Drinks

ICEBAR Orlando Date Night Package: 40% Off

An arctic wonderland crafted from over 70 tons of hand-carved ice, ICEBAR Orlando is the perfect antidote to the dog days of summer. This I-Drive hot spot, Orlando’s first such frozen fun palace, gives guests the chance to join just a few other revelers in a frosty lounge filled with intricately carved ice sculptures. Once inside and snuggled into faux furs, guests sip cocktails specifically designed ... Read More »

Orlando Beer Tour Gives Glimpse into Local Beer Scene

Orlando Beer Tour

Brewlando Takes Guests on an Enlightening Orlando Beer Tour Orlando’s craft beer scene has taken the nation by surprise over the last couple of years. In fact, the entire Sunshine State is getting in on the action, with Florida now ranking ninth in the nation for craft breweries, according to Brewers Association. The number of Florida craft breweries has doubled from 2011 ... Read More »

Drink Up! 18 Summer Wine Events

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Summer is peak harvest time for Florida’s grapes and a stellar time to sip some vino from around the world. So, stop whining about the seasonal heat and, instead, drink up some fun grape-to-glass goodness at local wine events! Here’s the buzz… ABC Wine Tastings ABC Fine Wine & Spirits – Select Stores June 22 | 6-8 pm: 399 N. ... Read More »

Happy Hour Hopping in Winter Park Village

Take your pick from a huge selection of food and drink specials in Winter Park Village, where eight different restaurants stand ready to please your palate while going easy on your wallet. Brio Tuscan Grille What: Enjoy bar plates (such as the Bar Burger and Black Pepper Shrimp) plus cocktails, martinis and house wines from $4 to $6. When: Monday-Friday from ... Read More »

Orlando’s Best Lobby Bars

Orlando's best lobby bars

Being one of the world’s top vacation destinations, it makes sense that Orlando is surrounded by spectacular hotel properties. Why not explore one on your next date night and find yourself sipping a cocktail in one of Orlando’s best lobby bars? Here are a few of our favorites… DOWNTOWN/WINTER PARK Bosendorfer Lounge, Grand Bohemian Hotel With its clandestine vibe and a sexy aesthetic ... Read More »

Wine Tips from Two Top Orlando Sommeliers

Ordering or buying a good bottle of wine shouldn’t be complicated. But with so many wine varieties, never mind hundreds of brands, it can be stressful to be sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. We checked in with two of Orlando sommeliers to get their tips for enjoying wine at home and out on the town. Jill Davis ... Read More »

17 Out of the Ordinary Orlando Bars

Grab a drink at one of these unusual Orlando bars By Samantha Rosenthal Orlando’s bar scene is ever-growing and ever-evolving. From swanky lobby bars to artsy craft cocktail bars to unfussy dive bars, Orlando is packed with places to sip a cocktail or down a beer. But if you’re looking for something different, maybe a little off the beaten path, we ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Shari Sushi Lounge

shari sushi lounge

There’s something about the layout and aesthetic of Shari Sushi Lounge that makes it so inviting to hang out for a few hours. Whether you’re seated in the lounge, on the patio, at the sushi bar or in the dining room, it feels like every space was created to give you permission to escape the chaos of your life. Make ... Read More »

22 Orlando Cocktails to Usher in Spring

Orlando Cocktails

Say hello to a fresh, new season with these mouthwatering Orlando cocktails According to the calendar, spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20, but those of us living in the Orlando area are already seeing the flowers bloom and feeling the temperatures rise. A new season brings with it new flavors, on the plate but also in the glass as ... Read More »

9 Irish Pubs to Visit on St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando

**UPDATED FOR 2017** Time for corned beef and cabbage, Guinness draft beers and Irish whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando (March 17)! Plan to visit one of our many local Irish pubs or bars. Don’t forget to wear green! Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 A staple of Disney Springs, Raglan Road doesn’t ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Citrus Restaurant

CLOSED January 2017 The ever-popular Citrus Restaurant, with its emphasis on “regionally-inspired new American cuisine,” recently introduced a new happy hour menu to kick off 2016. Located on Orange Avenue in the North Quarter District of downtown Orlando, Citrus Restaurant launched the new happy hour menu January 11 and features $3 beers, $5 wines by the glass $5 mixed drinks and $8 specialty cocktails, ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Baoery Asian Gastropub

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Closed March 2017 Tucked into a bustling corner of Thornton Park, Baoery Asian Gastropub feels like a cool neighborhood hangout where folks can just chill out and enjoy good grub. With a bar at its center and a good size patio outside, it’s also become a terrific place to meet up for happy hour. Served Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm and late night ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: TR Fire Grill

TR Fire Grill Happy Hour

It’s been a few months since TR Fire Grill moved into its new home in Winter Park. The move from the airport area was a good one, especially for those who love great happy hours in convenient spots. Served daily from 5pm-7pm, TR’s Local Hour, which features local spirits and craft beers, can be enjoyed at the sprawling bar, dining, room ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Umi

By Samantha Rosenthal Nestled on Park Avenue is a Japanese fusion restaurant that’s fast becoming an area favorite for sushi, sashimi and robata. Umi in Winter Park, which opened in February, also offers a stellar happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 pm. The happy hour food menu is only offered Monday through Thursday 5-6:30 pm. We ... Read More »

The Best Wine Bars in Orlando

By Samantha Rosenthal In the song “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” Billy Joel sings: “A bottle of white, a bottle of red—perhaps a bottle of rose instead.” Not surprisingly, you can have all those wine options, plus more, thanks to the vibrant wine bar scene here in Orlando. Wine bars are such stellar spots for date night. So, here are some great date night ... Read More »

Orlando’s Best Holiday Cocktails

Bring on the Bailey’s and Peppermint Schnapps. The holidays are in full swing and it’s time to celebrate with some festive libations designed to get even the Grinchiest of folks into the holiday spirit. Our local mixologists have been creatively crafting some special drinks. Cheers to Orlando’s best holiday cocktails! Feature image: Highball & Harvest courtesy of Visit Florida Read More »

Friday Night Flights at K

By Erica Thomas Relax and kick back after the grind of your work week at Friday Night Flights. Nestled in the back of K Restaurant & Wine Bar is an intimate and quaint garden patio filled with fresh organic herbs and vegetables used in the daily cuisine in K’s kitchen. On select Friday nights through the fall, winter and spring, ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Seito Sushi Baldwin Park

By Samantha Rosenthal Located on New Broad Street, Seito Sushi opened in 2005 and is still bringing in the masses. Owner Jason Chin, who recently opened Osprey Tavern across the street, breathed new life into Seito when he added Executive Chef Austin Boyd to his team. The food, which has always been well-regarded, has garnered some buzz lately, and so I stopped by ... Read More »

Orlando Bartenders’ Guild Presents Taste of the Spirits: Nov 16

The Orlando chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild will host Taste of the Spirits, a one-night event on November 16 designed to showcase 40 different unique and delicious spirits. Held at the Orlando World Marriott Center, Taste of the Spirits will give guest the chance to meet with dozens of Brand Ambassadors and Master Distillers who will share their passion and knowledge throughout ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Osprey Tavern

The Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park is getting a lot of great press lately. Orlando Sentinel’s Heather McPherson wrote a glowing review in September. Tasty Chomp’s Ricky Ly gushed over Osprey’s brunch a few weeks ago writing: “Overall, one of the best brunches we’ve had in Orlando so far.” Scott Joseph has described it as “lively and fun” with a ... Read More »