Special Issues » Drink

Matador closing, two new(ish) wine bars open

One of downtown's coolest bars is moving out, 111 Wine and Champagne Bar has moved in and Quantum Leap Winery brings tasting room to Mills corridor



The Matador is closing

You may have heard the rumors that the Matador, one of our favorite downtown watering holes, is closing. Sadly, it's true. Co-owner Jon Davis confirmed on Facebook this week: "The Matador downtown is leaving at the end of this month. (Not our fault!) But plan on relocating in a different area that makes more sense. Eight years of hard work/fun at this location! Let's blow out these last few days downtown and thank you to all our fans and employees for a great run! We will be back!"

Bid farewell to the old Matador with a roast taking place at the bar on Wednesday, Nov. 28 (9 p.m., 56 E. Pine St.), then sit tight while we wait to hear when and where the new Matador will spring up. We think it would make a nice addition to the collection of awesome bars that call Mills 50 home.

Wine sellers

Two new (ish) concept bars focusing on wine are up and running in Orlando. First, there's Quantum Leap Wine Winery (1312 Wilfred Drive) near the intersection of Mills Avenue and Virginia Drive has transformed a warehouse space into a sleek, modern wine-tasting room. Quantum Leap doesn't own a vineyard – rather, the owners have partnered with producers from various wine regions to bring their products to Orlando customers. Quantum Leap has limited hours – 2-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday – but the space is also open by appointment.

The owners of Uptown Park Wine Bar in Baldwin Park have opened 111 Wine and Champagne Bar at 111 E. Washington St. In addition to wine and beer, the menu has an impressive list of bubbles – proseccos, cavas, sparkling wines, champagnes – and the prices range from affordably delicious ($9 splits of select sparkling or prosecco) to the deliciously decadent ($700 bottle of Angel, anyone?).


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.