Orbit 19 Lounge – Good Vibes, Good Times!
Seated at the bar in the center of a dimly lit Orbit 19 Lounge in Holiday, FL, co-owner Dadia Janevska takes a sip of her favorite drink, Summer’s Long Lost Love. A perfect blend of fresh cucumber, ginger, mint, Hendrick’s Gin and St. Germaine liqueur, the drink represents Dadia’s time in France and how her world travels mixed with her family history of 40 years in the liquor and wine business landed her at Orbit 19. The lounge is connected to Universal Fine Wine and Spirits liquor store, operated by her brother Rob. Dadia JanEvska and Rob JanEvski co-own Orbit 19 Lounge and Univeral Fine Wine and Spirits.
The location has won multiple “Best of the Bay” awards from Creative Loafing and rightly so, with 250 different types of liquor. If they don’t have what you want, they’ll bring it over from next door. They also have 19 different beers on tap. For those who don’t drink alcohol, there are cappuccinos and espresso.
The lounge has something for everyone––music to live comedians, specials and events every night, burlesque shows and themed parties throughout the year. The age group of the patrons ranges from 21 to about 65 years old.
Dadia’s passion is music, fashion, food, and most of all...cocktails! “We cater to anything from DJs to bands,” said Dadia. They have DJs and VJs during the week and live bands on Friday nights. “I like to find new up-andcoming bands,” said Dadia. “We take pride in not only bringing in the best local talent, but national acts.”
Some noteworthy bands that have played at Orbit 19 are: a national surf rock group that formed in Auburn, AL called Man Or Astro-Man?; an American indie/neo-psych band called Sons of Hippies from Sarasota; surf/rock band Beach Day from Hollywood, FL; Clearwater’s The Stick Martin Show; a rockabilly band, the Psycho Devilles, from Atlanta, GA; and a western swing band called the Cadillac Bombers from New Port Richey, amongst others. “The music ranges from ska to punk to rock n roll to surf… electric… it varies,” said Dadia. She continues on, “blues, rockabilly, soul and funk.”
They have nationally known DJs as well, including DJ Jask, DJ Three and DJ Monk. Dadia points out the entertainment in the room, complete with a pool table, darts, pinball machine and foosball. The bar is complete with a jukebox that looks like a giant iPod where people can pick songs from iTunes. There is one thing missing from the music selection. “No country or heavy metal,” said Dadia. “Because it just distorts the vibe.”
Orbit 19 Specials
The lounge has specials every night. Mondays are open mic with Stick Martin and $2 import drafts. Wednesday they have Soul House Radio with DJ Lyndon and $3 premium vodka drinks. Thursday is Vintage Youth with VJ Jason Barco playing music videos and $2 kraft beers. “I spelled kraft with a “K”… that’s just kinda our quirkiness,” said Dadia. Saturdays they are starting “SO WHAT CHA WANT?” with DJ Fader playing old school hip hop and mash up, featuring $3 rum cocktails.
On Sundays they have 2-4-1 Bloody Marys and Mimosas all day and night (1 p.m. to 2 a.m.).
“It’s the kind of place you can bring your mother, your daughter,” said Dadia. They’ve had wedding receptions and bachelorette parties, and have a good group of regulars. As Dadia sits at the bar her patrons come up and give her a hug, displaying the strong sense of community at Orbit 19. Most of the staff has worked there for a long time, and there is not a high turnover. “I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful staff that takes pride in what they serve and where they work,” said Dadia.
If you are looking for a gayfriendly, environmentally conscious establishment, Orbit 19 is your place. “It’s very cosmopolitan,” said Dadia. “It’s more than a lounge. It’s an escape. It makes you feel like you’re in NYC, LA, Chicago.”
Orbit 19 has a lot of events planned for the month of December and the upcoming holidays. The SuperVillains, a reggae band from Orlando, are playing on Thanksgiving Eve. The Stick Martin Show featuring the full band kicks off the first Friday of December on the 6th, followed by Shoeless Soul, a jazzy, reggae band from Dunedin, FL on Friday, December 13th. December 20th is Tampa Bay’s popular jam/funk band, Cope. The Friday after Christmas, on December 27th, is GERI X, an indie-folk band from St. Petersburg.
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve they are hosting special karaoke nights. They are special because it’s something Dadia doesn’t usually do, but she has received plenty of requests for it. They are calling the events “Shout it Out With GLEE!” – a special Holiday Karaoke series with KJ Rick Conti. Seasonal winter ales will be available on tap.
Complimentary wasabi peanuts and organic hickory-smoked almonds are served upon request. As far as shots, there are many unique and fun blends such as the bottle rocket, a tall citrus shot garnished with an orange. “We garnish almost everything we have,” said Dadia.
Universal Fine Wine & Spirits and the attached Orbit 19 lounge are open 365 days a year no matter what. “We never close down; if there’s a hurricane, tropical storm, you name it - WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN!” said Dadia. Orbit 19 Lounge hours are 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Universal Fine Wine and Spirits is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The venue recently upgraded to a brand new sound system complete with Meyer Speakers. “Most of the shows are free,” said Dadia. “Every once in a blue moon, there is a small cover but usually only when there is a big name act playing and sometimes... not even then.
Dadia has high hopes for 2014 including an organic tapas menu and an outdoor area with more beer choices.
“It’s not your typical lounge next to a liquor store,” said Dadia. “It’s the best kept secret!”
Orbit 19 is located at 1542 US 19 N in Holiday. Visit online at www.orbit19lounge.com for additional information.