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 scene. Here are some recommendations on where to start. When the night ends is entirely up to you.
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 the destination. 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 Improv Comedy Club, The Pub and Minus5 Ice Bar. If you like the sound of the latter, you’ll also want to check out International Drive’s Icebar Orlando. Finally, this district offers live music at dueling-piano bar Howl at the Moon and at ICON Orlando 360’s Tin Roof.
The Hard Rock Cafe & Live looms large over Universal Orlando’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 Buffet’s Margaritaville, where live musicians play covers of Buffet’s songs and other rock hits. Plenty of other nightlife options await you here.
Downtown Orlando & Thornton Park
Downtown Orlando’s Wall St. Plaza is a complex of seven bars, clubs and restaurants, and it’s known for throwing wild block parties every weekend. 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 (literally) bar featuring billiards, happy-hour specials and unique themed nights.