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Annual Manual 2016: Downtown

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Far from being just businesspeople by day and sloshers come nightfall, Orlando's downtown district is full of fine dining, fine arts and culture centered around Lake Eola's fountain.person

PERSON

Named as a James Beard Award Foundation semifinalist this year for the third time since 2013, chef Kathleen Blake of the Rusty Spoon has set the bar for fine dining in the CBD, and was one of the first in town to incorporate local ingredients throughout the menu and cocktail list.

The Rusty Spoon, 55 W. Church St., 407-401-8811, therustyspoon.comEVENT

EVENT

Pack up a bottle of water, BYOM (bring your own mat) and get your savasana on Sundays at 11 a.m. for Yoga in Lake Eola Park at the northeast corner near Panera Bread. A $5 suggested donation keeps the event going week after week.

Yoga In Lake Eola Park, northeast corner of Lake Eola Park, facebook.com/yogainlakeeolapark event

EVENT

Think the city's dead when City's playing away? Try again. Orlando City Soccer Club's official watch parties rotate between the seven bars at Wall Street Plaza, Harry Buffalo and Elixir, all with $3 Heineken specials and lots and lots of purple.

Wall Street Plaza, 407-849-0471, wallstplaza.net Elixir, 9 W. Washington St., 407-985-3507 Harry Buffalo, 129 W. Church St., 407-422-6656, harrybuffalo.com

RESTAURANT

There aren't many places in this town these days where you can get a cocktail for less than a Hamilton, but the all-day happy hour at Artisan's Table is a mainstay. Score $5 cocktails all day like the Artisan Mule or a mean whiskey punch.

Artisan's Table, 22 E. Pine St., 407-730-7499, artisanstableorlando.com

BUILDING

Don't just admire the neoclassical edifice of the Orange County Regional History Center, walk around the side and take a look at the grand mural that graces the east wall and gives a snapshot of some the county's most recognizable symbols.

Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., 407-836-8500, thehistorycenter.org

GALLERY

You can't miss the green and red historic Rogers Building that houses the Gallery at Avalon Island, a hub of Central Florida arts where local and national artists exhibit sculpture, paintings, pho- tography and other media. Plus, film, music and literary events pepper the schedule.

Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave., avalongallery.org

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