shiny surfaces, making the place feel more like something you'd see in Las Vegas (there's even a stage with a pole for dancing suspended above the large bar). For all the lighting and sound system bells and whistles inside, however, it's the outdoor deck that's most appealing for hanging out. The patio has sweeping views of Lake Barton, with "Don't feed the wildlife" signs that refer to the resident gators, turtles, snakes, and wading birds. Thursdays nights feature Dinner with the Stars, with drag queens donning their finest getups to perform songs from Broadway musicals. Don't miss the lively Sunday brunch, when eggs Benedict, frittatas, and quiche are served alongside a spectacle of two drag queens crooning crazy gospel renditions to the tinkling of a baby grand piano.—Terry Ward

Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 pm to 2 am, Fridays and Saturdays 2 pm to 2:30 am, and Sundays 11 am to 2 am.

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