A Singles’ Guide to Orlando

Are you single and looking for places to explore on your own or socialize with other Central Florida singles? When it comes to attractions and activities in Orlando, it’s no surprise that the city’s famed array of theme parks steal the show.

This city is well-known for Universal Studios, Disney World, Sea World, and many other attractions that draw tourists from all around the globe. But while theme parks might be the main draw for Orlando, it’s not the city’s only appeal. Its many districts and neighborhoods are full of exciting bars, restaurants, shops, and other activities to experience.

If you’re looking for new places to visit, hang out with other unattached individuals, or simply unwind, consider the following Central Florida areas and hotspots:

Church Street District in Downtown Orlando

In the heart of downtown Orlando lies Church Street District, a fusion of southern simplicity and urban life. This Central Florida gem is home to Church Street Station and features restaurants, bars, professional sports, live entertainment, theater, the Amway Center, and a vibrant nightlife.

Church Street Bars

Church Street is a famous nighttime entertainment hub that features a variety of ornate bars with a variety of excellent beer, wine, and cocktail selections.

When you’re visiting this famous Orlando landmark, be sure to stop by Mathers Social Gathering. Singles can mingle together in the rustic yet stylish and classy hideaway while enjoying boutique spirits and seasonal fruits.

Latitudes, a relaxed rooftop bar in Orlando with a well-known playlist, has the perfect tropical atmosphere where singles can relax and party year-round. Set against the backdrop of the Central Florida sky, this rooftop bar is the largest in Orlando and the host to many exciting and thrifty events, including:

  • White Claw Wednesday: Dubbed “Orlando’s #1 Midweek Happy Hour” with unlimited White Claw and Barefoot wine
  • Situation Sundays: Featuring $4 Pinnacle, $7 doubles, $3 Coronas and Bud Lights, and no cover charge for 21+
  • Saturday Power Hour: 3-4-1 drinks available between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. and $3 Bud Light and 2-4-1 Pinnacle all night
  • Friday Happy Hour: 3-4-1 drinks from 4 to 9 p.m.

Church Street Restaurants

Church Street’s many fantastic dining options are worth ditching the plus one and heading out to breakfast/brunch, lunch, or dinner solo. Artisan’s Table creatively matches globally-inspired dishes with drinks and cocktails to satisfy your tastebuds. Plus, their spacious dining room has a welcoming, warm, eclectic, and modern vibe that appeals to young singles.

Church Street Attractions & Activities

Boredom is rare in Church Street District, thanks to a rich variety of attractions and things to do. You can sneak out of the house and step into Beacham‘s lively and bright venue. Be sure to get there early and secure a spot near the stage to fully enjoy some great lights and soothing sounds.

Additionally, Church Street Station is great for historians looking to travel down memory lane. It’s also an excellent place to find adventure and get a thrill with a spine-tingling experience in the home of real spirits at American Ghost Adventures.

The Milk District in Orlando

The Milk District is located east of downtown. It’s a commercial hub that consists of various communities of entrepreneurs and artists. Named after its roots as a dairy farm started by T.G. Lee in 1925, the once twenty acres of wide-open pasture roamed by cows used for milking, is now a bustling scene of residential homes, businesses, culture, recreation, and entertainment.

Milk District Bars

Hey party-goers! The Milk District is for you if you’re looking to have a good time. The Nook on Robinson is a small, tucked-away place for singles looking to grab burgers and cold beers. The servers here are always helpful and friendly.

Sportstown Billiards attracts many game lovers in the form of electric, bar, and board. Play a game and celebrate your wins with a craft beer, choosing from their selection of over 250 different types within the categories of Amber Ales, Lagers, Barley Wine, Chocolate Stouts, and more. Bring your canine companion to this dog-friendly neighborhood bar and make it an experience with your furry best friend.

Be a guest of the Guesthouse and indulge in their selection of excellent cocktails. Also, every day during Happy Hour between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. they slash their prices by half, so be sure to seize the opportunity to save some money while still enjoying yourself.

Milk District Restaurants

Gringos Locos is the place to be for fresh, never frozen, cooked-to-perfection meats. Their jalapeños, tomatoes, and other farm produce are always fresh.

Pig Floyds is another excellent choice for meat-lovers where you can enjoy freshly-sourced pork. Other delicious delicacies include tacos, sandwiches, and salads. If you’re unable to swing by in person, it’s not a problem. You can also order your dish online and have it delivered directly to your place.

Lastly, Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria is an excellent restaurant for lovers of handcrafted tea. As you sip their flavored tea and delight your taste buds, their selection of creative works from talented local artists will delight your soul.

Milk District Attractions & Activities

The Plaza Live is a great venue that incorporates music, live performances, and other entertainment events for a memorable singles night out.

Orlando’s College Park Neighborhood

Three miles northwest of downtown Orlando is College Park, another hub of unique and enjoyable attractions. College Park gets its name from its many roads boasting the namesakes of prestigious higher learning institutions, like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. It’s a quiet area offering the feel of suburban life coupled with the convenience of city-living. You can access its various restaurants, shops, and bars mostly by foot, as it’s largely walkable, safe, and community-centric.

College Park Bars

College Park offers an assortment of bars from hipster hangouts to upscale lounges to local dives. Spend your evening hours with a signature drink at M Bar, one of Orlando’s finest rooftop bars. Additionally, your group of singles can also be a part of nightly and daily happy hour events at Graffiti Junktion in College Park. Lastly, remember to stop by Ollie’s Public House, a down-to-earth pub with plenty of sandwiches and drinks.

College Park Restaurants

The College Park area offers singles a wide variety of cocktail and dining experiences. From quick bites to elegant dining, you’ll find the cuisine and atmosphere that fits your personality and lifestyle.

For some real Italian cooking, try Armando’s, pairing your pizza or pasta with a glass of wine. They offer indoor and outdoor seating so that you can choose your dining experience.

While the College Park landscape is burgeoning and many buildings are getting a facelift, Christo’s Café is a little sit-down that remains untouched, offering familiarity and an appreciated quaintness. If you have a sweet tooth, stick around for dessert and indulge in a freshly baked carrot or coconut cake for under $3.

If you want to experience the taste of a homemade meal without the preparation and time spent in the kitchen, visit Shakers American Café. Their menu includes various omelets, grits, sandwiches, salads, soups, quiches, and even grilled muffins and cinnamon buns. They also offer a Keto breakfast bowl for those following a more healthful diet.

College Park Attractions & Activities

Science enthusiasts should visit the Orlando Science Center, a hands-on science museum with great programs and exhibits. The attractions change regularly, so there’s always something new to see. Animal lovers can take part in their NatureWorks exhibit, viewing live animals in their various habitats, including fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.

Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village

Ivanhoe Village, situated north of downtown Orlando, is famous for its boutiques, galleries, and beautiful landscapes. Take a bike ride through the indie-inspired neighborhood, featuring art and retro shopping, including a vintage record store.

Ivanhoe Village Bars

Craft cocktail scenes have become more prevalent in recent years in Ivanhoe Village. Ivanhoe Park Brewing, an independent company that brews craft beers, can also stir and shake up an excellent cocktail for singles wanting to try a unique and well-made drink.

The Hammered Lamb provides excellent drinks, bar food, and a beautiful view of Lake Ivanhoe from the comfort of their patio.

The Lucky Lure is a nautical-themed pub that makes you feel like you’re at the beach, sitting by the ocean with the open-air breezes filtering through their wall of windows on one side. They serve all beers in a can with a coozie by request.

Ivanhoe Village Restaurants

There are many restaurants in Ivanhoe Village where singles can dine alone or with a group of friends or family. Santiago’s Bodega provides patrons with a mix of food, culture, and community at its tapas-style dining establishment. Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” is the inspiration behind this unique and inviting venture that got its start in Key West.

For breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, head over to White Wolf Café and enjoy its charming delicacies. This gourmet bistro started in 1991 as an antique store. Named after the shop’s furry fixture Casper, a white German shepherd, the restaurant has changed over the years but stays committed to its roots and the community. Create an à la carte breakfast or try one of their signature flatbreads.

Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe is a great place for upscale casual dining. Enjoy your meal and a fantastic view of the water. Also, take advantage of their Happy Hour specials available Sunday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ivanhoe Village Attractions & Activities

Ivanhoe Village has lots of fun-filled activities and attractions to satisfy or re-ignite your independent spirit.

If you’re the artsy type, Orlando Museum of Art has diverse programs that’ll be sure to encourage your creativity, promote your philosophical thought processes, and spark conversations. In addition, the museum hosts several events throughout the year, including those seasonally themed like the Festival of Trees and Art in Bloom.

Loch Haven Park is the region’s primary cultural park. Nestled between Lakes Estelle, Rowena, and Formosa, it’s home to the Orlando Ballet and Shakespeare Theater.

You can also visit Epic Paddle Adventures with a group of friends or your canine companions to explore the waters by paddleboard or kayak. They have beginner lessons and sunset and night glow tours.

Audubon Park Garden District

Situated at Corrine Drive and East Winter Park Road in Orlando, this award-winning dining and shopping district dates back to the 1950s and 60s. Since that time, it’s grown into the perfect mix of vintage shops, bakeries, music, books, boutiques, cafes, coffee shops, and other businesses and attractions. As a result, there’s never a lack of things to do or events happening in this Central Florida neighborhood.

Audubon Park Garden District Bars

This neighborhood offers endless nightlife adventures.

An idea that started in 2005 with Brent Hernandez, a man who knows and loves his craft beers, Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour has an eclectic and diversified selection of craft products for those who want to enlighten their taste buds. This bar offers a Citizen Program for newbies to the craft beer scene. You’ll take an exam after completing three passport booklets exposing you to and educating you on 100 beers to receive the honorary title of being a citizen of Redlight Redlight and partaking in any accompanying privileges.

Redlight Redlight reminds its patrons that this learning experience is not a race to the finish line, and you should always drink responsibly.

Audubon Park Garden District Restaurants

Thanks to the many restaurants in Audubon Park Garden, single foodies can make this place their home. Restaurant atmospheres range from your casual and inviting mom-and-pop eateries to fine dining. Depending on your mood, occasion, or cravings, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your palate and longing for a suitable and desirable experience.

Bikes Beans & Bordeaux is a contemporary neighborhood café that serves savory fare with a cycling flair. Its laid-back environment makes it easy to simply enjoy your own company or connect with others who share your passion for healthy living and community.

You can also visit this establishment every last Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. for monthly beer tastings or every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. for wine specials paired with $7 flatbreads and appetizers. Additionally, this eatery is taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19 by requiring masks before and after dining or drinking and providing curbside pickup and delivery, per the website. It also offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

Audubon Park Garden District Attractions & Activities

Audubon Park Garden has a rich community market and many specialty shops where you can get a unique gift for yourself or someone else.

Every Monday night, you can visit the Audubon Park Community Market to enjoy plenty of beer, music, and food. It also has homegrown meats and produce for purchase if you prefer local, organic foods for meal planning.

Music lovers can head over to Park Ave CDs, an establishment that supports the Central Florida music community. Stay up-to-date on the latest albums or invest in vinyls and accessories.

The Hourglass District

To the northeast of Lancaster Park at Bumby and Curry Ford, you’ll find the Hourglass District. It’s modern, chic, and pedestrian-friendly. The Hourglass District gives off a unique local-centric vibe that makes you feel part of the community. It currently has plans for development if you’re looking to make this Orlando region your new home.

Hourglass District Bars

While the Hourglass District is home to many bars eager for your business, Hourglass Brewing is one of the area’s most popular choices. Almost every week, this trendy bar releases a new, creatively brewed beer. Try their latest creations and join fellow singles at the brewery’s regular events and yoga sessions.

The Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub stocks enough traditional Irish wines and beers for everyone. Clap along with live, traditional Irish music as you enjoy their delicious food and cozy atmosphere. For those of you with skills, showcase your darting prowess at their dart-game area and raise a pint with new friends.

Hourglass District Restaurants

Be sure to sample some of the best foods in the Hourglass District. Among the many restaurants here, the Hourglass Social House stands out as the prime location to find excellent dining options, including Leguminati (vegan eatery), Tamale Co. (Mexican cuisine), and Foxtail Coffee Co. (quick service bar).

The Hourglass District is also home to Pizza Bruno, a delicious pizzeria that delights both locals and visitors. Discover this hidden gem that infuses passion, creativity, and tradition in every pie it makes.

Hourglass District Attractions & Activities

The Hourglass District has a variety of activities and attractions to keep you busy and distracted from everyday stressors (e.g., work, school, etc.). A great place to start is Hourglass Park. The lush, open fields will provide you with peace of mind to help you feel far from the busyness of the city.

Creative Village in Downtown Orlando

You can find Orlando’s Creative Village in the heart of downtown on a 68-acre site that used to be home to the Amway Arena. The idea for this region is that it becomes a conglomeration of uses for commercial and residential spaces, mixed incomes, students and professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs, higher and core learning and education, and a hub for visitors and tourists.

Creative Village Restaurants & Bars

Creative Village invites you to experience a plethora of bars and restaurants, all in one convenient place.

The Monroe Orlando should be your first stop where you can hit up both a coffee and a cocktail bar. Coffee service runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with cocktails available from 5 to 10 p.m. Happy Hour happens Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Have a cup of coffee or a cocktail with your lunch or dinner selection and mingle in the lounge, a splendid social gathering scene.

Creative Village Attractions & Activities

The Creative Village District has no shortage of beautiful scenery to admire and activities to join.

The Bob Carr Theatre is a performing arts center that’s been around in the Central Florida area since 1926. It’s home to many musical and cultural or theatrical events and hosts a yearly Orlando Broadway Series. If you love classical tunes, you can also visit this long standing theatre to see the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra perform.

Orlando Sporting Events & More

Orlando is home to various sporting events for those looking for some game-day action. For the ideal experience, be sure to register as a member at Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit event management organization that hosts various games and events, many of which take place at Camping World Stadium.

You can watch football games up close and personal, including significant bowl games like the Citrus Bowl, the Cheez-It Bowl, and a Florida rivalry game called the Florida Classic. Also, you can catch Orlando Magic basketball games at The Amway Center and soccer games at the Exploria Stadium, home to the Orlando City Soccer Club. Bounce House is the home stadium for the University of Central Florida (UCF) football games.

If you’re unable to attend a game in person, you won’t be left behind. There are many watch parties throughout Orlando for these sporting events.

Wrap Up

The wide range of drinks, foods, activities, and attractions makes Orlando one of the best cities for singles to visit alone or with a group of friends or family members. If you call Orlando your home, you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy all that the Central Florida region has to offer before singlehood bids you goodbye.

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