Drinks

Best New Orlando Bars for Date Night

Best New Orlando Bars for Date Night

Written by Kristen Manieri and Stephanie Patterson 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. While we love Orlando’s local dives and unique bars, we’re thrilled to see an ... Read More »

Must Do: Hop On Orlando Brewery Tour

Hop On Orlando Brewery Tour

When I heard the news that a new brewery tour company was launching in Orlando, I could hardly contain my excitement. Beer lovers in Orlando have dozens of beer experiences and craft breweries to choose from, most of which are listed on the new Central Florida Ale Trail, and an Orlando brewery tour is just what our local beer scene ... Read More »

Our Guide to a Dr. Phillips Happy Hour Crawl

Dr. Phillips Happy Hour Crawl Guide

Sand Lake Road in Dr. Phillips certainly lives up to its “Restaurant Row” nickname with its impressive stretch of amazing restaurants, most of which offer excellent happy hours. Happy hour hopping is the perfect opportunity for a progressive date night experience that will also allow you to acquaint yourself with a handful of Restaurant Row’s best eateries, all in the ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar

Happy Hour Test Drive: Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar

Fellow seafood lovers, rejoice! Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar is one of the latest additions to the bustling strip of N. Orange Ave in Winter Park, a fast-growing district home to favorites like Buttermilk Bakery, The Bear and Peacock Brewstillery, Foxtail Coffee, and Create Your Nature. The restaurant shines with its fresh seafood offerings, friendly service, and casual atmosphere. ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Rasa Asian Street Food

Rasa happy hour Orlando

The interior of Rasa may be small, but it packs a serious swanky punch with moody lighting, a secluded private dining room, upbeat music, and natural details. Apart from the Malaysian street food inspired lunch and dinner menu, Rasa’s happy hour is also a welcome addition to the roster of Dr. Phillips restaurants serving generous happy hour drinks and fare. ... Read More »

Highball & Harvest Launching Summer Food & Booze Series

Highball & Harvest Summer Food & Booze Series

Highball & Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is introducing a new series this summer sure to delight foodies and craft cocktail lovers. The Summer Food & Booze Series will pair the chefs and bartenders of Highball & Harvest with attendees eager to learn the art of old-fashioned Southern cooking and craft cocktail pairings. Located in the Ritz-Carlton, Highball ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

Happy Hour Test Drive: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

Happy hour hopping in Orlando’s ‘Restaurant Row’ provides a distinct atmosphere (and fare) from one restaurant to the next. One moment you’re in an upscale brasserie, the next you’re feasting on fresh sushi in a bustling patio. You’ve got endless choices, but Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi hovers slightly above the rest. The happy hour menu is robust, offering a ... Read More »

Central Florida Beer Experiences Every Local Needs to Have

Central Florida Craft Beer Experiences Every Local Needs to Have

Florida may be a bit behind in the craft beer scene, but new breweries are on the rise throughout the state. With new breweries come unique beer activities to enjoy, from farm-to-table experiences to beer yoga, and fun runs where consuming beer is part of the race. Grab your beer-loving date by the hand and choose your own adventure from ... Read More »

Kayaks and Craft Beer on Paddle and Pint Tours This Summer

Update 6/15/17: The next Paddle & A Pint Tour is a special Bioluminescence edition on June 30, 2017. Tickets are $50/person. Sign up here. Forget wine and dine dates, it’s all about kayaking and beer! Beginning on Saturday, May 27, 2017 A Day Away Kayak Tours and Playalinda Brewing Company in Titusville are teaming up for a special Paddle & ... Read More »

10 Best Restaurants in Orlando for Bottomless Brunch Sips

10 Best Restaurants in Orlando for Endless Brunch Sips

Brunch food and cocktails…you can’t have one without the other. Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of options for brunch in Orlando when it comes to seriously great food and drinks. However, not all brunch spots are created equal. The standard menu offerings work well in a pinch, but what constitutes a truly great brunch in our eyes is combination ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge

Update July 2017: Urbain 40’s happy hour menu changes often depending on seasonality, and some of the items we sampled during our visit are currently not available. The current summer menu includes 10 food items and $6 drink specials. Imagine a classy dining space where velvety blue cushioned seats double as dining booths, Frank Sinatra serenades “The Way You Look ... Read More »

Ritz-Carlton Orlando to Host Sunset Beer Yoga Series in April & May

For those who like their sun salutations with a side of suds, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes now offers the best of both worlds. Beginning on Saturday, April 15th, the luxury resort in Orlando will introduce a new Beer Yoga series. Designed to take the intimidation out of practicing yoga, the Beer Yoga program enables participants to enjoy yoga in ... Read More »

Orlando’s Coziest Coffee Shops

Orlando's Coziest Coffee Shops

Coffee shops are conducive to productive hours in front of your laptop spent catching up on work, but they’re also ideal for a low-key and affordable date night. Take the pressure off a first date by meeting for coffee, enjoy a low-key day date, or just mix things up from your usual. Orlando is home to several coffee shops where ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Boca Winter Park

Happy Hour Test Drive: Boca Winter Park

Winter Park has a sophisticated air about it: European influences, higher end restaurants, specialty boutiques, and manicured gardens all contribute to a beautiful city that can also cost a pretty penny for date night. But upon further inspection, wallet-friendly eats in an inviting atmosphere await discovery. Case in point: happy hour at Boca Winter Park on Park Ave. Boca is ... Read More »

8 Florida Wineries to Drink Up

8 Florida Wineries to Drink Up

Get a Taste of the Sunshine State with Vine-to-Wine Adventures Did you know that the Sunshine State is the birthplace of American-made wine? In 1562, missionaries in St. Augustine used local grapes to make wine for religious ceremonies. Today, Florida has 24 certified farm wineries that collectively produce approximately two million gallons of deliciousness from over 500 vine acres, ranking ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse Happy Hour

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on International Drive has certainly mastered the art of first impressions. Immediately upon walking in the door, you’ll be greeted by a large chandelier, classy decor, and temperature controlled two-story glass walls filled with a seemingly endless variety of wine bottles. While the modern atmosphere and top-notch steaks are noteworthy, the new high-end happy hour, ... Read More »

6 Paired Up Orlando Brewery Date Itineraries

There’s no denying that the craft beer scene in Orlando has exploded in recent years. Each new brewery manages to reinvent the wheel by bringing something unique to the table. Whether it’s a stellar location, organic beer, or a creative environment, our local breweries all have something special to offer Orlando couples. With that in mind, we’ve crafted six unique ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

A mainstay at Pointe Orlando for over a decade, The Oceanaire Seafood Room has been a longstanding favorite for couples looking for a posh seafood restaurant in the Orlando area. White linens, doting service and an eye catching fresh seafood bar are all hallmarks of the Oceanaire experience, but so too is its daily happy hour, which is suitably renamed Admiral’s ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Stubborn Mule

The Stubborn Mule is the newest addition to the Thornton Park foodie scene, located where Sonoma Kitchen used to reside. The brainchild of co-owners Brian Buttner and Jonathan Canonaco, also the co-owners of RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar in Ocoee and College Park, this New American restaurant features hand-crafted mule cocktails, approachable food and an extensive cocktail, beer and wine list. Drawing ... Read More »

Our Guide to a Disney Springs Pub Crawl

Sip and nibble your way through Orlando’s newest fun hub on a Disney Springs Pub Crawl Gone are the club days of Pleasure Island (oh, how the revolving dance floor at Mannequins Palace will forever be missed). But the rolling opening of Disney Springs brings a much needed transformation to the former Downtown Disney venue with its new and improved ... Read More »