Bart Bar Opens in the Mills 50 District for Old School Gamers

Bart is a family owned-and-operated bar, arcade, and gallery that has recently opened in the Mills 50 district of Orlando.

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Chris and Adrian Brown have blended finely crafted beers with local art and classic arcade games. The name itself is a hybrid of Bar and Art.

Among the beers served at Bart are Abita, Dogfish Head, Angry Orchard, Harpoon, Cigar City,and Sierra Nevada. I wonder if they serve Leinenkugel’s…anyone know? They do also carry popular brews like Yuengling, PBR, and Miller 64.

The games are classics like Pac-Man, Centipede, Frogger, and, my personal favorite, Galaga.

Bart is located at 1205 N. Mills Ave and the phone is 407-796-2522. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 4pm to 2am.

Find them online at bartcade.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @bartcade.

[Photo courtesy of Bart]

Mid-Week Break: Orlando Around the Web for March 02, 2011

While I’m working hard to bring you news and reviews of things happening around Orlando and its surroundings, there are some other great blogs out there who are doing the same.

So here are some recent posts that you might enjoy reading:

The Daily City attended the opening night party for artist Doug Rhodehamel downtown.

Tasty Chomps has been touring several of Orlando’s Asian restaurants, with reviews of Beewon Korean in the Dr. Phillips area and Saigon Flavors in Oviedo.

The Disney Blog has a photo preview of some of the displays for this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Finally, The Huffington Post mentions the Thanksgiving sandwich at Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria as one of America’s Best New Sandwiches. Pretty much everything I’ve eaten there is tasty.

Mills 50 District to Initiate Outdoor Art Boxes in Orlando

You know those utility boxes that you see on city streets? Big, grey metal boxes that do nothing to add color and charm to a neighborhood.

Well, the Mills 50 District has decided to do something about that.

Starting in March, ten utility boxes located throughout the district will be transformed into vibrant works of art by local artists.

Arts councils and business improvement districts in cities like Minneapolis and San Diego are already doing something similar. Mills 50 will be the first of the five Orlando Main Street Districts to implement this project.

As you can see from the photo of this utility cabinet from a similar project in Somerville, MA, it really brings out the vibe and character of the neighborhood. I really like it and am curious to see what our local artists can create.

I’m not sure what process they will be using to select the artists used, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the finished project.

Bringing beauty to the mundane – always a good thing.  What do you think?

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