I was recently downtown for an event at Amway Center, and decided to grab a quick bite to eat before said event started. Draft Global Beer Lounge & Grill seemed like a logical place, given it’s located directly across the street from the arena. And I’m glad I went, for sure, but I’m torn about this place. Let’s talk through it….
I’ll start with the good. At least, from my perspective. I didn’t want to eat anything too heavy (which did not turn out to ultimately be the case) and ordered sliders and mac-n-cheese from the appetizer side of the menu. Oh, wait – that’s FRIED mac-n-cheese. Anyway, my food turned out to be quite tasty:
Fried Mac-N-Cheese (thank you very much!)
My dining partner’s food was not quite as satisfactory, being very bland with little taste (the dipping sauce provided for the fried shrimp was not a good fit). That’s a bummer.
Fried Shrimp w/French Fries
I think I’m gonna have to give this one thumbs [nearly] down on atmosphere. While it’s certainly clean and tidy, Draft really has no personality. I can see why someone might want to visit during a sport game (there are several big screen televisions sprinkled throughout the dining room), and I think it’s trying to be a little sheik, but other than that I can’t really get a sense of identity.
One thing I do like–albeit sort of funny and odd–is the counter in the men’s restroom. It’s clear glass/plexi with etching underneath, and it’s lit from the sides to really display the etchings. Obviously I don’t know if the women’s restroom mirrors this but I can only assume.
Another thing to note is the lighting in the dining room. Pay a visit and you’ll see what I mean.
I have to admit Draft is in a great location. Any event at Amway would lure its attendees to grab a bit to eat or something to drink just prior. During my visit it wasn’t crowded at all, and our party was immediately seated.
I can imagine during large scale events this place would get really, really packed. The service is/was somewhat quick, though, so that’s a good thing to consider.
So, have you been to Draft yet? If so, we’d love to know your thoughts and experience.
301 / 333 West Church Street
Orlando, Florida 32801