A ‘Big World’ of Wine Bars in Orlando

iStock_000010993531XSmallOrlando is the amusement park mecca of America, with Disney and Universal operating multiple parks and others offering dozens of stand-alone attractions.

Fortunately, when wine drinkers need a break from all the “excitement,” three outstanding wine bars offer a relaxing vinous respite…

1. Eola Wine Company

Designed to be a place where people could hang out with friends and share some laughs… not to mention good wine. It offers more than 70 wines by the glass, as well as creative wine flights. An assortment of flatbreads, cheeses, charcuterie, appetizers and desserts complement the wines, and there even are craft beers for the non-wine inclined.

Two locations: 430 East Central Blvd., Orlando, 407-481-9100; and 136 Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-9103.

2. Funky Monkey Wine Company

“Stylish yet unconventional.” That’s how this wine bar’s website describes the vibe and vision of Funky Monkey, which offers Asian-influenced dishes to complement its selection of wines. The Stuffed Avocado, for instance, is like none you’ve ever tasted, filled with spicy ahi tuna, cream cheese, spicy mayo, masago, sriracha and eel sauce. The focus is on fresh ingredients, essential for a menu so heavy on sushi. Wine dinners are held regularly.

Two locations: 912 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, 407-427-1447; 9101 International Dr., Orlando, 407-418-9463.

3. The Wine Room

For those who want to sample a lot of wines, this is the place to go. It offers more than 150 choices in 1-oz., 2.5-oz. and 5-oz. pour sizes, along with an array of artisan cheeses, flatbreads, wraps, small plates and sweets.

270 S. Park Ave., Winter Haven, 407-696-9463.

Check out one of these wine bars after your visit to the Magic Kingdom, and it just may help you get that “Small World” song out of your head.

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