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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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Central Florida Beer Experiences Every Local Needs to Have

Florida may be a bit behind in the craft beer scene, but new breweries are on the rise throughout the state. With new breweries come unique beer activities to enjoy, from farm-to-table experiences to beer yoga, and fun runs where…

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Kayaks and Craft Beer on Paddle and Pint Tours

UPDATED April 2018 Forget wine and dine dates, it’s all about kayaking and beer! A Day Away Kayak Tours and Playalinda Brewing Company in Titusville have teamed up for a series of Paddle & A Pint experiences perfect for date…

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10 Best Restaurants in Orlando for Bottomless Mimosas

Brunch food and cocktails…you can’t have one without the other. Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of options for brunch in Orlando when it comes to seriously great food and drinks. However, not all brunch spots are created equal. The…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge

Update July 2017: Urbain 40’s happy hour menu changes often depending on seasonality, and some of the items we sampled during our visit are currently not available. The current summer menu includes 10 food items and $6 drink specials. Imagine…

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Ritz-Carlton Orlando to Host Sunset Beer Yoga Series in April & May

For those who like their sun salutations with a side of suds, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes now offers the best of both worlds. Beginning on Saturday, April 15th, the luxury resort in Orlando will introduce a new Beer Yoga…

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Orlando’s Coziest Coffee Shops

Coffee shops are conducive to productive hours in front of your laptop spent catching up on work, but they’re also ideal for a low-key and affordable date night. Take the pressure off a first date by meeting for coffee, enjoy…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Boca Winter Park

Winter Park has a sophisticated air about it: European influences, higher end restaurants, specialty boutiques, and manicured gardens all contribute to a beautiful city that can also cost a pretty penny for date night. But upon further inspection, wallet-friendly eats…

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8 Florida Wineries to Drink Up

Get a Taste of the Sunshine State with Vine-to-Wine Adventures Did you know that the Sunshine State is the birthplace of American-made wine? In 1562, missionaries in St. Augustine used local grapes to make wine for religious ceremonies. Today, Florida…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on International Drive has certainly mastered the art of first impressions. Immediately upon walking in the door, you’ll be greeted by a large chandelier, classy decor, and temperature controlled two-story glass walls filled with a…

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6 Paired Up Orlando Brewery Date Itineraries

There’s no denying that the craft beer scene in Orlando has exploded in recent years. Each new brewery manages to reinvent the wheel by bringing something unique to the table. Whether it’s a stellar location, organic beer, or a creative…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: The Oceanaire Seafood Room

A mainstay at Pointe Orlando for over a decade, The Oceanaire Seafood Room has been a longstanding favorite for couples looking for a posh seafood restaurant in the Orlando area. White linens, doting service and an eye catching fresh seafood bar…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: The Stubborn Mule

The Stubborn Mule is the newest addition to the Thornton Park foodie scene, located where Sonoma Kitchen used to reside. The brainchild of co-owners Brian Buttner and Jonathan Canonaco, also the co-owners of RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar in Ocoee…

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Our Guide to a Disney Springs Pub Crawl

Sip and nibble your way through Orlando’s newest fun hub on a Disney Springs Pub Crawl Gone are the club days of Pleasure Island (oh, how the revolving dance floor at Mannequins Palace will forever be missed). But the rolling…

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ICEBAR Orlando Date Night Package: 40% Off

*Updated for 2018* An arctic wonderland crafted from over 70 tons of hand-carved ice, ICEBAR Orlando is the perfect antidote to the dog days of summer. This I-Drive hot spot, Orlando’s first such frozen fun palace, gives guests the chance…

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Orlando Beer Tour Gives Glimpse into Local Beer Scene

**Update: Brewlando Tours are no longer offered. If you’re looking for a beer tour, try Hop On! Orlando Brewery Tours. Orlando’s craft beer scene has taken the nation by surprise over the last couple of years. In fact, the entire Sunshine…

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Drink Up! 18 Summer Wine Events

Summer is peak harvest time for Florida’s grapes and a stellar time to sip some vino from around the world. So, stop whining about the seasonal heat and, instead, drink up some fun grape-to-glass goodness at local wine events! Here’s…

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Happy Hour Hopping in Winter Park Village

Take your pick from a huge selection of food and drink specials in Winter Park Village, where eight different restaurants stand ready to please your palate while going easy on your wallet. Brio Tuscan Grille What: Enjoy bar plates (such as…

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Orlando’s Best Lobby Bars

Being one of the world’s top vacation destinations, it makes sense that Orlando is surrounded by spectacular hotel properties. Why not explore one on your next date night and find yourself sipping a cocktail in one of Orlando’s best lobby bars? Here…

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Wine Tips from Two Top Orlando Sommeliers

Ordering or buying a good bottle of wine shouldn’t be complicated. But with so many wine varieties, never mind hundreds of brands, it can be stressful to be sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. We checked in with…

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17 Out of the Ordinary Orlando Bars

Grab a drink at one of these unusual Orlando bars By Samantha Rosenthal Orlando’s bar scene is ever-growing and ever-evolving. From swanky lobby bars to artsy craft cocktail bars to unfussy dive bars, Orlando is packed with places to sip…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Shari Sushi Lounge

Date night diners can truly have it all in Orlando’s Thornton Park district. Nearly every restaurant has a patio, the restaurants are upscale yet relaxed, Lake Eola Park is within walking distance, and happy hour options are aplenty. An Orlando…

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22 Orlando Cocktails to Usher in Spring

Say hello to a fresh, new season with these mouthwatering Orlando cocktails According to the calendar, spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20, but those of us living in the Orlando area are already seeing the flowers bloom and feeling…

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9 Irish Pubs to Visit on St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando

**UPDATED FOR 2019** Time for corned beef and cabbage, Guinness draft beers and Irish whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando (March 17)! This St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando, plan to visit one of our many local Irish pubs or bars. Raglan Road Irish…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Citrus Restaurant

CLOSED January 2017 The ever-popular Citrus Restaurant, with its emphasis on “regionally-inspired new American cuisine,” recently introduced a new happy hour menu to kick off 2016. Located on Orange Avenue in the North Quarter District of downtown Orlando, Citrus Restaurant launched the…

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