The Porch is a game changer for Winter Park. Since it opened this past summer it has blessed us all with a new spot to eat and, more importantly, drink. The Porch is much more than your average sports bar, putting the others to shame by doing everything bigger and better. The inside is spacious and open, so you won’t have to worry about being rubbed up on by a large sweaty man that you don’t know and don’t want to know (unless that’s what you’re into). There’s TVs everywhere you look, including a huge projector on the wall in case you missed the others. The employees are fun and actually like having us there, unlike every other place around here that dreads the moment a Rollins student walks through their doors. The crowd is always a good mixture of Rollins students and local Winter Park residents, making it a nice alternative to seeing the same faces every time you go out.
Aaron Round, one of the bartenders at The Porch, expressed how much he liked the crowd, saying, “My favorite thing about this place is the people that come in. We have our regulars who we’ll see every night, but we also have new people coming in all the time. It’s refreshing to see new faces and different types of people come in, it makes it interesting.” It’s walking distance from campus, literally right down the street, so you don’t even have to worry about driving or dealing with cabs, which we all know is the most annoying part of going out. If that’s not enough to draw you in, they also serve Jack Daniel’s for five dollars all day, every day.
If you’re not a big drinker, The Porch also has good food that is atypical of “bar food.” They’re open for lunch and dinner, and they also keep the grill open at night for those who may get a case of the drunchies. The Porch transitions from restaurant to bar at around 9:00PM, at which point it becomes strictly 21 and up. I know many of you underclassmen are thinking, “Yo, I got a fake ID though!” It won’t work at The Porch. Do yourselves a favor and don’t try it here, they take their jobs and their business very seriously. If you’re under 21 you can always enjoy The Porch during the day and for food, which is worth giving a try. Trust me, I’ve been to The Porch many times for both the food and the bar, I know the place and I’ve loved it every time. I’m not the only one under The Porch’s spell; Ashley Morris ‘15 frequents The Porch often, pointing out how “it’s a good alternative to going downtown or to a party, it’s always fun. I’ve never had a reason why I wouldn’t want to go.” The Porch invites everyone to eat, drink, and stay a while, and you definitely should.