Cask & Larder (Photo: Courtesy Cask and Larder)
Ranked by Forbes as one of the top 25 cities for millennials, Orlando is quickly becoming a place where young folks want to live, work and play. And there are plenty of places to do the latter, especially for nocturnal revelers who prefer to end their day closer to dawn.
Satisfy Your Craving for Southern Fare
A “Southern Public House” that’s farm-to-table all the way, Cask & Larder is trendy without being pretentious. The three-year-old Winter Park restaurant has a late-night menu that features a modern twist on southern classics, like pimento cheese fries with pickled gypsy peppers and Nashville hot wings with white barbecue sauce and pickled okra. Southerners love pickled anything, and Cask & Larder proudly embraces this tradition by showcasing its collection of mason jarred-preserved vegetables in its open kitchen. The menu also includes several craft beers brewed on site (Don’t believe us? Just check out the huge stainless steel brewing tanks by the bar).
The details: Bar Late Night Happy Hour, Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Sip and See in Winter Park
If you’d rather sip on a glass of Sangui de Guida than 5 Points IPA, the Wine Room may suit your tastes. The wine bar has more than 156 hand-selected wines that dispense from an Enomatic machine in one to five ounce pours. And because nothing goes better with wine than fromage, Wine Room also offers artisan cheeses and charcuterie you can handpick from its Fromage Cave. It’s one of the few places in greater Orlando where college students, recent grads and 40 and 50-somethings can mingle without feeling like they got an invite to the wrong party.
The details: Open Monday-Wednesday, 3 p.m. to midnight. Thursday, 12 p.m. to midnight. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Delight in Downtown Deliciousness
Open until 3 a.m., Gringos Locos is the place you go after you’ve had one too many tequila shots and need some delicious, high calorie food to soak it all up. Everything on the menu at this local favorite is just as crave-worthy as its name. The “mouth hugger”— a burrito filled with ground beef, chicken, queso, rice, cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce and sour cream— is the most popular item on the menu for good reason. And for a place within walking distance of Orlando’s downtown bar scene, Gringos’ food is affordable, but still pretty authentic.
The details: Open every day from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Dance ‘Til You Can’t Dance No More
BB King’s Blues Club checks everything off the list if you’re looking for a casual place to grab a burger, drink a cocktail and hit the dance floor. On any given night, you can two-step to live music performed by some of the country’s best musicians. BB Kings’ all-star band is stellar — and that’s kind of an understatement. The lineup features talented musicians and vocalists who slay classics from Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and other rock n’ roll favorites. We triple-dare you to sit still for more than five minutes.
The details: Open Monday-Friday from 12 p.m. to midnight and weekends from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Indulge in Late-Night Lattes
If you prefer to get your caffeine fix after the sun goes down, Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar offers house-roasted coffee, soups and sandwiches, iced lattes served in mason jars, and its signature Anzac cookies filled with oatmeal and coconut goodness. Named after Emeril Lagasse’s drunken monkey ice cream, the vibe at Drunken Monkey is just as funky as its name, with ornate tin ceilings, decoupaged floors and a graffiti mural of the bar’s namesake in the parking lot. Drunken Monkey always has free Wi-Fi and serves breakfast and lunch all day, so you can work feverishly to meet your deadline while enjoying an iced caramel and Irish cream latte.
The details: Open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.