Magic Sea­son

Where Orlando - - Where Now Orlando -

Led by star for­ward Aaron Gor­don, cen­ter Nikola Vuče­vić and guard El­frid Payton, the Or­lando Magic NBA team faces off against ri­vals Mi­ami Heat, Los An­ge­les Lak­ers and Cleve­land Cava­liers at their home court in Down­town Or­lando. Since its found­ing in 1989, no­table NBA stars such as Shaquille O’Neal, Pa­trick Ewing, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis have played for the club. With new head coach Frank Vo­gel, the fran­chise looks to get back into the post­sea­son for the first time since 2012. Reg­u­larly sched­uled home games are through April at the Amway Cen­ter in Down­town Or­lando’s en­ter­tain­ment dis­trict. The ul­ti­mate fan- cave, this deluxe sports bar sits har­bor-side at Univer­sal Ci­tyWalk and spe­cial­izes in a unique sports- din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with game- chang­ing food and fun. The menu lineup is a win­ning se­lec­tion of meal-wor­thy ap­pe­tiz­ers, grilled en­trees, burg­ers and seafood. Plus, 100 HDTV screens stream con­stant sports cov­er­age. 6000 Univer­sal Blvd., 407.224.4233, www. uni­ver­sa­lor­


Amer­i­can pub cui­sine, sports en­ter­tain­ment and shop­ping are all packed into this fan’s par­adise. Watch games on 100 TVs in­clud­ing a 108-square-foot video wall while chomp­ing on dishes like the pub na­chos, crispy fried Florida pink shrimp or ten­der bour­bon and ale-braised short ribs. 2101 Epcot Re­sorts Blvd., 407.939.5277, www. dis­ney­world.dis­ney. This grownup ar­cade sports more than 200 games in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from clas­sics to ad­vanced sim­u­la­tors. Pair play­ing with tons of TVs, happy hour spe­cials and a full menu of burg­ers, steaks, seafood, pasta and sal­ads. 8986 In­ter­na­tional Drive, 407.541.3300, www. dav­e­and­


This bar and restau­rant at I- Drive 360 taps dozens of draft beers rang­ing from ob­scure to tra­di­tional. Fans love catch­ing the game from stools at the cen­ter bar or from a booth while dig­ging into a gourmet pub grub. 8367 In­ter­na­tional Drive, 407.351.8220, www.yard­

For clas­sic com­pe­ti­tion and gourmet din­ing, head to this I- Drive hotspot that’s a one-stop shop for fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment. Go bowl­ing or play ping-pong, pool or shuf­fle­board while the game plays on any of the 60 giant HDTVs. Plus, craft bev­er­ages an up­scale menu. 8255 S. In­ter­na­tional Drive, 407.363.0200, www.king­sor­


it with a tav­ern fare. 7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd., 407.355.3315; 431 E. Cen­tral Blvd.; 3402 Tech­no­log­i­cal Ave.,


The na­tional chain loved by loyal fans has more than a dozen Or­lando-area lo­ca­tions and of­fers a wide se­lec­tion of beer. Friends love shar­ing an or­der of their world-fa­mous zingers. 8963 In­ter­na­tional Drive, 407.370.6688; www. miller­sale­


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