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City Pub

861 N Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 652-0600
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Say goodbye to the former North Quarter Tavern and hello to City Pub.

Craig Ustler, the well known developer, who is heavily involved in the Downtown Orlando Creative Village, amongst many other things, decided in late 2017 that it was time to relinquish North Quarter Tavern.

He decided to start an operating partnership with Church Street Entertainment, a name that should be synonymous with most Orlando locals, as they already own such popular downtown spots like Ember, Latitudes, Cahoots, Chillers, Irish Shannon’s, 180 Skytop Lounge and Crafted.

For over 27 years, Church Street Entertainment and its principals have locally owned and operated bars and restaurants in downtown Orlando, and they have now brought their passion and expertise to the North Quarter District.

From owners to bartenders, old timers to newcomers, the City PUB team takes pride in living and working in the neighborhood and helping the local community thrive.

Located in the heart of the North Quarter District in Downtown Orlando, the interior of City Pub features high top and dining room seating with multiple TV's so you never miss your favorite game with artwork that displays the history of Orlando dotted along the walls.

The menu features classic and remastered pub favorites that is handcrafted and chef driven. Executive Chef, Adam Dierks takes the lead in the kitchen and offers a distinctive menu that includes bar snacks, appetizers, savory salads, shareable dishes, classic pub favorites and heartier entrees.

Next door to City Pub is the sister space… Bitters and Bottles. This is a sophisticated yet comfortable night spot in Downtown Orlando, that is the only spot in the North Quarter District serving craft cocktails and a curated wine list alongside the chef driven bar snacks.

City Pub has a comfortable bar with seating around all sides that serves local craft beers and a variety of handcrafted cocktails.

We started our evening with Dirty Chips that feature yuca chips, sweet potato chips, dried parsnips and beets with an amazing garlic cream dipping sauce. 

The Hummus was as fresh and tasty as it gets with chickpea hummus, English cucumber, carrots, pickled beets, grilled artichoke hearts and grilled pita bread.

For a sampling of cocktails from the bar at City Pub, we ordered the House Margarita with Patron and sweet agave nectar on the left and an old fashioned with Bulleit bourbon on the right.

We really enjoyed the Grilled Salmon entree with Zellwood corn risotto, grilled asparagus and a lemon beurre blanc sauce. The salmon was flaky and cooked perfectly and when combined with a bite of the risotto it was magical.

I think this may only be a Friday night special at City Pub, but you absolutely have to have the slow braised Lamb Shank ...this literally fell of the bone and was so flavorful and absolutely delicious, served with roasted potatoes and grilled Brussels sprouts.

After our meal and a few cocktails at City Pub, we walked across the hall and entered Bitters and Bottles. This is a pretty upscale handcrafted cocktail lounge with amazing drinks, great ambiance and a chill vibe. The artwork here is more of the same from inside City Pub with murals and paintings of Orlando. We were really impressed with the set up here.

Once inside we ordered a Lavender Mint Collins and a Whiskey Sour with Jim Beam Double Oak, and both were exceptional.


City Pub also offers one hell of a Sunday brunch deal. For $29.99 you get unlimited mimosas, interactive action stations that make red velvet waffles, carving stations with smoked salmon and other meats, a variety of fruits and vegetables, custom made eggs and pasta dishes from the kitchen.

We really liked City Pub and Bottles and Bitters, and think it is not only a great replacement for North Quarter Tavern, but a great addition to North Downtown Orlando.

City Pub is open from 11:30 am to 2:00 am Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:30 am.

Bitters and Bottles is open from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am Monday to Saturday, and they close at 12:30 am on Sunday.
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Park Pizza & Brewing Co.


6941 Lake Nona Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 955-4472
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Park Pizza & Brewing Co. is Lake Nona’s newest home away from home, a welcoming retreat for the entire community where they serve up wood fired pizza and house brewed beer.

This is Tavistock Restaurant Collection’s fourth Central Florida restaurant concept that includes the recently opened Boxi Park, Chroma and Canvas, all of which are great concepts with great food. Tavistock knows a thing or two about creating atmosphere and good food that fits with the community.

Located in Lake Nona Town Center, Park Pizza & Brewing Company is a 5,055-square-foot, community focused gathering place featuring an onsite brewery and indoor/outdoor seating appropriate for families, friends and coworkers.

Fired in 900 degree wood burning ovens, the artisanal pizzas are topped with traditional toppings like pepperoni and buffalo mozzarella, as well as elevated gourmet toppings.

Menu Items here go as follows...Pre-Pizza, Not Pizza, Pizza, Your Pizza and Post Pizza, as well as a selection of Beer and Not Beer, and Also Not Beer for cocktail and regular beverage selections.

Head Brewer Marco Reyna, has taken care of the brewing duties, and they have some damn fine beers available here. Everything we sampled was fresh, crisp and refreshing, even the heavier IPA’s and stouts that were 10.5 abv.


We started off with a 4 Beer Flight ...from left to right we have the Standard Lager 4.5% abv, Belgian Wit 4.5% abv, Czech Pils 5.5% abv and Belgian Pale Ale 5.5% abv.

From the "Pre Pizza" menu is this wonderfully delicious and amazing Giant Soft Pretzel with Jalapeno Hefeweizen Beer Cheese...which is so perfect with a flight of beer.

Also on the "Pre Pizza" menu is the Burrata and Blistered Veggies with green peppers, artichokes, tomatoes, zucchini and mushrooms lightly cooked in olive oil and served with creamy Burrata Cheese...and it all pairs perfectly together.

Another 4 Beer Flight we tried...from left to right ... Russian Stout 10.5% abv, IPA 6.8% abv, Brown Ale 7% abv and Hibiscus Gos 4% abv. All were crisp and refreshing and surprisingly smooth for the abv content.

On the "Not Pizza" menu is a Di Capri Salad with Bocconcini Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Red Onions, Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

The first pizza we tried at Park Pizza was the Red White and Bleu Pizza that features Garlic Cream Gorgonzola, Bacon, Granny Smith Apples and Red Onions for a very unique flavor combination. 

Since we couldn't settle on just one more pizza, we went with a half and half with the Pepperoni Picante on the left with San Marzano tomato sauce, Grande Mozzarella, pepperoni, banana peppers and Chili Flakes... on the right is the Awesome Saus! with housemade sausage, elephant garlic, baby portobellos, red peppers and red onions and we enjoyed each half equally. All of our pizza selections here were terrific. 

In addition to all the fine Craft Beer at Park Pizza, they have a few Sangrias, Wines and Cocktails available as well...like the Green Apple with Sauvignon blanc and Jim Beam apple bourbon, ruby red grapefruit, sparkling water and fresh apples...and the Kickin Mule on the right, a traditional mule made with Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey.

The Cannolis were quite delicious with just the right amount of sweet to finish our evening.

Within the dining room, at the bar, or on the patio, you’ll find a place to grab a bite and a pint, watch the game, hang with your kids, and catch up with friends. Come as you are, comfort is key.

Complimentary parking is available in the five-story central parking structure featuring Lake Nona’s interactive landmarks, The Beacon and Code Wall.

Park Pizza and Brewing Co. is open from 11:00 am to 12:00 am, and on Friday and Saturday they are open until 2:00 am.


Park Pizza and Brewing Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Castaway's Sports Bar and Grill


504 N Alafaya Trail
Suite 102
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 377-5895
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Taking over the old Buffalo Wild Wings Location on Alafaya Trail in 2017, is Castaway’s Sports bar & Grill, A beach themed sports bar and grill with an outstanding food and liquor menu.

They are not a corporate chain like the former tenants, as they are locally owned and operated. The owner, Andrew grew up loving the beaches in Jupiter, and like many of their staff members came to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. He also had a dream of owning a Bar and Grill.

Castaway’s is a beach themed sports bar and grill with 37 HD 65" flat screen TV's, 6 HD 110" projection screens with 20 plus specialty drinks and signature cast iron cooked seafood and build your own burgers.

The menu here has plenty of options with a variety of seafood appetizers, onion rings, tots, wings, burgers, sandwiches, tacos and daily specials with a pretty decent cocktail menu.

Much of the overall design from the BW's days is still in tact, but with an Island Vibe and a more focused menu that includes way more than just wings. In addition to keeping the TV’s they added some pool tables and a saltwater aquarium at the bar.


The Island Smoked Fish Dip with wild caught Mahi hot smoked, jalapenos and club crackers was really good.

Mango Pineapple Mojito on the left with Captain Morgan Coconut Rum, and a Florida Mule on the right with Deep Eddy Orange Vodka. We also had a Category 5 Hurricane here that pretty much knocked me on my ass. All Cocktails were strong and delicious.

For $6.00 on the late night menu at Castaway’s, you can get these volcano strips with a variety of sauces and some really good tots....this is a great option if you plan on drinking more and eating less, as its plenty for 1 person.

Wilson's Beer and Cheese Bacon Dog is a half pound dog served on a sub roll covered in beer Cheese and Bacon. We got the Onion Rings for an up charge at an additional $1.29 as our side.

The Philly Cheesesteak here is made with hand shaved Angus beef Ribeye, loaded with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, sweet peppers and jalapenos drizzled with beer cheese and topped with provolone. A bit different than a traditional Philly, but good nonetheless, and the sweet potato waffle fries were excellent.

The Bar at Castaway’s has plenty of alcohol to make the cocktail magic happen, and plenty of TV’s so you never miss a moment.

Pool Tables are an addition to the original Buffalo Wild Wings spot that Castaway’s took over, and I think they are a good addition.

Castaway’s is open from 11:00 am to 2:00 am everyday of the week, and they have daily specials like $12.99 all you can eat wings on Wednesday and a daily happy hour and late night menu with reduced prices on select items.

We will definitely return here and try some wings and other menu items and look forward to their continued success.


Castaway’s Sports Bar and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Get Poppin’ at Drive Shack’s Boozy Brunch

7285 Corner Drive
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 553-8820
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Drive Shack, Orlando’s new premier golf-entertainment destination is transforming its scenic rooftop terrace into a poppin’ party during November’s FREE Boozy Brunch on Sunday, Nov. 18. 

This Thanksgiving-themed event will have seasonal drinks, a live DJ, fun games like Shake Your Tail Feather and tons of prizes!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Drive Shack is inviting guests to celebrate the holiday during its FREE monthly brunch event. Guests can get into the holiday spirit by sipping on Drive Shack’s seasonally inspired drink – Captain Morgan Pumpkin Spice Sloshie – while dancing to tunes spun by a live DJ. And don’t miss the bottomless mimosas for just $15!

Adding to the festivities, you can challenge your friends to games like Giant Jenga and Corn Hole. Be sure to save your energy for Shake Your Tail Feather – a fun holiday game where participants have a box of feathers tied to their waist and must shake their “tail” until all their feathers are gone.

The first person to get rid of all their feathers will win a Thanksgiving turkey! And since everyone’s a winner at Drive Shack, plenty of other prizes will be given away beginning at 2 p.m., including free BayPlay, Drive Shack swag and a free Group Social Event, which includes two hours of BayPlay in two premium golf bays, a food and beverage credit, free general membership cards and more.

To learn more about Boozy Brunch, visit driveshack.com.

Located at 7285 Corner Drive (exit Lake Nona Blvd. off FL-417) in Lake Nona’s vibrant Sports and Performance District, Drive Shack Orlando is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

About Drive Shack:

The flagship Orlando location is a three-story, indoor/outdoor all-weather golf-entertainment complex where scratch golfers and hackers alike create memorable experiences every time they visit. Check out your swing, track your scores, compete with other bays or simply PLAY ON using Drive Shack’s interactive games.

Dine in the contemporary bar and grill or take advantage of the full-service food and drinks available in each bay. Then, enjoy non-stop fun in the Free Play Game Lounge, featuring classic games like shuffleboard, Skee-ball and Pac-Man. The venue also offers private event space that can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,000 guests. For more information, visit driveshack.com.

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Tony Roma's introduces Spice so Nice Menu


8560 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 248-0094
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Tony Roma’s is a full service, casual dining family restaurant where you can find premier BBQ ribs and steaks in locations across the world. With over 150 family restaurant locations on six continents, Tony Roma’s is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry.

Since its beginning nearly 40 years ago, Tony Roma’s has been focused on serving its signature Baby Back Ribs. The company has won numerous awards across the country for the “Best Ribs” and also has won nationally acclaimed industry recognition as “The Best Ribs in America.”

Now the restaurant is offering a limited time menu that features boldly spiced dishes. The Spice so Nice menu has bright flavors from Chimichurri Salmon, spicy bursts of heat from Jalapeño Buffalo Shrimp, a savory kick from Black Pepper Ribs & Horseradish Butter Filet Medallions, and a comforting touch of cinnamon in a Spiced Cider Romatini. 

TheJalapeño Buffalo Shrimp are a double dose of heat with crispy shrimp tossed in Buffalo sauce and packed with bits of fresh Jalapenos.

TheSpiced Cider Romatini on the right combines the flavors of cinnamon apple pie with a boozy kick and is made with Ole Smoky apple pie moonshine and Fireball whisky, apple cider and lemon juice, The Cadillac RomaRita on the left is always a good choice at Tony Roma’s with Sauza tequila and Cointreau.


Chimichurri Salmon is served with the bright flavors of a house made chimichurri sauce over the top of perfectly grilled salmon that is served with saffron & kale rice and seared garlic green beans.

Black Pepper Ribs & Filet Medallions with Horseradish Butter was awesome. This is the world famous Tony Roma’s Baby Back Ribs with an added boost of flavor with a new black pepper BBQ sauce. This dish is served with a half rack of ribs alongside two tender filet medallions topped with horseradish butter for a hint of heat and is served with hearty mashed potatoes and seared garlic green beans.
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Cobbler was simply wonderful with apples and cranberries spiced so nice with cinnamon and baked with a crunchy cobbler topping and served warm with two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream.

The Spice so Nice menu is available from October 1st through December 23rd, and is really worth trying out. We really enjoyed everything and appreciated the creativity and flavors of all the dishes we tried, from beginning to end, you will not be disappointed with any selections you make.

Tony Roma’s is open from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm Sunday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday, they are open until midnight with Happy Hour from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Tony Roma's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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The Bellhop Bar by Loews Hotels

5601 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 503-1000

Enticing travelers and cocktail enthusiasts alike with handcrafted libations that have a sense of nostalgia, cocktails are being served nightly from a retrofitted luggage trunk, for a limited time

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort are nodding to the past and serving up locally, handcrafted cocktails with The Bellhop Bar by Loews Hotels.

A retrofitted steamer trunk packed with bespoke beverages stored in antique apothecary-style bottles, the bar offers cocktails from 5-7pm daily.

Launching in Orlando in late October, The Bellhop Bar promotion will be available through mid January and allows guests to choose from local, pre-batched libations as well as domestically-produced wine to be poured, mixed and served on demand.

Guests are able to walk up to The Bellhop Bar and choose from two pre-batched cocktails featuring Angel’s Envy Bourbon or Hangar One Vodka. Additionally, a red and sparkling wine are featured from The Count by Buena Vista Winery, the oldest winery in the United States, and Conundrum, one of the most recognized sparkling wines on the market.


Creating a surprise and delight for guests and locals, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort will conduct an opening bell ritual every night at 5pm to announce the bar is now in service.

“As we enter into the extended holiday season, we wanted to create a cocktail promotion that evokes a wistful affection for the past, helps guests toast the season of celebrations and is aligned with our food & beverage point of view at Loews,” said Mark Weiss, Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage for Loews Hotels & Co.

“The Bellhop Bar by Loews Hotels delivers a thoughtfully unscripted experience for our guests, nodding to the adventures of travelers from eras ago, and providing them with an opportunity to indulge in locally-handcrafted cocktails across the portfolio.”


Below are a few of the cocktails featured in Orlando from The Bellhop Bar by Loews Hotels:

For an Italian twist, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is serving the“Magari No. 2” cocktail, featuring Hangar One Vodka, lemon juice, Limoncello and basil leaves. The Bellhop Bar is located in Bar American on the lobby level.

Toast to island time at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort with the“Island Envy” cocktail, featuring Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Fee Brothers orange bitters and Demerara syrup. The Bellhop Bar will be located in Strong Water Tavern on the lobby level.

An escape to paradise at Loews Royal Pacific Resort is even sweeter with the “Royal Lycheetini” cocktail, featuring Hangar One Vodka, raspberries, Lychee juice and lemon juice. The Bellhop Bar is located in Orchid Court Lounge on the lobby level.


To learn more about The Bellhop Bar by Loews Hotels, check out this video or for more information on the promotion, visit www.loewshotels.com/bellhop-bar.
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Garp & Fuss


348 N Park Ave #5, 
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 960-5560
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Established in 2017, Garp & Fuss sits inside The Hidden Garden along Park Avenue in Winter Park. If you walk past the koi pond and head right, you will see the signs for the restaurant, but it is hidden a little bit from the Park Avenue main storefronts.

For head chef Liz Zucco and general manager Nikki Nielsen, that “feeling right at home” experience is exactly what they set out to produce and add to the Orlando area food scene.

The name “Garp & Fuss” is named after Zucco’s two sisters: Alyssa (Garp) and Amanda (Fuss). Their childhood nicknames, Alyssa resembled the baby from “The World According to Garp” as an infant. Amanda was, to be nice, quite fussy when she was a baby.

In an effort to create a dining, drinking, and social gathering experience that adds fun at every corner, Zucco and Nielsen used the restaurant’s name as the key ingredient. What they built was a delicious range of food options that will meet the desires of anyone, whether seeking a full dinner entree or multiple shareable offerings.

The menu is pretty diverse here, and is as eclectic as the inside of the restaurant. Offerings range from crispy fried wings available in six different sauces, buffalo cauliflower, crab cake bites, poke lettuce wraps, the signature “Fuss” fried chicken sandwich with blueberry relish, the “Garp” brings a little Chicago flair down to Central Florida with a mouth-watering Italian beef sandwich.

Burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, potstickers, ribs, and more fill a diverse menu ranging in nationalities, volume, and flavors.

The Good Ol' Thyme is made with Cooper’s craft bourbon, lemon, St. Germain elderflower, simple syrup, mint & thyme and was a very smooth bourbon cocktail.

We really enjoyed the Buffalo Cauliflower with tempura-battered cauliflower. We opted for the parmesan garlic sauce which went very nicely with this dish.

The Fuss… is made with Fried chicken, hot honey, marinated cucumber, arugula, boss sauce and blueberry relish. This was a superb southern inspired chicken sandwich that was simply delicious and just melted in your mouth, the fries were pretty good too.

The Schnitz is a different take on a Chicken Schnitzel at Garp & Fuss, and it has an excellent flavor and texture with crispy chicken breast, fried egg, arugula salad and shaved parm.

A visit to the five-room, 3,800-square-foot restaurant leaves one feeling a sense of comfort that can rarely be found outside of one’s own home.

Yes, this actually another room at Garp & Fuss, it’s upstairs above the bar and is super cozy like sitting in someone's living room. You can eat and drink and watch TV, just like you would at your friends house.

Although not too big, the bar here is a great place to sit and enjoy a good quality cocktail, or beer.

Garp & Fuss is closed on Monday’s. Tuesday to Thursday they are open from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Friday and Saturday they are open from 11:00 am to 12:00 am and Sunday they are open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Garp & Fuss Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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