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Downtown Orlando Bar Coming to 28 S. Orange Ave

An interior demolition project is currently taking place inside 28 S. Orange Ave in downtown Orlando. The project's name is "Orange Ave Bar Renovation," but no bar name is provided.

In the online permitting information, a wooden deck is mentioned.

According to the building permit on the front window, the interior demo will include pre-construction, drop-ceiling tiles and non load bearing walls. 
The permit was issued August 13, 2015 and expires February 9, 2016. 
The space has been home to Dan's Sandwich Shop and Due Amici. 

Orlando City Soccer Stadium Neighbors: Stonewall Bar

Here's another Orlando City Soccer Stadium neighbor: Stonewall Bar (741 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805). This one-story bar is currently under construction with the addition of a second story. 
This gay bar is directly across the street from the site of the stadium is perfectly situated to handle the thousands of soccer fans who pre-game, tailgate and post-game party. 
The owner of this baris a genius.

You long-time readers may recall that in 2009, we called the owner a genius
Here's the direct quote:  "This bartender is a genius." In 2009, the biggest news was the soon-to-be-built Amway Center. And that was BIG news. To be right in the middle of Church Street between that and the Citrus Bowl was genius. Now in 2015, with the soccer stadium RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET, the guy is clearly a super-genius. 
Here's what we said in 2009 when we first walked into the bar: "There was Michael Wanzie, the GodFather of downtown theatre. Doug Baauser, the comedy gen…

Tom & Jerrys Winter Park Bar Exterior Photos

Tom & Jerry's Bar (1117 N. Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) served it's last boozy beverage Thursday night after 67 years in business. Here are some photos of the bright orange building and the land it sits on currently, which for a brief, shimmering moment, was a promising permanent food truck lot.
















Show Review: Taking Back Sunday at House of Blues on 11/6

By Jen Thuy-Tien
Contributing Writer
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    Taking Back Sunday (FacebookTwitter) played in Orlando on Tuesday nightas part of the band’s Tell All Your Friends 10th anniversary tour with Bayside and Transit. The band is made up of lead singer Adam Lazzara, guitarists Eddie Reyes and John Nolan, bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O'Connell.      Taking Back Sunday played a memorable show on Tuesday night at House of Blues. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the band’s first album Tell All Your Friends (2002), the band performed the album in its entirety. In addition to songs from the band’s other albums. When the band played songs from Tell All Your Friends such as “Great Romances of the Twentieth Century”, “Timberwolves at New Jersey” and “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut From the Team)”, the atmosphere was amazing because the crowd sang every lyric and one could really feel the love from the band’s fans. Lead singer Adam displayed great vocals and…

Will's Pub Mills Ave | Hillbilly Humpdays

Will's Pub (1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803) does "Hillbilly Humpday" one Wednesday a month to feature local and regional country, blue grass, alt-country, swamp punk and other forms of music with what may be considered a "southern twist." In addition to the Hillbilly musical motif, patrons are encouraged to guzzle down $1 canned domestic beers from 10pm-12am. It's likely many of them are able to down enough $1 beers to more than compensate for the cost of entry (generally ranging from $5-$6.)

The August 24, 2011 edition of Hillbilly Humpdays (9pm, $6, 18+) will feature Lake Worth's Viva Le Vox, described as, "a ragtag group of ne’er do-wells hailing from the swamps and shores of southeast Florida. They have a sound that’s hard to describe, influenced by everything from the sleaziest Dixieland jazz to the most sordid punk rock. The sound is by turns loud, fast, and creepy...it’s uneasy listening, crafted for discerning musical misfits everywher…

PBR Pub Crawl Orlando

The PBR Pub Crawl (Twitter, Facebook) is a monthly bike ride sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon taking place throughout Orlando. With stops at various bars (that serve PBR) along the way, this casual ride features routes ranging from 5-12 miles with a focus on a moderate pace and group safety in College Park, Mills50, Colonial Town, Thornton Park and Downtown. Specially-made highlighter orange koozies are provided, entitling those participants that are 21+ CHEAP PBR's at every stop. Every months brings a new route with different stops. All bikes are welcome. Lights required. Helmets are recommended. Participation is at your own risk.



Draft Global Beer Lounge and Grill at Amway Center Opens

Draft Global Beer Lounge and Grill, the brand new bar across the street from the Amway Center, had its opening night party Wednesday March 30, 2011 with Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Councilwoman Daisy Lynum on hand.

The interior is lovely, with a great view of the Amway Center. TVs are everywhere so you don't miss a second of the sports action. On opening night, it was fun and loud, but with an upscale vibe to it. Three bars are available as well as a full kitchen offering a large menu. (Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli)
City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Councilwoman Daisy Lynum and other notables untie the red ribbon as part of the opening event
Everyone watching the Mayor
One of the two main rooms with a clear view of the Amway Center
Packed house
Beef sliders and crab cake sliders
Orlando Live's Peter Murphy giving a crab cake slider the chomp
The beef flatbread before we ate it

Stardust Lounge | Downtown Orlando Retro Bar

By Mark Baratelli
Owner
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The last time I was in the bar in the basement at 431 East Central Blvd., it was 1998. I'd just finished performing as an Ensemble Apprentice at a SAK Comedy Lab show. It was probably 10 or 11pm. The ensemble back then were people I looked up to and admired. I was new to improv and was soaking everything they did on stage up. They were big, big people in my eyes. They were brilliant and knew how to hold the audience in the palm of their hands, always knew the right thing to say on stage, the right choice to make. It was second nature to them. So to be asked to go hang out with them after shows was an honor.

Back then, this basement bar was a dive. Not a dump, just an undecorated, unpretentious room for boozing and hanging. Couple pool tables, cheap beer, not much else.

I happened to be in the area a couple days ago so I went inside for a look. Wow! Now called Stardust Lounge, the place is a fantastic throwback retro 1950s club with perfectly per…

Monthly tech & booze meetup called Technically... We're Drinking

There's a new monthly happy-hour called "Technically, We're Drinking" to help Orlando professionals utilize the latest industry standard practices of doing absolutely nothing. Leading Orlando experts may or may not be in attendance to fulfill absolutely no commitments to attendees. "Technically, We're Drinking" is purely an excuse for working professionals to get together, catch up, and consume mid-week appropriate amounts of alcohol, generally 2-5 glasses depending on where you work. All are welcome to this first Wednesday of every month tweetup. We have no sponsors, no event planners, no fancy name badges, no agenda, just a simple desire to mix some socialization with some inebriation. First Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at Monkey Bar (26 Wall Street, Orlando, FL). Free admission, bring anyone you like. This is being put on by Anthony Richardson (@WebFugitive on twitter) and Adam Wiggall (@TurnAndFace on twitter). Use the HashTag #Odrink on twitte…

Scotch expert at Corona Cigar

The DBD (Downtown Booze District) is a flying success so far with two awesome October events. First they had the all-you-can-drink RumFest for $20 at the Wall Street frat house row of bars and art directed logos. Seriously. $20 for all you can drink... rum. Its like you never left college! And now on October 27, we have a "third generation master blender" of Scotch named Richard Paterson coming to "unlock the secrets to drinking scotch" which apparently includes "how to drink it, when to drink it (and) even how to pair it with chocolate" at Corona Cigar Company & Diamond Crown Lounge (127 S. Orange Ave, 407-404-5344) on October 27, 2009 at 7pm. $15 per person with complimentary cigars.

Alcohol 'neath the trees at Enzian

Enzian has this luscious tropical booze oasis/liquor jungle underneath towering oak trees called "Eden Bar" that is on my list of "places to take out-of-towners." I got to see it for the very first time last week when they had their Movie Club meeting about the anti-anti-gay gay movie Outrage.

The place is special and needs to appear in every brochure going out to tourists about the "real" Orlando. (By the way, I despise that phrase. The "real" Orlando. Everything here is "real," even if some of it is a little plastic. Its OUR plastic and its real plastic.)

Tonight is their weekly "Sessions" event, where local musicans jam and non-musicians talk over them. Tonight musicians Holly Riggs and Andy Matchett take to the stage 7:30pm. No idea what type of music they play or if they're any good. But if they suck, just tilt your head back and stare at the oaks, the sky, the Spanish moss, the low lighting and pretend you're in …