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

Plant Street Market

Updated December 2017 – 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. PS – Don’t forget to pick up your free Central Florida Ale Trail map at participating breweries. Once you’ve received stamps at each brewery, ... Read More »

7 Places to Hear Live Jazz in the Orlando Area

By Kelsey A. Glennon UPDATED October 2017 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 ... 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 »

New Name, New Menu: The Parkview Is SO Much More Than Wine

You’ve probably walked by 136 S. Park Avenue in Winter Park a few times in recent months and wondered, “what the heck is The Parkview and where did Eola Wine Co. go?” Never fear. Change is good! Last year a buy-out resulted in new ownership and a name change for Eola Wine Co. (which is still open in downtown Orlando ... Read More »

The Downtown Brew, March 14

Downtown Brew, Church Street

Beer lovers rejoice! The Downtown Brew returns Saturday, March 14 from 4pm – 8pm on Church Street when attendees will get the chance to try unlimited pours of more than 35 different types of beer. Pre-paid tickets are just $20 and tickets at the gate will be $25. That price includes a wristband for unlimited pours and the option to ... Read More »

10 Orlando Cocktails to Try Right Now

Exploring new cocktails has become such a fun part of date night because the sky is the limit in terms of what you might find on the menu these days. Today’s mixologists are taking some hints from the kitchen and adding some creative culinary panache to their drinks, and the result has been scores of cocktails that are as tasty as ... Read More »

A Winter Park Village Date Night

In January, Greg Clayton and his wife, Keeya, won the Winter Park Village – Couple at Large Giveaway, which scored them over $1,000 in gift certificates from Winter Park Village merchants and restaurants. Who knew this cute little corner of Winter Park had so much to offer?! The Claytons do now! Read on to see how they enjoyed their mega ... Read More »

Find Great Music and Fantastic Chow at the new Tin Roof Orlando

If you and your date are lovers of great food, strong drinks and live music, Tin Roof is the joint for you. Located in the brand new I-Drive 360 complex (on International Drive), Tin Roof serves up a tasty menu of Americana inspired gourmet pub grub along with some of the best singers and bands in Central Florida. Tin Roof’s signature dishes are ... Read More »

Limo Cycle Launches All-Inclusive Pub Crawl Tour

Take a tour of Sanford’s nightlife via group cycle on the newest tour launched by Limo Cycle. Offered on Thursday nights (8pm) and Sunday afternoons (12:30pm), this two-hour ride sets out from 303 West Third Street in Downtown Sanford with a minimum of six participants who begin by pedaling their way toward Lake Monroe and south on Sanford Avenue. The tour ... Read More »

Escape the Florida Heat at Minus5 Ice Bar in Orlando

At minus 5 degrees Celsius, 23 degrees Fahrenheit, minus5° Ice Bar in Orlando gives you the perfect excuse to cuddle with your sweetie (if you need another one) and to turn up the heat in your relationship. Jesse and I recently had the opportunity to check it out, and shared some drinks that warmed our insides. One of the best parts? ... Read More »

Seasons 52 Launches Sunset at Seasons Happy Hour

(updated 2015 menu below) It’s hard to believe that in the 11 years since Seasons 52 opened, the restaurant chain has never offered a happy hour. They skated along its edge last year when they unveiled the Flights and Flatbreads promo, which is still running, by the way. You can read more about that here. But perhaps the success of ... Read More »

Epcot’s After Hours Wind Down Extended Through November 9

Enjoy some grown-up time immediately following Epcot’s spectacular IllumiNations fireworks show. Epcot’s After Hours Wind Down runs nightly from 9:20 to 11pm and gives guests the opportunity to spend a few extra hours after the park closes at one of four park locations: La Cava del Tequila (Mexico), Spice Road Table (Morocco), Tutto Gusto (Italy) or the Rose and Crown (United ... Read More »

Cuba Libre’s $5 Happy Hour

I have been such a fan of Cuba Libre Orlando ever since we first visited last year to try their 15 Tastes of Cuba menu. Located at Pointe Orlando with lots of parking nearby, this picturesque restaurant wows with classic Cuban food and a dozen different styles of mojitos served in what feels like an outdoor Havana courtyard. It’s such a ... Read More »

Happy Hour at Melting Pot in Longwood

Lovers of fondue (and that club includes me) will definitely want to check out the Happy Hour promo now happening at Melting Pot’s Longwood location. From 5pm to 7pm every Monday through Friday, bar guests can indulge at the Melting Pot a little more cheaply than usual. Cheese fondues, including all five offerings on the menu, are priced at just $6 ... Read More »

Double Date at Bosendorfer Lounge

With its clandestine vibe and a sexy aesthetic crafted from low lights, dark red chairs and a black wrap around bar, the Bosendorfer Lounge has long been a favorite amongst couples seeking a sophisticated yet sultry spot for sipping cocktails and listening to live jazz. Known for its expansive collection of artwork, the rich lobby bar tucked into the Grand Bohemian ... Read More »