Out and About: Mango’s Orlando Brings New Level of Nightlife to Orlando

Mango's Orlando - jumbo drink

Mango’s is a name synonymous with Miami South Beach nightlife, and about six months ago, it opened an outpost in Orlando.

Located on International Drive, just south of Sand Lake Rd, within walking distance of the Orlando Eye, Mango’s Orlando operates as a family-friendly restaurant serving up Latin-inspired cuisine.

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Music on Mills Rocks the Mills 50 District for Charity on November 14, 2015

The Mills 50 district is normally a happening place, but on November 14, Music On Mills will turn the area into a gigantic music festival to benefit public art and safety projects in the area.

Music On Mills in Orlando

The music festival will take place in four venues: Will’s Pub, Wally’s, St. Matthew’s Tavern, and BART.

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Out and About: Captain Morgan Celebrated New Cannon Blast With Human Cannonball Stunt

Saturday night, Captain Morgan chose Orlando to help launch their new Cannon Blast Shot, and they did it by launching a man out of a cannon, not once, but twice.

Captain Morgan Cannon Blast - Brian Miser and the Captain

This is probably one of the craziest things that has happened at Wall St. Plaza in downtown Orlando in the two decades I’ve called Orlando home…and one of the most fun!

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Out and About: King’s Bowl Orlando Debuts New Menu Items

I was recently invited by King’s Bowl Orlando to check out their new menu items, and enjoy a little bowling.

King's Bowl Orlando - bowling lanes

Whatever you think bowling alley food is, it’s not King’s Bowl. Yes, the menu has hamburgers, but it has so much more, and really good quality, too.

The new menu items, added to the Orlando location on June 3, ran the gamut from salads to sandwiches to full entrees.

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Orlando Brewing Hosts Steamee Summer Tapping and Solstice Celebration June 20

Orlando Brewing is kicking off summer with the release of a new brew, and a huge water-infused solstice celebration.

Orlando Brewing Hosts Steamee Summer Tapping

It kicks off at 1pm with the tapping of Steamee Summer, a Florida Common brew. It’s brewed with a lager yeast and a warm fermenting temperature of 60 degrees. “Warmer fermenting temperature makes for an effervescent beer,” explains Brewmaster Graeme Lay. “It’ll have more fruitiness than you’ll find in a typical lager, without as dry of a finish.”

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Out and About: Hard Hat Tour of Mango’s Orlando

Last week I was invited to a hard hat tour to check out the progress of Mango’s Orlando on International Drive, and discovered things were coming along nicely.

Mango's Orlando artist rendering of building front

Mango’s Orlando is the first outpost of the popular Mango’s on South Beach in Miami. Mango’s COO Joshua Wallack intends to bring that Caribbean/Latin party feel to Orlando.

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Where to Celebrate American Craft Beer Week 2015 in Orlando

Here in Orlando, we take our craft beer seriously, and with good reason. We have a wealth of great places serving, and even brewing, their own incredible craft beer selections.

CitySurfing Orlando's picks for celebrating American Craft Beer Week in Orlando.

American Craft Beer Week is an annual event that celebrates the craft beers brewed in this country. This year’s event starts today, May 11, and runs through May 17.

So if you’re looking for a place to celebrate American Craft Beer Week 2015 in Orlando, here are some events you might want to check out:

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Vanilla Ice Hosts McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon Grand Opening Party April 11, 2015 @McFaddens360

McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon is celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, April 11, and hosting will be none other than Vanilla Ice.

Vanilla Ice Hosts McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon Grand Opening Party

If you’d like to be in attendance with the legendary Vanilla Ice to experience McFadden’s Saturday night parties, visit mcfaddensorlando.com/events to RSVP. McFadden’s famous Fishbowl drinks will be flowing each and every Saturday night

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Orlando Brewing Celebrates 9 Years of Organic Beer on April 7, 2015

Orlando Brewing will be celebrating its 9th anniversary of serving up organic brews on April 7, starting at 3pm.

Orlando Brewing 9th Anniversary

They will be tapping 9 organic beers in honor of those 9 years, and those beers are: Coconut Hard Caliber Imperial Stout, Lemon Lavender Black Tea Blonde Ale, Orange Grapefruit Pale Ale, Tropical Miami Weiss with Strawberry Pear and Mango Tea, Blackwater with Mint, O-Town Brown with Dates, Red Riveter sans Lavender and Rose Hips, Bourbon Barrel Eminent Domain, and Bourbon Barrel Olde Pelican.

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Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando Readying for May Opening at I-Drive 360 with Job Fair April 2-4, 2015

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando will be bringing a taste of country to the I-Drive 360 complex when it opens in May. But to get open, they need to find a staff.

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando

To do this, they’re olding a job fair on April 2, 3 and 4 from 2pm – 7pm each day.

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First Look Artist Rendering of Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando

Last summer, we told you that Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando would be opening on International Drive. This week, we have a first glimpse at the interior, courtesy of an artist rendering provided by Mango’s COO Joshua Wallack.

Mango's Tropical Cafe Orlando

The rendering is of the main bar areas and show floor where Mango’s dancers will perform for guests in the evening. If it’s anything like the original Mango’s Tropical Cafe in South Beach Miami, they’ll even be dancing on top of the bars.

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Nerd Nite Orlando’s 2-Year Anniversary Coincides with Pi Day March 14, 2015

To coincide with Pi Day and the 2-year anniversary of the very first Nerd Nite in Orlando, there will be a special edition of Nerd Nite presented with Canvs at the Church Street Exchange on March 14.

Nerd Nite Orlando Pi Day 2nd AnniversaryNerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines presented in a casual bar atmosphere. Speakers present for up to 20 minutes, each on a fascinating subject of their choice. Following each presentation is a 5-10 minute Q&A with the audience.

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Orlando Brewing Kicks Off Oktoberfest Celebrations September 20, 2014

Orlando Brewing Oktoberfest 2014Starting Saturday, September 20, Orlando Brewing will commemorate over 200 years of German tradition by kicking off their 8th annual Oktoberfest celebration.

It all starts at 1pm with the tapping of their 2014 organic Oktoberfest bier. The celebration will continue with German food by Vital Flair Catering, a 3pm Cornhole tournament, traditional German music by Dan Witucki & Mein Heimatland Musikaten beginning at 4pm, and 17 taps of their ocal, organic beer.

Orlando Brewing will continue to celebrate Oktoberfest through October 13th with a series of events. In September they’ll hold a 2008 Anisocoria Barley Wine Tasting on Wednesday the 24th, a Liquid Education Beer School on Saturday the 27th (reserve your seat in advance), release their Rum barrel aged cask of the Senator Imperial Stout on Sunday the 28th and hold their monthly Beer:30 on Tuesday the 30th.

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Southern Fried Sunday Hosts 6th Annual SFS Benefit for The Mustard Seed July 20, 2014

6th Annual SFS Benefit for The Mustard Seed It’s that time of year when the monthly Southern Fried Sunday event goes big to raise funds for local charity The Mustard Seed, and you can join in on July 20.

There will be more than 20 bands performing on several indoor and outdoor stages at Will’s Pub, The Peacock Room, and The Beer Garden at St Matthew’s Tavern at the Orlando Beer Garden.

There will also be food trucks, vendors, pin-up girls and more. Preferred parking for motorcycles & vintage cars will be available.

Admission is $10 at the door. For a complete list of bands and more info, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Help Fund the Expansion of A Comic Shop and The Geek Easy in Orlando

A few weeks ago, A Comic Shop and its companion business, The Geek Easy, decided to seize the opportunity to renovate and expand.

The Geek EasyTo do this, they have turned to Indiegogo in hopes the community who enjoys these businesses, will help them achieve their goals. There are incentives and rewards for donations, based on the level of your donation, which start as low as $5.

Surely Orlando geeks can spare at least the price of a Starbucks visit to help out A Comic Shop and The Geek Easy with their plans for world domin…er… expansion plans.

A Comic Shop has won the title of “Best Comic Shop” seven times, and been nominated for an Eisner Award. The Geek Easy was opened next door in 2013, but is already well known for its geek trivia nights, concerts, and Friday Night Karaoke.

For more information on how you can help, visit the Indiegogo page. Be sure to watch the video at the top of the page.

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