Here’s a fun fact: Orlando has the most nightlife establishments per 100,000 residents, clocking in at nearly 300, according to Wallethub.com. Whether planners are looking to plan an offsite evening event, host a VIP cocktail party or simply want to send attendees out for a fun evening following a day of meetings, Orlando delivers with easy-to-get-to venues that feature everything from Indiana-Jones themed cocktails to free-roam virtual reality and amphibious cars.
International Drive, commonly referred to as I-Drive, features an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment for daytime or nighttime fun. Mango’s Tropical Café, with private rooms available for 20 to 3,000 serves up exciting live shows, dancing and world-famous cocktails within a vivacious Miami-style club. At ICON Park, Tin Roof offers guests live music performances by Central Florida’s best artists. Visitors can sip on a cocktail at a bar made entirely of ice at ICEBAR Orlando, enjoy a fiesta at Señor Frog's or rock out to dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon. Located on I-Drive, the Pointe Orlando fuses dining and entertainment options throughout the entertainment complex. With spots ranging from the distinctive flavors of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar to the Greek tradition of dancing on the tables at Taverna Opa to the Southern comfort food of B.B King’s Blues Club and nightly comedy of Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre. Pointe Orlando is also home to nighttime hot spot Blue Martini, featuring signature cocktails and daily happy hour, as well as Main Event Entertainment with bowling, virtual and interactive game play, a high ropes adventure course, billiards and more.
RESTAURANT ROW ON SAND LAKE ROAD
Located just a short drive from the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, Restaurant Row is a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) stretch of Sand Lake Road featuring over two dozen exquisite restaurants and cocktail bars. Many are walkable and feature private dining areas for intimate dinners and evening events. Diners can indulge in sushi made with fish flown from Japan at Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, savor a signature martini at Bar Louie or experience a throwback to the 1940’s at Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge where, on select nights, visitors can enjoy live music from the iconic era. More than 225 tequilas are featured at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, while one of the largest and most comprehensive wine lists in Orlando is waiting at Vines Grille & Wine Bar. Sip on elegant cocktails over some of the best seafood in town at Eddie V’s or travel through a faux elevator door to the speakeasy-style Pharmacy for a hand-crafted cocktail. The Whiskey features outstanding burgers, nightly live music and more than 200 kinds of Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch and Rye.
Universal CityWalk is a vibrant place to grab a quick snack, relax over dinner, mingle over cocktails, see an electrifying concert or dance the night away. While the entertainment complex is open to the public, certain venues can also be rented out exclusively for group events. Nightclubs and other after-hour hot spots include CityWalk’s Rising Star karaoke club, where guests can perform with a live band complete with backup singers, or Hard Rock Live Orlando, where world-famous names in music and comedy perform. Have a drink in paradise at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, featuring live music every night, or have a world-famous Hurricane drink at Pat O’Brien’s, home of dueling pianos. Sports fans can catch the big game on nearly 100 HD Screens at NBC Sports Grill & Brew and choose from over 100 selections of beer from the restaurant’s expansive beer garden. For a night of dancing, there’s Red Coconut Club and Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, a vibrant club modeled after Bob Marley’s actual home in Kingston, Jamaica featuring live nightly music and Caribbean cuisine. Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurant, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is where guests with a sweet tooth can savor one-of-a kind gourmet treats, specialty custom flavored milkshakes like Bacon Brittle and Red Velvet.
This 120-acre (46.8-hectare) entertainment-shopping-dining complex at Walt Disney World Resort offers double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues, many of which can be reserved for private events. Disney Springs provides four distinct neighborhoods for guests to explore: The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center. New in 2018, Wine Bar George gives wine enthusiasts the opportunity to taste over 100 wines from acclaimed wineries and up-and-coming regions, all hand-picked by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Gothic-style restaurant The Edison, inspired by the industrial-electric period of the 1920s, is a bar and nighttime destination famous for exceptionally good classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment. Or choose high-class dining at The BOATHOUSE, an upscale, waterfront dining experience that will immerse guests both on land and on water with live music, guided tours and a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. Also open late is Morimoto Asia’s Forbidden Lounge, offering pan-Asian bar food and cocktails well past the hours of the general restaurant, if you can find the “hidden” VIP entrance along the side of the building. Eat in style at STK Orlando which combines an ultra-hip lounge with a high-end steakhouse, for a high-energy evening of entertainment and rooftop dining. For a fun nightcap, stop by Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar for a Fountain of Youth or Cool-headed Monkey cocktail, a nod to Temple of Doom. For a bona fide Irish pub experience, guests can dine at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant for authentic Irish fare, live music and a show from the award-winning Irish dancers. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin' Florida Kitchen offers delicious southern-inspired meals and moonshine on tap. Additional nightlife fun within the area includes House of Blues, an eclectic music hall that plays host to world-famous musicians and soulful eats; Gloria and Emilio Estefan's award-winning Cuban Restaurant Bongo’s Cuban Café; premier dine-in experience at AMC Disney Springs 24 movie theater; Paradiso 37,and retro-style bowling alley Splitsville, available for partial and full group buyouts, with 50,000 square feet of space on two levels.