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.
Three minutes may seem like a short span of time, but it's generally long enough to gauge mutual attraction between two people. Icebreaker Orlando Events increases singles' chances of finding a romantic match with speed-dating events—held at venues such as Bar Louie or Backstage Nightclub at Rosen Plaza Hotel—that condense multiple first dates into just three minutes each. Partners chat about themselves and their interests, enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and jot down the names of those they see as a potential match. The following day, the company's specialists contact participants to review matches.
B.B. King's Blues Club's stages have been graced with some serious star power: the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, and a slew of other world-renowned artists have jammed there. But that shouldn't be surprising for spots bearing the name of Riley B. King—better known as B.B. King—who’s also been known to jump on stage. Live music entertains guests every night of the week in the intimate supper club, where chefs whip up a soulful Southern-style comfort food, ranging from ribs to fried dill-pickle chips with horseradish sauce.
The Orlando location's patio allows patrons to savor the Floridian sunshine, and the mezzanine level affords clear views of the main stage, drenched in bright neon lights. The main seating area provides easy access to the dance floor, or diners can kick back and enjoy their meals while admiring hand-painted table art that hails from Memphis, just like the zesty barbecue. Three full bars provide the fizzy courage necessary to ask a stranger to dance, even in the absence of music.
Houlihan’s chefs unite diners with mouth-seeking meals culled from a menu of inventive recipes produced with local and all-natural ingredients and flanked by expertly crafted cocktails. Savory lunches arrive tableside in 15 minutes or less, swiftly occupying chompers with midday delicacies such as So-Cal fish tacos with tilapia, chipotle mayo, honey-cumin dressing, and pico de gallo ($8.95–$10.95). Dinner announces its approach with sophisticated cocktail heralds including wines, martinis, and specialty mojitos in flavors such as guava, raspberry, pomegranate, and snozzberry ($6.75–$7.75). Garlic-herb cream cheese nuzzles into the center of savory chicken breasts served over gold mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day ($15.95–$18.95), and wild mushrooms romp through a blend of cheeses within corn tortillas blanketed by smoky mozzarella sauce in the wild mushroom enchiladas ($13.95–$15.95). Crisp calamari crowns napa cabbage and banana in the University Boulevard location's popular calamari salad ($14.95), with an aromatic banana-ginger vinaigrette that's also sold in incense form.
Filled with 50 tons of carved ice and most recently inspired by Ernest Shackleton's failed Antarctic expedition, Icebar's 27-degree, bacchanalian winterscape earned itself a feature in Frommer's and a spot on the Travel Channel's list of The World's Coolest Bars. After bundling up in fur coats and gloves, guests can spend up to 45 minutes touring the room's collection of frozen sculptures, floes, and sled-dog huts, raising toasts to their favorites with glasses made entirely out of ice. Frozen stools covered with seal fur line the bar, where mixologists pour frosty cocktails and root around for two identical snowflakes.
The adjacent Fire Lounge allows visitors to warm up afterward by snagging a drink from the full-service bar or bobbing their heads to the mixes of DJ Sher-khan. The pulsing sound system helps to get blood flowing again while lasers and strobe lights scan the room for any escaped snowglobes.
As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.