Drinks

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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6 Things We Love About Plant Street Market

Winter Garden’s new food hub, Plant Street Market, is wowing with its stellar selection of local fare, artisan goods and craft beer. Here are six reasons you should go there this weekend: Crooked Can Brewery Open from 11am to 11pm…

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The Whiskey Opens on Restaurant Row

The small space that used to be occupied by Cricketer Arms is now a rustic, lively rock ‘n’ roll restaurant thanks to the creators of The Whiskey. Owned and operated by local Chef Steven Flowers, Katie Walton and Mike Lassahn,…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: What’s New at The Ravenous Pig

Local foodie folk-heroes James and Julie Petrakis are transforming Monday into “funday” at The Ravenous Pig with a new happy hour menu full of craft beers, snacks, cocktails and wine. Previously only open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, this much-loved Winter Park restaurant now…

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Sip and Munch at Vanbarry’s Public House

By David Carter Nestled into a quaint SoDo (South of Downtown Orlando) section of Orange Avenue, Vanbarry’s Public House is a neighborhood gem with lots of appeal. Immediately upon being seated you’ll hear the classic songs being played from the live…

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A Guide to Orlando Local Breweries

Updated April 2019 – Surprised to learn that Orlando is one of America’s epicenters of craft brewing? This guide to our local brew scene is sure to convince you that Central Florida has jumped on the beer bandwagon. PS – Don’t forget…

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7 Places to Hear Live Jazz in the Orlando Area

By Kelsey A. Glennon UPDATED October 2017 My dream date? Stroll through the streets of New York’s Greenwich village. Relocate to a nearby jazz club, one that either requires going downstairs into hazy bohemian lounge, or upstairs to a breezy…

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The Parkview: A Couple-at-Large Review

Tabby entered our May Couple-at-Large Giveaway and won a night at The Parkview in Winter Park, where she and her fiancé, Jeff, enjoyed an unforgettable foodie experience of fine cuisine paired with an insider’s selection of wines. By Jeff Thomas…

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Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery

The culmination of lots of creative gourmands as well as chefs and brewmasters with an unwavering passion for local sourcing, Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery opened last month at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes with a farm-to-fork…

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