Drinks

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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Happy Hour Test Drive: Baoery Asian Gastropub

Closed March 2017 Want more happy hour info? Check out our Guide to Orlando Happy Hours. Tucked into a bustling corner of Thornton Park, Baoery Asian Gastropub feels like a cool neighborhood hangout where folks can just chill out and enjoy…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: TR Fire Grill

**UPDATE: CLOSED February 2018** It’s been a few months since TR Fire Grill moved into its new home in Winter Park. The move from the airport area was a good one, especially for those who love great happy hours in convenient…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Umi

By Samantha Rosenthal Nestled on Park Avenue is a Japanese fusion restaurant that’s fast becoming an area favorite for sushi, sashimi and robata. Umi in Winter Park, which opened in February, also offers a stellar happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m., and…

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The Best Wine Bars in Orlando

By Samantha Rosenthal In the song “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” Billy Joel sings: “A bottle of white, a bottle of red—perhaps a bottle of rose instead.” Not surprisingly, you can have all those wine options, plus more, thanks to the vibrant wine…

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Orlando’s Best Holiday Cocktails

Bring on the Bailey’s and Peppermint Schnapps. The holidays are in full swing and it’s time to celebrate with some festive libations designed to get even the Grinchiest of folks into the holiday spirit. Our local mixologists have been creatively…

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Friday Night Flights at K

By Erica Thomas Relax and kick back after the grind of your work week at Friday Night Flights. Nestled in the back of K Restaurant & Wine Bar is an intimate and quaint garden patio filled with fresh organic herbs…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Seito Sushi Baldwin Park

By Samantha Rosenthal Located on New Broad Street, Seito Sushi opened in 2005 and is still bringing in the masses. Owner Jason Chin, who recently opened Osprey Tavern across the street, breathed new life into Seito when he added Executive Chef Austin Boyd…

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Orlando Bartenders’ Guild Presents Taste of the Spirits: Nov 16

The Orlando chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild will host Taste of the Spirits, a one-night event on November 16 designed to showcase 40 different unique and delicious spirits. Held at the Orlando World Marriott Center, Taste of the Spirits will give…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: The Osprey Tavern

The Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park is getting a lot of great press lately. Orlando Sentinel’s Heather McPherson wrote a glowing review in September. Tasty Chomp’s Ricky Ly gushed over Osprey’s brunch a few weeks ago writing: “Overall, one of…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: RusTeak in College Park

Updated October 2017 On our fervent mission to seek out Orlando’s best happy hours, we recently stumbled upon RusTeak, a College Park eatery with two Culinary Institute of America chefs at the helm. The space, a fresh and inviting scene…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Marlow’s Tavern

We’ve long been fans of Marlow’s Tavern in Winter Park. One of three area locations (there’s also one in Waterford Lakes and one at Pointe Orlando), Marlow’s is the sort of place where you can get a quality meal for…

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Chocolate & Wine Pairing at World of Chocolate Museum

By Erica Thomas Nothing says romance like chocolate and wine. We recently found that there is better way to combine the two than at the World of Chocolate Museum and Café. Located in a less congested section of International Drive, World of…

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Interactive Spirits: The Cocktail Table Experience at Highball & Harvest

Updated July 2018 The worlds of food and cocktails have collided thanks to a blossoming craft cocktail movement that makes drinking much more of an epicurean experience than ever before. The sky truly is the limit for bartenders willing to…

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Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Orlando

The Sky’s the Limit at These Rooftop Roosts Updated June 2018 We are fortunate to live in a desirable climate allowing maximum use of time outdoors. Plan date night just right to take advantage of our pleasant year-round weather and…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: The Alfond Inn

Looking for a comfortable place to unwind at the end of a tough day? The Alfond Inn might be just what the doctor ordered. This Winter Park boutique hotel and home to the fabulous Hamilton’s Kitchen has a chic yet homey…

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10 Places to Learn More About Wine in Orlando

For those of us who love wine and even fancy ourselves budding aficionados, the idea of really diving deep into wine education can seem daunting and a little, well, intimidating. There is just SO much to know about wine. In fact, those who…

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3 Upcoming Beer Dinners in Orlando

Exploring the culinary side of beer, particularly the ways in which beer pairs with various cuisines, has become increasingly popular. Scores of beer-paired dinners dotting Orlando’s events calendar all year are evidence that beer lovers, especially craft beer lovers, want…

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Wine Down at Quantum Leap Winery

Unwind from your workweek at the monthly Wine Down event at Orlando’s boutique urban winery, Quantum Leap. Every second Friday from 7 – 10pm, the winery located at the crossroads of Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village invites the public to its…

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