Orlando’s rooftop bar that everyone is talking about.
How did you feel when you first arrived?
You will find the 18th floor at AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Downtown in the heart of Orlando. This covered area can be accessed through the lobby’s floor to ceiling windows. Downtown’s tall buildings, the performance art center, and the highways whizz by in all directions. It’s all very busy, with highways and overpasses whizzing in all directions. Open air views are available from three sides. There is a central bar with tall concrete columns and low-slung seating. This is the Orlando rooftop bar everyone is talking about, although technically it is not on the roof.
How does the crowd look like?
People are very excited to be here. This includes millennials who want to kick off a night on town (or end it), and hotel guests who have wandered in tired from long business days and were surprised to discover that downtown’s IT spot is just a few steps away from their hotel’s lobby. This is a great spot to stop before a downtown performance, concert or game. It also offers spectacular sunsets. This is a great spot for a nightcap with the bright lights below.
What should we drink?
Enjoy the cocktails. Brunch is a great time for bloody marys or cava mimosas. Singles can sit at a communal table by a fire pit. Mixing fresh herbs and berries with local Orlando craft beer, international bottles, and international wine lists (good by-the-glass options).
The food is the main event. We have the scoop on what to expect, and where you can find it.
Tapas-style small plates are the norm here. Avocado toast, Tortilla espanola and roasted cauliflower are all options, as is prosciutto and meatballs, unless you order a flat iron steak or hamburger. This is not the place to go for huge meals. This is a place to enjoy a great cocktail and nibbles, while enjoying the big city vibe of Orlando and taking in some cool views.
How did you get treated by the front-of house staff?
The staff at Marriott hotels are friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. The bar scene is busy so the service is quick but not slow.
What is the real reason we are coming to this place?
This is a great spot to impress your first date, to meet up with friends, or to enjoy sunset with them. This is a great place to stop by for a light meal or to end your night on the town.