Did you really think that the only things to do in Orlando involved roller coasters, cartoon characters and some pretty good restaurants? There is a whole different side to the city that most visitors don’t get to see and it involves a pretty intense, pretty awesome nightlife scene. With a unique identity that stands apart from the theme parks, parks and attractions that plenty of people travel to the town for, Orlando truly lights up when the sun goes down. From orange-scented craft breweries to rooftop bars, open-air dance clubs, live music haunts and a lively soccer scene, nightlife in Orlando is defined by these local spots.
Orlando benefits from several walkable entertainment complexes and districts with nighttime diversions, including those featured here. In addition to free admission, each of these locations boasts a distinct and eclectic collection of venues where you can chase the night in Orlando.
Offering entertainment, dining and shopping in one walkable district, Disney Springs keeps the party going long after Walt Disney World Resort’s theme parks close for the night. One of its newest options is The Edison, a steampunk-influenced restaurant, bar and nightlife hotspot with evening entertainment — including burlesque dancers on weekends!
Serving as the gateway to Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks, Universal CityWalk is home to one of Orlando’s best concert venues, Hard Rock Live Orlando. The all-in-one dining, entertainment and retail hub also has the incomparable Blue Man Group and other ways to have fun after dark.
The heart of Orlando’s tourism district features two walkable entertainment hubs with ample nighttime activities: Pointe Orlando and ICON Park. Also on International Drive, Mango’s Tropical Cafe has 55,000 square feet of drinking, dancing and live music.
In downtown Orlando, the Amway Center — home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic — hosts a galaxy of musical acts, but that’s just the start of what the city’s core has to offer. You’ll also find nightclubs and lounges galore, including Wall St. Plaza, a collective of seven bars adjacent to the district’s main thoroughfare, Orange Avenue.