Hanson's Shoe Repair is a unique speakeasy in Downtown Orlando, serving some of the best cocktails in the city. Intimate might be an understatement for this former cobbler’s shop-turned-speakeasy rooftop bar, with only a dozen or so seats, and standing space to accommodate perhaps 20 more.

    Take your spot at the dilapidated main bar to chew the fat with the bartender, or head outside to the slightly more modern (but just as compact) rooftop terrace to catch a live band or movie screening. And we should tell you now, the whole prohibition/speakeasy vibe isn’t limited to the décor and classic drinks menu – you need a password to enter in Hanson's Shoe Repair, which you can obtain by calling or messaging the management. 

    Hanson's Shoe Repair - one of the highlights of 9 Best Nightlife Experiences in Downtown Orlando and 4 Best Rooftop Bars in Orlando (Read all about Orlando here)

    Highlights of Hanson's Shoe Repair

    Occupying the top floor of a 19th-century building on Pine Street, Hanson’s Shoe Repair still retains that olde-worlde charm perfectly. There’s a nice collection of rustic wooden bar stools and solid metal patio chairs, while the bare brickwork behind the main bar and memorabilia hanging from the walls completes the vintage look.

    Things are brought up to date a little as you head outside onto the patio, which is technically a rooftop (just don’t expect any towering views or anything). This lovely little garden space looks into the main bar through a huge glass window. Evening entertainment at Hanson’s Shoe Repair comes in the form of a live band playing jazz, blues and acoustic stuff, as well as their excellent alfresco movie nights (reservation needed in advance for these). Best to check their Facebook to stay in-the-know with their latest events.

    Drinks-wise, be sure to indulge in Hanson’s Shoe Repair’s small but exciting cocktail menu as much as you can – it’s rated as one of the best in the city. Emphasis is on the rare whiskeys and bourbons, with our (obvious) drink of choice being an Old Fashioned. Bottles and other spirits are available, too.

    Hanson's Shoe Repair

    Location: 27 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

    Open: Friday from 5pm to 2am, Saturday–Thursday from 8pm to 2am

    Phone: +1 407-476-9446

    Ben Reeves | Compulsive Traveller

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