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Nice bars Orlando area

Icantread Sep 30, 2008 01:09 PM

Looking for a nice place with good, well mixed cocktails (Daiquiris without sour mix, bitters in the manhattan, real old fashioneds as well as interesting new creations). I'm thinking maybe Manuel's on 28th, Peabody or Grand Bohemian. I've never been to any of those but figure a nice bar would be in keeping with the feel of those places. Any recommendations?

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    Scott Joseph Sep 30, 2008 05:50 PM

    Manuel's on the 28th does not have a bar -- Harvey's Bistro on the ground floor (Harvey's on the First?) does but it's not what you're looking for.
    Neither is Peabody. Truly a disappointing bar experience -- no atmosphere.
    But the Bohemian? No there's a bar. And Ivy is a fabulous bartender. Friendly, knowing and fun. And the elegance of the Bosendorfer Lounge is, I think, just what you're looking for. most evenings there is someone playing the Bosendorfer piano in the rotunda just off the bar.

    Cheers,
    Scott
    www.scottjosephorlando.com

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      beteez Sep 30, 2008 07:59 PM

      Primo has some neat cocktails with a lot of house made mixers.

    2. Icantread Oct 1, 2008 07:57 AM

      thank you both for the info. I'm making it to Disney and the Food and Wine this weekend and am hoping to sneak off just once. (I went to food and wine in 06 and was sorely disappointed)

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        keysdax Oct 1, 2008 09:54 AM

        One of my favorites is Il Mulino - their specialty drinks are very good
        http://www.swandolphin.com/ilmulino/m...

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        starbucksbrew Oct 2, 2008 01:09 PM

        Grand Bohemian
        Kres
        Blue Martini

        1. Icantread Oct 2, 2008 03:44 PM

          Thank you for your input everybody. Definitely going to try to hit up Grand Bohemian as my wife and I have wanted to see the hotel for some time and Il Mulino is second on the list, partly for convenience. Kres looks very nice but I doubt I'll make it over there. Don't know about Blue Martini, we have one in Miami that is all scene and horrible additive filled cloying cocktails. Even if this one is good, I won't go by association. Given some exploratory time, I'll report back on my findings.

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