Drink, Dance and Chill at Orbit 19 in Holiday

Published on 8 March 2013 in Business
Julie Kanehl (author)

Julie Kanehl


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You may not realize this, but right next to Universal Fine Wine & Spirits in Holiday is the hottest bar in town. We’re talking a jaw dropping atmosphere with hipster flair, DJs, live music, couches and lounge chairs, a pool table, cool people and over 250 brands of liquor, wine and beer all in one place. From the outside, Orbit 19 is pretty much a blank slate, a mystery, and for years I know I drove right by. Those days are over, my friend, because Orbit 19 is where it’s at. Located at 1542 US Hwy 19 in Holiday, its otherworldly feel takes you miles away from Pasco County and straight into orbit.

It’s not just me that seems to think so either. Orbit 19, which was built from the ground-up and is owned by the same family that opened Universal Fine Wine & Spirits in 2003, has been winning awards for its unique bar experience for years. In fact, Creative Loafing has given Orbit 19 a few of their coveted “Best of the Bay” awards in categories such as Best Kept Secret, Best Night Life in Pasco and Best Pickup Spot.

Rob Janevski, who is the owner of Universal Fine Wine & Spirits, says, “A lot of people who have come to the store for years have no idea that we have a lounge. When they see it they all say, ‘This isn’t at all what I expected!’"

Dadia Janevska, Manager and Events Director at Orbit 19, has created an upscale bar environment that caters to a clientele who prefer premium well drinks and top shelf liquor to the cheap stuff. Behind the simple façade, Orbit 19 is classy, eclectic and, frankly, a whole lot of fun.

Rob says, “[Orbit 19] is a laid back kind of lounge where people can sit, drink and socialize.”

The reviews for Orbit 19 are pretty stellar, and many of their regulars can’t stop raving about it.

Stephen Hnilica said, “This is one incredible place.

Jillian Crawford said, “…Best place in Florida!”

One customer wrote, “Best bar in the area. The only place I can get a real drink. Cute and nice bartenders. Cool doorman. Great DJs and bands. Chill place with really nice people. My favorite hang out on this side of the Bay,” in an online review.

If you’re looking for a cool drink and a chill time, Orbit 19 is the place. There are daily drink specials not only every day, but every night! Orbit 19 is open from 1 p.m. –2 a.m., so that’s technically two specials a day, depending on how long you’re staying.

Their website says, “We serve only brand name spirits (250 types), including our premium rail selections, quality wines and fresh organic ingredients in cocktails, martinis, and shots. Nineteen beers (mostly craft) are available on tap, and we have over 75 bottled beers for your pleasure.”

 

Izzy and the Catastrophics is one of many popular bands that regularly play at Orbit 19. Others are Jacuzzi Boys, Pale Face & The Stick Martin Show.

Izzy and the Catastrophics is one of many popular bands that regularly play at Orbit 19. Others are Jacuzzi Boys, Pale Face & The Stick Martin Show.

 

Orbit 19 is “Extraordinarily Eclectic”

Orbit 19 is more than just an amazing place to hang out and drink some of the best martinis and import drafts in the bay, it’s a great place to come for weekly events. There’s always something awesome happening for the 21+ crowd, and unless it’s a special event, there’s never any cover charge to get in the door for a good time.

Orbit 19 has a packed calendar that is always revolving; $2 pints of select imports and select beer on tap are the special on Mondays, which also are Open Mic Nights, where local musicians come out to jam with the crowd. In fact, Stick Martin, a popular local musician, runs Open Mic Night at Orbit 19. It’s always a good time!

Open Mic Night is just one of the many entertainment nights that Orbit 19 has lined up. Nearly every Friday, they have upcoming bands come in to perform. Bands like: Izzy and the Catastrophics; Jacuzzi Boys and Paleface have performed recently.

Every Thursday night is known as Vintage Youth at Orbit 19; from 9 p.m.–2 a.m., VJ (yes, that’s video-jockey) Jason Barco keeps the night flowing with music and videos from modern rock/postpunk/ new wave/80s/other eclectic genres. Thursday also features $2 select Kraft bottled beer specials.

Saturday nights are known as Vinyl Lotion (spinning strictly vinyl records); purist DJ D-VOLV plays everything from Underground Mash-Up to Trip-Hop in a smorgasbord of awesomeness ensuring that your Saturday night at Orbit 19 will at least drink and sound like a night to remember! The rest may be up to you! Regardless of what night you come, the music is playin’, the drinks are on, and the crowd is having a blast.

During the holidays Orbit 19 hosts amazing 21+ parties that have people talking for weeks, tagging their FB pictures, and looking forward to the next big event. Orbit 19 is known for going all out; for example, for Valentine’s Day they had a huge Valentine’s Day party with a great band, a $1000 prize to the winner of their annual Miss Orbit 19 Pin Up Girl Contest, a chance to win a weekend getaway, and some sultry Burlesque dancers. Just before Valentine’s Day, Orbit 19 was cloaked in red for their Chinese New Year bash featuring local Burlesque Queen Vita DeVoid who performed a fire breathing dragon act. Just to sum up: There is always something spacey and wild happening at Orbit 19!

One customer described Orbit 19 saying, “Best bar in town. Great prices. Hot bartenders. It’s like an Austin Powers movie up in here!”

Book a Private Event at the Hottest Spot in Town!

Orbit 19 is the perfect place to go for a birthday party, a bachelor or bachelorette party, an engagement party, whatever––because it’s a great night whatever night you come. It’s swanky, unique and always changing. The best part is they’re always open until 2 a.m.! If you want to book a private or semi-private party at Orbit 19, that is always an option too.

 

 

Rob said, “We hold private parties at the back of the lounge, rope everything off and assign private bartenders to the party. We are really flexible and Dadia is really great at customizing the right kind of party for your group.” He adds, “While we don’t serve food here, we have relationships with a lot of restaurants in the area, so if you are looking for food at your party, we can work it out.”

Whatever the occasion, be it a Tuesday night or a special occasion, Orbit 19 is touted as the hottest spot on this side of the bay. With their amazing hours, premium liquors, and dedicated and experienced staff, Orbit 19 is definitely the next destination for your night out.

Orbit 19 Lounge is located at 1542 U.S. Hwy 19 N in Holiday right next door to Universal Fine Wine & Spirits. They are open 365 days a year from 1 p.m.–2 a.m., and can be reached at (727) 937-8330. For more information check out www.orbit19lounge.com, or “like” them on Facebook for updates and announcements.

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  • Izzy and the Catastrophics is one of many popular bands that regularly play at Orbit 19. Others are Jacuzzi Boys, Pale Face & The Stick Martin Show.
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