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 »

Pints and Paints at Winter Park Beer Company

Now you can add a little creative pizzaz to your next beer outing thanks to Paints and Paints, a new Thursday night shindig happening weekly from 7pm – 9pm at Winter Park Beer Company (1809 East Winter Park Road, Orlando) in Orlando’s Audubon Park District. Taught by local artist and professional art instructor Lauren Gilmore, these artful tutorials give budding artists the chance to take ... Read More »

Hawkers New $3 Hoppy Hour

Hawkers Asian Street Fare, the casual, fusion eatery in the Mills 50 District, just announced a stellar happy hour deal worthy of a look-see. Hawkers Hoppy Hour, as it’s dubbed, features $3 small plates and $3 craft beers weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 3pm – 6pm. Have a look at the menu below…   Read More »

Beer School at World of Beers, May 3

Love beer and want to learn more about it? Consider heading to BEER SCHOOL, a hands-on class held on Saturday, May 3 at World of Beer – Altamonte Springs (155 Cranes Roost Blvd.) Beginning at 3pm, students will get a boozy schooling from WOB’s savvy beertenders, who’ll share insights about different beer varieties and the brewing process. Tickets are $30 ... Read More »

NEW: Ember’s Wednesday Uncorked

$20 now gets you unlimited sips of 5 varietals (10 brands) of wine and select craft beer at Ember’s new Wednesday Uncorked event, EVERY Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm. In addition to the copious amounts of wine and beer, guests will also enjoy complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres. Uncorked kicks off with its inaugural event this Wednesday, so to drum up some ... Read More »

Friday Night Flights at K Restaurant

Slip into the twinkling kitchen garden behind K Restaurant on the last Friday of each month when Chef Kevin Fonzo and his team of wine aficionados serve up an al fresco wine tasting. “It’s a very relaxed social gathering in the backyard,” says Chef Kevin, who selects a vineyard or region each month to highlight and then serves 5 or ... Read More »

7 Perfect Places in Orlando for an Outdoor Drink

At about 5pm everyday, as I sit outside watching my kids play on our cul-de-sac, I think this same thought: this weather is perfect. It’s heaven. These temperatures are why we live here. What better way to truly salute them than with a libation in your hand and your sweetie by your side? I can’t think of any other way, ... Read More »

Hanson’s Shoe Repair – An Escape in Downtown Orlando

By Laura J. Cole Though we overheard a guy say, “This would be the best place to take a mistress,” Jesse and I think Hanson’s Shoe Repair is a great place to take your Mrs.—or girlfriend. Located in downtown Orlando, the speakeasy isn’t your typical downtown affair. It’s located above NV Art Bar on Pine Street, and, in keeping with ... Read More »

Finding an Orlando Happy Hour Just Got Easier

It’s no secret that I am a BIG fan of happy hour date nights. They’re cheap, fun, and sometimes offer the easiest way to snag some QT. I’ve posted several of my favorites over the years (including Brio, Mitchell’s, and Seasons 52) but that meager round-up is nothing compared to the spectacular database of Orland-area happy hours that Orlando Weekly ... Read More »