Orlando has many notable venues, ones you must make a point to visit. But only one continuously brings the best indie music and events, and that’s Will’s Pub. This well-loved dive bar in the Mills 50 district has been serving Orlando since 1995 with not just brews and booze but the best in audio and visual music. Will’s set the standard for all other dive bars around town. Walk through the door and feel the stresses of the world outside simply melt away. You’ll want to raise your fist to the sounds of the band that’s on stage, stamp your foot to the beat of the drums, and connect with everyone else who are doing the same thing. Will’s Pub never fails to deliver on that score.

A 200-person capacity space, Will’s provides loud music and that up-close, personal experience with bands as only dive bars can. Regulars are a diverse mix of metro Orlandoans.

One recent act was a performance by Bob Log III, a one-man, surf-party rock band dressed in a gold jumpsuit and a fighter pilot helmet with a telephone receiver mounted in the visor as a microphone. On stage was a kick drum and several sound pedals. On the back of the stage was an inflatable life raft and a rubber duck float. From the moment he strolled in the front door playing his hollow body guitar, Bob Log III gave a great performance.

Will’s prides itself on running the gamut from local to national acts on its intimate stage. Will’s also keeps strong ties to the community by hosting local events like Will’s A Fair Vintage and Indie Art Market. Upcoming music events include Rocket 88, the Zeta album-release party, and Folk Yeah–A 3-Day Celebration of Song. 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803, www.willspub.org/.

Chris Carr is an Orlando art photographer and a contributing writer for ArtScene Press.
Photos: Chris Carr