BART is a family owned and operated bar snuggled safely in the Mills-50 corridor. There’s a number of well-established watering holes in this part of town, but BART sidesteps the expected and provides its guests with something a bit different and honestly, a bit hard to define.

It’s a small bar that features craft beers. They display local art. Cult movies play on large screen TVs. The vibe is cozy and has a feel a bit more in line with an indie coffee house or gallery side room than a bar.  It’s low key — the kind of place that provides a backdrop to your social hour instead of hitting you in the face with it.

You can actually hear the person next to you. As a man who spent too many years standing in front of the stacks at hardcore and metal shows, my days of yelling over the music in a bar are long over. Any place where I can have a normal volume conversation gets +100 points instantly.

It’s a great place for a first date if you have managed to flirt your way past the get coffee/background check stage. It’s suitable for a fine midweek chill stop or a meet up with friends you haven’t seen for a while. But, if you don’t want to talk to anyone in particular, there’s a feature you’re sure to love: classic arcade games.

BART = Bar + Arcade + Art. There is a row of stand-up classics with unlimited credits waiting there for you. Grab a beer, keep the quarters for your laundry, and make Ms. Pac Man your date for the night. As they rotate the machines on occasion, there’s always a reason to stop in.

Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.


1205 N. Mills Ave

Orlando, FL 32803

Phone: (407) 796-2522







About The Author

Tom Lucas has been an Orlando resident for the past four years. Now that he owns a house here, he plans to make the best of it. He is also the author of Leather to the Corinthians.