If the way to a person's heart is through their stomach, then it follows that the way to a neighborhood's heart is through its restaurants and bars. The Sip embodies this philosophy, planning events that take groups on rousing tours of local hotspots. During these upscale bar crawls, patrons sip curated samples of wines, beers, and cocktails paired with light appetizers and whatever wild berries they find along the way. All of this imbibing is also done in the name of a good cause: a portion of the The Sip's proceeds goes to various charities.
Unlike the proverbial wild goose chase, attainable and drinkable treasure waits to be found at the Wild Goose Chase scavenger hunt. As part of celebrated Goose Island brewery's Migration Week, Wild Goose Chase sends beer-loving detectives running, skipping, moseying, and hiccuping across the city on a quest for five Golden Goose Eggs. Clutching smartphones with QR-reader apps, participants set on a trail riddled with riddles, puzzles, challenges, and clues that will lead them to the eggs. Sleuths who've brushed up on their knowledge of Goose Island brewery will find themselves at an advantage, as will those who don costumes?a prize awaits the wearer of the best ensemble. The top five finishers receive rewards, which range from a Chicago weekend trip for two to a Goose Island swag pack. Prizewinner or not, everyone gets to celebrate and partake of some Goose Island's refreshments at the event's conclusion.
SAK Comedy Club, a breeding ground for highly pedigreed improv comics such as Wayne Brady, targets funny bones with the unique brand of improvised comedy that's made it an Orlando landmark since 1991. Sak’s skilled rib-ticklers offer a robust schedule of all-ages shows designed to evoke hearty laughter, humanity's only form of exercise prior to the advent of the treadmill. Thursday–Sunday, “Duel of Fools” allows the audience to play judge and jury to jousting comics. Like rodeo clowns settling a boundary dispute, four improv directors clash in a humorous battle royale in the “Gorilla Theatre” show staged on Fridays. On Saturdays, the “Early Show” at 11:30 p.m. allows Sak's masterful mirth-makers to spin longer scenes that give elements such as character and story a chance to frolic and roam free.
Moviegoers kick back in tiered stadium seats and absorb unobstructed views of Hollywood’s latest studio releases at Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12. A Dolby Digital audio system ensconces audiences in a seamless cocoon of sight and sound while couples raise the armrests on their high-backed leather chairs for optimum cuddling. The concession stand entertains taste buds with theater classics such as popcorn, candy, and Coca-Cola along with a full menu of beer and wine options. Drivers can snag parking spots in the attached garage for $2.50 with validation, and youngsters can pedal their tricycles over to the theater in the summer months for free kiddie showings.
After serendipitously acquiring a vintage organ, six-musician band Fitz and the Tantrums lit upon a part-soul, part-pop sound that rocketed the band from its living room to the stage of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in about a year. Eschewing guitars in favor of powerful, Motown-esque vocals from Noelle Scaggs and instruments ranging from keys to saxophone, the sextet dedicates its first album, Pickin' Up The Pieces, to classic rock ‘n’ roll subjects that include heartache, politics, and child-rearing strategies. Named a Band to Watch by Rolling Stone, Fitz and the Tantrums satiate cravings for be-bopping melodies and ever-larger saxophones with hits such as Moneygrabber and Don’t Gotta Work It Out. Opening band Walk the Moon paints an aural canvas with shades of synth-pop and New Wave. Exposed brick walls back The Social's wide, shallow stage, placing musicians up close to congenial audiences.
Dedicated to exposing local audiences to diverse stories told by artists from around the globe, the Orlando Film Festival attracts film-industry insiders, actors, and audiences for five packed days of movie-centric events. Filmmakers attend many of the festival's screenings to give audience members new perspectives on features or to challenge them to a round of "Trivial Pursuit: Stanley Kubrick Edition." Complimentary drinks and appetizers fuel the energy reserves of VIP-pass holders throughout the festival, but attendees can also find food and drink specials at nearby restaurants and bars.