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by Meghan Schalk
MUSIC TO MY BEERS
here’s this book by Malcolm It’s just that music is really important Gladwell called Blink. In a to me, and those bands suck. If you like nutshell (and for all the stupid them, it probably means that you hate people who don’t read books anymore) music, which means I can’t like you. See? it’s a long-winded, but interesting, It’s simple. And trust me, you probably examination of how people make snap wouldn’t like me any better (no, not Eddie judgments about others. Sometimes Vedder – I kinda hate him, too). I’m really those judgmentss just saving us are based on Sorority girls dancing like cavemen. time in the long race, gender, Glowsticks. Shitty break dancing circle. run – and by attractiveness My ears ... getting dubstepped on. time, I mean the – sometimes seven seconds they’re even based on height. Gladwell’s it took me to decide I didn’t like you based point is that, whether we like to admit it or solely on your shitty musical preferences. not, we’re all obviously (and sometimes Yes, I am a crappy human being. not-so-obviously) guilty of On a recent evening, making these judgments. while standing at the bar I know I am. (Blink is a at Will’s Pub, I realized I great read, by the way, but wasn’t alone in my music if you buy it at that “Nook” snobbery (not that this e e-reader stand that someone w was a revelation). During ont had the audacity to put in front a conversation with two of Barnes & Noble, I’ll kill you you. ffriends, they summed it Save the paper books. Kill trees.) u up perfectly. I’m not going to lie: I am a ““I’m not closedperson who judges people by the mind minded,” Mike said. kind of music they listen to. “You don’t have to like everyt everything I like. You just At the expense of sounding have tto be in the same like an asshole who weeds ballp ballpark.” out friends based on musical preferences, I’ll come right “N “No, no, it’s not that I don’t out and say it: If you tell me like yyou,” Jeremy added and within the first few minutes of fake fake-lovingly cupped my face meeting me that you’re a fan in his hands. “It’s just that every time I look of 311, Nickelback, Dave Matthews Band or Creed, I probably won’t like you. I can’t at you ... I see Creed.” help it, I just won’t. And come on – cough, That line was so eloquent that I may Sublime, cough.
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Another way to determine whetherr we’re going to be besties is to find outt e how strong your fondness is for a little e electro genre called “dubstep,” aka the complete and total destruction of music. A while back, I was struck with curiosity (sadly) about this shitty sound I was starting to hear everywhere, so I asked Alejandro Ricon, one of Orlando’ss best vinyl DJs, to clue me in. After all, you can’t validly hate on something unless you e know all about it. Alex told me that, while he respected those who chose to playy dubstep, he himself refused to, despite itss rapid rise to popularity in the club scene. He also sent me a few YouTubes so I could educate myself about the genre.. What did I learn from these videos?? That dubstep is a musical mind fuck. It’ss so tricky that the people in the videoss e couldn’t even dance to it. Having me try to describe it would probably get uss nowhere, so here’s a Wikipedia entry thatt explains what it’s about: “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming basss lines and reverberant drum patterns,, clipped samples and occasional vocals.” Unfortunately, that description makess even less sense than the actual music.. I guess when it comes to dubstep, you never really get a feel for what, exactly,, you are desperately trying to move to.
The end. And never again. And no, none of you I met that night are allowed to be my friends.
Dubstep is a musical mind fuck. It’s so tricky that the people in the videos couldn’t even dance to it.
Yes, basing your friendships on things like musical interests is probably wrong. Then again, people are passionate about things that are important to them, and at the end of the day you tend to hang out with the people who share your passion.
Is that so wrong? Just remember: In the end, if we don’t end up being friends, that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. “It’s just that every time I look at you ... I see Creed.” ♦
Which brings me to Ladies Nightt at Sky 60 – the night I mistakenly wentt e to instead of going to see another live band play during the best music month in years. Instead, I went to catch Cliff T and Dominick mixing dubstep into theirr set with my friend (who I am sometimess ashamed to know) Kevin of Smile forr Camera and Takovr.
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For a moment everything seemed great. Good music. Good vibe. Then came the damn dubstep. This is the part where I have to try not to offend the general public, or any genre of people I laid my eyes on that evening. Suffice to say: droves of sorority girls dancing like cavemen. Glowsticks. Shitty break-dancing circle. My ears ... bleeding and ripped off. Laying on the ground. Getting dubstepped on.
‘80s TO ‘00s Alternative music from the past three decades sets the stage for a dance party to please all ages and music lovers. Sip on $2 vodka drink specials and dance to music sspun by Smilin’ Dan, one of I-Bar’s llongest-standing DJs. 110 PM, INDEPENDENT BAR, FREE 21+
JJUNGLE SUNDAYS T one’s just for the men, if you This kknow what I mean. The sexy and sshirtless banana boys perform live tthroughout the night. Tunes are sspun by DJ JB, and specials include ccomplimentary hors d’oeuvres, $$2.50 domestic beer and $3.50 jjungle martinis. 5 PM, MONKEY BAR, WALL STREET, FFREE
PRACTICE MAKES P PERFECT P On the 17th of every month, Pat O’Brien’s trains us for St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy live entertainment and traditional Irish food with drink specials that include $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts from 4-9 pm and $7.95 Hurricanes all night long. PAT O’BRIEN’S, CITYWALK, FREE
RED COCONUT HOSPITALITY NIGHT This 1950s Vegas-Cuban-Tiki-style venue includes three bars in which to sip your signature martini or selection from the extensive wine list. Free admission and drink specials all night for hospitality employees. 10 PM, RED COCONUT CLUB, CITYWALK, FREE
SHE REV SUNDAYS On the last Sunday of every month enjoy a ladies night out at Revolution. Free beer from 4-5 pm, $10 beer buckets and mojito and margarita pitchers. 10 PM, REVOLUTION NIGHTCLUB, FREE
DJs. Off-the-wall drink specials until the early morning. 10 PM, FIRESTONE LIVE, FREE (UNTIL MIDNIGHT), $10-$20
T- DANCE Every Sunday this party features DJ Brianna Lee on the dance floor, $2.50 schnapps, domestic beer and $3.50 select calls until 9 pm, shows at 7 pm and 10 pm and free buffet at 8. 3:30 PM-3 AM, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, FREE
SOULFUL SUNDAYZ Hip-hop, soul, house and breaks with $5 martinis and $3 calls all night. 10 PM, THE PEACOCK ROOM, $5
SUPER SUNDAYS This 102 Jamz Official Ladies Night has been going strong for years. Enjoy a hip-hop dance party featuring DJs Nasty, Chino, D-Strong, Disco and Home Base
ABYSS MONDAYS A S B’s Abyss Mondays offers free shots for the ladies until Suite midnight and $4 Wells before 12. m 10 PM, SUITE B, COVER VARIES
CRUSH P Pauly Crush’s indie dance party located inside the gritty walls of Back Booth is easily one of Orlando’s most ssuccessful nights. Free Keg of PBR and free entrance if yyou get on the guest list (visit www.crushorlando.com for ddetails). 10 PM, BACKBOOTH, $3-$5 OR FREE WITH GUESTLIST
TORQUE WITH MC COLLABORATOR T AND CIRCLE K A A happy hour from 4-7 pm starts this evening off right. Then it’s taken over by Torque with MC Collaborator and Circle K, one of Orlando’s longest-running drum-and-bass nnights. 10 PM, CROOKED BAYOU, $5 Want to add something to the calendar? E-mail us at email@example.com. Listed time reflects start time of drinking event. Bar hours and cover charge prior to that time may vary.
GRITS N GRAVY
Hosted by Vitamin E. Spinning ALL old school including Miami bass, electric funk, freestyle, gangsta rap, hip-hop and R&B. Every Tuesday night. No cover. 10 PM, SUITE B, FREE
BATTLE OF THE BARTENDERS Orlando bartenders show off their tending skills with a competition every Tuesday night. 6 PM, GRAFITTI JUNKTION, FREE
DJ SMILIN’ DAN Smilin Dan caters to music snobs in the confines of Crooked Bayou, playing everything from punk, post punk, country western, new wave, ‘90s alternative, indie rock, progressive rock, ‘60s and ‘70s R&B and garage/psych. 10 PM, CROOKED BAYOU, FREE
FAT TUESDAY Live DJs on set and FREE drinks for the ladies until midnight, with $100 bottles of Ciroq Vodka in VIP. 9 PPM, M, ANTIGUA, LADIES FREE
Dance to the best classic rock and soul at one of I-bar’s most enjoyable and successful club nights. Beatthe-clock drink specials with wells starting at just $1. 10 PM, INDEPENDENT BAR, NO COVER BEFORE MIDNIGHT
PHAT-N-JAZZY Phat-n-Jazzy may be the founder of the funk in downtown nightlife. Once located on the rooftop of the beautiful Sky 60, Phat-n-Jazzy now brings its live jazz music and feelgood vibes back to The Social. 10 PM, THE SOCIAL, FREE
UPSCALE 1ST TUESDAYS An elegant night of hip hop, reggae, R&B and reggaeton. This once-amonth party takes place the first Tuesday of every month, hosted by Ricky Padilla with music by DJs Chino, Nasty and Vos. Dress code is enforced. 10 PM, DRAGON ROOM, COVER VARIES
TAKEOVR Smile for Camera’s Takeovr created one of the best get-sloppy-andjust-let-go dance parties Orlando has seen in a long time. DJs spin a mix of indie, electro and dance, and great drink specials “Takeovr” the bars, including (but not limited to) $1 wells and PBR until midnight. Get on the guest list at www. takeovr.com to get in to this weekly party for free. 10 PM, ROXY NIGHTCLUB, NIGHTC NIG HTCLUB LUB,, FREE-$1 FFREE-$12 $2
I LOVE VE WEDNESDAYS WEDNESDAYS Look and feel your best at this elegant A-list party. Music by DJ Chino, VOS and DJ Ricon. Open bar for the ladies and $3 cocktails for the men until 12 am. Fashionable attire is REQUIRED. 9 PM, 23 CHURCH ST., COVER VARIES
NECROPOLIS I-bar hosts one of Orlando’s only nights for the goth crowd. A mix of industrial New Wave, Goth, EMM and alternative ‘80s music attracts the black platform boots, unconventional locks and eclectic fashion. 10 PM, INDEPENDENT BAR, $5
PROJECT PINK PARTY On the third Wednesday of every month, Vintage Lounge hosts the Project Pink party with Caprisitan. The event features models decked out in Caprisitan swimwear and DJ Freefall playing the best in mash-ups, dance, house and Top 40. 9 PM, VINTAGE LOUNGE, FREE Want to add something to the calendar? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listed time reflects start time of drinking event. Bar hours and cover charge prior to that time may vary.
‘80s NIGHT Russian Standard and Pinnacle vodka drink specials. 9 PM, THE GROOVE, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CITYWALK, FREE UNTIL MIDNIGHT
FIVE YEAR FLASHBACK DJ Smilin Dan keeps the crowd going with a mix of hits from 2004 and before – back when indie music was in its prime. Free PBR until the keg floats and $2 Sweet Tea vodka and Yuengling until midnight. 10 PM, INDEPENDENT BAR, $5
LADIES LOVE IT This is by far a downtown favorite for the ladies (and the men interested in the ladies). Vintage Lounge offers free martinis not just until 11 or 12, but ALL NIGHT for the gals. 5 PM, VINTAGE LOUNGE, FREE
LADIES NIGHT Free admission and free drinks until midnight for women. 9 PM, LATIN QUARTER, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CITYWALK, LADIES FREE
TABU THURSDAYS A pay-at-the-door-and-pay-no-more hip-hop dance party that gets you a fantastic all-you-can-drink
premium bar after you pay the entrance fee. Only $13 for the ladies and $15 for the men. Just remember, the dress code is strictly enforced and saggy pants are a huge no-no on this night. 10 PM, TABU, $13-$15
THIRSTY THURSDAY This country bar’s college night has it all. From mechanical bull riding and line dancing, to a bikini contest and karaoke. $10 for the ladies and $12 for the men gets you free wells, drafts and domestic longnecks from 8 pm -12 am. 7 PM, THE BARN, SANFORD, PRICES AND DRINK SPECIALS SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR CONCERTS
G GIRLFRIEND THURSDAYS T A top-notch ladies night with DJ Q45 of BET and DJ Caesar of 102 JAMZ spinning tunes. 9:30 PM, RAIN ULTRA LOUNGE, COVER VARIES
GIRLICIOUS Ladies can leave their wallets at home for this night, which provides free martinis (until 12). It also delivers a great special for the guys, offering them $5 drinks until midnight as well. 10 PM, BACKROOM, CHURCH STREET, COVER VARIES Want to add something to the calendar? E-mail us at email@example.com. Listed time reflects start time of drinking event. Bar hours and cover charge prior to that time may vary.
AMBIANCE FRIDAY An upscale party put on by local promoter Chris Biggins. Guest DJs and resident DJ Firas Laurent spin Top 40 hits, house and remixes. Make your way to the bar for a select list of $5 martinis for the ladies . 9 PM, CRAVE RESTAURANT AND BAR, 21+ FREE
DJ DIGITAL Voted best club DJ by Orlando Weekly readers in the 2010 Best Of Orlando awards, DJ Digital brings you a night of old school, mashups, classics, freestyle and hip-hop. 10 PM, SLINGAPOURS, WALL STREET, COVER VARIES
FAME FRIDAY H the red carpet and party with Hit Orlando’s elite every Friday night O aat Dragon Room for DJ Chino’s FFame Friday. Ladies enjoy free ddrinks before 12, and with the local ppaparazzi in house, fashionable aattire is a must. 9 PM, DRAGON ROOM, CHURCH
shots at midnight, FREE Texas hold’em, and more! 5 PM, THE BARN, SANFORD, PRICES AND DRINK SPECIALS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DURING CONCERTS
FRIDAY NIGHT HOUSE PARTY Multi-platinum recording artist DJ Magic Mike spins hip-hop, R&B, and reggae. Drink $1 you-call-its until midnight, $3 you-call-its until 1 am and $5 Jäger bombs all night. 10 PM, ANTIGUA, CHURCH STREET, $5
FUSION With a cozy tavern feeling inside and open-air seating on the patio outside, Ember is a gorgeous upscale bar that removes you from the tired college bar nights and transports you to a Mediterranean escape with a more cultured drinking crowd. Experience a fusion of recorded tracks by live musicians along with 2-4-1 drinks all night, every Friday night. 10 PM, EMBER, FREE
HONEY POT FFirst drink is on the Barn! Doors open aat 5 pm with 2-4-1 drink specials ffrom 9 pm -12 am. Ready for more ffree? Try a FREE massage therapist, FFREE mechanical bull riding, FREE
Power 95.3 teams up with Tabu and brings you a night of hip-hop, reggae and southern swag. $3.50 you-call-its for all. 10 PM, TABU, LADIES FREE
KITTYBAT @ CLEO’S LOUNGE Voted one of the best DJs in Orlando, Kittybat spins classic hip-hop, funk and beats during this no cover, no V.I.P, no frills kind of night. Just stiff drinks and good music. 10 PM, CLEO’S LOUNGE, FREE
PHAT FRIDAY DJ Nasty and Jay Deezy spin the hottest hip-hop until 3 am, and ladies get in and drink free until midnight. 10 PM, ROXY, COVER VARIES
RESET PANIC! and THE WRECKING CREW in association with Smile For Camera present Reset. DJs MOT, Rich Rosario, Dallas K and special guests spin the best in indie-electro, house and nu-disco every Friday night. Drink specials include $3 you-callits and free well drinks for the ladies until midnight. $3 Covert “Kick Flip” shots all night long. 10 PM, ICON, FREE-$10 (FOR COVER DISCOUNTS OR TO GET ON THE GUESTLIST VISIT GETWRECKEDFLORIDA.COM)
Want to add something to the calendar? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listed time reflects start time of drinking event. Bar hours and cover charge prior to that time may vary.
MIDNIGHT MASS 12 am, DJ Adam Wright creates a mix of classic soul, Top 40, indie and electro dance music with a free keg until it floats. 12 AM, BACKBOOTH, FREE-$4
COLLEGE NIGHT C O of the Knight Libraryâ€™s best nights for drink deals. One EEvery Saturday at College Night get two-for-one eeverything, $4 Coors and Miller pitchers, $5 rum buckets aand a sexy cage-girl contest. The DJs spin mash-ups, Top 440 and dance all night long. 9 PM, KNIGHT LIBRARY, UCF, COVER VARIES
LADIES NIGHT AT THE BARN L F admission for all the ladies at the Barn. $7 cover for Free men and 2-4-1 drinks for everyone from 9 pm -12 am. m Dance to the music of DJ TJ Roberts or enjoy karaoke with D RRockin Rhonda in the sports bar. 7 PM, THE BARN, SANFORD, PRICES AND DRINK SPECIALS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DURING CONCERTS Want to add something to the calendar? E-mail us at email@example.com. Listed time reflects start time of drinking event. Bar hours and cover charge prior to that time may vary.
SPECIAL EVENTS Orlando Food and Wine Fest Now in its third year, this annual festival features cuisine from 36 Central Florida restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines and beer at an “outdoor sports bar” from Michelob, Bud, Landshark and Shock Top. Live music from the Loris Brothers, WAR, the Redcoats and more on Saturday; live jazz and guitar on Sunday. A portion of the proceeds go to the Children’s Home Society of Florida. Nov. 13-14, 12-7 pm, Lake Eola Park, $10-$15, www.orlandofoodandwinefest.com
Green Fest For the environmentally conscious drinkers, this earth-friendly festival features organic wine, beer and spirits. Sample organic foods, browse organic merchandise and catch a live show featuring Dukes of Swagger. Nov. 13, 12-6 pm, CityWalk, free
Magic Home Game Watch Parties Enjoy $3 Coors Light cans and $3 Russian standard vodka drinks until an hour after the game ends. Lucky enough to score tickets to the game? Stop by afterward with your ticket stub and get your first drink free. All season long, during Magic home games, Wall Street, free
Wild Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve Party The Parliament House knows you have Thanksgiving off. They also know you won’t mind having your turkey dinner hungover with your family. Which is why hy they throw one of the best Thanksgiving ng Eve parties in town. Not to be missed. Nov. 24, 8 pm, Parliament House, cover varies
Tiesto @ UCF Arena TTiesto iesto He’s baackkkk! Tiesto returns to the UCF Arena, and although we probably won’t ever understand the hype, he has easily proven to be one the most popular electronic DJs to hit the city of Orlando in years. Oh, and apparently the world. Nov. 19, 8 pm, UCF Arena, $40
Night Before Thanksgiving Block Party All the usual block party stuff, but on WEDNESDAY! Live entertainment, drinking at all the Wall Street bars and best of all, no cover. Nov. 24, 10 pm, Wall Street, free
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e’re going to be honest with you here. We couldn’t come up with a whole lot of cool things to write about this month, hence the plethora of lame kitten heads in this column. So do us a favor and just abstain from using a certain word, glare at liquor-store employees as they close up shop during hours only Christians would approve of and avoid Gallagher at all costs. Super cool guaranteed. Now, read on. All the cool kids are doing it.
REALLY FUCKING COOL
ABC AND TOTAL WINE STORE HOURS We’ve been making this wish forever, but it still hasn’t been granted: We want ABC Liquors and the almighty Total Wine (aka Drinks-R-Us) to please keep their doors open past 10 and 11 p.m. every night. Maybe there’s some law that says that a store that serves liquor can’t be open during the hours that everyone All the liquor in the world does their stores are closed. actual drinking, but that Mind if I bring would be stupid. Last heroin instead? we checked, we didn’t want to grab a bottle of Crown and drink with our friends in the middle of our 9-to-5 work day (OK, that’s a complete lie, but still). It just would be cool if these places could change their hours to accommodate Orlando’s drinking needs, because 7-11 scares us at night. November 2010
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N not the person whose Jersey Shore-style No, p partying embodies everything you hate in the w world. Really, we just hate the damn word. Can w we please extract this insult from our ever-regressing la language and lay it to rest? When club promoters aare throwing it around (example: “NO DOUCHEBAGS A ALLOWED IN THE CLUB!”) and when people are d desperately trying to creatively re-imagine the word (e (example: douchturd), it’s time to drop it completely aand come up with a new insult.
STARDUST VIDEO AND COFFEE Nine years ago you could walk into Stardust Video and Coffee and – gasp! – come out with a video and coffee. These days, Stardust aims to keep you a lot longer than the time it takes to to pick out Dancer in the Dark or La Dolce Vita during that pretentious movie-watching stage everyone goes through. Walk in there now and the videos are pushed against a wall to allow for wifi-friendly seating and poetry slams (every Wednesday), an expanded menu and cafe and a wonderful full liquor bar. Here’s to getting their signature cup of crackcoffee with a splash of Bailey’s or brandy. As if Stardust wasn’t giving enough to Williamsburglando, every Monday evening at 6 p.m., local farmers and artists convene in the parking lot for the Audubon Park Community Market, where you can find hand-made jewelry, ready-made meals prepared with local ingredients and locally grown produce and meat. Which is great, because it always makes us feel better when we know that the cow we ate died closer to home. Thank you, Stardust.
GALLAGHER That guy is still smashing watermelons with a sledge hammer? Seriously? Nov. 21 at 8 pm, Plaza Theater, for more information www. theplazatheatre.com/event/16645/. 24
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ORLANDO PUPPET FESTIVAL In particular, Crime and Puppetment What’s weirder than a puppet show? A puppet show with a terrible pun in the name. We really didn’t think there was enough interest in puppetry to warrant a dedicated puppet festival, but apparently we were wrong (or someone else is very misguided). We R? think they’re really missing the target with this festival, BET TE though. If they really want to get people interested in puppets, uppets, they should base the shows on knockoffs of movies the e porn industry has made. You know, like Star Whores, XXX-Men, Riding Miss Daisy or Gangbangs of New York. Not Crime and Punishment. hment. Make it relevant, you know? We would much rather see Puppets uppets on a Plane than that. That said we admit that we’re stretching the “cool” quotient tient on this one. We think it’s cool because it’s an alternative e to watching people stumble around drunk at night. We’d rather watch tiny versions of people stumbling around – tiny people connected to strings. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 18- Dec. 10, 6:30 pm, The Gallery at Avalon Island (that big, green building on the corner of Magnolia and Pine)
STIGMA BAR 17 S Orange Ave., above Ichiban
It’s not that we have anything bad to say ay about Stigma – the bar is brand spanking new – it’s just that our sarcasm doesn’t always translate well on paper. So we’re gonna be silent on this one, give you the basics and let you decide what kind of kitten head this place deserves.
In this bar you can get tattooed. You can get served alcohol while being tattooed. Or you can watch other people get tattooed. Or you can get tattooed while watching other people get tattooed while being served alcohol, AND you can do all of this while your friends take stripper pole-dancing lessons in front of you. Pole dancing, drinking and getting tattooed. Why are you looking at us? We have nothing to say ... 26
NEW TO TOWN By Heather Lyles
rom franchises we’ve been curious about to concept bars Orlando has never seen before, a bunch of new drinking establishments have come to town to help you mix up your routine ...
55 W. Church St.
Step bbackk please, l th the ffuture t hhas arrived. Introducing Touch, a new venue opening in December that will bring Orlando a bit closer to having a nightlife scene like the ones found in Miami, Vegas and the like. Touch, located next door to the Amura in downtown Orlando, will feature an eclectic mix of DJs spinning all night and a finger-foods menu that’ll offer an alternative to the usual late-night fare (i.e., sloppy slices of pizza). The innovative thing about this place is that everything on the menu can be ordered via iPhone-like touch-screens built into each table. You can also use your table’s touch-screen to chat with people at the tables nearby. Hello, future, bye bye physical human interaction! OK, we kid. The Hello, future, bye bye physical touch-screen tables are just one part of the Touch human interaction! experience. The DJs are not robots (yet), and the floor is open for dancing and all the real face-time you need. Seriously, though, Touch should make for an entertaining night out for anyone – especially those who can’t seem to keep their fingers off a mobile touch-screen device whenever they’re out in public.
DAVE AND BUSTER’S (coming coming soon) International Drive
Ever see the Dave & Buster’s commercials on TV and wonder why the hell they air them here when the nearest location is in Jacksonville? It just seems so cruel and unusual to show commercials featuring happy, middle-aged people running around what looks like a Chuck E. Cheese for adults when there aren’t any Dave & Buster’s nearby. Finally, though, they’re bringing one to town. Soon (they still haven’t given us an exact date) we can finally find out why everyone in the commercials looks so ecstatic when the chain known for its food, drinks and interactive environment – think video games, pool, darts, shuffleboard, you name it – opens on I-Drive (surprise, surprise). Hit up a D&B happy hour, then go whip some ass at Dance Dance Revolution in the arcade.
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WORLD OF BEER
3402 Technological Tec chn h ollog ogical Ave Ave.
We’re not sure when the UCF crowd’s taste turned to something other than the Beast, but apparently it has. As of October the UCF area is now home to the newest location for the World of Beer franchise. It’s a bar that welcomes both the beer aficionado and the hops newbie. All staff members are trained in the art of brew and are more than happy to talk beer with the know-it-alls or explain it all to the uninitiated. The bar will also focus on music and promises to bring local and regional acts to play. Don’t forget to check out the new Dr. Phillips World of Beer location also!
MOJO CAJUN BAR AND GRILL
129 W. Church St.
Church Street has become quite the melting pot lately, as that brick-paved street with which we have developed a love-hate relationship continues to try to revinvent itself. Mojo Cajun Bar and Grill will now bring a Big Easy experience – as well as a full bar – to the scene. Its food ranges from Cajun to Creole to straight-up American, but the ambience is all New Orleans. Look for this bar in the spot that used to be the Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium – aka, the empty building at the end of Church and Garland.
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BINGO AFTER DARK
10 PM, WALL STREET, WAITIKI, FREE
BLUES AND BREWS BRUNCH $2 mimosas, live music and breakfast pies. 11 AM, MELLOW MUSHROOM, ALOMA AVE, FREE
jello shots and $1 drinks for ladies from midnight until 2 am. 2 PM-2 AM, CENTRAL STATION ROCK BAR, FREE
GIRLS NIGHT OUT Select wines and food pairings. $20 per person, reservation only. 8-10 PM, TASTINGS WINE BAR, $20
Select $1 domestics, 50 cent wings and 50 cent porkies. 6 PM, SMOKEY BONES, FREE
$2 domestic drafts, $3 wells, and $4 calls from 10 am to 8 pm every day. $2 Van Gogh vodka cocktails for ladies from 8 pm to close every day! 10 AM, DOWNTOWN POURHOUSE, FREE
KONA MUSIC MONDAYS
NFL TICKET $10.99 pitcher of beer and ten wings. SHOTSKI’S FOOD AND DRINK, FREE
SOUTHERN FRIED SUNDAY Enjoy live bands and cheap southern cookin’; 3rd Sunday of every month. 6 PM, COPPER ROCKET PUB, $5 COVER INCLUDES BBQ DINNER
SUBVERSIVE SUNDAYS Weekly menu and drink specials. Come early as they sell out fast. STARDUST VIDEO & COFFEE, 10 AM-3 PM, FREE
AUDUBON PARK COMMUNITY MARKET Stock up on organic produce, freshly prepared foods and handmade goods from local artists. 6 PM-10 PM, STARDUST VIDEO AND COFFEE, FREE
BARTENDER TRIVIA CLEAR PONG
Beer pong with $100 prize every week. $6 Jack Daniels, $5 premiums, $4 Drinks, $3 Jeremiah Sweet Tea, $2
LOW DOUGH MONDAYS $1 dollar off everything! $1 PBR and $2 domestics from 7 pm-11 pm. 7 PM, WILL’S PUB, FREE
MELLOW MUSHROOM HAPPY HOUR Monday throught Friday from 4-6 pm and 8 pm until close. Happy hour deals on wells, domestics and craft brews. 4 PM, MELLOW MUSHROOM, E COLONIAL AND WINTER PARK LOCATIONS, FREE
6:30 PM, HAMBURGER MARY’S, FREE
HIDEAWAY'S CURTIS EARTH TRIVIA This weekly “brain strain,” as they call it, gives you the chance to win $50 in prizes. $7 large pitchers and great food! 8 PM, THE HIDEAWAY, FREE
PINT NIGHT Drink a pint, keep the glass! 5 PM, MELLOW MUSHROOM, E COLONIAL DRIVE, FREE
8:30 PM, MELLOW MUSHROOM, E COLONIAL DRIVE, FREE
TACO TUESDAY $2 tacos, margaritas, Coronas and tequila shots from 2 pm until 2 am every Tuesday. 2 PM, WALL STREET CANTINA, FREE
7 PM, PIPER’S, DOWNTOWN ORLANDO, FREE
TIED UP TUESDAYS “Wild night of leather.” $2 Bud and Bud Lights all night. Come in leather and get a $1 off of all other drinks. 5 PM-2 AM, STONEWALL BAR, FREE
TORN UP TUESDAYS
2-4-TUESDAYS 2-4-1 Hurricanes, 2-4-1 domestic drafts and ½ off select appetizers. 4–10 PM, PAT O’BRIEN’S, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CITYWALK, FREE
9 PM, STARDUST LOUNGE, FREE
GAME NIGHT WITH CLEAR PONG It’s like beer bong, only better! Open pool tables and cornhole.$10. SHOTSKI’S FOOD AND DRINK, FREE
..25 cent beers, from 9pm-11pm, $3 jager shots and lemon drops all night . 9 PM, CENTRAL STATION ROCK BAR, FREE
LOCALS ONLY NEIGHBORHOOD APPRECIATION Kids 11 and under eat free with an adult; five-beer buckets of Presidente for $10 all day. 6 PM-8 PM, GRAFFITI JUNKTION, THORNTON PARK, FREE
TIN TUESDAY $1.50 tin cans all night. 7 PM, SPORTSTOWN, FREE-
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6 PM, COPPER ROCKET PUB, FREE
Live music by Soul Taxi. Kona beers of Hawaii-$3 and Red-Stripe and Red Stripe Light-$126.96.36.199 pitcher of beer and ten wings. 10 PM - 2 AM, WAITIKI, WALL STREET, FREE
Chiller’s famous frozen drinks all night long for only $1. 9 PM, CHILLERS, FREE
Hosted by Tattooed Bill; Local artists, live painting and music; Presidente Special: 5 for $10 buckets Presidente and Presidente Light all day. 7 PM, GRAFFITI JUNKTION, THORNTON PARK, FREE
You give $1 and the bar gives you a random beer. ALL DAY, LOADED HOG, FREE
$1 DRINK NIGHT
CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT $5 buy-in and we match the pot! Go home with cash in your pocket! SHOTSKI’S FOOD AND DRINK, FREE
CURTIS EARTH TRIVIA $2 16 oz. Narragansett Beer. 7 PM - 11 PM, ONE EYED JACKS, FREE
LADIES NIGHT $1 mixed drinks and $1 domestic beers. 6 PM, SMOKEY BONES, FREE
9 PM, COPPER ROCKET PUB, $3
NICKEL BEER NIGHT 5 PM-7:30 PM, BIG BELLY BREWERY, FREE
WAITIKI WEDNESDAY $2.50 Red Stripe and live reggae. 4-11 PM, WAITIKI, WALL STREET, FREE
WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY $20 All you can drink wine and appetizers. 5 PM-8 PM, URBAN FLATS, $20
BUCK WILD THURSDAYS College Night; $1 Bud Products, $3 UV cocktails and 2-for-1 Jager Bombs. 8 PM, HOWL AT THE MOON, COVER STARTS AT 8 PM
KARAOKE AND LADIES NIGHT SHOTSKI’S FOOD AND DRINK, FREE
LEGENDARY THURSDAYS Enjoy half off select appetizers with Heineken and Appleton drink specials. 8 PM-CLOSE, BOB MARLEY’S UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CITYWALK, $7
PINT NIGHT Drink a pint, keep the glass! 5 PM, MELLOW MUSHROOM, ALOMA AVE, FREE
YAPPY HOUR PARTY
3 PM-7 PM, TASTINGS, A WINE EXPERIENCE
DOLLAR DUMPSTER DIVE
FACTORY FRIDAY $5 Jager bombs. 5 PM-2 AM, STONEWALL NEIGHBORHOOD BAR, FREE
4 PM-7:30 PM, EMBER BAR AND RESTAURANT, FREE
RUMMAGE SALE & OPEN GAMES Community rummage sale with all proceeds benefitting Caden Epps. Drop off, 8 am - 12 pm; sale from 12 pm - 4 pm. Open games, including clear pong, cornhole, Connect Four, open pool tables, and Wii Sports, beginning at 4 pm. Live entertainment begins at 9:30 pm. SHOTSKI’S FOOD AND DRINK, FREE
CABARET DINNER SHOW W/ LEIGH SHANNON
8:30 PM, HAMBURGER MARY’S, FREE
8:30 PM, GRAFFITI JUNKTION, THORNTON PARK, FREE
POWER HOUR 3-4-1 drinks. 11:30 PM - 12:30 AM, LATITUDES, $5
SPIN SATURDAYS $6 Kettle One with VJ Jerome . 10 PM-2 AM, STONEWALL NEIGHBORHOOD BAR, WFREE
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Lyrica Brix Fusion Ultra Lounge The Clubhouse Element
BABY GRANDS, Dueling Piano Bar, 54 W Church St., Suite 250 BOSS, Upscale Bar, 39 W. Pine St. (old Element nightclub) DEJA VU, Ultra Lounge and Nightclub, 17 W. Pine St. (old Voyage) FIFTY BREWS, 875 Woodbury Rd, Suite 108 (old Fusion Ultra Lounge) HEAT, Nightclub and Restaurant, 55 W. Church St. MOJOS, Cajun Bar and Grill,129 W. Church St. PRIME TIME, Sportsbar, 100 E. Pine St. (old Clubhouse location) STIGMA TATTOO BAR, Bar, tattoo parlor & pole-dancing lessons, 17 S. Orange nge e Ave A Ave. ve. TOUCH, Upscale interactive touchscreen bar, 55 W. Church St. VAIN. Nightclub, 22 S. Magnolia Avenue (old Lyrica) WORLD OF BEER DR. PHILLIPS, 7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Suite 300 WORLD OF BEER UCF, 3402 Technological Ave., Suite 201
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8 p.m., The Social, $13-$15
The Felice Brothers, Adam Haworth Stephens
Wolf Parade @ The Social
Jarrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title) w/ guest Tarek Kasmi 4 p.m., BackBooth, $10
Strike Anywhere, The Flatliners, The Menzingers, Go Rydell 6 p.m., BackBooth, $10-$12
6 p.m., The Social, $12-$14
Four Year Strong, w/ Wonder Years, American Fangs, & Mountain Man
Sevendust with 10 Years, Aranda, & A New Revolution 7 p.m., House of Blues, $25-$27
The Cult, The Black Ryder 7 p.m., Hard Rock Live, $25-$40
Wolf Parade 8 p.m., The Social, $20-$22
9 p.m., The Social, $12-$15
The New Mastersounds
Eugene Snowden and Liberation 44 9 p.m., Copper Rocket Pub, $5
1999: Tribute To Prince 9 p.m., The Social, $10
Atreyu, Blessthefall, Chiodos, Architects UK, Endless Hallway 6 p.m., House of Blues, $18.25-$21.25
Sevendust @ House of Blues
Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf 8 p.m., Firestone Live, $17-$22
The Cult @ Hard Rock Live
States (feat. members of Copeland), Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England, Mat Musto 6:30 p.m., The Social, $10
Bring Me The Horizon, August Burns Red, Emarosa, Polar Bear Club, This is Hell 5:30 p.m., Hard Rock Live, $17-$22
Lights 7 p.m., BackBooth, $12-$14
La Roux, Francis & The Lights, Sleazy McQueen 7 p.m., Hard Rock Live, $18-$20
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Robyn, Maluka, Natalia Kills 8 p.m., Firestone Live, $16-$20
Embark on the Day CD Release Party with Tiger Weather & Stockholm $10-$12 -andMaps & Atlases $12 7 p.m., BackBooth
Jarrod Gorbel @ BackBooth
6 p.m., The Social, $26-$28
Dashboard Confessional Swiss Army Romance 10th Anniversary Tour
All Time Low, A Rocket To The Moon, City Comma State, Before You Exit 7 p.m., The Social, $16
Minus the Bear 8 p.m., Firestone Live, $17-$20
Minus The Bear @ Firestone Live
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6 p.m. House of Blues $37-$39
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8 p.m. Firestone Live $20-$25
Apocalyptica 7:30 p.m., House of Blues, $20-$23
6:30 p.m., House of Blues, $14.25-$17.25
Balance and Composure
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Attack, Attack! w/ Emmure, Pierce the Veil, Of Mice & Men, The Goo Goo Dolls In Fear & Faith @ Firestone Live @ House of Blues
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Meg & Dia, Joey Ryan, The Spring Standard 7 p.m., The Social, $10-$12
Social Distortion @ House of Blues
Motion City Soundtrack & Say Anything w/ Saves The Day & A Great Big Pile of Leaves 5:30 p.m., House of Blues, $23.25-$27.25
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Social Distortion w/ Lucero & Frank Turner 6 p.m., House of Blues, $28.25-$53.25
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LEFT OF CENTER O By Kyle Raker
rlando is blessed with a diverse local music scene. While most of the big crowds go out to see better-known touring acts, some of our talented local bands are overlooked. Featured below are some of the local acts I think are worth checking out.
THE PAUSES (Indie) Listen if you like: Rilo Kiley, Metric, Built To Spill The Pauses recently finished recording a new album with J Robbins at Magpie Cage. If that studio name rings a bell for you, then this is definitely a band you should check out. This band, fronted by Tierney Tough (that’s her real last name, not a moniker she was given for being less-than-a-pleasure to deal with), has a distinctly 90s indie-rock, Kim Deal-esque sound. The Pauses are a hard-working band, and they recently fundraised for and self-released their new album. Few bands in Orlando have that kind of gumption or work ethic, and I find it refreshing.
GATORFACE (Punk) Listen if you like: The Descendents, the Ramones, the Adolescents Gatorface – a band that consists of former members of Orlando punk bands New Mexican Disaster Squad and Polluted Youth, and current members of VRGNS, None More Black and No Friends – have all the makings of a punk-rock super group. Many people have preconceived notions about punk rock and think it’s just loud, fast, loose and simple; when Gatorface play, they invalidate those prejudices. They play loud, they play fast and they do it with precision. This is especially true of the band’s rhythm section: bassist Alex Goldfarb and drummer Richard Minino, who have been playing in bands together for more than 10 years. Gatorface lean toward pop punk rather than hardcore punk, but they don’t sugarcoat things to the point where they run the risk of estranging fans of harder stuff.
BANANAFISH (Indie, Folk) Listen if you like: Neil Young, Sun Kil Moon, Nick Drake When I asked Travis Reed of Bananafish to describe their music to me, he said it, “sounds like a garden on fire while the sun sets in obtuse purples.” He also described their genre as “symphonic mood swing.” I’ll be honest – I have no clue what any of that means. In 11/16 Ba my words? They sound like they could be the soundtrack for some ckBooth epic scene in a John Wayne movie, but they don’t sound overtly cowboy-ish. wbo boyy-is ish. h. They have a dark, distinctly American vibe to their music, and when n they play live the they heyy bu buil build ild d drama using vocal harmonies. In fact, they’re one of the few bands ds in Orlando that I’d say even has drama in their songs. MYSPACE.COM/APERFECTDAYFORBANANAFISH
HOT HANDS (Noise Pop) Listen if you like: The Ettes, Das Wanderlust, Cheap Time Hot Hands is Jeffery Howard on guitar and Kristin Messina on drums. What you might notice missing from this group, on paper at least, is a bassist. What you realize when you see them perform live, though, is that the chemistry these two have onstage makes up for it. Their music could be summed up as rock & roll and left at that – and really, in its most elemental form, that’s what it is – but the individual talents of Howard and Messina make Hot Hands unique. Howard coaxes sounds from his guitar that go way beyond mere strumming, and Messina beats the piss out of her drums. Hot Hands give the audience an experience much grander than what people usually get when they watch two people on a stage, going through the motions. MYSPACE.COM/HOTHANDSBAND
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(8:00 til Close) Shock Harp Top
Thursday 2 4 1 Stoli Nite - 9:00 til close
All Stoli Drinks 2 For 1
Monday - Wednesday PINTS YUENG OF LING
2625 Edgewater Dr. in College Park!
www.ScruffyMurphysOrlando.com November 2010
Photos: Jeff McNaughton
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