Date Night in Ivanhoe Village

One of the things I love about Orlando is that we have dozens of dining hubs scattered all over the area ideal for exploring on date night. Today, I’m going to give you some ideas for Ivanhoe Village, the bohemian shopping and dining district formerly named The Antique District. Dinner There are a handful of extraordinarily affordable restaurants in the ... Read More »

Happy Hour & a Movie in Winter Park Village

Last night I checked out Happy Hour at Mitchell’s Fish Market (Winter Park Village) and could not wait to tell you all about it. Dubbed the ‘Market Bar Martini Hour,’ this foodie affair is scheduled Mondays through Fridays from 4pm to 7pm in Mitchell’s bar area and newly unveiled porch area outside. For $5, you’ll choose from this list of five ... Read More »

A Church Street District Date Night

It’s been a few years since I wandered through the Church Street District. My memory of the area was that it was a place most frequented by a twenty-something, 3 for the price of 1 drink guzzling crowd, a demographic I’m sadly no longer a part of. While the 3 for 1 drinks are still offered at places like Chillers ... Read More »

Happy Hour Deals + Mimosa Flights at Eola Wine Company

By Tisha Mccray  Happy hours are a great way to try new places while watching your pennies. I love finding great happy hours, but I feel an extra sense of victory when I find a happy hour that none of my friends know about. That’s where today’s feature comes in: Eola Wine Company. Eola Wine Company is hands down my ... Read More »

The Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden

I’ll never forget the first time I wandered into Washburn Imports in Ivanhoe Village and discovered that the exotic furniture importer had converted part of its showroom into a hip beer and wine bar. Hanging out in Balinese lounge chairs was cool (you can buy them, by the way) but once I got over the initial thrill of the bar’s unique setting, I ... Read More »

Four Awesome Winter Park Happy Hours

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse 933 N Orlando Avenue, Winter Park Daily 5pm – 7pm (only at the bar) 5 For $6 ‘Til 7 Choose from a section of five delicious appetizers (such as Sweet Chili Calamari and Mushroom Ravioli), five premium cocktails (including Manhattans and martinis), and five selected wines by the glass, each for just $6. Brio Tuscan Grille Winter ... Read More »

Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour is for Beer Lovers

I don’t know about you, but I am fully on board the craft beer train. Judging by the number of bars now touting their unparalleled selection of the country’s most sought-after (and obscure) brews, it looks as though I’m not the only one who thinks that beer is quickly becoming the new drink of choice. While a lot of Orlando ... Read More »

New Speakeasy Opens on Orlando’s Restaurant Row

From the owners/chefs of The Table Orlando comes Pharmacy, a 1920s “speakeasy” that’s now open to the public… if you can find it. Designed to transport guests back in time to the 1920s Prohibition era, Pharmacy brings together all the elements of a traditional speakeasy without losing the mystique. From its mysterious unmarked entrance to its menu of locally sourced ... Read More »

Wine Down Fridays at Quantum Leap Winery

This Friday, February 8th Quantum Leap Winery will host its monthly Wine Down event. From 7pm – 10pm, attendees can eat great food from the delicious gourmet flatbread food truck, The Flattery, listen to acoustical music by Kevin Hardy and, of course, sip Quantum Leap Winery’s signature wines. Located between the Ivanhoe Village and Mills 50 districts, Quantum Leap Winery ... Read More »

Saturday Night Dueling Pianos at Liam Fitzpatrick’s

It’s been more than 50 years since New Orleans musicians popularized the interactive, sing-along music show known as dueling pianos. With sassy showmanship and an endless arsenal of tunes from Billy Joel to Billy Idol, these participative performances deliver unfaltering fun all night long. Besides mainstays like Howl at the Moon and CityWalk’s Pat O’Brien’s, you can now catch a ... Read More »

Thirsty Thursday at Rusty Spoon

Run… don’t walk… to Rusty Spoon tonight for their Thirsty Thursday event. Once a week from 5pm – 7pm, this local-food-focused eatery in the Church Street District features one of the best deals in town: a free flow of select drafts, wines, and well drinks with a three-course tasting for only $15. Seriously? Seriously. I love you Rusty Spoon!   ... Read More »

Happy Hour at Brio Tuscan Grille

White Peach Sangria… yummy! If the recession has done anything positive, it has turned consumers into savvier spenders. I don’t know about you, but I want my date night dollars to go as far as possible while still feeling like I’ve received a quality experience. My recent visit to Brio Tuscan Grille to try their newly unveiled summer happy hour ... Read More »

Just Drinks Date Night: Artisan Cocktails at Bar Louie

Kiss My Aztec Mongoose Daiquiri Bar Louie’s motto is “Eat, Drink, Be Happy,” and I can attest to the eclectic urban bar delivering on its promise. Sporting tasty new additions to its already extensive beverage menu (Tickled Pink, La Fresca Margarita, Coconut Mint Lemonade and Elliott's Pepper.. to name a few), Bar Louie offers a retro and cosmopolitan ambiance with ... Read More »

Date Night at Orlando’s Dueling Piano Bars

UPDATED Nov. 2014 Whether you’re on your first date or your fiftieth, Orlando’s piano bars make for a guaranteed fun night out. Fans of these interactive sing-along music shows have four separate dueling-piano venues to choose from in the Orlando area. Here are some places to check out some sassy showmanship this weekend: Howl at the Moon Armed with pianos, drums, ... Read More »

Date Night for Beer Lovers

Brews Around the ZOO Saturday, April 14, 6pm – 10pm $40.00 in advance, $50.00 day of the event Stroll through the Central Florida Zoo and sample a wide variety of unique craft beers from around the world. This annual event will also feature regional cuisine, authentic international music, and animal encounters, of course. Orlando Brewing Orlando Brewing is one of ... Read More »

Wine Bar Dates Nights

Last week I shared a round up of three great places to have a wine bar date night in Orlando. Here’s a recap of that segment which aired on SBK Live FM 104.1: The Wine Room This Park Avenue DIY tasting bar features nearly 150 wines by the one-ounce pour, cheese flights to nosh with your vino, as well as ... Read More »

Listen to Live Jazz at Jazz Tastings in Maitland

There are only about a dozen tables inside Jazz Tastings, the new jazz club/tapas bar that just opened up halfway between Lake Lily and Enzian in Maitland, and by 8pm on a Saturday night, they’re all full with groups and couples sipping wine and nibbling on small plates of scallops, fried green tomatoes, and crab cakes. While the food and ... Read More »

Music and Mojitos

This past Saturday, I was in the mood for live music and a thirst-quenching mojito. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a tough time finding my ideal live music locale in Orlando. It’s not that I’m all that particular. In fact, I really only have three items on my wish list: (1) it can’t smell like a frat ... Read More »

Monthly Wine Lounge at Whole Foods Winter Park

On the last Friday of every month, Whole Foods in Winter Park presents its WINE & BEER LOUNGE, an evening of gourmet wine and food pairings that won't break the bank. For just $10/pp, couples can sample several different wines and beers while nibbling delicious and wholesome fare. These events are scheduled between 6pm and 9pm and are often enhanced ... Read More »

Five Reasons to Check out Eden Bar at The Enzian

Looking for a new alfresco locale to enjoy drinks and a little culture? A few months ago, our favorite little indie theater unveiled Eden Bar, an outdoor watering hole set amid 400-year-old oaks and lush gardens. Here are five reasons to give this place a shot: 1. Regularly scheduled live acoustic outdoor performances called EDEN SESSIONS 2. The Enzian Movie Club, a ... Read More »