Seven After 7

By Jordan Randall
Photography by Dan Austin


When it’s getting late and you’re stomach is growling, there are better options than just hitting the same old drive-through line.


205 E Main St | Open Monday through Thursday until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 5 p.m.

The Black and Brew on Main street across from Munn Park is a staple to downtown Lakeland. And while a lot of small businesses/coffee shops typically close their doors by 4 or 5 p.m., Black and Brew is the bistro that keeps on bumpin’. They’re open until 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. So the next time you’re craving one of their signature salads or a refreshing turkey & brie sandwich for dinner, stop on by this Lakeland favorite.


2101 Florida Ave  | Open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 9p.m

In no time at all it seems, LoveBird has made an extensive impact on the food scene in Lakeland. Serving up an incredible abundance of Nashville Hot Chicken every day and garnering an audience of more than 4,000 followers on Instagram, people come through for the chicken, but stay for the good vibes. Here’s the thing about LoveBird— it’s impossible to just go once. Once you get your hands on their Bird & the Bee sandwich, or their So Gouda Mac & Cheese, you’ll be back with all your favorite people.


640 E. Main St | Open Monday through Thursday until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m., and Sunday until 8 p.m

Quickly establishing itself as one of Lakeland’s must-stops in the last few years, The Joinery has a little bit of everything to keep you satisfied. Whether you’re looking for a great bowl of ramen from Sabu, a sushi burrito from Āto, or just want to sit down and have a few drinks at the bar, there are plenty of options within the Joinery to keep you coming back for more. You have until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday to get there, but on Friday and Saturday you can sit back and enjoy until 11 p.m.


1221 S. Florida Ave. | Open Sunday through Thursday until 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday until midnight

It’s hard to think of a better vibe than a late night hang at Cob & Pen. If you’re out with friends and find yourself looking for a place to have good food, drinks, and conversation, then you’ve found your spot. If it’s a Monday, jump into a game of trivia and order the ultimate fries for a good time. Or go ahead and try their legendary fish & chips — you won’t regret it. Cob & Pen is open Sunday through Thursday until 11 p.m. and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, so your late night cravings can be met.


5147 US Hwy. 98 S. | Open Sunday through Saturday until midnight

Gator’s Dockside is a family-friendly sports bar that is perfect for your late night family outing. Craving wings? Their signature wings are a fan favorite. And if you’re feeling adventurous, just know they don’t call it Gator’s Dockside for nothing. Their menu is stacked with gator-based dishes like gator taters, gator nachos, gator tail and more. They’re open until midnight  every night, so you’ve got plenty of time to stop by.


1515 Town Center Dr. | Open Sun.-Thurs. until midnight and Fri.-Sat. until 2 a.m.

Picture this: it’s Friday night around 10 p.m. and you just got out of a movie at Lakeside Village. You ate your weight in popcorn, but of course, you’re hungry for real food. Where can you go? The Brass Tap is here for you when no one else is. Perfect for a late night draft and a good old burger and fries, this stop is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. Friday through Saturday. And it’s right on Town Center Drive, so it’s just a short walk away if you’re leaving the movies or closing out a night of shopping. 


101 E. Memorial Blvd. | Open Sunday through Saturday until 4 a.m

Say it’s late. Let’s go with 2 a.m. Maybe even 3? You’re driving back home from out of town and you’re just too hungry to make anything in your kitchen. You need someplace to stop real quick— Salem’s Fresh Eats off Memorial has got your back. Open from 10 a.m. until a whopping 4 a.m. every single day of the week, Salem’s is able to provide you with quick dine in or drive through options like a good gyro, philly cheesesteak, or fish & shrimp. When everything else is closed, Salem’s isn’t.