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Annual Manual 2014

Downtown

Photo: DOWNTOWN ORLANDO PHOTO BY Khalil J. Makdah, License: N/A

DOWNTOWN ORLANDO PHOTO BY Khalil J. Makdah

Photo: COURTEST PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT, License: N/A

COURTEST PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT

THE COURTESY BAR


Orange Avenue blossoms

The magnetism of downtown Orlando isn’t just about the buzzing clubs, the varied culinary choices or the magical year-round icicle lights hanging from the trees that line the streets. It’s not just the rush of joining stampedes from Amway Center and Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, or the easy days you can while away in the complex that houses the Plaza Cinema Café. And it isn’t simply that downtown is the mixing bowl of all of Orlando’s people and cultures, that it’s typically neglected by tourists and sacred ground to those who reside here year-round. No, the true pull is not a business, a restaurant or even the swans at Lake Eola Park – it’s all of this and more, and it’s the defining locale for our most immediate initial memories as residents of the City Beautiful.

EAT

Ceviche Tapas
125 W. Church St.
321-281-8140
ceviche.com

Gringos Locos
20 E. Washington St.
407-841-5626
eatgringos.com

The Rusty Spoon
55 W. Church St.
407-401-8811
therustyspoon.com

DRINK

The Courtesy Bar
114 N. Orange Ave.
407-450-2041
thecourtesybar.com

Independent Bar
68 N. Orange Ave.
407-839-0457
facebook.com/independentbarorlando

The Woods
49 N. Orange Ave.
407-203-1114
thewoodsorlando.com

SHOP

CityArts Factory
29 S. Orange Ave.
407-648-7060
cityartsfactory.com

Furnish 123
62 W. Colonial Drive
407-440-4300
furnish123.com

Siegel’s Clothing Co.
130 S. Orange Ave.
407-481-2155
siegelsonline.com

PLAY

Plaza Cinema Café 12
155 S. Orange Ave.
407-982-5444
cobbtheatres.com

Lake Eola Park
195 N. Rosalind Ave.
407-246-4485
cityoforlando.net/eola

GO

Downtown Food and Wine Fest
February 2015
downtownfoodandwinefest.com
Various restaurants participate in this annual event, which gives attendees a chance to sample the best food and drink the downtown district has to offer.

Florida Music Festival
April 24-26 2014
floridamusicfestival.com
Various venues downtown
It’s an industry conference, a music festival featuring big-deal headliners and a local-music showcase all in one.

Annual Manual 2014
  • Annual Manual 2014 | 3/26/2014
  • Arts and Culture Every year we have a tough time fitting all the galleries, theater companies, museums, classical music performers and dance troupes into this space, and this year is no different. Keep an eye on calendar.orlandoweekly.com every day for new events happening | 3/26/2014
  • Attractions Everybody knows Orlando is the Theme Park Capital of the World – thanks to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, we now have a themed diversion for every age, budget and taste – but the big parks aren’t the only game in town. Check out the listings for m | 3/26/2014
  • Audubon Park Home-grown happiness The laid-back northeast Orlando neighborhood known for its bird-named streets has grown into itself in the last few years. Leafy Leu Gardens sets the tone, with its shady trails meandering through 50 acres of subtropical botanicals. | 3/26/2014
  • College Park Schoolin’ Orlando Quaint bungalows notwithstanding, the most common sights in College Park are joggers, cyclists and dog-walkers traversing the vibrant downtown quarter’s charming brick-lined, university-appellated streets. It’s no surprise the neighborho | 3/26/2014
  • Dude, where’s my car? Alternative means of transportation to help you survive Orlando’s sprawling commuter culture | 3/26/2014
  • It happened to me A handy guide to some resources you may find you need in Central Florida | 3/26/2014
  • Downtown Orange Avenue blossoms The magnetism of downtown Orlando isn’t just about the buzzing clubs, the varied culinary choices or the magical year-round icicle lights hanging from the trees that line the streets. It’s not just the rush of joining stampedes fro | 3/26/2014
  • Save the Dates A year’s worth of events you don’t want to miss | 3/26/2014
  • International Drive Traffic, tourists and hidden treasures | 3/26/2014
  • Ivanhoe Village Cultural oasis | 3/26/2014
  • Lake Nona The up-and-comer | 3/26/2014
  • Maitland The neighborhood next door | 3/26/2014
  • Milk District Quality over quantity | 3/26/2014
  • Millenia They built it, and they came | 3/26/2014
  • Mills 50 Hipster Highway meets Little Vietnam | 3/26/2014
  • Nightlife Orlando’s reputation as a spot for fun-seekers isn’t entirely based on its International Drive allure – at least, not if you ask a native. Our bars, clubs and live music venues offer a more distinguishing palate a variety of environments for a spectrum of t | 3/26/2014
  • Parramore The other side of Division Street | 3/26/2014
  • Sand Lake/Dr. Phillips In the money | 3/26/2014
  • Sanford Local is lovely | 3/26/2014
  • South Orlando and Conway Between urban and suburban | 3/26/2014
  • Sports and Recreation For nine months out of the year, the Orlando region is the perfect place for outdoor activities – once summer’s humidity lifts, it’s sunny, the temps are comfortable and people come out of their summer hibernation. So it makes sense that we have a robust sp | 3/26/2014
  • Thornton Park Urban and urbane | 3/26/2014
  • UCF All knight long | 3/26/2014
  • Waterford Lakes/Avalon Park So close, but so far | 3/26/2014
  • Winter Park: Fairbanks Not quite a college town | 3/26/2014
  • Winter Park: Full Sail/North Aloma High class meets “get to class” | 3/26/2014
  • Winter Park: Hannibal Square Hip to be square | 3/26/2014
  • Winter Park: Park Avenue One kings lane | 3/26/2014
  • Winter Park: Village Village vanguard | 3/26/2014
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