Nightlife Entertainment for Adults in Orlando
No kids begging you to get to the theme parks first thing in the morning? Then there’s no excuse for missing out on Orlando’s vibrant nightlife. Here are some recommendations on where to start — when the night ends is entirely up to you. Depending on the time of your visit, you can also look forward to special entertainment events for adults, including November’s Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Orlando and others.
House of Blues is a great venue to catch a concert — not to mention dinner and drinks. Plenty more nightlife is waiting to be discovered throughout this walkable entertainment district. For instance, at Morimoto Asia, the Forbidden Lounge offers late-night cocktails and dishes until 2 a.m. At Paradiso 37, nighttime service features live music, DJs and dancing, plus a bartender who creates craft cocktails at your table. And speaking of music, you can find live performances at various Disney Springs locations, including Exposition Park, Marketplace Stage and Riverboat Square.
International Drive’s nightlife offerings are just as varied as its dining options. At Pointe Orlando alone, you’ll find B.B. King’s Blues Club, the refined Blue Martini lounge, The Pub and the Improv Comedy Club. Those are great places to heat up the night, and when you’re ready to cool down, pay a visit to International Drive’s ICEBAR Orlando. Finally, this district offers live music at dueling-piano bar Howl at the Moon and at ICON Park’s Tin Roof, among other locations.
Hard Rock Cafe® Orlando and Hard Rock Live® looms large over Universal Orlando Resort’s dining, shopping and entertainment destination, and its busy schedule of live music events is why. For a more laid-back vibe, ease on over to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville®, where live musicians play covers of Jimmy Buffett’s songs and other rock hits. At the groove™, party through several uniquely themed, full-service bars, check out the pulsating wall of video screens, and gaze out from the balcony terrace overlooking Universal CityWalk. You can also witness the unparalleled mix of art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology presented by Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort™. Plenty of other nightlife options await you here. (Some CityWalk venues are separately ticketed and require ages 21 or older for admission with valid photo ID. Restrictions apply.)
Downtown Orlando & Thornton Park
Downtown Orlando’s Wall St. Plaza is a complex of seven bars and clubs, and it’s known for throwing wild block parties every weekend — and they really ramp up the festivities on holidays. Anchored by the Amway Center, the Church Street District offers ample live entertainment and nightspots. And at the east end of downtown, the Thornton Park neighborhood boasts the Stardust Lounge, a hip, underground bar (literally) featuring billiards, happy-hour specials and unique themed nights.