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ORLANDO: Nightlife & Nightclubs

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An Intro to Orlando

Orlando, the city beautiful, is located in the central parts of Florida, USA. The total population of the metropolitan area of the city is around 2.5 million, thus making it the largest inland city of Florida and overall 4th largest city of the same state. The most famous landmark of the city is the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain, also known as “Lake Eola fountain”. The city is dubbed as the “The Theme Park Capital of the World” for all the right reasons.

Orlando at Night
Orlando at Night

Orlando is a paradise for tourists. In last year alone, some 75 million tourists visited “the city beautiful”. Walt Disney World is not only the most popular tourist attraction in Orlando but the best family attraction in the whole of Florida. This place is home to four parks, but the Magic Kingdom Park is the most epic one, all thanks to iconic Cinderella’s Castle standing at the center of the park. Other three parks also have great entertainment opportunities you should never miss, whenever you visit this great city.
Universal Theme Parks is another landmark in the city. This park is the first choice for those tourists striving for an interactive experience with the filmmaking industry. The theme park has some seven portions each dedicated to a film franchise. For science and upper space lovers, one day visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is no less than a blessing. Here you will learn how NASA (which is known as the most advanced space research organization in the world) carry out its operations.
For wildlife lovers, there is no other place better than Gatorland. This sanctuary is home to thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles and many of them are used for entertainment shows for visitors daily. For water sports lovers, Typhoon Lagoon is what they need right now. This park is Disney’s biggest and most popular water park in the heart of Orlando. Volcano Bay is another landmark for water sports lovers, and well known for the popular Aqua Coaster thrill ride.
For night owls, Orlando has all the ingredient to impress them. Some of the best bars, restaurants, and nightclubs of the USA are located in the city. The details of these bars, restaurants, and nightclubs can be found in the following sections.

The Nightlife of Orlando

Orlando has marvelous nightlife. It is rightly said, “the party never ends in Orlando”. Disney Springs, live music, nightclubs, bars, and much more. You’ll certainly not be lacking for choice anyway in this city because there is something for everyone. Let’s explore some of the opportunities available in ‘the city beautiful’ to spend a remember-able night.

The Nightlife of Orlando
The Nightlife of Orlando

Disney Springs

Disney Springs
Disney Springs

Located in Walt Disney World, Disney Springs is known as a premier entertainment district in all of Florida let alone the Orlando. There is no shortage of entertainment and recreational activities in Disney Springs. Some of these activities include dining, entertainment, shopping, and many other activities. Few of other activities to try for include Star Wars: Secrets of the empire, house of blues, the marketplace carousel, Paradiso 37 Entertainment, and theaters.

Theme Parks

Theme Parks
Theme Parks

If you want to spend quality nightlife in Orlando, there is no better place other than famous theme parks. There is a whole new world of entertainment in theme parks. Some of the activities include Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Gatorland, and Fun Spot America. You need a whole night to experience all these fun activities and probably one night is not enough to fully explore all these fun opportunities.

Watch a live show/concert

Watch a live show/concert
Watch a live show/concert

When we say Orlando is the center of entertainment activities in Florida, we mean it. Florida regularly hosts some of the worlds’ top shows. Therefore, when you are short of options on how to spend a night out in Orlando, book the latest show, concerts, and performances. Still not clear what to watch this night? You can watch live concerts at the house of blues, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, The Blue Man Group show that takes place at Universal CityWalk.

Orlando’s Brewery Scene

Orlando’s Brewery Scene
Orlando’s Brewery Scene

When you are planning to spend a remarkable night in Orlando, don’t miss to include the city’s local breweries in your list. Here the scene to visit breweries is not only for sipping some quality dirks but to avail the opportunity to see how these unique breweries are manufactured because the management of these facilities often arranges such tours as well. The friendly staff of these breweries also help you to find out which beer is best for you according to your taste. Some of the best breweries for this purpose include Dead Lizzard Brewing Co, Ocean Sun Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing Co, and Crooked Can Brewing Co.

Universal City Walk

Universal City Walk
Universal City Walk

Situated inside the famous Universal Orlando Resort, Universal CityWalk is to this resort as is Disney Springs to Walt Disney World. This is a whole complex for entertainment lovers. For chocolate lovers, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is the best place. For chicken likers, Savory Feast Kitchen is no less than a paradise. There are some special celebration events such as the St. Patrick’s Day event at Pat O’Brien’s. There is no shortage of other fun opportunities inside this land of awesomeness. Other attractions include Bob Marley, the groove, Hot dog hall of fame, and Vivo Italian Kitchen. These activities are just peanuts, there are many more surprises for you inside this giant entertainment complex.

Amway Center for game lovers

Amway Center for game lovers
Amway Center for game lovers

This sport and entertainment complex is the last thing you need if you have even the slightest of interest in gaming-related activities. Amway Center hosts two gaming seasons, the first one is The Orlando Magic (NBA), while the other one named as Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL). These seasons are very popular in local youth, so don’t forget to book tickets in advance for the best seats and to sport your favorite team and players. Though gaming is the main reason for its popularity, Amway Center also hosts some of the best concerts and entertainment shows in the city where not only local but well-known international artists perform regularly.

Best Bars in Orlando

The nightlife of Orlando is all about bars; fancy, up to date, and unique bars. Though the city has numerous opportunities to offer for night owls, some of these are mentioned in the above section but spending some quality time in bars is probably the first choice of this city residents. Orlando is not short of top quality bars, we’ll here provide a list of only the best bars in the city.

Aku Aku Tiki Bar

Aku Aku Tiki Bar
Aku Aku Tiki Bar

Located at 431 E Central Blvd, Orlando, this is an impeccably decorated tiki bar. The inside atmosphere of this bar is little dark and fancy, perfectly what you need to want more drink. The drinks here are wicked and comes in specially designed glasses. Drinks will give you real rum punch & are very strong, take you to another world. Do you like to be on Easter Island? The purple color drink will surely send you all the way to Easter Island. The staff of the bar is super friendly and drinks come to you in a short time. The drinks line-up consists of classic tiki, with main focus on high-quality cocktails. The stock of bar’s drinks consists of over 60 bottles and the cool mixers make sure you get well-mixed drinks only.

The Guesthouse

The Guesthouse
The Guesthouse

The first thing that will impress you at the Guesthouse bar is knowledgeable staff who create high standard cocktails. Don’t just stop at the quality cocktails only, the beer available here is just awesome and may impress you even more. When it comes to cocktails, you can choose from the eastern taste of Japanese origins to rare mezcals. In the separate parking lot attached to the main bar building, you can hosts parties and serve frozen drinks. The bar is located in the town of the city named Colonial Town North.

Hanson’s Shoe Repair

Hanson’s Shoe Repair
Hanson’s Shoe Repair

Situated at Downtown Orlando, the bar resides in one of the oldest building of the city. This building was used as a shoe repair shop in the past and converted to a bar in later stages. Everyone is not allowed to enter the bar. To enter the bar, a hidden password is required. How you can get this password? It’s very easy, you can get it through the twitter account of the bar or call the speakeasy from 1 pm to 7 pm and listen to the recorded message to get the password. Though entry was this tough, the taste of the cocktails and beer will surely impress you. The drinks menu is quite lengthy and each drink has unique flavor and advantages.

Bitters and Brass

Bitters and Brass
Bitters and Brass

Located at the outskirts of the city, Bitters & Brass is probably the oldest bars in the city. In the course of history, it maintains its glory and now it is like an institution which serves drinks exactly what you need. The bar was founded by two industry vets and operating in the same professional way even today. The bar is very famous for the bitters’ variety it offers to all and sundry. Though the bar serves one of the best classic cocktails, it is the tiki drinks that will surprise you for sure. This bar without any doubt offers one of the best tiki drinks in the city.

The Courtesy

The Courtesy
The Courtesy

The courtesy is famous for two factors. First, it has one of the most mystical bar interiors in the whole state. Second, it offers one of the finest drinks you will ever try. Coming towards its interior, it is slightly dark, the atmosphere of the bar is just amazing that fulfills all the design needs to make it attractive looking. What makes their drinks great and attractive is a major change in the drinks menu every three months according to the season. This means the bar is more focused on the natural ingredients for healthy drinks. The bar is located at 114 N Orange Ave, Orlando, with all its glories.

The Matador

The Matador
The Matador

Situated in the most congested area of Greater Orlando, The Matador is must visit place for drink lovers. It is one of the largest bars with great seating capacity and draws great crowds especially during the late-night hours when the show is at its peaks. The atmosphere of the bar is quite dark and romantic. The bar offers some of the finest and adventurous cocktails with gin-and-tonic on the top of the list. If you are looking for more fun, Kokomo made with Leblon Cachaca is best for you.

The Imperial

The Imperial
The Imperial

There is a great transformation of this place during day and night. In the day, it is a great furniture store that sells imported pieces from Southeast Asia. As the sun sets, it starts to transform into a beautiful bar. The interior of the place is unintentionally beautiful and well-designed because the store was not designed for bar purposes but it turned out to be eventually. The bar serves a variety of wines and beer, with over 35 types of wines and over 40 types of beers on the menu. The overall setting of the bar is romantic, perfect for an unforgettable date night.

The woods

The woods
The woods

Situated in downtown Orlando, this bar feels like a little forest and you feel like a forest man inside it. The inside decoration of the bar is mostly wooden in nature and many decoration pieces are made up of woods. The tables and the bar counter are beautifully crafted pieces of trees. Overcrowding is a major concern for serious drink lovers and this bar is very sensitive towards overcrowding. Therefore, it allows only a specific number of people at a given time. Menu of drinks changes every month and every Monday, there is a happy hour function that lasts the whole night.

The Best Bar restaurants in Orlando

Though Orlando is famous for theme parks, you may be surprised to know that it has one of the best culinary cultures in Florida. There is no shortage of finest quality restaurants offering highly hygienic foods, not only the local ones but of international cuisine as well. In the following section, we will provide details of some of the best bar-restaurant in Orlando, check it out to save your time when you visit Orlando next time.

Domu

Domu
Domu

The ultimate restaurant in the whole of Orlando. It is intimate ramen joint with a hip vibe. As its name depicts, it is a Japanese cuisine restaurant that not only offers some of the famous Japanese origin recipes but also local ones. Situated near the East End market, Domu is a chic and modern space with whitewashed brick walls. You must be thinking about what you should order when you visit this place? Well, it serves a variety of recipes, but the best ones include house-made noodles, kimchi butter chicken wings, and slow-cooked broths. Coming towards the price range, there is good news because this restaurant serves quality foods at moderate rates.

The Ravenous Pig

The Ravenous Pig
The Ravenous Pig

Opened back in the year 2007, the restaurant is run by the pair of husband and wife. The bar was nominated for James Beard award and this is enough to prove the taste of foods served here. It offers probably the finest Florida cuisine recipes you will ever try in the city. All these factors make this place a must-visit restaurant. If you are looking for specific foods to order on this restaurant, try pub burger with Black Angus brisket, charcuterie board, steak fries, and lamb pita sandwiches. The restaurant is located at 565 W Fairbanks Ave (S Pennsylvania), Winter Park.

 King Bao

 King Bao
King Bao

Are you fond of Taiwanese foods especially the bao buns that are light and spongy? Knock the door of a very special restaurant in Orlando named as King Bao. One bao bun may not be enough, therefore, order 2-3 buns at least to enjoy their taste. The filling of the buns involves braised pork belly, chili lime shrimp, and crispy tofu. Very reasonable price ranges from 2-4$ for one bun and around 10$ for 3 buns, enough to satisfy your appetite.

The Sanctum

The Sanctum
The Sanctum

This place is highly recommended for vegetarians. The taste of their foods is such that even the carnivores become vegetarian forever. The restaurant serves all types of vegetable foods but the main focus remains on seasonal vegetables. This is why you will feel the variation in the menu every time you visit The Sanctum. This restaurant is a hotspot for lunch and dinner and serves soul food that both nourishes the body and indulges the palate.

Primo

Primo
Primo

Who doesn’t like Italian foods? This restaurant serves top-quality Italian and Mediterranean foods. Most of the ingredient for these dishes come from the garden inside the Primo restaurant and this makes these dishes so tasty. The menu of the restaurant sharply changes with the season, so you can try different types of foods all the time you visit this place. To taste something special, add some quality wine in your drinking menu to have an altogether different experience. The price of these foods and then the wine is no more expenses than other similar low-quality restaurants.

Black Bean Deli

Black Bean Deli
Black Bean Deli

The next restaurant on our list offers some of the finest rice dishes. Black bean deli is considered as a traditional Cuban deli that offers best recipes with an indoor and outdoor seating option to choose from. The best food to try at this place includes a rice and bean combination that is super tasty. The first branch of Deli restaurant opened some 15 years ago, since then it is so famous among locals that 2 more branches of the same restaurant were opened in the next few years. The prices are quite low, so be ready for some food fun at Black Bean Deli.

The Best Nightclubs in Orlando

The real show in Orlando starts when the sun goes down and theme parks shut-down. The nightclubs of Orlando contrary to what you see in the big cities are not over-crowded and boast a welcoming web. Most of the fancy nightclubs centered towards the hustling and bustling downtown but quality clubs can be spotted in all parts of the city. We are bringing you a list of top-rated and hottest bars in the below section.

Cowboys Orlando

Cowboys Orlando
Cowboys Orlando

Situated at Cowboys Orlando, 1108 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, this club welcomes you with the largest dance floor in the city that covers some 20,000 square foot area. The area consists of dance floors, bars, billiard tables, and patios. Cowboys regularly hosts thrilling live concerts, music parties, and well-known artists of the town. Still working on your dancing skills? Grab the free line dance lessons two days a week, Thursday and Friday to boost up your dancing skills. Beside best dancing facilities and live music, there is something else of equally good quality available here. Yes, you guess right, the bar drinks. There is all quality of drinks available you keep your charge and wet all night while you enjoy the dance parties.

Latitudes

Latitudes
Latitudes

Located towards the downtown, this nightclub is one of the oldest serving bars in the city. There is not a single bar inside but three popular bars are inside the landmark building. The bar is well known for its frozen sugary drink named as daiquiri which is being well served from last 25 years or so. Wednesday is dollar drink night, giving you the opportunity of more sips of sugar bang for all and sundry. Remaining two bars located upstairs offers a wide range of whiskeys and beers. You can find over 40 varieties of whiskeys and 100 craft beers being served here with care. After fulfilling your drinking needs, spend a part of the night at Latitude nightclub, where you can show your dancing skills. Music includes Top 40 hits, classic tunes, and party songs. The bar is located at Latitudes, 33 W Church Street Station, Orlando.

Eve Orlando

Eve Orlando
Eve Orlando

Probably the fanciest nightclub in the city that rivals the best counterparts in Los Angeles and other big cities. Area of the club is quite large with 5000 feet square main building. It is consists of three lavish bars, the same number of VIP areas and wide dance floor, and on the top of these all a beautiful and crystal chandeliers. This chandelier is the main attraction in the club and other facilities including an LED wall, VIP booths, and TV screens increase its beauty. Eve presents an ever-changing line up of events that ranges from DJs performances, model shows, and some live concerts. On weekends, some commercial dance music warms the clubrooms. Drinks are of high quality and some discount offers on Wednesday make it a must-visit place when some shots are available from 4$ and whole bottles at 100$ are also available.

3NINE at the Plaza

3NINE at the Plaza
3NINE at the Plaza

Located inside the Rosen Plaza Hotel, this nightclub is easily accessible in the city. 3Nine has a well decorated and extremely attractive patio bar which runs round the clock. Another bar is situated inside the club to keep you going while you are busy dancing on the best music beats. The combination of these two bars beside this bar compels you to make the most out of beautiful Florida Climate. The nightclub is consists of a VIP lounge, a fancy room to dance, beautiful clientele. The standard of services is unmatchable here with well-mixed drinks always in your access. Music is of high quality and different types. Some of the best DJs of the city performs here every week, with DJ Flent D on Saturday nights and DJ Digital on Friday nights warm your blood. The club is situated at 3NINE at the Plaza, 3700 International Dr, Orlando.

Independent Bar

Independent Bar
Independent Bar

A best-kept secret at downtown Orlando, this is a multi-level nightclub. It is among the older bars and nightclub in the city. The place is divided into 3 floors, 2 main club rooms, and a posh bar at one side. The bar has still maintained the flavor of its themed 80’s night. Other nights too are famous and include some of the best electrifying music playlists. Different DJs present varied music including indie anthems, soothing 90s tunes, and top of all 40 hits and house. 18+ are also common but you need your ID to enter the club. Music of different genres is played here including goth, hipster, indie, and rock one. Be ready for some overpriced yet very tasty cocktails. Overall, this place is the right choice to chill and enjoying dancing. Independent bar is located at 70 South Orange Avenue, Central Business District, Orlando.

The Beacham

The Beacham
The Beacham

Located towards the Downtown Orlando, The Beacham is a 100-year-old club offering the best facility to spend a quality night out with your friends. The famous DJs including Elvis and DJ Khaled perform regularly here. Concerts take place every night, and the venue becomes the largest nightclub during the weekend days. The number of bars presenting the variety of cocktails stand at seven while there are two big dancing floors fully occupied on weekends. There is stage VIP for fancy people where private guards are present. The music is of top quality and ranges from hip hop to rap. The sound system is quite impressive that force you to dance more. It is highly recommended to check their website for events in advance, as each night can offer something unique you never experienced before. Located at 46 N Orange Ave, Orlando, this nightclub is one must visit place for every night owls.

VYCE Lounge

VYCE Lounge
VYCE Lounge

Situated at VYCE Lounge, 112 S Orange Ave., Orlando, this place can be defined as a “boutique” nightclub, all thanks to decorated interior and tasty drinks. If you are looking for an ultimate clubbing experience, there is no other better place than VYCE Lounge. This place can be divided into two main sections, on one side two fancy bars are serving some of the costlier cocktails. Opposite to these bars located a moderate capacity dancing floor. A row of VIP booths lines on the left side of the dancing floor. Enthralling beats, pricy but tasty drinks, and top-notch service are what you need for ultimate dancing experience. The main attraction of the club is ‘Magic Mike’ a well-known DJ of the city present his talent every Saturday here.

Conclusion

Orlando is the largest inland city of Florida and overall 4th largest city of the same state. Though the most historic landmark of the city is the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain, Orlando is well known for the theme parks. Because of multiple top class theme parks, Orlando city is dubbed as the “The Theme Park Capital of the World” for all the right reasons. Walt Disney World is a very popular tourist attraction in Orlando and considered as the best family attraction in the whole of Florida. This place is home to four parks, all famous for some unique reasons.

Orlando is truly a paradise for tourists. In last year alone, some 75 million tourists mainly from other states visited this great city, mostly for theme parks. The Universal Theme Parks is best for those tourists striving for an interactive experience with the filmmaking industry. For science and researcher, visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is most suitable. Here you will learn how NASA manages its operations. For water sports lovers, Typhoon Lagoon and Volcano Bay are two must-visit places.

For night owls, Orlando lure them with fancy bars, quality restaurants, and decent night clubs. You can spend weeks to explore all the entertainment opportunities available in the city for an unforgettable night out. To name a few nightlife attractions and landmarks, we can include Disney Springs, Theme Parks, live Show/concert, Brewery Scene, Universal CityWalk, and Amway Center for game lovers.

How we can forget the best bars located in the city that are the main attraction during evening and night hours. For fancy drink lovers, we recommend a visit to one of these bars: Aku Aku Tiki Bar, the Guesthouse, Hanson’s Shoe Repair, Bitters and Brass, The Courtesy, and the Matador.