When the sun goes down, it sure gets hotter around here, Orlando an electric nightlife scene with a never ending choice of bars and clubs offering drinks, music, dancing and more, it's an ever changing scene with new locations popping up all the time and here at Gotta Go Orlando Going Out Guide we've got your back!
Here we give you a taster of all that's happening in town, and for all the latest news, events and promotions check out our latest news down below or check into our socials for where to hang out for a fun night out.
For tourists and locals alike Disney Springs, Universal's Citywalk, ICON Park and The Pointe on I-Drive are obvious choice for a night out, with plenty in the way of things to do after dark, but look beyond the bright lights of the tourism areas and Downtown Orlando is the place to go and be seen for a big night out!
Turn it up, way up. Looking for loud and all the right moves? Downtown Orlando has been the area’s dance floor for decades, Downtown Orlando is packed with options, from quaint hole in the wall bars to all out nightclubs, Downtown comes alive in the evening, with a solid mix of local-style taverns, modern bars, rooftop bars and a solid selection of nightclubs, hosting everything from live music to globetrotting DJ's.
So get ready to glam up, let your hair down and let loose, it's time to have fun!
The Best Orlando Nightlife
O-Town is home to some amazing nightlife options so put on your dancing shoes and grab your ID because these are the best spots in town to experience nightlife in Orlando.
Pointe Orlando is a pretty cool place, it's an all-in-one shopping, dining and entertainment district located on International Drive. The spot is home to a dozen restaurants including chains like The Capital Grill and Maggiano’s Little Italy, as well as virtual and real-life arcade games, rope courses and bowling at Main Event Entertainment. After dark The Pointe takes on an overall adult feel and If your night out doesn’t include kids head to Blue Martini where there are three unique bar experiences under one roof, and live entertainment.
Disney Springs is the expansive and shopping, dining, and entertainment district at Walt Disney World, for entertainment it includes an AMC Dine In Theatre, Splitsville Bowl, Cirque du Soleil and so much more. When the sun goes down Disney Springs transforms into a uber cool location for a memorable night out. Those looking for a relaxed evening should head to Wine Bar George to enjoy a glass of vino while overlooking the outdoor stage. Live music can also be heard at House of Blues on Disney Springs' westside. Disney Springs does not have an age restriction, so everyone in your group can go even if they aren’t quite 21 yet.
Wall Street Plaza
Wall Street Plaza, located in downtown Orlando, is where the cool kids hang out lol, Wall Street Plaza houses seven unique venues in one central location. You can find everything from a dance club housed in an old moonshine warehouse to a tiki bar, and even a carnival-themed bar where you play a fair game to determine your drink for the night. Every Sunday from 2pm until 9pm, Wall Street Plaza hosts a block party where all of the bars are open and it can get' pretty crazy. Watch out for special events too, these are awesome!
While driving along I-4 towards the theme parks you might notice a giant observation wheel or a very tall swing with riders onboard. That’s ICON Park, where you can do both of those things and more. Dance and drink the night away at country music superstar Blake Shelton’s Ole Red, or Tin Roof, where both venues host live music with artists from Orlando and around the country, plus check out the bars and restaurants throughtout.
Universal CityWalk is just steps away from the gates to both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. The dining and entertainment district is filled with places to eat, drink and dance the night away. One unique spot is CityWalk’s Rising Star, a karaoke bar where you can sing with the help of a live band and backup singers. CityWalk is open from 8:00am until 12:30am daily. Those who are not staying at a Universal Orlando hotel will need to park in the parking garages to get into CityWalk.
The Best Bars In Orlando
From an all-year-round Christmas bar to swanky rooftop lounges, these are some of the best bars in Orlando.
At Guesthouse, you’ll find knowledgeable bartenders who create solid cocktails but we do suggest you don’t frown upon a seemingly basic rosé: the venue boasts a shockingly impressive wine list for a neighborhood bar. When it comes to cocktails, you’ll find everything from high-end Japanese whiskey to rare mezcals. In the back parking lot, notice the converted vintage airstream, used to serve frozen drinks when it’s warm out.
The Courtesy is Orlando’s first true cocktail bar. It’s a small and intimate space, the kind that’s ideal for a date night. The menu changes seasonally and regulars pack in for the new menu release parties. For imbibers that want to hone their at-home bartending skills, they offer 90-minute cocktail classes during the first and third Saturday of each month. This is a cool spot, so you’ll definitely want to stop by here.
The Ravenous Pig
A well-known restaurant owned and operated by a James Beard nominated husband and wife team is also easily the best restaurant bar in Orlando. Expect authentic southern hospitality matched by adventurously approachable cocktails. Instead of the usual frosé, order a Freisling made with Reisling, Luxardo bitter bianco, Cocchi Americano and Granny Smith apples. Beer lovers will adore the ales brewed in house.
Hanson's Shoe Repair
Located in the oldest building in downtown Orlando (it was once an actual shoe repair shop), Hanson’s Shoe Repair requires a password for entry. Getting it is fairly easy: just check Twitter or call the speakeasy from 1pm to 7pm and listen to the pre-recorded message that changes daily. Once inside, you’ll instantly feel like you’ve dove into the Prohibition era while reveling in the bartenders’ expertise.
Attached to the legendary Will’s Pub, a live music venue that has been in operation for 20 years, Lil Indies is where dive bar meets proper cocktail bar. Guests pile into the former for cool shows but always make their way into Lil Indies before or after for a legitimate cocktail experience.
Locals love this fun neighborhood bar. It’s dark and divey with plenty of seating, including a patio that draws big crowds during late night hours. The menu features adventurous cocktails, including a gin-and-tonic on tap for the purists. If you’re looking for a fun drink, order the Kokomo made with Leblon Cachaca, lime, Banana De Breseli, Borghetti and orange bitters.
During the day, the Imperial is a rad furniture store that imports unique pieces from India and Southeast Asia. Starting 5pm daily, it transforms into what is possibly the best unintentionally well-designed bar in Orlando. Serving only beer and wine, 40 varieties of the former and 35 of the latter, the venue also hosts live music acts and food trucks in the beer garden. Expect a romantic vibe ideal for date night.
Another bar in a historic building, this one is decorated like the inside of a forest: the tables and the bar counter are actual pieces of trees. Strict about the number of people allowed in at any given time, The Woods is never overcrowded. The menu rotates monthly and, on Mondays, happy hour lasts all night long. Bonus points: on bacon Wednesdays, each cocktail or beer purchase includes free bacon.
Want to get rowdy on a rooftop? Latitudes is the place to do that. Go for the tropical vibes, stay for the three-for-one drink specials. Take in the downtown Orlando views with a cheap drink in hand while enjoying a live DJ or top 40 playlist. Latitudes is located on the third floor and below it you’ll find two other bars: Cahoots, known for its beer and whiskey selection, and Chillers, home to the largest frozen daiquiri party bar in town.
Owner Tim Majors is a classic car enthusiast whose collection is on display for all to enjoy. The first floor showroom is filled with roughly 150 vintage cars, from Rolls-Royces to Ferraris and Volkswagens, surrounding a bar that serves more than just classic cocktails. Upstairs, find a rooftop bar boasting great city views.
There’s something about the combination of whiskeys and cigars that automatically creates a chilled out yet classy atmosphere. At Corona Cigar, you’ll find tons of high quality cigars, but also a killer menu of whiskeys and rums. The Cuban decor sets the mood and invites guests to relax with a hand-rolled cigar and a glass of whiskey on the rocks or a refreshing mojito in hand. You know, to keep with the theme of course.
The Best Clubs In Orlando
The best clubs in Orlando showcase the city’s laid-back, welcoming vibe and cater to all types of night owls.
The 100-year-old venue has been the city’s nightlife’s long-standing staple, frequented by the likes of Elvis and DJ Khaled. A concert venue throughout the week, the space turns into the largest Downtown nightclub on Fridays and Saturdays, with seven bars and two floors occupied by dancers and DJs spinning hip-hop and rap. Fancy ones can opt for Stage VIP, complete with a private security guard and server.
The Social is part of the entertainment complex that includes The Beacham, 64 North and The Patio/Jungle Room. The venue’s intimate setting and laid-back vibe consistently make it a local fave. Extra points are earned at 11pm, when the concert venue actually morphs into a club connected to sister spot 64 North.
Who can resist an open-air club? Donning a toned-down South Beach vibe, Orlando’s premier downtown rooftop club takes full advantage of the city’s climate and striking skyline. DJs spin mostly EDM and house (with a touch of top 40) but it’s Aero’s cozy cabanas that make for a welcome reprieve from the laser-lighted dance floor. Ladies drink for free until midnight on Thursdays while guys score $3 well and domestic beers.
The Patio offers a unique vibe. Step into The Patio for stunning city views, foam and bubble machines. Old school hip-hop and top 40 hits abound throughout.
Orlando’s take on a big city club, Tier attracts a good-looking crowd willing to dish out the cash for a bottle of Ace of Spades. Private skyboxes set the high rollers apart but even the more down-to-earth clubber will enjoy the view atop the balconies overlooking the dance floor, state of the art lighting and five bars. While EDM reigns supreme, the Friday themed parties (lingerie and pizza, anyone?) always draw a crowd.
The Independent Bar
A downtown staple, the unassuming hipster hangout spins everything from indie to house, with one of its most famous nights, Mac & Cheese Wednesdays, featuring cheesy ‘90s music, $3 PBRs and well rum drinks. The music is as eclectic as the crowd, and the reasonable drink specials mean you’ll have money left over to spend on quintessential hangover (preventing) fare at the nearby food trucks. It’s dark and edgy, a true local favorite.
The P House and Southern Nights get all the attention among the local LGBT community but you shouldn’t underestimate this multi-room gem located in up-and-coming Ivanhoe Village. In addition to the desirable location, there are over 40 bars within a couple of walkable miles, the club is home to the renowned Men of Savoy dance group: a reason to visit in and of themselves.
The Attic Orlando
Orlando’s longest running EDM club features the best local and world-wide talent. Yes, it has state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, but the intimate setting and gracious staff set The Attic apart from its competitors. The crowd is as sophisticated as the décor, and the bottle service is as elevated as the tables. Don your nicest outfit and get ready to have some real, glamorous fun.
There is no better place to get your two-step on than Cowboys, the city’s Western club of choice. The off-the-beaten-path venue boasts Orlando’s largest wooden dance floor (20,000 square feet!), a patio and multiple bars. Bonus points: you can get free dance lessons.
Located in Disney Springs, Edison is anything but conventional. Trade in bass for burlesque and club vibes for contortionists in this industrial-style venue fashioned after a turn-of-the-century power plant.
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