People Are Going "M.A.D." For This Innovative Art Bar Experience In Orlando

People Are Going "M.A.D." For This Innovative Art Bar Experience In Orlando

And you will be, too!


M.A.D as in, Music, Art, Drinks, of course.

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this new art bar experience in Hunter's Creek is the COOLEST THING EVER. M.A.D is an evening of guided painting, top-of-the-line drinks, and great music. And gosh, I had the best time.


So M.A.D is basically an adult painting class, but in the most relaxed environment, I've ever experienced. You basically come in, sit down at a paint station, and a local artist instructs you through an original painting, all while enjoying drinks and music!

The event is only $25 for your canvas, the supplies and paint you use, and the drinks you sample. I went for their Valentines-themed event, "M.A.D Love," where they were offering glasses of Scavi & Ray, the number-one prosecco in the world, apparently, alongside a rosé, Moscato and other romantically-themed wines that you could enjoy while you painted. I felt so elegant and also, bouji af.

But this particular M.A.D event was hosted at the Tavern in Hunter's Creek, so there was also a full bar available with all of the Tavern's regular craft and specialty drinks. Plus a food truck. And you absolutely cannot go wrong with a food truck.


The artist leading the class was a local abstract artist and art instructor, Michelle Melendez who was so incredibly encouraging and fun throughout the whole night. She was so sweet with helping each person through each step while staying incredibly motivating and reminding the class that "art is art," and "everybody's won't look the same, but that's the best part!" She's the kind of cool girl that I'd want to be friends with but was never cool enough to actually be friends with.

Plus this girl was magic, actual magic. If anyone messed up, she'd come over with paper towels and her fingers-- yes, her fingers!-- and somehow fix the whole mess. Dude beside me accidentally smudged his yellow sunset with navy blue paint, Michelle came over and used her already paint-covered hands and fixed the whole thing. Sorcery.


Throwback music played throughout the night while we painted and live music followed. The event seemed to be mostly attended by regulars, so the environment was warm and friendly and SO relaxed. The idea of going to a painting-class-type-thing was alluring, but I was pleasantly surprised by the laid back atmosphere that made the whole event comforting and genuinely fun. The event lasted almost three hours too, so there was plenty of time to paint without feeling rushed. And in the end, I actually liked my final product!

Showing my boyfriend my finished masterpiece.

So if you're feeling a little "M.A.D," you should definitely book yourself a spot for the next painting sesh here. Invite your friends! Let's all pretend we know how to paint while secretly only being there for the drinks.

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