Smoke in 55 exotically flavored varieties dances smoothly between relaxed patrons as they clink glasses in Alchemy Lounge. During 45- to 60-minute sessions, the lounge’s staff of smoke specialists tends to smoldering all-natural coconut charcoal tablets and slaps away the flame-stealing hands of Prometheus.
At Olv Café, groups gather to collectively explore a sharable menu items of small plates, platters, salads, and flatbreads. Start with tempura asparagus and artichokes with sweet-chili sauce ($6.50) or the barbecue-chicken flatbread ($7.50), which mimics the earth’s 15th-century shape with a perfectly level plane of barbecue sauce, cilantro, marinated onions, and monterey jack propping up a tower of pulled chicken.
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.
A rotating selection of 32 red wines fill the automatic dispensers and wine preservers at Put A Cork In It, where tasters sample varietals from around the world in a relaxed atmosphere on Restaurant Row. After soon-to-be sippers choose their wine, swipe a $40 value card, and present a bucket of sacrificial bolts, the pouring machines whir into action filling glasses with a 1-ounce taste ($1–$5) as fresh and crisp as wine from a just-opened bottle. Between sips, guests cleanse palates nibbling on a choice of appetizers, including the crusted salmon and dill of the Seattle cake (a $10 value). The winery plates vegetarian options such as the mushroom florentine, a mix of spinach and brie stuffed into the eponymous caps (an $11 value), and an international summit of cheeses, crackers, and salami gather on the Around The World appetizer's packed plate (a $21 value). After swishing, sampling, and assigning nicknames to the various wines, patrons can go on the hunt for a favorite vintage in Cork's shop, which stocks more than 400 varieties of wine ($20–$120, not included in this Groupon).