Orbit 19/Universal Fine Wine & Spirits Review from East Lake Neighborhood News

April 17th, 2012

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits / Orbit 19 Lounge – Take the Party Home or Satiate Your Thirst for Fun and Meet New People at Orbit 19!

Published on 4 April 2012 in Dining
Amy Paterson (author)
Location(s): Universal Fine Wine & Spirits / Orbit 19 Lounge
The Orbit 19 Lounge is great for a night - premium drinks made with organic ingredients, live entertainment, open mic, VJ, DJ & more!The Orbit 19 Lounge is great for a night – premium drinks made with organic ingredients, live entertainment, open mic, VJ, DJ & more!

Whether you are stocking your liquor cabinet, preparing for a big party, seeking the perfect wine to complement dinner or just looking for some fun, you’ll find satisfaction locally at Universal Fine Wine & Spirits or right next door at the ultra-cool Orbit 19 Lounge. Both establishments are open 365 days a year!

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits, located at 1542 US HWY 19 N in Holiday, embodies everything one could hope for in a package store. There is an ample selection of beer, wine, liquor and mixers at competitive prices. Universal also offers online ordering on their website, www.UniversalFWS.com. Ordering online is made convenient on the user-friendly web page that is designed perfectly for easy navigation so that your order will be placed efficiently and all orders, large or small, are dealt with promptly and proficiently for your satisfaction.

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits

Adjoined to the choice liquor store is Orbit 19 Lounge, where you are sure to find yourself in good spirits. Orbit 19 Lounge has been open since 2003 and this May will celebrate its 9th anniversary. In the years since it opened, Orbit 19 Lounge has won many awards for its excellence. Some of these awards include Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay for Best Pick-Up Bar, Best Kept Secret, Best Break-Up Spot, and runner up for Best Pinellas Neighborhood Bar and Best Martini. Tampa Bay Times named Orbit 19 as one of the top places in Tampa Bay for a cocktail. Orbit 19 is operated by Dadia Janevska along with her quality staff, many of whom have been with Dadia since day one. The bartenders are super friendly and professional.

Upon entering Orbit 19, guests are greeted by a doorman who sets the precedence with a friendly smile. As you make your way inside to find your seat either at the orbicular bar or at one of the private high-top tables, you will find a comfortable spot to suit you; the lounge area back by the foosball and pool tables is perfect for socializing in groups, as there is a couch, modern orbit chairs and side tables. The ambience is set to perfection with track lighting throughout that is dimmed to just the right amount to set the mood. The décor is modernretro throughout the immaculate cocktail lounge which creates a very hip vibe. Dadia has perfected the fashion- forward aesthetic of this place magnificently, from the brilliantly custom- painted walls to the leg lamps behind the bar.

All of Orbit 19’s cocktails are made with brand name liquors; even the wells are premium! You will experience mixology at its finest, as all of the bartenders at Orbit 19 are experts in the art of making the perfect cocktail, created with organic ingredients. There are 19 martinis and 19 shots to choose from on the specialty drink menu, or you can stick to what you know and order your favorite go-to cocktail of choice. Besides making fantastic cocktails, Orbit 19 has a vast selection of beer and wine to choose from. A great beer selection is available on tap and in the bottles, from imported to domestic. And for those of you beer connoisseurs out there, there is a tempting selection of microbrewed Craft beer available.

Ask your bartender about specials or visit them online for a complete list of daily and nightly drink specials at www.Orbit19Lounge.com. Sundays are my favorites because of the 2-4-1 Mimosas and Bloody Marys, which happen to be Dadia’s famous recipe that she has been mixing up for the past 20 years now! Hands down, the best Bloody Mary I have ever had.

Great Drink Specials & Great Music

I can honestly say that during all my years in this area, this is one of my favorite spots to go for a cocktail and a good time. I love the eclectic mix of people that the lounge seems to draw in. Everyone has a place here, regardless of whether you are looking for relax and unwind, or cut loose and celebrate. Dancing isn’t required but definitely encouraged, which brings me to my next point-of-interest, the music line-up.

Besides expert mixologists, a pleasing atmosphere, and the best drinks around, Orbit 19 also offers an eclectic mix of entertainment throughout the week. The music changes nightly to suit everyone’s taste. Monday nights are Open Mic with Stick Martin and $2 import draft specials from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; all comedians and musicians welcome! Wednesday nights are Underground UK and Dubstep with VJ Lord Fader. Thursdays are Vintage Youth with VJ Jason Barco: Vintage Youth is a night of post-punk, modern rock, new wave, garage rock and other eclectic genres. Friday nights are for Live Music anywhere from Rockabilly to 60s Surf, Garage to Rock-n-Roll. Saturdays feature purist DJ D-Volv spinning strictly vinyl alongside special guests with his signature Vinyl Lotion: Underground Hip-Hop. Sundays and Tuesdays are low-key nights where you can select jukebox favorites.

Happy Hour is daily from 1- 8 p.m. – perfect for “martini lunches” – with all festivities starting at 9 p.m.

Orbit 19 Lounge has all the amenities to attract a great crowd and keep them coming back for more. “Every day we have a new regular,” says Dadia. “All of our customers leave as happy as they came in, and often times happier.”

Orbit 19 is known for its themed holiday parties and festive decorations. Each holiday brings about a reason to celebrate, and Dadia and her staff go all out to make sure each is unique and unlike any other before. Natasha, a regular patron of Orbit 19 says, “I love attending parties at Orbit 19. I love the atmosphere they create. It is always a good time!”

Bob said, “There is always a high level of positivity in here. It’s an energy vortex of sorts. I really draw from this place for creative stimulation.”

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits has exceptional prices, a magnificent selection, great hours, and a helpful, friendly staff. And the Orbit 19 Lounge is perfect if you are in the mood for a night out or a daytime escape, and it provides an excellent venue for parties.

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits and the Orbit 19 Lounge are conveniently located in Holiday and both are open 365 days a year!

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits and the Orbit 19 Lounge are conveniently located in Holiday and both are open 365 days a year!

Universal Fine Wine & Spirits and the Orbit 19 Lounge are located at 1542 US HWY 19 N in Holiday and both are open 365 days a year! Universal Fine Wine & Spirits is open Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 2 a.m., and Sun., from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Please visit www.UniversalFWS.com for additional information or for online ordering, or call (727) 937-8330. Orbit 19 Lounge is open daily from 1 p.m. – 2 a.m. Please visit www.Orbit19Lounge.com or for the latest news and specials.


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