One of the most popular date options is dinner, drinks and a movie. Well, in Orlando, Florida, there are three places where you can do all of those things in one building.
Home to the Florida Film Festival, the Enzian kind of pioneered the whole dinner/drink/movie concept in Orlando.
The films shown include art house, indies, cult classics and plenty of first run movies that generally won’t show anywhere else in town.
The Enzian boasts a wide variety of food, ranging from burgers and sandwiches to salads and pizza. There’s also a good selection of wines and beers.
The Eden Bar at the Enzian is perfect for a pre- or after-movie visit with a full bar. There’s even a daily happy hour from 5pm-7pm.
[1300 South Orlando Ave; Maitland, FL 32751; 407-629-0054]
The Plaza Cinema
Located downtown, the Plaza Cinema shows first run movies, mostly, but usually dedicates at least one theater to indies or art house films. It also hosts various local and regional film festivals.
The menu offers burgers (including a really good chipotle black bean veggie burger), sandwiches, nachos, salads and sweet potato fries to nosh on.
Wash it all down with a decent selection of wines or beers (draft and bottle).
The bummer is since it’s downtown, you have to pay to park in the garage, but the cinema does validate for discounted parking up to 3 hours.
After the movie, any number of clubs and bars, including Wall Street Plaza and the Social, are a few blocks walk away.
[155 South Orange Avenue; Orlando, FL 32801]
With twenty theaters showing first-run blockbusters, you won’t have a problem finding something to see here at this AMC-affiliated theater.
The Cineplex is located right at the entrance to Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. And unfortunately being located at the theme park, you do have to pay the theme park prices to park if you go to a matinee. At night, however, the Universal Orlando parking garage only charges $3 (after 6pm).
Food is pretty much limited to what can be fried, like chicken strips, fries, etc. Oh and they do serve mini-pizzas, too. But you can get your drink on with draft beer, wine and a separate cocktail bar.
Still feel like partying after? The rest of CityWalk is right outside the theater, with a slew of bars and lounges, like the Red Coconut Club.
Save money by buying a combo CityWalk Party Pass before the movie. The Party Pass is a deal on its own, offering admission to all of the clubs for only $12. But for only $3 more, you can add on a movie admission.
[Universal Orlando CityWalk; 407-354-3374]
So next date night out, choose one of these fun options and only have to park the car once.
[Photos: Enzian, Plaza Cinema, Michelle Snow]