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Orlando Nightlife Scene Offers a Diverse Mix of Hot Spots.

Orlando Night Life

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Even after theme parks close, Orlando nightlife keeps the action going with everything from hotel bars to swinging dance clubs. The four main areas of night time activity center on Downtown Disney, Disney's Pleasure Island, Universal Studios CityWalk, and downtown Orlando's Orange Avenue. Disney certainly knows how to throw a party, as visitors will agree after visiting the House of Blues, Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba, and Comedy Warehouse. Universal, too, packs frolickers into nightclubs like Bob Marley and the Latin Quarter. The Social, a live music club, and Tabu, a dance club, shake up downtown Orlando and appeal to professionals, locals, and tourists alike. Plus, downtown's SAK Comedy Club draws rave reviews for its stand-up and improv shows. Many resorts and hotels boast top-notch bars and lounges of their own and make for an ideal night, as proven by glitzy Top of the Palace Lounge on the 27th floor of the Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa. Other hip possibilities include Houston's in Winter Park and Bahama Breeze on famed International Drive.

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Orlando Nightlife Provides Cool and Eclectic Options

Orlando’s thriving nightlife owes as much of its success to the region’s theme parks and attractions as it does to the local DJ and music scenes that emerged during the past two decades. Visitors can hang out in cool lounges that play the latest in underground sounds, drink a pint at a laid-back pub and check out a live concert featuring national acts or dance to (nearly) dawn at one of Orlando’s mega clubs.

Downtown Orlando and Thornton Park

Tabu Orlando night club

With an abundance of nightclubs, restaurants and bars, downtown Orlando nightlife comes alive at night with the sights and sounds of a young, vibrant metropolis. Much of the action is centered along Orange Avenue—which runs directly through downtown—but dozens of hotspots are also clustered along its intersections with Church Street, Magnolia Street, Central Boulevard and Pine Street.

Orlando was among just a handful of U.S. cities to develop its own underground DJ and dance music scene parallel to the U.K. during the late-’80s and early-’90s, helping shape its world-class nightlife well into this decade. Club Firestone, long considered downtown’s epicenter for all things house and techno, has been hosting globally known DJs and dance acts for more than 15 years. Clubs Icon and Tabu also provide that “big city” dance experience with all the expected trappings. For those who still want to dance, but are seeking other options, there’s Independent Bar, which features ‘80s alternative, ’90s indie and post-modern sounds. Downtown also features numerous bars and lounges that provide DJ-supplied soundtracks or live bands in a more intimate setting.

For established national indie acts or local bands that may soon be household names, check out The Social or The BackBooth. Sky60, a rooftop bar with South Beach-style, offers great views of the Orlando skyline while listening to down-tempo beats. The Bösendorfer Lounge, located in the artsy Grand Bohemian Hotel, provides an elegant setting to sip martinis or a glass of wine. Room 3 Nine is the place to “see and be seen” when looking for hip, casual fun in a relaxed, lounge-style atmosphere. Those seeking a more laidback approach to nightlife will enjoy The Lodge. Modeled after a ski-resort, it offers a cozy environment to relax and listen to live music.

Wall Street Plaza on Orange Avenue features a multitude of bars, each with a different flavor. Wall Street Cantina offers outdoor seating for a relaxing place to have a cocktail, listen to music and people watch. Live music events are also held during Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick’s Day each year. Dance it up in the attached One-Eyed Jacks, featuring an oversized bar and a stage for brave music lovers to step up and dance.

Just next door, the Loaded Hog provides an intimate setting with small two-person booths. Across the plaza, The Globe is a relaxed coffee shop serving unique appetizers and authentic sushi. From The Globe, guests hear the music from neighboring Slingapours and Tuk Tuk, two attached nightclubs that alternate between nights with live music and a DJ spinning the latest in hip hop, house and techno. The Waitiki Retro Tiki Lounge offers island-style beverages and live music while Monkey Bar is a sleek martini bar with outdoor lounge chairs and a bird’s eye view of Wall Street Plaza.

On Church Street, the main attraction is a tri-level complex featuring different bars on each floor. On the ground floor, Chillers, which takes its name from the specialty frozen drinks with funky names it serves, features a DJ spinning the latest in Top 40 music. On the mid-level, Big Belly Brewery provides a laid-back atmosphere with big barrels of peanuts as bar food. Latitudes, a rooftop bar that often features live reggae music, boasts a great view of the Orlando skyline.

Located in the nearby trendy Thornton Park neighborhood, approximately one mile (1.6 kilometers) from the center of downtown, are hotspots Dexter’s, Grafitti Junction and Hue.

International Drive and Pointe Orlando

B.B. King’s Blues Club

By day, International Drive is a bustling street with not-to-be-missed attractions, shopping and restaurants. By night, the bright lights of I-Drive shine for an evening of vast entertainment options. Pointe Orlando, a large shopping and entertainment complex down the street from Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, is a one-stop shop for nighttime entertainment. Visitors can begin the evening at one of the many restaurants, such as The Capital Grille, followed by live music at the newly opened B.B. King’s Blues Club. Then, they can end the night at Icebar Orlando one of the trendiest nightclubs on I-Drive. Other nightlife options in the area include the dueling piano bar, Howl at the Moon Orlando and Destiny Nightclub. The Cricketers Arms, a relaxed pub featuring British fare with 17 beers on tap and nightly entertainment, and The Lucky Leprechaun Irish Pub offer the perfect option for those seeking nightlife with an international flare. Several other hot spots dot International Drive. Backstage at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, dubbed Orlando’s “original” dance club, features both live bands and DJs playing hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Bahama Breeze is a restaurant and bar with a large outdoor area that serves up an endless menu of tropical drinks and appetizers along with the sounds of steel drums.

Restaurant Row

Take a drive down Sand Lake Road and you’ll find more than 20 restaurants within one mile (1.6 kilometers), many of which feature live music. Timpano Italian Chophouse, Samba Room, Vines Grille & Wine Bar, Seasons 52 and Press 101 provide music and entertainment in an upscale environment.

The Mall at Millenia

Blue Martini at The Mall at Millenia is the perfect place for visitors to relax and enjoy a specialty drink and appetizer after a full day of shopping. The popular lounge offers both indoor and outdoor seating and live entertainment during the evenings.

Walt Disney World Resort

Orlando Night Life at Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba Orlando nightlife at House of Blues

 

Long after the theme parks have closed for the evening, the nightlife options at Walt Disney World are still going strong. At night, guests can club hop at Downtown Disney, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex with a big city feel in the heart of Walt Disney World.

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