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The Thirsty Topher in Ivanhoe Village

This might possibly be one of my new favorite places to grab a drink in Orlando. The Thirsty Topher isn’t technically that new, I suppose – it’s actually been open for about a year – but I’m just now getting around to giving it a look-see.

I popped in with a friend not too terribly long ago after a show at The Venue. The location, nestled in the Ivanhoe Village just a few blocks north of Virginia Avenue, is almost a word-of-mouth find for locals. Walking up, the bar is quite welcome, tucked behind a wall of foliage yet an open concept once you pass by it.

One of the best things about The Thirsty Topher is, of course, their drinks. A huge offering of craft beers (including one of my new obsessions), it’s easy to get lost in the variety of the delicious menu. The ambience is also extremely conducive to chatting with whomever you might’ve shown up with…or perhaps the stranger sitting next to you. Low lights when it’s dark outside and high ceilings. I do recall music playing, but not overwhelmingly loud like many places around town. I’m actually really looking forward to spending some time here in the fall, when we hopefully start to experience some cooler temperatures here in Central Florida.

If you haven’t been yet here’s a little of what you can expect:

Location deets:
The Thirsty Topher
1609 Alden Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

Haven’t had a chance to check out The Thirsty Topher yet and want some other opinions? See what local residents are saying on Yelp.

And here are some other local articles:

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Jazz Tastings in Maitland

Tucked on the side of a little plaza near Lake Lily in Maitland is the unassuming restaurant/bar Jazz Tastings. I heard about it from a few friends who wanted to check it out, but none had ever been.

Not knowing really what to expect, we opted not to eat dinner there, even though I read on Yelp and their site that they offer a number of delicious food options. Instead, we decided to head there for a few drinks. Jazz Tastings is an intimate space and not at all what I was expecting. It was every bit the sophisticated, relaxing atmosphere they promote it to be.

The room is long and narrow, but has a good amount of seating and a small L-shaped bar near the kitchen. While the smaller size of the place might seem like a negative, it’s truly the opposite because you’re that much closer to the stage.

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Speaking of the stage, the whole point of the bar is to showcase phenomenal Jazz talent, and boy have they succeeded. We were there on a Friday night and the performers were ridiculously good. I was really blown away by the vibe of the place, how into it the audience was and just how well it all just “worked.”

Jazz Tastings is open six days a week, so you have no excuse not to check it out!

World of Beer in Downtown Orlando

UPDATE 8/19:

Rather timely to our post last week (see below), Orlando Weekly just shared some info yesterday on their Facebook Page about World of Beer employee recruitment initiatives coming up both today and tomorrow. So – looks like the opening is getting closer and closer. Check it out:

If you’re on the hunt for a job, good luck!

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The World of Beer in downtown Orlando at Lake Eola has been touted as “coming soon” for well over a year now. Their last Tweet was in May of last year, and this past January Bungalower wrote an article not really stating much other than some of the major players in the development are no longer involved.

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This seems like such a great place for a World of Beer, undoubtedly that would be successful if it ever does open its doors. Does anyone know anything about what’s going on here?

There are currently five World of Beer Central Florida locations, including Dr. Phillips, Altamonte, and Lake Mary.

The Lucky Lure in Ivanhoe Village

I’ve been driving by The Lucky Lure for the almost year it’s been around in Ivanhoe Village, which is just north of downtown Orlando if you’re not familiar. I finally got an opportunity the opportunity to pop-in this past rain-drenched weekend. Gotta say I am not a fan.

I can see where this dive would appeal to a particular niche (think PBR, Natty Lite, and Coors Lite), but there’s nothing from my recent visit that connected me to it or left me wanting to go back again. I’d much rather head down the street to Imperial down the street and hang out there (with the domestic beer and wine crowd).

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Occupy your time with pool and foosball.

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The Bar Area

The Lucky Lure is co-owned by Amy Smith (AKA Lounge, 57 West) and Mike Blaise (Go Lounge), so there’s definitely some bar/nightlife experience behind the establishment. It also runs some pretty great happy hour deals, if that’s something you typically look for when deciding on a bar to go to.

Now, while I’m obviously not personally a fan of this little bar, one of the great things about the location is the opportunity to catch an awesome Central Florida sun setting over Lake Ivanhoe across the street (the place has an open-air concept).

Location deets:

The Lucky Lure
1427 North Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32804

If you wanna see what other folks are saying about their own experience at The Lucky Lure–including at least three reviews about a “rude, prick bartender”–check out Yelp.

#myCFLview

This past weekend we published an Instagram post (inspired by the beautiful weather) charging our fellow Central Floridians to “show us their view” with the hashtag #myCFLview – whether it’s enjoying the amazing weather, hitting up events, going places, etc. We got a few great pics and wanted to share them (with owner permission, of course).

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If you’ve got a great view you’d like to share with us, post using the hashtag #myCFLview to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got….

Top “Escapes” From Our Theme Parks

A Forbes article titled “5 Great Escapes From Orlando’s Theme Parks” was circulated around the interwebs this past week, and with a title like that you know our ears certainly perked up. Actually, many of the local folks we follow posted or mentioned something about it, and we’d love to hear your thoughts.

We love all of the local theme parks (it’s my bread & butter, so to speak), but one of the reasons Kim and I started this blog six years ago is to provide insight and talk about local things…living in our great Central Florida apart from the global theme parks located in our collective back yard. So referencing this Forbes article on “escaping theme parks” what are some of your favorite places, things that didn’t make the list here?

If you haven’t seen the article here are the five it mentions:

Thoughts?! Good suggestions?

To read the full article on Forbes.com click here.

* We originally caught wind of this article via a Facebook posting by Downtown Orlando. Thanks!

An Tobar Re-opening

An TobarIt was a sad day in 2005 when local Irish bar, An Tobar, closed at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland.

I’ve never been a huge fan of hotel bars and can’t imagine seeking one out unless I’m staying on-property. An Tobar was different … authentic, even.  Maybe that’s because, as the story goes, the whole bar was shipped piece by piece from Ireland.  Whatever it was, the place always had a good vibe, a good crowd and it was a staple for Happy Hour.

So, when a friend recently mentioned Tobar (as the regulars call it) was re-opening, a feeling of joyous nostalgia washed over me like a pint of freshly tapped Guinness.

Tobar’s re-opening next Friday (March 14) just in time for St. Patty’s Day!

See you there!

The Woods in Downtown Orlando

20140105-062752.jpgThe Woods is a teeny little place–almost a gem–hidden in downtown Orlando. Actually, now that I think about it, it’s not so teeny, and it’s not necessarily hidden if you pay attention. But I only recently learned about it so I guess I don’t pay that close of attention. Regardless, now you know about The Woods and you have no excuse.

The Woods is located on the second floor of a building in the heart of downtown Orlando, just above The Lodge. Trust me, though – this place is way more classier than The Lodge. Specializing in craft beers and handmade drinks, The Woods is a rustic, open-spaced place to hang out and catch-up with some friends or even get the evening started with a date.

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Pagne Champagne Lounge to Open in Thornton Park

Word on the street and according to an article we recently read in Orlando Business Journal, Thornton Park will soon be welcoming a new “champagne lounge” to the neighborhood that harkens back to the age of the ’70s.

“Pagne Champagne Lounge will open its doors in late February or early March at 100 S. Eola Drive, adjacent to Mingo’s Restaurant, in The Sanctuary building in Thornton Park. The concept will offer a variety of champagne, wine and spirits as well as a selection of appetizers in a 1970’s speakeasy-inspired atmosphere.”

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Sounds fun if you ask us, but businesses (with the exception of Mucho Tequila and Tacos and Sonoma Draught House) have struggled to thrive in this area over the past several years. We certainly wish them well.!

Location deets:

Pagne Champagne Lounge
100 S. Eola Drive
Orlando, FL 32801


What do you think? Are you looking forward to this new addition to the downtown Orlando scene?

Big thanks to our friend Elizabeth B, by the way, for first putting this on our radar.

* image courtesy of Washingtonlife.com

Big News from Will’s Pub

wills Will’s Pub, aka Will’s on Mills, announced some awesome news for those who wish not to spend their weekly salary on a dry cleaning bill.

They are now NON-SMOKING!

Will’s is such a great little bar, with an awesome draft beer selection and tons of great live music–this news is the icing on the venue’s cake!

Way to go, Will’s!

 

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