To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi, seafood, fine wine, and more at Funky Monkey Wine Company, with locations on International Drive and downtown on Mills Avenue.
Founded by two of the three local directors of the oenophilic Tasters Guild International, Funky Monkey Wine Company celebrates fine vino by offering more than 100 bottles of wine and complementing them with a lively profusion of sushi, seafood, and steaks. Crack open the epic wine list to find the grapey beverage that best suits your parched palate. White-winers can enliven their esophagi with the Luna Nuda pinot grigio ($32 for a bottle), with sprightly hints of lemon and lime. Red-heads can catch a whiff of fresh cherry evident in a glass of Frog's Leap 2007 merlot ($11).
Funky Monkey's eclectic menu sates lubricated taste buds with scrumptious selections such as the spicy avocado salad with chopped ahi tuna and sriracha-infused mayo ($13) and the eight-ounce certified-organic deep creek ranch burger ($15). Persons with permanently melded chopstick-digits can sample Funky Monkey's immense sushi selection, featuring offerings such as the Maui wowie ($16), an infusion of kiwi, salmon, crab, and tuna piled atop a cucumber-and-eel roll.
With two locations, Funky Monkey can present fermentation fans with alternative destinations—the International Drive locale flourishes with a sleek, sun-soaked dining room, whereas the Mill Avenue hideaway evokes a tranquil romantic vibe with hardwood floors and candlelit tables. Sample a world-class collection of wines without ever having to set foot in Willy Wonka's dangerously whimsical vineyards with today's Groupon to Funky Monkey.
Not valid with any other offers, including discounted sushi on Monday.
Funky Monkey Wine Company has been featured in the Sentinel and the downtown location won two Diners' Choice awards among OpenTable users. Yelpers give the I-Drive location a 3.5-star average and four Citysearchers give the downtown location a five-star average rating:
- …an established local favorite. – Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinel
- Really enjoyed the personal touch and beautiful decor, ambiance and service. – OpenTable user who dined on 7/5/2010
- I can bring anyone here from my 86-year-old parents, to college students and everyone in between. Unpretentious but distinctive. – BarbWunder, Citysearch
Funky Monkey Wine Company
Funky Monkey Wine Company knows how to fill a glass, but it's the way they fill plates that has earned them a dedicated following and multiple best-of awards from OpenTable diners. Chef de Cuisine Ashley Nickell creates seasonally-inspired Italian entrees such as bruschetta del giorno and pork saltimbocca, prepared with the skills she showcased on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen. Entrees pair with an extensive wine list, and a special wine dinner series presents special menus with accompanying varietals to highlight complementary flavors.