Last night, we launched a new series on IGTV called “Have a Drink With” where every Thursday night at 7 p.m., I’ll be sitting down to have a beer with Orlandoans who really help make Orlando, Orlando.
First up is Mary McGinn, co-owner of The Nook in the Milk District, craft beer connoisseur, and big cheerleader of The City Beautiful. We talked about her favorite beer on tap right now, her first job in Orlando, and we played a quick game of This or That where I rapid-fire asked her which Orlando thing she preferred most. Lucky for you, I doubled up on the question-asking and saved these just for you in the newsletter. There’s something about Mary, guys. 👇
What’s your favorite part about your job? I love that I get to support friends and peers in the local beer industry by purchasing their products to sell in my bar.
Where are the three places you’d take an out-of-town guest? I'd definitely take them on a little tour of The Milk District. I might be a little biased, but it's my favorite neighborhood. We'd definitely have a few rounds at The Nook on Robinson and either hit A La Cart, Pom Pom's, Mx Taco, or Stasios for some food before grabbing some more bevs from Sideward Brewing.
What’s your favorite hidden gem in our city? I love love love Dickson Azalea Park. It's a stunning, foliage-filled wonderland in the heart of downtown Orlando right off Washington between the Milk District and Thornton Park. Right now the azaleas are in full bloom and it's straight up magic.
What’s the best advice you ever got from someone about living in Orlando? Disney isn't Orlando.
Name five Orlando people or orgs everyone should know. Shumaker Art, Orlando Pop-up Movie Services, Exodus United, & Mo'mo Lynn.
Who should we interview next? Mariah Lynn. She's a legendary local blues singer and is an event coordinator for the Dr. Phillips Center. She specializes in community events.
Wanna know what Mary’s favorite local beer is? How she got her start in the brewing industry years ago? What local celeb she wants to share a drink with? Head to our IG to watch last night’s LIVE with her.