Places to go

Chilling on Church Street

Chillers

Chilling on Church

In one of the busiest cities in all of Florida, Orlando boasts plenty of options when it comes to getting in a little bit of late night trouble. So, when it’s time to get down and dirty, put on your Saturdays best and head to Church. Church Street is the Mecca for downtown Orlando nightlife and Chillers is a must.

The multi floor night club/ bar is great for scoring cheap drinks, and listening to good music.  Did I mention there is a roof top bar?  (Formally known as Latitudes) Yeah, about that, if the weather is nice then, you will definitely want to be submerged in sea of wild partiers whom, like yourself are trying to see blurred lines by the end of the night.    With fire lanterns and wooden exterior, the roof top definitely offers the best in back porch feel poised on a city back drop.

Hopefully you have been in the gym this week, getting a drink in this place can take a little muscle.  The bar on the roof is long but not always staffed adequately to serve the masses. You can either, whip out your Iphone and start playing Flappy Bird while you wait or, muscle your way through the crowds to land yourself a spot close to the wait station at the end of the bar. Either way is fine when Latitudes drink specials include 3 for 1s (Sat) and $1 drinks (weds).  You read that correct! This is one of the onlybars I know of that offers an official 3-4-1 Power Hour on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30!

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If the hustle and bustle of the crazy Latitudes crowd is a bit much for you then head to Big Belly on the 2nd floor. The drinks come quickly, the music still bumps, and the beer pong keeps playing until the 2 am.  You sacrifice the crowd but you gain adult beverages and easy access to a bathroom.  Need I remind you why you are at a bar!

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If all else fails, then it’s time to head one more floor down to Chillers on the first floor.  This is the best stop on your way out because after sweating it up on two floors dancing and drinking, nothing cools you down faster than a Chillers frozen daiquiri.  CAUTION, I have saved this spot for last for good reason; easy access to an exit!  After 3-4-1s and 3 floors of drinking you probably will have some slight issue negotiating some of the finer points of walking. Partying here last, you relieve yourself of the nightmare of stairs and free to stumble proudly through the front doors.

So grab your mates, go Chill at Church, and be ready to sing its praises.

Name: Chillers, Big Belly, Latitudes

Location: 33 W. Church Street, Orlando, Fl 32801

Entry Fee: $5

Rating: 3.5 Pints (out of 5)

Hold Your Breath in Siesta

siestakeybeachmedHold Your Breath in Siesta

March is here and with it comes warmer weather, co-eds, and the start of the much awaited college spring break.  No spring breaker can bypass the overwhelming necessity to go out, let loose, and assassinate a few brain cells on this much needed vacation from higher education.  It’s pretty hard to resist the warm weather, fine sand beaches, and $3 fire ball shots that await you in Siesta Key, Florida.

Siesta Key, located in south west Florida, keeps the crowds coming in from all over.  With one of the best beaches in all of Florida, a variety of thirst quenching establishments and relativity to Sarasota (home of the Orioles spring training), spring breakers can’t resist getting caught up in its luminescence.

With all the night life and attractions bringing the youth to Siesta faster than a mosquito to a zapper, you better believe that law enforcement has stepped up their efforts to keep the quiet town muzzled.  So if you plan to go out on a night on the town with some friends, think twice. The last thing you want to do is be the 2 am circus act performing the world renowned sobriety act from the side of the road.  Don’t be a clown, and utilize one of the following options in the area to take a miniature booze cruise back safely:

Siesta Key Free Ride:  www.siestakeyfreeride.com/ 941-952-TAXI

 

Jonnys Free Beach Rides :  www.jonnysfreebeachrides.com/ 941-306-9097

 

Forgot to mention both of the services above cost you the whopping price of nothing.  You got it, FREE! All you do is tip.  If neither of these services is available, no sweat, just call yourself a regular cab ride home.  If the fare is less than $10,000 (average cost of a DUI), then I believe you’re getting a good deal.  

Pick a winner, get down on the dance floor and turn up at the bar.  Most important though, hold your breath, Breathalyzers get enough action.

Location: Siesta Key

Party Rating:  4 pints (If you’re into country check out The White Buffalo)

Beach Rating: 5 pints (beautiful fine sand beaches and free booze taxis)