Drinks

Happy Hour Test Drive: RusTeak in College Park

On our fervent mission to seek out Orlando’s best happy hours, we recently stumbled upon RusTeak, a College Park eatery with two Culinary Institute of America chefs at the helm. The space, a fresh and inviting scene splashed with dark wood and gleaming stainless steel, has an elevated pastoral feel that serves as a preview to the farm-inspired fare being ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: Marlow’s Tavern

We’ve long been fans of Marlow’s Tavern in Winter Park. One of three area locations (there’s also one in Waterford Lakes and one at Pointe Orlando), Marlow’s is the sort of place where you can get a quality meal for two that’s prepared in a scratch kitchen and paired with reasonably priced drinks for around $60. But if you’re really ... Read More »

Chocolate & Wine Pairing at World of Chocolate Museum

By Erica Thomas Nothing says romance like chocolate and wine. We recently found that there is better way to combine the two than at the World of Chocolate Museum and Café. Located in a less congested section of International Drive, World of Chocolate Museum and Café is filled with delectable treats sure to entice your taste buds. But this is not just ... Read More »

Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Orlando

Recently, WHERE Orlando magazine published a fabulous article about seven of Orlando’s top places to enjoy dinner or drinks on a rooftop. With Fall on the horizon, so are cooler nights, which means the perfect time is nearly here to plan some alfresco date nights with spectacular, starlit views. WHERE’s article gave a shout-out to places like Capa at the Four Seasons Resort ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Alfond Inn

Looking for a comfortable place to unwind at the end of a tough day? The Alfond Inn might be just what the doctor ordered. This Winter Park boutique hotel and home to the fabulous Hamilton’s Kitchen has a chic yet homey aesthetic that feels like you’re hanging out in someone’s living room rather than at a bar. We visited recently for ... Read More »

10 Places to Learn More About Wine in Orlando

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For those of us who love wine and even fancy ourselves budding aficionados, the idea of really diving deep into wine education can seem daunting and a little, well, intimidating. There is just SO much to know about wine. In fact, those who take the Introductory Sommelier course will take two full days of lessons before writing a lengthy exam. But if you’re like ... Read More »

3 Upcoming Beer Dinners in Orlando

Exploring the culinary side of beer, particularly the ways in which beer pairs with various cuisines, has become increasingly popular. Scores of beer-paired dinners dotting Orlando’s events calendar all year are evidence that beer lovers, especially craft beer lovers, want to learn more about the marriage between bites and brews. Over the next few weeks, we’ve got a handful of such ... Read More »

Wine Down at Quantum Leap Winery

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Unwind from your workweek at the monthly Wine Down event at Orlando’s boutique urban winery, Quantum Leap. Every second Friday from 7 – 10pm, the winery located at the crossroads of Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village invites the public to its tasting room to enjoy great local wine, live music and food truck fare. Wine Down is one of the most ... Read More »

6 Things We Love About Plant Street Market

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Winter Garden’s new food hub, Plant Street Market, is wowing with its stellar selection of local fare, artisan goods and craft beer. Here are six reasons you should go there this weekend: Crooked Can Brewery Open from 11am to 11pm during the week and until 2am on Friday and Saturday, this local hotspot sports a taproom and brewery featuring flavorful craft ... Read More »

The Whiskey Opens on Restaurant Row

The small space that used to be occupied by Cricketer Arms is now a rustic, lively rock ‘n’ roll restaurant thanks to the creators of The Whiskey. Owned and operated by local Chef Steven Flowers, Katie Walton and Mike Lassahn, who share a combined 50+ years of restaurant experience, The Whiskey aims to gain local notoriety for gourmet burgers and craft ... Read More »

Happy Hour Test Drive: What’s New at The Ravenous Pig

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Local foodie folk-heroes James and Julie Petrakis are transforming Monday into “funday” at The Ravenous Pig with a new happy hour menu full of craft beers, snacks, cocktails and wine. Previously only open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, this much-loved Winter Park restaurant now invites locavores to unwind and pig out after work Monday through Saturday for happy hour, served from 4:30-5:30pm. Chef owner James ... Read More »

Sip and Munch at Vanbarry’s Public House

By David Carter Nestled into a quaint SoDo (South of Downtown Orlando) section of Orange Avenue, Vanbarry’s Public House is a neighborhood gem with lots of appeal. Immediately upon being seated you’ll hear the classic songs being played from the live musician (there is live music seven days a week, usually starting at 7pm). Then, your server will greet you with ... Read More »

A Guide to Orlando Local Breweries

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Updated May 2016 – Surprised to learn that Orlando is one of America’s epicenters of craft brewing? This guide to our local brew scene is sure to convince you that Central Florida has jumped on the beer bandwagon. Orlando Brewing First opening its doors at the turn of the century, Orlando Brewing specializes in organic ales and lagers brewed in accordance with ... Read More »

7 Places to Hear Live Jazz in the Orlando Area

By Kelsey A. Glennon My dream date? Stroll through the streets of New York’s Greenwich village. Relocate to a nearby jazz club, one that either requires going downstairs into hazy bohemian lounge, or upstairs to a breezy rooftop. Spend the night enjoying classic, improvisational jazz music. Make one more stop for wine at a French bar and bistro (extra points ... Read More »

The Parkview: A Couple-at-Large Review

Tabby entered our May Couple-at-Large Giveaway and won a night at The Parkview in Winter Park, where she and her fiancé, Jeff, enjoyed an unforgettable foodie experience of fine cuisine paired with an insider’s selection of wines. By Jeff Thomas There are good nights, and then there are perfect nights. For us, The Parkview in Winter Park will go on ... Read More »

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery

The culmination of lots of creative gourmands as well as chefs and brewmasters with an unwavering passion for local sourcing, Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery opened last month at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes with a farm-to-fork experience like no other. Featuring beer from The Brewery at Grande Lakes, an in-house, first-of-its-kind nano- brewery producing house-made brews ... Read More »

The Orlando Eye Now Open at I-Drive 360

After years of planning and construction, The Orlando Eye opens today at I-Drive 360, the area’s newest attraction, dining and nightlife hub. Besides the 400-foot tall rotating wheel, I-Drive 360 also houses SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando, which both opened earlier this year. Accompanying the entertainment experiences is also a diverse array of dining and nightlife options such as ... Read More »

It’s Art & Craft Cocktail Week in Orlando

From April 26 thru May 2, local artists and bartenders will unite all over the city for Art & Craft Orlando, an eight-day fête celebrating canvas and cocktails. The collaboration will take place at various venues around Orlando, which will host exhibits, demonstrations, themed happy hours and watch parties for next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. EVENTS Monday 4/27 The Courtesy Miami USBG tag team bartenders ... Read More »

Limo Cycle Sanford Craft Beer Tour: Apr 23

Sanford has become a mecca for craft beer in Central Florida. For starters, there’s Wops Hops Brewery, Sanford’s first microbrewery serving fine ales, wines and craft sodas in the tasting room and dog-friendly beer garden. You’ll also find Celery City Craft Taproom and Bistro, where 51 craft beers on tap and over 100 total beers to choose from make it ... Read More »