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Another Round

Cozy up (or hook up) in downtown Orlando's bar scene

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When we walked in to Elixir, Hootie & the Blowfish's "Let Her Cry" greeted us, as well as a pleasant short-shorted female bartender. Nothing really set this massive room apart from any other downtown bar, so we knew one drink would suffice (and sometimes, that's for the best on these pub crawls), so we downed a couple of Goose Island IPAs and were on our way.

We decided to end our night at what I consider to be one of the sexiest bars in downtown, NV Art Bar (27 E. Pine St.). We had a round of sultrily named saketinis, including a Pearception (1800 tequila, pear sake, peach juice). Couples looking for a romantic retreat can make their way upstairs and find a votive-lit corner with a loveseat for nuzzling. Don't be shy – you'll fit right in with the other twosomes gathered inside this living room-style abode.

Here's where that definition of romance comes into play. You know, the one I mentioned earlier? Hanging out at a bar on Valentine's Day is sort of like going to one of those "stoplight parties." The question is: Are you red (taken), yellow (it's complicated) or green (single and ready to mingle)?

If you're the former, my drinking crawl should serve you and your valentine well. But if you're either of the latter two, or you're just really looking for some sweaty bathroom sex, no worries – downtown Orlando's got you covered. Head to hookup mainstays like Independent Bar, Vain, Chillers or, on any given block-party Friday or Saturday night, Wall Street Plaza. All of the above are full of hot young things, and you just might get lucky.

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