Drinks

Mixology 101: Where to Take Your Date for a Craft Cocktail Class

Do you and your date enjoy a good craft cocktail, but dislike the downsides of the bar scene? What if you and your special someone could skip the I-4 traffic and not have to push through the crowd in order…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Pharmacy Orlando

An unmarked elevator door in an unassuming passageway is the only clue you’ve located Pharmacy, a stylish speakeasy bar and restaurant located within The Dellagio in Dr. Phillips. Press the green button and the doors will slide open to transport…

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Rooftop Wine Flight Tastings at Paddlefish All Summer

This summer, make your way to the 3rd floor deck at Paddlefish (Disney Springs) for a curated rooftop wine flight experience taking place every other week now through September. Held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Santiago’s Bodega Orlando

There’s just something about tapas that adds an extra dose of intimacy to dining. Shared food and other key ingredients like artful details and multiple dining rooms to suit several moods have no doubt led to the popularity of Santiago’s Bodega among date…

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The Best Places to Sip Wine in Sanford, Lake Mary and DeLand

A wine lover’s guide to the best places to sip a glass of vino north of Orlando Orlando isn’t the only place seeing a revitalization in dining and drinking options. Downtown Sanford, Lake Mary and DeLand are quickly becoming entertainment destinations…

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The Best Late Night Happy Hours in Orlando

It’s 10pm, date night is winding down and you’re hungry but definitely don’t want to put forth the effort cooking requires. Yet you want something tastier than a late night cheeseburger from a fast food drive through. Lucky for you…

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Dine and Drink Around the World with a Sanford Passport

Note: This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of PLAYGROUND Magazine. Read the digital version here. Dreaming of jet setting this summer? The Downtown Sanford Small World Passport is your ticket to Germany, Belgium, The U.K., and beyond—no…

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A Tour of Sanford’s Best Bars and Eateries by @drinksanford

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched a series to showcase some of our favorite Orlando Instagrammers. Each month we’ll choose a different local digital storyteller to feature. We love following them and we hope you will…

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12 Most Fun Ways to Get Drunk Together Around Orlando

Orlando Magazine recently published an in-depth list highlighting five local bars hosting out of the ordinary events in addition to serving up top-notch concoctions. (Read the article here.) At breweries like Orlando Brewing, you can sip a cold pint of…

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How to Conduct an Upscale Happy Hour Crawl on the SunRail

Ok, ok, we’ve all heard the gripes about the difficulty of utilizing the SunRail for anything but a work commute, but we have it all figured out for date night. Whether you take the day off, end the day early,…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Big Fin Seafood Kitchen

If there is such a thing as happy hour heaven here on Earth, its location is certainly on Sand Lake Road. This stretch of restaurants, nicknamed “Restaurant Row”, is an oasis for conducting a progressive happy hour crawl just far…

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The Ultimate Guide to Date Night on the Central Florida Ale Trail (VIDEO)

In 2013, Paul Roy drank a total of 715 different beers. It was during this “Beer Year” that he discovered his love of craft beer while getting to know the people brewing the beer he was drinking. When a small…

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Where to Wine and Dine Around Disney Outside the Parks

Disney World is more than a family destination. With the revitalization of Disney Springs into a hub for foodies and a new focus on adult-friendly options like late-night entertainment, Disney is also transforming into a date night hotspot.  Perhaps the…

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Going Gatsby in Orlando: 6 Places to Have a Roarin’ Good Time

The early half of the 20th century was a quirky little time in American history. Alcohol was illegal, yet young Americans were still having fun dancing the Charleston, listening to jazz, and pushing past social and cultural expectations of the…

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Three Things to Know About Foxtail’s Farmhouse

The latest addition to Foxtail Coffee Co.’s rapidly growing mini-empire in Orlando, Foxtail’s Farmhouse is more than a craft coffee shop. An expansion of the original Foxtail Coffee Co. location next door, the Farmhouse provides solutions to two main customer…

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Better Together: Wine and Beer Pairing Events in Orlando

Wine and chocolate, beer and doughnuts, you and your partner…some things really are just better when they’re together. At these wine and beer pairing events in Orlando, two is most definitely better than one. Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Wine, cheese,…

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Disney Monorail Pub Crawl: A Guide to the Best Date Night Spots

The Best Bars & Lounges for a DIY Disney Monorail Pub Crawl Written by Stephanie Patterson and Hannah Green Confession: despite living in Orlando for six years, I’ve still never visited the Disney theme parks. I know, I know; please…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Prato

When it comes to Italy, I’ve got the textbook definition of wanderlust. The food, the wine, the history, the gelato…ah, I get butterflies just thinking about it. While I’m pinching pennies to get there as soon as possible, the next…

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Orlando Cocktail Crawl from Ivanhoe Village to Mills 50

Across Orlando lies a broad selection of bars and restaurants inviting you to experience a variety of unique cocktails. But did you know some of the best cocktails in the area come from the Ivanhoe Village and Mills 50 districts?…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: K Restaurant

I’ve always associated happy hour with blowing off steam after a long workday. But in the right setting, happy hour easily crosses over into romantic date night territory. Such is the case at K Restaurant in College Park, where light…

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Where to Enjoy Tea in Orlando for Two

Most Orlandoans know where to get a quality cup of coffee as there is no shortage of great shops to indulge your caffeine craving. Have you ever noticed that tea doesn’t get as much love? Full of antioxidants and providing…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Luma on Park

Situated on the corner of Park Avenue and E New England Ave in Winter Park, Luma on Park is one of those restaurants you’ve got to visit for date night at least once. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Brandon McGlamery…

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Orlando Coffee Hotspots For Serious Coffee Lovers

Orlando coffee lovers are fortunate in that there is no shortage of places to get a quality cup of coffee. There are some places, however, that are intentional about where their coffee beans originate, ensuring they are ethically sourced and…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: The Sanctum

I know I’ve taken it a little too far with tacos and ice cream when my body actually begins to crave lettuce. Striking the right balance between wellness and indulgence is something I’m always working to achieve. Lucky for us…

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Best New Orlando Bars for Date Night

Updated October 2017 Written by Kristen Manieri and Stephanie Patterson A notable bar is more than just a place to have a drink—it’s an experience. Just as our local chefs are well versed in crafting delectable dishes, our local bartenders…

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Must Do: Hop On Orlando Brewery Tour

When I heard the news that a new brewery tour company was launching in Orlando, I could hardly contain my excitement. Beer lovers in Orlando have dozens of beer experiences and craft breweries to choose from, most of which are…

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Our Guide to a Dr. Phillips Happy Hour Crawl

Sand Lake Road in Dr. Phillips certainly lives up to its “Restaurant Row” nickname with its impressive stretch of amazing restaurants, most of which offer excellent happy hours. Happy hour hopping is the perfect opportunity for a progressive date night…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar

Fellow seafood lovers, rejoice! Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar is one of the latest additions to the bustling strip of N. Orange Ave in Winter Park, a fast-growing district home to favorites like Buttermilk Bakery, The Bear and Peacock…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Rasa Asian Street Food

The interior of Rasa may be small, but it packs a serious swanky punch with moody lighting, a secluded private dining room, upbeat music, and natural details. Apart from the Malaysian street food inspired lunch and dinner menu, Rasa’s happy…

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Highball & Harvest Summer Food & Booze Series

Highball & Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is hosting a series this summer sure to delight foodies and craft cocktail lovers. The Summer Food & Booze Series will pair the chefs and bartenders of Highball & Harvest with…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi

Happy hour hopping in Orlando’s ‘Restaurant Row’ provides a distinct atmosphere (and fare) from one restaurant to the next. One moment you’re in an upscale brasserie, the next you’re feasting on fresh sushi in a bustling patio. You’ve got endless…

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