Orlando boasts a surprisingly vibrant and active night-time bar and club scene, with three main venues, Downtown Disney's Pleasure Island, Universal's CityWalk and Downtown Orlando, where there is an ever-changing line-up of nightclubs.
Bars in Orlando
Sophistication isn’t a word that immediately comes to mind when you talk about downtown Orlando, but this Martini bar offers an oasis of cool among the brash neon. Oversized cocktails, retro tiki décor and a good bar menu mean there’s a healthy crowd, especially for happy hour.Address: , 19 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, 32801
Telephone: (407) 481 1199.
A faithful reproduction of the famed New Orleans watering hole, Pat O’Briens boasts a party atmosphere and a young crowd. They serve authentic Hurricanes, the drink the bar invented, and there’s a healthy dose of live music, including the duelling pianos so associated with the original.Address: , Universal Orlando Resort, ,
Telephone: (407) 224 2106.
Florida’s climate is perfect for rooftop bars, and this chic spot is among the best in town. There are curtained cabañas where the great and the good order bottle service, and a chrome-decked lounge with views over Downtown. Cocktails and people watching seem to be the order of the day.Address: , 60 North Orange Avenue, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 648 5441.
Clubs in Orlando
Somewhere between a dance club and a lounge are the 'ultralounges', where DJs play, but dancing is less important than posing. Bliss is perhaps the epitome of this scene in Orlando, and bright young things sit louchely in the dark wood interiors that surround the VIP areas. Loud and lively.Address: , 123 West Church Street, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 719 9168.
This upscale dance club runs a variety of nights throughout the week, with some attractive drinks specials on weeknights. Music runs from techno and hip hop to indie and Latino. There are plush private rooms with bottle service for high rollers and even beds with hookah pipes.Address: , 740 Bennett Rd, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 898 4004.
The largest dancefloor in downtown Orlando is in a relatively historic building, dating back to 1922. High ceilings and industrial interiors surround the huge space. The club attracts a good selection of international dance acts and DJs, and there is always a good-sized line at the door.Address: , 46 North Orange Avenue, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 648 8363.
Live music in Orlando
House of Blues
This well-oiled franchise is part of Downtown Disney, and is as consumer-friendly and mainstream as you might expect. This doesn’t mean they don’t host some great acts though, and many big names pass through.Address: , 1490 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 934 2583.
The Plaza Live
Built in the 1960s as the city’s first two-screen theatre, the Plaza has been transformed into a live music venue (it also hosts a fair amount of comedy). The main stage hosts the bigger name acts, and holds around 1,200 people. There’s a smaller room for around 400 for lower-key performers.
Address: , 425 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, 32803
Telephone: (407) 228 1220.
This is a hip smaller venue that’s part of the same complex that houses The Beacham. You’re likely to see a young crowd coming for mid-to-big name indie bands and alternative rock. It’s not a spit and sawdust kind of place, and it’s actually quite clean cut for a rock venue.Address: , 54 North Orange Avenue, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 246 1419.
Classical music in Orlando
Dance in Orlando
Theatres in Orlando
Orlando Repertory Theatre
This is a professional company that works in partnership with University of Central Florida to stage family-appropriate classics and riffs on kids' literature. There's the regular main stage season, an ‘American Classics' series that honors US playwrights, and a youth academy for aspiring young actors.
Address: , 1001 East Princeton Street , Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 896 7365.
Music and Dance in Orlando
The Bob Carr Performing Art Centre
This is the premier venue for theatre, ballet and opera, and is also home to the Orlando Ballet, Central Florida's only professional resident ballet company and one of the few ballet companies of its size performing full-length classical ballets.Address: , 401 West Livingston Street , Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 440 7000.