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Orlando Nightlife

Orlando boasts a surprisingly vibrant and active night-time bar and club scene. The two main venues include Universal CityWalk and Downtown Orlando, where there is an ever-changing line-up of nightclubs.

Bars in Orlando

Pat O’Briens

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 is a healthy dose of live music, including the duelling pianos so associated with the original.

Address: , 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, 32819
Telephone: +1 407 224 3663
Website: https://patobriens.com/orlando

Sky 60

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.
Website: http://www.skysixty.com

The Monkey Bar

Sophistication is not 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 that there is a healthy crowd, especially for happy hour.

Address: , 26 Wall Street, 2nd Floor, Orlando, 32801
Telephone: +1 407 481 1199
Website: http://www.wallstplaza.net/venues/monkey-bar

Clubs in Orlando

Bliss Ultralounge

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.
Website: http://www.blissorlando.com


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.
Website: http://www.roxyorlando.com

The Beacham

One of the largest dancefloors in Downtown Orlando is in a relatively historic building, dating back to 1921. 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, 32801
Telephone: +1 407 648 8363
Website: http://www.beachamorlando.com

Live music in Orlando

House of Blues

This well-oiled franchise is part of Disney Springs and is as consumer-friendly and mainstream as you might expect. However, this does not mean that they do not host some great acts; many big names pass through indeed.

Address: , 1490 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, 32830
Telephone: +1 407 934 2583
Website: http://www.houseofblues.com/orlando

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. The main stage hosts the bigger name acts and holds around 1,200 people.

Address: , 425 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, 32803
Telephone: +1 407 228 1220
Website: http://www.plazaliveorlando.org

The Social

This is a hip, smaller venue that is part of the same complex that houses The Beacham. You are likely to see a young crowd coming for mid-to-big name indie bands and alternative rock. It is not a spit and sawdust kind of place, and it is actually quite clean-cut for a rock venue.

Address: , 54 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, 32801
Telephone: +1 321 710 1279
Website: http://www.beachamorlando.com

Classical music in Orlando

Dance in Orlando

Theatres in Orlando

Orlando Repertory Theatre

This is a professional company that works in partnership with the University of Central Florida to stage family-appropriate classics and riffs on kids' literature. There is the regular main stage season and a youth academy for aspiring young actors.

Address: , 1001 East Princeton Street , Orlando, 32803
Telephone: +1 407 896 7365
Website: http://www.orlandorep.com

Music and Dance in Orlando

Bob Carr Performing Art Centre

This is the premier venue for theatre, ballet and opera. Opened in 1926, the venue holds around 2,500 people. It is also home to the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Address: , 401 West Livingston Street , Orlando, 32801
Telephone: +1 407 246 4262
Website: http://www.bobcarrperformingartscenter.net

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Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Formerly the Doubletree Resort Orlando, a US$35m refurbishment in 2010 means this is now one of the best value hotels on International Drive. Set in 11 hectares (28 acres) of landscaped gardens, there are three main pools and a children’s pool. There are varied dining options on site, and a myriad of choices just nearby.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Portofino Bay Hotel

This re-creation of an Italian fishing village is in the heart of Universal Orlando Resort, complete with fine restaurants and shops. The guest rooms are decorated with a Mediterranean theme and there’s a lively piazza with vintage Italian sports cars and scooters.

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

This beautiful resort-style hotel is right opposite SeaWorld, and has an impressive lobby atrium and a spectacular indoor courtyard. For the price, this hotel has great rooms and the restaurant choice is reassuringly diverse. All in all, this property offers superb value in this price range.

Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites

With larger than average rooms, a great pool and an ideal location just outside Walt Disney World Resort, this make this a good family choice. As you can imagine, the décor is largely animal prints and exotic details. There’s been attention paid to the outdoor areas, including a 24m (80ft) water slide in the pool. The hotel is currently undergoing a US$25 million renovation, due for completion this spring.