September 11, 2013 | Posted in:Happy Hours
Carmel Cafe & Wine bar presents a Mediterranean influenced menu with a casual and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy drinks or a meal with friends. Depending on the day of the week, there is something interesting going on. Luckily, we have their online calendar to guide us, and cheers to Carmel Cafe for keeping wine specials, dinner specials and happy hour specials up to date and well detailed.
The After 4 @ Carmel Happy Hour offers $4 specials on select wines, beers and drinks, along with some very nice small plate (appetizer) specials. If you would rather stick with one of your favorite wines off of the expansive wine list at Carmel, also offered in the After 4 @ Carmel promotion is $3 off 9oz pour, $2 off 6 oz pour and $1 off 3 oz pour. The bar and surrounding area has quickly filled on the evenings I’ve enjoyed After 4 @ Carmel.
The bar area offers nice seating options for small and large groups, I’ve been here with a solo friend, party of 3 and 4 as well as larger groups and have always had a wonderful experience with attentive service.
In the last few weeks I’ve popped in several times, exploring the well crafted drinks and the wines. Tuesday Trilogys are a fun way to expand your palate. The Tuesday only special offers three different pours of the same grape, from three different wine regions around the world. The three, 3oz glasses of wine are $10.00 and most certainly a nice way to sample your favorite grapes and discover some new favorites.
If a cocktail is more your speed, I tried both the Skinny Poma-tini and the Gingered Pear on the After 4 @ Carmel menu, both are very good. The Skinny Poma-tini is the natural choice for the cosmo fan and is a nicely balanced drink from the juice to vodka ratio. (Not too strong, not too sweet.) The Gingered Pear was a flavor packed and refreshing drink, a great transition drink for our summery fall season here in Central Florida. The rocks drinks had zingy flavors, with the pear smoothing out the gingery kick. Very refreshing and a wee bit too drinkable! (They went quickly.)
I sampled through all of the small plates offered and two were stand outs, I’d highly recommend ordering to share with a friend or two.
Carmel Cafe Winter Park
140 N Orlando Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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