Saturday, March 21
BarCodes (4453 Edgewater Dr., Orlando) has been a staple in Central Florida nightlife ever since they opened their doors six years ago. This relaxing, neighborhood bar is a place where you can make fast friends and, after your first visit, everyone will know your name and your favorite drink. It’s that kind of dedication not only to their customers, but to the community, that BarCodes values so highly.
BarCodes offers a lot of fun theme nights each week. Just to name a couple, there’s ’80s night on Thursdays starting at 8 p.m., where people can enjoy music videos, commercials, TV clips and trivia straight out of the 1980s, and Underwear Night, which happens twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays starting at 9 p.m. BarCodes is the only bar in Orlando to host an underwear theme night twice every week.
BarCodes knows how to throw a party, and the bar’s staff wants to show you just how good they are at putting together a big bash by inviting you to their sixth anniversary celebration, which will be held on Saturday, March 21. “This year all the celebrations will be held on one fantastic night,” owner Raymond Burton told Hotspots. The events kick off at 8 p.m. and go on throughout the night until 2 a.m. bar close.
BarCodes will be having lots of great giveaways for lucky patrons to win. The grand prize is $600 in cash! ($100 for every year they’ve been in business.) They are also going to give away a Land Cruiser bicycle, a mini-bar refrigerator, getaways to the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, as well as trips to Parliament House in Orlando. Buy in to the raffle when asked, and you are just one step closer to any of these fun prizes. “The raffles throughout the night will ensure a fun time will be had,” Raymond told Hotspots.
I spoke to Raymond Burton in-depth about the bar’s success and appeal in this Hotspots interview.
Happy sixth anniversary! As owner of BarCodes, what was your proudest moment from this past year?
Christmastime. Every year “Mom” and her sons, RJ and Brett, host an annual Christmas buffet. In the spirit of Christmas and pride for our community, this celebration truly exhibits the best of our friends, customers and employees.
Last year you said your mission was to provide an atmosphere where people feel at ease. That’s something I noticed from the moment I walked in the door! What things and people are involved in making BarCodes as hospitable as it is?
Since my partner David and I opened BarCodes in 2009 we’ve strived to make our customer satisfaction our top priority. From every minor detail, right up to and including our selection of bartenders, has ensured our customers enjoy themselves. Without that our business would not have continued to exist, let alone continue to grow every year.
BarCodes makes it a point to give back to the community. Which community groups do you love to support each and every time you get the chance?
Our favorite charity is The Genesis Community Program. This charity helps the inner-city youth of Orlando. We’ve taken great pride in being able to help this charity because the youth of our city will be tomorrow’s leaders.
I was impressed by The Store @ BarCodes when I finally had a chance to take a look around. Have there been any new additions or merchandise this past year?
Yes, we’ve had several additions to our store recently. Our biggest addition has been adding the Andrew Christian line of clothing, which was a GREAT success.
What’s the one thing that you haven’t implemented at your bar yet, but would like to?
My partner, David, and I have discussed several different additions to BarCodes lately, from small to large, and we’re still narrowing it down. We do plan on updating our patio area very soon as well as many other surprises we have in store!
BarCodes is open from noon to 2 a.m. every day of the week. Be sure to visit The Store @ BarCodes, located inside the bar, which is also open seven days a week and features clothing, underwear, swimwear, gay pride flags and other merchandise. For more information, call (407) 412-6917 or become their friend on Facebook by going to facebook.com/barcodesorlando.