M Lounge

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Even if you're a regular visitor to Ivanhoe Row, you'll get a whole new perspective of the surrounding neighborhood from M Lounge, a new bar that officially opened over the weekend.

That's because it's a rooftop bar, sitting atop a newly remodeled two-story building on North Orange Avenue.

It's all quite open, as you would expect a rooftop to be. And even though it's only three floors up, it offers a comparative towering vantage of Antique Row, the residential area and downtown Orlando in the not so distant distance.

It's especially lovely at sunset, as when I visited a couple of weeks ago.

Beverage Trends - Lots of Beer and Barrel-Aged Cocktails

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I recently spoke with Larry Foor, bar manager at Cask & Larder, about beverage trends, including barrel aging cocktails. The video below was produced by the folks at WFTV-Channel 9 for icFlorida.com. What do you think? Have you tried barrel-aged cocktails? Trend or fad? Leave a comment below.

 

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The Courtesy

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CourtesyA friend and I ducked in to the Courtesy, a new bar on Orange Avenue near Washington Street in downtown Orlando. It was a rainy night and we were looking for something to warm ourselves. We would have to make do with the cocktails because the greeting certainly wasn’t going to do it.

You’d think with a name like Courtesy the staff would be more welcoming. I’d hate to think it was because if you combined the ages of all the other patrons in the bar they wouldn’t equal the sum of our two ages. Whatever. While neither bartender sneered at us, neither were they eager to make two new customers feel at home.

It’s a pity because I had high hopes for the Courtesy. Their mission statement is to offer handcrafted cocktails fashioned out of “spirits and ingredients of only the highest caliber.” Fresh juices and ingredients are touted, and Kevin Fonzo of K restaurant has created a line of house-made sodas to be sipped on their own or added to a drink. Indeed, Fonzo has invited the Courtesy to provide the reception cocktails when he, Hari Pulapaka (Cress) and Gregory Richie (Emeril’s Tchoup Chop) cook at the Beard House in New York next month.