Tuesday, March 14, 2017
I went to a Star Wars theme night at The Woods, (49 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801) in the hopes of sketching a true to life intergalactic cantina scene. I assumed there would be aliens of every shape and form along with Wookies and the occasional Jedi knight. I arrived early and found a spot with a good view of the bar. Then I went downstairs to grab a burger for dinner.
Justin Levaughn created a specialty cocktail menu that was indeed out of this world. I ordered a Darth Vader and I watched as they ignited the creation and snuffed it out just before searching. This sinister drink had a kick and a subtle hint of cinnamon which might have been a hint that deep inside there might be a touch of good. The Princess Lea was pink and fruity. Of course I had to taste as many as possible to round out my experience. At 7pm Star Wars A New Hope lit up the large screen TV at the end of the bar. Bar tenders and patrons alike were transfixed as John Williams fan fair announced the beginning of the drama. Droid scattered and lasers flashed as the peaceful cruiser was engulfed by a huge Star cruiser. I didn't stay to watch the full film. I've seen it more times than I can count but it never looses its luster. The truly strange intergalactic crown was staggering around on Orange Avenue. One belligerent drunk was being escorted down the street by his buddies. I steered clear, because he was itching for a fight with any alien or droid in his path.