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Double Date: Hourglass Brewing Longwood Art Shows + Eats

Hourglass Brewing‘s love affair with art started when they first opened in a small home on State Road 434 in Longwood. Art of all kinds decorated the small space. I was there, and I remember how excited I was to…

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Ruth’s Chris Hosting Monthly TasteMaker Dinners in 2020

Take “wine and dine” to a whole new level by reserving seats at one of Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s esteemed TasteMaker Dinners this year. The popular dinner series, available at all three Orlando-area locations, is returning for 2020 with a…

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Cheers! A Guide to Hotel Happy Hours

How many times did you want to attend a hotel party in high school or college because you thought it would be amazing? Now that you’re an adult, it’s hotel party time any time you can have a staycation at…

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Where to Cozy up for a Holiday Coffee Date (and What to Order)

The holiday season brings back familiar things every year: festive music playing, decorations and lights going up, and cozy beverages to warm up with! It got us thinking about all of our amazing local coffee purveyors and what seasonal drinks…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: DoveCote

From the artful décor and intimate dining nooks to the delectable menu and recently upgraded outdoor courtyard, everything about DoveCote screams date night. Ever since my boyfriend, John, and I tried DoveCote’s brunch several years ago, it’s been in our…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Ocean Prime Orlando

Restaurant Row is one of Orlando’s crown jewels when it comes to dining, especially during happy hour when nearly every restaurant in the area offers killer deals on drinks and eats. From casual watering holes to upscale eateries, there truly…

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Double Date: Pop-Up Food Trucks at Bars in Orlando

One of the luxuries of visiting some of our local cocktail bars and breweries is smelling the aroma from the Orlando food trucks that pop-up several days a week to feed tipsy Orlandoans. Drinks and food truck meals go together…

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Unique Date: Blindfolded Wine, Bourbon + Coffee Tastings for a Cause

You, your date, a blindfold, and some wine… Sounds like a good time, right? This August and September, local nonprofit Lighthouse Central Florida is hosting three unique tasting events around Orlando as part of their awesome Sensory Series. The out…

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New Rum Dinner Series at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Whether you want to book a romantic night away during the week or experience a new locale just for dinner or a daycation, a resort stay will have you head over heels during the entire experience. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Ruth’s Chris Steak House Orlando

Dining at an upscale eatery doesn’t have to break the bank, as long as you’re willing to get a little creative. Many higher end eateries around town offer surprisingly affordable—and robust—happy hours allowing you to experience fine dining at a…

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Double Date: Local Wine Tastings + Dinner

The best way to learn is by doing, and at a handful of local wine bars and spirits stores you can do just that. Learn and sip by attending one of these Orlando wine tastings paired up with dinner nearby…

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Brews and Bites: Orlando Breweries with Food Menus

Inevitably, whenever we’re enjoying a pint or two at one of Central Florida’s breweries, we get the munchies. So it’s nice when a brewery offers up a food menu, allowing us to stay seated or step just inches away from…

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Meet for Drinks: Our Favorite Cocktail Bar Happy Hours

Whether you are looking for a new place to get cocktails with your boo, or a place to impress on your first date, Orlando has a bevy of beautiful and distinctive cocktail bars. Many of them offer great happy hour…

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Best New Bars in Sanford for Date Night

It has been amazing to see the growth in Downtown Sanford in just a few years’ time! More and more business owners and visitors are discovering the history, eclectic vibe, and food and drink the area has to offer. And…

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An Only in Orlando Lake Eola Pub Crawl

Experience “The City Beautiful” in a new way with a Lake Eola pub crawl around the soul of downtown! These five uniquely-themed bars will quench your thirst for adventure. Pro tip: plan your pub crawl for a weekday and use…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: The Melting Pot Orlando

Gooey cheese and decadent chocolate are the stuff of my date night dreams. And nobody combines them better than The Melting Pot Orlando. Maybe it’s the moody lighting, maybe it’s just all that chocolate, but dining here always feels like…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Menagerie Eatery and Bar

A multitude of high-quality restaurants, fun monthly events, and proximity to Lake Eola Park make the Thornton Park District a no-brainer for date night. But if you’re on a budget, happy hour is an affordable alternative to a fancy dinner….

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How to do a Date Night Pub Crawl at Universal Orlando Hotels

Universal Orlando has some amazing resort properties with entertaining night life, tasty food options and unique drinks. And you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy them! Welcoming locals and hotel guests, each resort on property has fun…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: The Hangry Bison

Park Avenue may get all the attention when it comes to dining in Winter Park, but nearby Orlando Avenue is a tasty alternative with new restaurants opening frequently. One such newcomer is The Hangry Bison, a local hangout in Winter…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Tapa Toro

Don’t be fooled; International Drive isn’t all tourist attractions and chain restaurants. While this stretch of Orlando is popular with tourists, there’s plenty for us locals to enjoy, including lively restaurants like Tapa Toro, a Spanish restaurant located within walking…

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Our Favorite Orlando Cocktail Bars by Neighborhood

The only similarity between Orlando’s craft cocktail purveyors is that they are all creative. Aside from that, each possesses their own unique approach to liquid concoctions. Regardless of where in The City Beautiful your date night is taking place, there…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Pharmacy Orlando

Updated June 2020 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…

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Rooftop Wine Flight Tastings at Paddlefish

Updated February 2019 Wine lovers, make your way to the 3rd floor deck at Paddlefish (Disney Springs) for a curated rooftop wine flight experience each month. Held on the 2nd of each month from 5-6pm, each event features a new…

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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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