Mathers Social Gathering's story, or at least that of the charming building in which it is housed, begins back in the 1800s, and the third-floor space that Mathers occupies is rife with charm and atmosphere.
Downtown Orlando has a lot of bars. A LOT of bars. But I don’t think we can have too many as cool as Mathers Social Gathering, which opened recently at 30 S. Magnolia Ave. in a structure known, not coincidentally, as the Mather Building.
A notable bar is more than just a place to have a drink—it’s an experience. Just as our local chefs are well versed in crafting delectable dishes, our local bartenders are continuously utilizing their creativity to mix quality libations.
Essay question: Why should I drink here? You won’t find a better-looking throwback bar than Mathers Social Gathering.
I’m sipping a frozen drink. But it’s not in a refillable Mickey Mouse cup, and the soundtrack at Mathers Social Gathering, downtown’s newest bar, is Sinatra, not “It’s a Small World”.
With dark woods, exposed-brick walls, bookshelves, antiques and historic neighborhood photos, this comfy cocktail lounge on the third floor of a downtown Orlando building dating to the 1800s has an old-time feel.