5 great sports bars to cheer on Orlando Magic in the Playoffs


The Orlando Magic have finally broken their seven-year Playoff drought, and here are five great sports bars to cheer on the Magic in the postseason.

The Orlando Magic are in the NBA Playoffs. Man, does it feel so good to utter those magical words?

For the past seven seasons, we Magic fans have sat through one losing season after another, wondering when the rebuild will ever end and when we would, once again, enjoy playoff basketball in Central Florida. Well, that time has finally come, and oh, is it ever so sweet.

The Magic, seeded seventh in the Eastern Conference, will take on the Toronto Raptors in the First Round, and sports bars across Central Florida will surely be packed to cheer the Magic on to victory. So, if you’re searching for the perfect bar to watch the Magic battle the Raptors, here are five great sports bars where the beer will be cold, the food will be awesome, and the atmosphere will be lit.

5. Teak Neighborhood Grill — Orlando and Maitland

With two Orlando area locations (Metrowest and Maitland, 407-313-5111), Teak Neighborhood Grill will definitely be the place to be to watch Playoff basketball. Teak is a neighborhood bar and grill that certainly takes great pride in bringing the goods when it comes to the food, especially the burgers (the Dirty Bird is a can’t miss). Pair your meal with an ice cold beer, and join the throng of Magic fans who will be rooting the good guys on in Round One.

4. LandShark Bar & Grill — Daytona Beach

Orlando won’t be the only city in Central Florida that will be enveloped with Magic Mania. Daytona Beach certainly has a large contingent of Magic fans, and if you’re on the beach, most will be at LandShark Bar & Grill (471 South Atlantic Ave. 386-256-1248) to cheer on the home team. With great food such as the Taco Nachos and Sriracha Crunch Burger to great drinks and an electric atmosphere, Magic Mania will be in full force at this offshoot of the Margaritaville chain.

3. Tailgaters Tavern — Melbourne

Bars across Melbourne and Brevard County will be packed with Magic fans, and one of the best places to root for the home team is Tailgaters Tavern (7720 N. Wickham Rd., 321-622-6841). Sitting on one of Melbourne’s busiest roadways, Tailgaters Tavern is a homey sports bar where its slightly divey nature gives way to great food and out-of-this-world drinks that will have you coming back for more.

2. ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill — Lake Buena Vista

Yep, Walt Disney World is home to a number of great spots to not only watch the Magic take on the Raptors but watch other Playoff action as well. One of those great spots is the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill (700 S. Victory Way, 407-939-3463), a sports-themed, spacious sports bar that has great food (especially try the burgers) and cold drinks to help you get in the Magic Mania mood. Oh, and don’t forget to take that Disney selfie while you’re there!

1. Miller’s Ale House — Multiple Locations

If you’re not into neighborhood bars and grills, but still need a place to cheer on the Magic, then you can’t go wrong with Miller’s Ale House. Miller’s is a long-time favorite in Central Florida, with locations from Kissimmee to Daytona Beach and in-between. Miller’s is famous for the Mountain Melts and cold drinks, tied together with a lively atmosphere that will make it impossible for you to have a bad time at Miller’s.

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So which bar will you be rooting on your team in the playoffs? Let us know below, we work for comments.