Guidebook for Orlando

Jeff
Guidebook for Orlando

Food Scene

Quiet, neighborhood restaurant with great food, rotating menu, and great local vibe.
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Maxine's On Shine
337 Shine Ave
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Quiet, neighborhood restaurant with great food, rotating menu, and great local vibe.
This is an incredible French bakery, with great sandwiches, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, treats and coffee. It's a short walk away, for a morning treat!
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Benjamin French Bakery & Cafe
716 E Washington St
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This is an incredible French bakery, with great sandwiches, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, treats and coffee. It's a short walk away, for a morning treat!
Another great spot for locals, Graffiti is known for their great burgers. But don't hesitate to try any items on their menu. Also a great place to watch games or hang out and drink.
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Graffiti Junktion - Thornton Park
700 East Washington Street
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Another great spot for locals, Graffiti is known for their great burgers. But don't hesitate to try any items on their menu. Also a great place to watch games or hang out and drink.
Gringos Locos has our favorite taco - the "Double D" - a taco in a taco! This is a great spot for lunch or late night dining, after visiting the bar. Don't forget to also try their queso (get a pint!).
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Gringos Locos Robinson
2406 E Robinson St
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Gringos Locos has our favorite taco - the "Double D" - a taco in a taco! This is a great spot for lunch or late night dining, after visiting the bar. Don't forget to also try their queso (get a pint!).
One phrase: this cookie will change your life! The best cookie in Orlando. Get there early, because they run out almost every day. Try the pistachio toffee dark chocolate cookie - you'll thank us!
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Gideon's Bakehouse
3201 Corrine Dr
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One phrase: this cookie will change your life! The best cookie in Orlando. Get there early, because they run out almost every day. Try the pistachio toffee dark chocolate cookie - you'll thank us!
Incredible brunch! While their brunch is more expensive, it's one of the best in Orlando and includes unlimited mimosas. They also host an incredible dinner experience.
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The Boheme
325 S Orange Ave
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Incredible brunch! While their brunch is more expensive, it's one of the best in Orlando and includes unlimited mimosas. They also host an incredible dinner experience.
Santiago's is a tapas-style Spanish restaurant, but they also have an amazing brunch! But, make sure to make a reservation for brunch, otherwise you may have to wait a few hours.
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Santiago's Bodega | Orlando
802 Virginia Drive
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Santiago's is a tapas-style Spanish restaurant, but they also have an amazing brunch! But, make sure to make a reservation for brunch, otherwise you may have to wait a few hours.
One of our local coffee shops that is near the apartment and serves up some great coffees and lattes. Their bottled cold brew is our favorite. Great place to also work out of with their wifi.
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Lineage Coffee
1011 E Colonial Dr
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One of our local coffee shops that is near the apartment and serves up some great coffees and lattes. Their bottled cold brew is our favorite. Great place to also work out of with their wifi.
The best steakhouse in downtown. Definitely make a reservation on weekend nights and order one of their martinis - they make them very well!
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Kres Chophouse
17 West Church Street
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The best steakhouse in downtown. Definitely make a reservation on weekend nights and order one of their martinis - they make them very well!
This coffee shop serves up great food options for breakfast, brunch and lunch. They also offer teas and some stellar areas to linger around in.
Café Linger
2912 Edgewater Dr
This coffee shop serves up great food options for breakfast, brunch and lunch. They also offer teas and some stellar areas to linger around in.
This place is where all the locals go to gorge on some real southern treats. Their breakfast menu will NOT leave you hungry but their desserts will entice you to keep going. They were even featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives!
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Se7enBites
617 Primrose Drive
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This place is where all the locals go to gorge on some real southern treats. Their breakfast menu will NOT leave you hungry but their desserts will entice you to keep going. They were even featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives!
Walkable from the apartment and one out of two best places for ramen in the city. Definitely make a reservation as this place is new and has been very busy since opening.
JINYA Ramen Bar - Orlando
8 N Summerlin Ave
Walkable from the apartment and one out of two best places for ramen in the city. Definitely make a reservation as this place is new and has been very busy since opening.
The #1 ramen place in Orlando. They do not take reservations so show up early or at off times. They get so busy that they even turned away Shawn Mendes when he was in town. Whatever you do - make sure to order the chicken wings. They will change your life.
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Domu
3201 Corrine Dr
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The #1 ramen place in Orlando. They do not take reservations so show up early or at off times. They get so busy that they even turned away Shawn Mendes when he was in town. Whatever you do - make sure to order the chicken wings. They will change your life.
Ever wanted to sip on a latte while immersed in vegetation? This place is for you then. They have lush greenery all over for purchase and some amazing coffee choices by Mercantile Coffee. They also sell plant accessories and home goods.
The Heavy
1152 Harmon Ave
Ever wanted to sip on a latte while immersed in vegetation? This place is for you then. They have lush greenery all over for purchase and some amazing coffee choices by Mercantile Coffee. They also sell plant accessories and home goods.
If you like patios and moscow mules then look no further. This place is walkable from the apartment and has the most extensive listings of moscow mules in town. Their patio gets quite busy on nice nights and weekends. Their brunch serves up bottomless mimosas.
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The Stubborn Mule
100 S Eola Dr
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If you like patios and moscow mules then look no further. This place is walkable from the apartment and has the most extensive listings of moscow mules in town. Their patio gets quite busy on nice nights and weekends. Their brunch serves up bottomless mimosas.
If you like sandwiches and teas then this place has your name all over it. The best sandwich is definitely the Mama Ling Ling's Thanksgiving - it is a sandwich stuffed with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a side of gravy to dip into. Ask about their daily tea as well and definitely grab a side of their spicy turkey mac and cheese. Open late on weekends!
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Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria
67 North Bumby Avenue
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If you like sandwiches and teas then this place has your name all over it. The best sandwich is definitely the Mama Ling Ling's Thanksgiving - it is a sandwich stuffed with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a side of gravy to dip into. Ask about their daily tea as well and definitely grab a side of their spicy turkey mac and cheese. Open late on weekends!
Down the street from the apartment and where the locals go for breakfast and coffee.
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Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar
444 N Bumby Ave
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Down the street from the apartment and where the locals go for breakfast and coffee.
If you love bubble tea then this is the best in town. They are always busy so be sure to budget time for it.
ROYALTEA Orlando
714 N Mills Ave
If you love bubble tea then this is the best in town. They are always busy so be sure to budget time for it.
The biggest pizza you'll ever meet (or, meat, if that's your preference). Definitely try Jason's Mom - a locals favorite. You'll need to work out after a slice or two! Also, they have some games inside, if you stay vs. take away.
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Lazy Moon
1011 E Colonial Dr
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The biggest pizza you'll ever meet (or, meat, if that's your preference). Definitely try Jason's Mom - a locals favorite. You'll need to work out after a slice or two! Also, they have some games inside, if you stay vs. take away.
Some of the best pizza in Orlando. *Must try* garlic knots & the kale salad - MUST.
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Pizza Bruno
3990 Curry Ford Rd
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Some of the best pizza in Orlando. *Must try* garlic knots & the kale salad - MUST.

Parks & Nature

Iconic downtown park and lake, with a beautiful fountain, walking paths, and art installations around the lake. This spot is loved by all locals.
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Lake Eola Park
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Iconic downtown park and lake, with a beautiful fountain, walking paths, and art installations around the lake. This spot is loved by all locals.
This hidden gem is great for a morning or afternoon stroll, while enjoying the incredible greenery and peaceful serenity in a downtown environment.
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Dickson Azalea Park
100 Rosearden Drive
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This hidden gem is great for a morning or afternoon stroll, while enjoying the incredible greenery and peaceful serenity in a downtown environment.
This 50-acre botanic garden & estate on Lake Rowena includes roses, camellias & a butterfly garden.
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Harry P Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
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This 50-acre botanic garden & estate on Lake Rowena includes roses, camellias & a butterfly garden.
Wekiva Springs is where locals go to experience natural springs, hang out, paddle board, canoe, and other outdoor adventures. There are numerous places to rent equipment, or just hang out and enjoy.
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Wekiwa Springs
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Wekiva Springs is where locals go to experience natural springs, hang out, paddle board, canoe, and other outdoor adventures. There are numerous places to rent equipment, or just hang out and enjoy.
A great park for joggers and those looking to exercise outside as they have stations all around the trail. It also is situated near the executive airport so you can see takeoffs. The sunset over this lake is not to be missed as well.
Lake Underhill Park
4355 Lake Underhill Road
A great park for joggers and those looking to exercise outside as they have stations all around the trail. It also is situated near the executive airport so you can see takeoffs. The sunset over this lake is not to be missed as well.
This biking and hiking trail is great for everyone.
Cady Way Trail Start
Cady Way Trail
This biking and hiking trail is great for everyone.
This botanical garden has it all and rotates with the seasons.
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Mead Botanical Garden
1300 South Denning Drive
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This botanical garden has it all and rotates with the seasons.

Arts & Culture

This new performing arts center has set the bar for the arts, worldwide. Take in a vast array of unique & diverse shows, in this beautiful space, which includes 2 different theaters (and a 3rd theater in construction phase).
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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
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This new performing arts center has set the bar for the arts, worldwide. Take in a vast array of unique & diverse shows, in this beautiful space, which includes 2 different theaters (and a 3rd theater in construction phase).
Shakes puts on some incredible local performances throughout the year. Make sure to check them out, including hosting the longest running Fringe Festival in the world (in May)!
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Orlando Shakes
812 East Rollins Street
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Shakes puts on some incredible local performances throughout the year. Make sure to check them out, including hosting the longest running Fringe Festival in the world (in May)!
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Orlando Museum of Art
2416 North Mills Avenue
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Snap! Orlando
1013 E Colonial Dr
The largest selection of Tiffany's glass around - not to be missed and great for a rainy day.
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The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
445 North Park Avenue
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The largest selection of Tiffany's glass around - not to be missed and great for a rainy day.
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The Mennello Museum of American Art
900 East Princeton Street
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Our downtown gallery features works from locals and people all over the world. They have a great selection and will host monthly events.
CityArts
29 S Orange Ave
Our downtown gallery features works from locals and people all over the world. They have a great selection and will host monthly events.

Shopping

The Thornton Park District ("downtown for grownups") includes shopping/local shops, restaurants, bars, and many activities throughout the month, including TDP Wine Walk on the 2nd Thursday of every month. For more, visit: http://thorntonparkdistrict.com
Thornton Park District
10 Summerlin Avenue
The Thornton Park District ("downtown for grownups") includes shopping/local shops, restaurants, bars, and many activities throughout the month, including TDP Wine Walk on the 2nd Thursday of every month. For more, visit: http://thorntonparkdistrict.com
Our local, downtown farmer's market is a great place to spend some time on Sundays. They have everything from produce to prepared foods to homemade gifts.
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Orlando Farmers Market
20 N Eola Dr
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Our local, downtown farmer's market is a great place to spend some time on Sundays. They have everything from produce to prepared foods to homemade gifts.
Visit The Mall at Millenia for any shopping needs. This is the preferred shopping mall of locals and has all the shops you could need, without being over crowded (which Florida Mall and the outlets can tend to be).
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The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Rd
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Visit The Mall at Millenia for any shopping needs. This is the preferred shopping mall of locals and has all the shops you could need, without being over crowded (which Florida Mall and the outlets can tend to be).
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Winter Park Village
510 North Orlando Avenue
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Orlando's best vintage and resale shop that is 5-10 minutes from the apartment. They truly have some of the best finds in town.
Retromended Vintage
930 N Mills Ave
Orlando's best vintage and resale shop that is 5-10 minutes from the apartment. They truly have some of the best finds in town.
Everything vintage and resale for clothes, home goods and more. They have a great selection and especially amazing collection of mid-century goods.
The Lovely Boutique Market
2906 Corrine Dr
Everything vintage and resale for clothes, home goods and more. They have a great selection and especially amazing collection of mid-century goods.
Quaint shop with curated gifts for every style.
Maffrey's
1231 North Orange Avenue
Quaint shop with curated gifts for every style.
YAY! is the tiniest shop you'll ever enter, and has some of the cutest & tiniest curated gifts you'll ever want to get someone!
YAY!
1211 North Orange Avenue
YAY! is the tiniest shop you'll ever enter, and has some of the cutest & tiniest curated gifts you'll ever want to get someone!
Winter Park's Park Ave. is one of the most chic locations for all your shopping (and eating!) needs!
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South Park Avenue
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Winter Park's Park Ave. is one of the most chic locations for all your shopping (and eating!) needs!

Sightseeing

This is one of our favorite sightseeing activities that we take all close friends and families on. This boat tour lasts about 1 hour and is a great way to see some incredible Winter Park homes and history.
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Scenic Boat Tour
312 East Morse Boulevard
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This is one of our favorite sightseeing activities that we take all close friends and families on. This boat tour lasts about 1 hour and is a great way to see some incredible Winter Park homes and history.
This botanical garden is a National Historic Landmark, contemplative garden, and bird sanctuary located north of Lake Wales, Florida, United States. It consists of a 250-acre garden, the 205-foot tall Singing Tower with its carillon bells, Pine Ridge Trail, Pinewood Estate, and a visitor center. The tower is built upon Iron Mountain, one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet above sea level.
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Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Boulevard
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This botanical garden is a National Historic Landmark, contemplative garden, and bird sanctuary located north of Lake Wales, Florida, United States. It consists of a 250-acre garden, the 205-foot tall Singing Tower with its carillon bells, Pine Ridge Trail, Pinewood Estate, and a visitor center. The tower is built upon Iron Mountain, one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet above sea level.
The swans of Lake Eola are iconic and so are the swan boats that you can rent and paddle around the lake in. Definitely do this on a not so hot or overcast day as the sun can be brutal reflecting off the lake. They are a great time though and the only way to get close to the fountain.
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Lake Eola Park Swan Boat Rentals
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The swans of Lake Eola are iconic and so are the swan boats that you can rent and paddle around the lake in. Definitely do this on a not so hot or overcast day as the sun can be brutal reflecting off the lake. They are a great time though and the only way to get close to the fountain.
Most know about the mass shooting that occurred at Pulse. It was a club we frequented very often. The memorial allows you to read about the nightclub, the incident, and the amazing survivors and response of our city. It is a beautiful reminder to keep dancing and live your life to the fullest.
PULSE
Most know about the mass shooting that occurred at Pulse. It was a club we frequented very often. The memorial allows you to read about the nightclub, the incident, and the amazing survivors and response of our city. It is a beautiful reminder to keep dancing and live your life to the fullest.

Drinks & Nightlife

Stop by our local winery, Quantum Leap. This local gem actually ships in all their grapes from Napa and makes their wine on site. Great for tastings or hang out and sip through a bottle!
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Quantum Leap Winery
1312 Wilfred Drive
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Stop by our local winery, Quantum Leap. This local gem actually ships in all their grapes from Napa and makes their wine on site. Great for tastings or hang out and sip through a bottle!
Wall Street Plaza is actually host of over a dozen local bars and establishments, part of the downtown/Orange Avenue area. There are plenty of options for every taste!
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Wall Street Plaza
25 Wall Street
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Wall Street Plaza is actually host of over a dozen local bars and establishments, part of the downtown/Orange Avenue area. There are plenty of options for every taste!
Hosts some amazing concerts as well as live shows. Only a 5-10 minute drive from the apartment.
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The Plaza Live
425 N Bumby Ave
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Hosts some amazing concerts as well as live shows. Only a 5-10 minute drive from the apartment.
CityWalk is a mix of numerous clubs, all for the price of one entry. A common go-to for tourists. You can start your day at the Universal parks, and end your night at CityWalk, without ever having to leave the property.
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Universal CityWalk Orlando
6000 Universal Boulevard
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CityWalk is a mix of numerous clubs, all for the price of one entry. A common go-to for tourists. You can start your day at the Universal parks, and end your night at CityWalk, without ever having to leave the property.
This place is great on Friday nights for dancing or Wednesdays when they host Dirty Bingo. It is a basement bar right by Lake Eola and totally walkable from the apartment.
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Stardust Lounge
431 East Central Boulevard
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This place is great on Friday nights for dancing or Wednesdays when they host Dirty Bingo. It is a basement bar right by Lake Eola and totally walkable from the apartment.
If you like strong drinks and the Hawaiian tiki theme then only go here. They have some awesome cocktails that all come in their own themed glass. The theme is on point and it is walkable from the apartment.
Aku Aku Tiki Bar
431 E Central Blvd
If you like strong drinks and the Hawaiian tiki theme then only go here. They have some awesome cocktails that all come in their own themed glass. The theme is on point and it is walkable from the apartment.
This no frills bar is right down the street from the apartment. They are also connected to Big Time Street Food Co and allow you to bring food in from them (get the fries). They have some darts and pool tables available as well as outdoor seating.
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Burton's Thornton Park
801 East Washington Street
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This no frills bar is right down the street from the apartment. They are also connected to Big Time Street Food Co and allow you to bring food in from them (get the fries). They have some darts and pool tables available as well as outdoor seating.
One of the top gay bars in the city and right down the street from the apartment. Fridays are great for the men and Saturdays are great for the ladies.
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Southern Nights Orlando
375 South Bumby Avenue
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One of the top gay bars in the city and right down the street from the apartment. Fridays are great for the men and Saturdays are great for the ladies.
This place on a Sunday from 3-7 is where it is at. This place is always packed during Sunday Funday.
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Ember
42 West Central Boulevard
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This place on a Sunday from 3-7 is where it is at. This place is always packed during Sunday Funday.
A fun and hip bar with great drinks. Be warned though that they do have a strict dress code policy.
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Mathers Social Gathering
30 S Magnolia Ave
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A fun and hip bar with great drinks. Be warned though that they do have a strict dress code policy.
This is a place where all the locals go for craft cocktails and craft beers. They have some great rotating art and are next door to some great food options.
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The Guesthouse
1321 N Mills Ave
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This is a place where all the locals go for craft cocktails and craft beers. They have some great rotating art and are next door to some great food options.
This music venue is where artists go for an intimate setting with their fans. They serve strong drinks and book great talent.
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The Social
54 N Orange Ave
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This music venue is where artists go for an intimate setting with their fans. They serve strong drinks and book great talent.

Essentials

Publix is the Florida-grown grocery store. They have great baked goods, "Pub subs," best fried chicken around, and deli items. Known for their great customer service, they will meet all your grocery needs.
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Publix Super Market at Colonialtown
1500 East Colonial Drive
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Publix is the Florida-grown grocery store. They have great baked goods, "Pub subs," best fried chicken around, and deli items. Known for their great customer service, they will meet all your grocery needs.
Just a quick walk down Washington Street, 7-Eleven is open 24-hours/day. They have all your essentials, particularly for those emergency, late-night needs, including beer & wine, food, munchies, and other essentials. *Do Not* park in the parking lot unless only shopping at 7-Eleven.
7-Eleven
30 North Summerlin Avenue
Just a quick walk down Washington Street, 7-Eleven is open 24-hours/day. They have all your essentials, particularly for those emergency, late-night needs, including beer & wine, food, munchies, and other essentials. *Do Not* park in the parking lot unless only shopping at 7-Eleven.
Just north up Mills, CVS has all the prescription and over the counter items you may need.
CVS
1201 E Colonial Dr
Just north up Mills, CVS has all the prescription and over the counter items you may need.