Check-ins you should check out
The must-visit hotspots near your campus
Published: September 11, 2013
Spatz Deli and Billiard Liquor
1025 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
Just a stone’s throw from campus, this low-key joint has pool tables, darts, arcade games and cheap drinks. It’s popular with the Rollins crowd, and unlike a lot of the little bars and restaurants along Park Avenue, it’s open past midnight most nights.
Park Avenue/Lake Virginia with help from the Bicycle Library Program
Rollins is nestled at the south end of Park Avenue, right on the shores of Lake Virginia. The best of everything is there, from dining and shopping, to the outdoors and culture. What better way to explore the neighborhood on your day off than with a free bike rental from the Olin Library Circulation desk, provided by the school’s Sustainability program. Hop on your bike in front of the Alfond Sports Center and spend the day riding around campus and beyond.
Park Avenue, Winter Park
You go to the only school in the metro area that has a shopping destination across the street from campus, you lucky bastard. While the rest of us schlep it to the mall, you have a Gap, a Crate and Barrel, three coffee shops and a bunch of specialty stores at your fingertips.
929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
When they’re not hosting hip-hop night or open mic Mondays, the people over at Austin’s Coffee are working 24 hours a day, serving up some of the best fair-trade coffee, beer and edibles in town. There’s an endless supply of caffeine to ease you into an all-nighter, and litters of hipsters trickle in and out all day. Cozy,up in a couch or go to work in a booth. Spend study breaks conversing with fellow patrons, playing one of the many board games on the back wall or admiring the local art that adorns the walls.
Your school: Seminole State College
Your destinations are located: in Lake Mary and downtown Sanford
Colonial Town Park, Lake Mary
International Parkway and 46A, Lake Mary
You’ve got plenty of options to choose from here: There’s a Dexter’s, which is perfect for breakfast and lunch. There’s a Graffiti Junktion, which serves killer burgers. There’s a Liam FitzPatrick’s Irish pub. There’s a Crispers for sandwiches and subs. Basically, if you need to eat, you’ll find pretty much whatever you need in this compact plaza, which also houses a movie theater.
1200 S. French Ave., Sanford
This is not exactly a college bar – it’s more like a massive country-themed neighborhood bar. But it offers tons of daily drink specials, themed nights (Thursday is college night), line-dancing nights, an open-mic night and more. And it’s right up the road from campus.