Perhaps you’ve heard of Orlando’s Church Street. This dining and entertainment district just east of the forthcoming Amway Center and west of Orange Avenue has gone through a series of hay days over the past few decades but has recently experienced a renaissance that looks like it might stick. And with the new arena opening in just a few months, even more Orlando visitors and residents are going be paying this social spot a visit.
Church Street Station technically refers to the buildings just west of the train tracks, but locals have come to know Church Street for its great bars and restaurants between Orange Avenue and Garland Avenue. There are about a half dozen great eateries with choices in the casual and upscale variety. Kres Chophouse and Ceviche can both be described as sophisticated and classy while Hamburger Mary’s and Brick and Fire Pizza are of more laid back and diner-esque. For sushi lovers, Amura is one of the best spots in Orlando. And of course, plan to skip dessert at your chosen dinner spot and head to The Dessert Lady for your after-dinner sweet treat instead. Expect mile-high slices of cake enjoyed with fine wine in an artsy, whimsical locale.
From thumping nightclubs to classy martini lounges to rooftop keg parties, Church Street has several nightlife options. Antigua and Mako’s are all very clubby and attract a twenty-something crowd looking to bump and grind all night on the packed dance floor. Latitudes ,Big Belly, and Chillers are also pretty rowdy but have much less of a club vibe. If you just want to sit and have s drink in a nice space, head to the Flamenco Room at Ceviche or Club 23.
Parking at Church Street couldn’t be any easier with a handy valet right in front of Kres plus parking lots and garages on all sides. Obviously, the district really lights up on the weekends but it’s still a nice spot to visit on quieter weeknights too.