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Church Street StationFall/Winter 08-09
After many triumphs and tribulations, Orlando’s Church Street Station proves it is a leading attraction.
Church Street Station started as a downtown entertainment concept in 1972 by Bob Snow, and, less than a decade later, grew into the fourth-largest tourist attraction in the state behind Disney, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens. Though several pitfalls and many attempts at a comeback stalled, the area’s current line-up of restaurants, bars and lounges are igniting a new life into the downtown hotspot.
The Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House is one fun saloon! Located in the heart of downtown Orlando on the corner of Church Street and Garland, the Cheyenne Saloon stands three levels full of fresh and unique entertainment, all with a view of the first floor stage and dance floor. Enjoy five fabulous bars, Cody’s Barbeque Restaurant, roulette, craps, black jack, poker, pool tables, line dancing, or just hanging out.
There is always something fun to do at the Cheyenne Saloon! The music is great; “Unbridled and Remixed” with a DJ spinning a bit of everything: a little bit country, some great 80’s, Top 40, Rock n’ Roll, and everything in between.
Guests are also treated to the overwhelming beauty and history of the Saloon and Opera House. Made up from pieces of the past, 250,000 square feet of golden oak lumber can be rooted back to a century-old barn in Ohio, and three chandeliers are from Beer Baron, Joseph E. Schlitz’ St. Louis Home. Other focal points are the incredible stained-glass dome above the horseshoe-shaped dance floor and the artistic Remington-inspired stained-glass windows on the third floor.
Cruise downtown for a night of unprecedented partying, drinking, dancing, and dining in the place where legends were born and history continues to be made.
Just down the street from the Cheyenne Saloon sits a very friendly and very fiery burger joint, Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille. Though their hamburger is “to die for,” Hamburger Mary’s offers a wide range of appetizers, entrées, desserts, and themed drinks.
True to Church Street’s famous bar scene, Brick & Fire Pizza and Wine Co. features the only underground wine cellar in Orlando. The antique bar and cellar houses over 3,000 bottles of wine and has a cocktail menu featuring 20 specialty drinks and martinis, including some absinthe-based cocktails.
Never forgetting its rich past, Church Street Station continues to create a fresh and exciting present sure to secure their reign back at the top of Orlando’s favorite attractions.