A self-proclaimed “T-shirt democracy,” Mother Falcon opens up the floodgates of fashion design, digitally printing t-shirts with customized art, graphics, and text. The staffers invite clients to create their own statements with a process that begins with a blank canvas. Customers can bring their own tops, or browse the shop’s selection of blank T-shirts, many of which hail from brands such as Anvil, Bella, and Next Level. Customers then bring in digital files of their own artwork, photos, haiku, or official SAT score reports. Finished pieces emerge hot from the printer in as little as 24 hours.
The chefs at Vietnam Cuisine set out to make good on the restaurant’s simple and telling name, introducing taste buds to traditional Vietnamese meals such as steaming bowls of pho beef noodle soup. They also cook up savory rice vermicelli, fried-egg sub sandwiches, and meaty rice platters to further acquaint guests with the country’s cuisine without the hassle of dog paddling across the Pacific Ocean. Bartenders present tasty elixirs, pouring beer and wine next to an assortment of nonalcohoilc fruity shakes, boba teas, and Vietnamese iced coffee mixed with sweetened condensed milk. The pastry chefs show tongues what they're made of on weekends, whipping up exotic specialty desserts that put a sweet cap on feasts.
Whiskey Dicks’ bartenders dispense a fleet of libations to wash down the lively neighborhood watering hole's menu of hearty American pub fare. Fried pickles and stuffed jalapeños rev up appetites, and burgers and sandwiches dress up with toppings such as grilled pineapple, cranberry mayo, and pesto ham. Bottles of vodka, whiskey, and tequila glow behind the fully stocked bar, where patrons can perch to watch sports games and C-SPAN slap fights on multiple flat-screen TVs. DJs create a spirited soundtrack daily from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and live entertainment graces the stage once a month.
What makes NV Art Bar so popular is that it doesn't really try to be. Amid downtown Orlando's neon nightclubs and cantinas, this boutique bar keeps things so lowkey that it's been nicknamed "Orlando's coolest living room." Patrons lounge on overstuffed velvet sofas in the swanky space, where low lights and flickering candles illuminate brick walls lined with original artwork. The beer and wine menu is just as artsy: blueberry ales, oatmeal-infused stouts, and crisp wines with hints of grapefruit and guava.
In the glow of the late-afternoon sun, Margarita Fest revelers toss back a slew of refreshing margaritas and high-end tequilas. Fans of the slushy libation sip bottomless drinks of both traditional and unusual flavors, while fans of the seminal Russian novel The Master and Margarita begin to suspect there's been a misunderstanding. Attendees can also immerse their tongues in tequila samples while soaking up the sounds of live music. An additional $10 unlocks the High End Tequila Terrace, where guests enjoy a private tasting of top-shelf spirits and 100 proof snacks.
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.