RedCarpetMonday’s idea-inspiring atmosphere lures successful professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners from the Orlando area to one location, creating the perfect recipe for mingling and social networking. During each invitation-only event, attendees snack on complimentary appetizers and sip two complimentary select drinks while they discuss business ideas, mingle with other like-minded professionals, and enjoy raffles and special entertainment. Though past power galas have featured prominent keynote speakers, local politicians, and arm-wrestling tournaments between Florida’s ex-governors, the guests of honor for upcoming soirees are always kept confidential until they ceremonially jump out of top-hat-shaped cakes at midnight before the event. Although jean jackets and parachute pants are comfortable during hot months, professional attire is required.
It's easy to both start and end a night at Blue Martini. During the early hours of the evening, guests can catch the last rays of sun on the patio as they dine on light fare such as fruit-and-cheese plates and flatbread pizzas. This lightness is necessary, because once the sun goes down, guests have to be light on their feet as the lounge turns into a full-on dance party. From then until closing time, guests can keep their energy up with glasses of wine or one of the house's 42 signature cocktails. The bartenders shake, stir, and blend together ingredients to make these drinks, which range from skinny-raspberry mojitos that contain less than 250 calories to the lightly flavored key-lime-pie martini or cucumber lemonade.
At Wingit, soft lights cast their warm glow over plates of classic American fare as diners direct their fist pumps and fight songs toward flat-screen TVs hanging on the wood-trimmed walls of the eatery. Wingit’s chefs douse their lip-smacking wings in a spectrum of sauces that range from sweet to spicy, and assemble a hearty collection of succulent half-pound burgers, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Weekly events, such as karaoke nights and all-night forehead wrestling, give the sports-centric Wingit its communal, neighborhood feel, and live DJs transform the joint into a lively and energetic hang-out.
Plumes of hookah smoke scent the air of Zorba's Greek Taverna, where hints of jasmine, rose, and caramel mingle with the smells of garlic, tahini, and spices wafting from the kitchen. Slices of pita bread scoop up housemade tzatziki, and plates of moussaka layer eggplant, potatoes, and ground beef beneath béchamel and tomato sauces. An open flame licks marinated quail, and pepperoncini nestles beside gyro wraps, waiting to delight tongues with a slight kick. Greek coffee, beer, wine, and ouzo complement the dishes, and desserts such as baklava and three-layer chocolate cake end meals on a sweet note.
At World Bowling Center, slick spheres fly down 32 glistening wood lanes to obliterate perfectly placed pearly white pins. Use the touch-screen Brunswick Vector lower monitors to scrutinize scoring, or watch the upper monitors as they illustrate an opponent’s fifth straight gutter ball with high-tech graphics. Spend a good chunk of the day or night at World Bowling Center taunting friends and fueling muscles with a large pizza and frosty pitcher of domestic beer, such as Yuengling. Located within 15 miles of all the major theme parks and open until 2 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, World Bowling Center offers a respite from a full day of standing in queues and walking through puddles of melted ice cream.
From its inception in the 1980s performance-art scene in New York, the Blue Man Group’s shows have evolved from impromptu sets in Central Park to stages across the world. The eponymous blue-skinned trio, described by the Chicago Tribune as “ever-curious, ever-hopeful, ever-restless,” remains unchanged by its decades-long stint in the spotlight, still bewildered by the telescoping tubes of PVC piping it uses as instruments and the appreciative applause of the audience. But the group's shows are nothing if not timely, deftly posing questions about technology and stardom.
The spectacle is equal parts aural and visual, with live rock bands accompanying the men as they tap out rhythms on tangled snarls of pipe and flail wobbly poles covered in neon lights. Videos provide context for the speechless drummers, as well as a constant stream of wry humor. Evenings with the Blue Man Group build to an electric conclusion, thrilling the audience with brilliant bursts of light, cheery floods of color-changing balloons, and an adrenaline-laced original score.