Last Saturday night, I drove to Orlando’s Stardust Video and Coffee.
Originally, after hearing good things about the place, I intended a night reserved for The Smiling Bison. Yet, The Smiling Bison owns shitty parking. Because I couldn’t find a parking space, I drove to Stardust.
I started patronizing Stardust back in 1999. VHS tape rentals filled one room. That room is now a dining area.
From what I was told, DVDs are still rented, explaining why the word “video” still exists in the store’s name.
I always thought Stardust as a hipster joint. You might see a few. Yet, that wasn’t the vibe I caught that night. I witnessed mostly non-pretentious types enjoying each others company.
Stardust serves full liquor. At a bar counter, a friend sat next to me. As I drunk a three dollars and twenty cents Bud Light, my friend drunk a White Russian from a mason jar glass. I didn’t get the price for the White Russian.
Our bartender with blue hair was nice. I think her name was Christina.
On selves, used books are for sale.
Also, the place owns a photo booth.
A stage exists in the same dining room my friend and I were drinking.
In recent years, I rarely attend Stardust. This explains my used to seeing the stage in another room.
Now, instead of a stage, a bar counter is in that room.
From Monday to Friday, Stardust operates between 7 am to Midnight. Saturdays and Sundays, the hours are 8 am to Midnight. The location is 1842 East Winter Park Road. From Mills Avenue, I usually turn on Virginia to get there.
For those who enjoy bohemian spots, I recommend a night at Stardust Video and Coffee.