Home to many of Orlando’s best restaurants, a bustling nightlife scene and the city’s iconic Railroad Depot (that now sits alongside the newly-built ‘SunRail’), Church Street really is the place to go for first timers wanting to get to know downtown a little better.
As the historic center of Orlando, the old Railroad depot built in 1889 still stands a reminder of the city’s long-lost past well before Disney and Universal arrived, while the cute SunRail commuter rail projects links Church Street with three other downtown areas of Orlando. It’s here where you’ll also find several clubs, theaters, shopping complexes and the huge Amway Center sports arena.
Bars and Clubs on Church Street
Although the old train station here provides a quaint culture-fix, a look round and getting your photo taken next to it can only ever take up so much time. The real draw of Church Street is its vibrant nightlife scene, with most venues set around West Church Street, East Church Street, and the surrounding smaller lanes nearby.
For a night on the town, a good starting point would be Chillers (33 West Church Street), an absolute Church Street icon with two additional venues (Big Belly and Latitudes) upstairs. Expect classic comfort food, craft beers, tempting happy hours, and a mixed crowd of locals, day-trippers, international tourists and the occasional bachelor/bachelorette party. One80 Grey Goose Lounge (400 West Church Street) is easily Orlando’s swankiest rooftop bar with some prices to match, while the more ‘local’ feeling Native Social Bar (27 West Church Street) has a more relaxed vibe and decent live music.
Most of the best nightclubs in the area are one of two blocks away – easy walking distance if you use the central train station as a starting point. The Beacham (46 N. Orange Avenue) is a relatively new concert venue housed in a converted 1920s building, while Tier (20 E. Central Boulevard) and Vain (22 S. Magnolia Avenue) both go big on dance music, welcoming big-name DJs on a regular basis.
Dining on Church Street
From all-American classic diners, to swanky French bistros, sushi bars, fresh seafood, Italian, Thai and pretty much everything in between – Church Street has it.
The prominent Church Street Tavern (120 West Church Street) has something for everyone on their extensive menu – as long as you can put up with the classic 90s soundtrack – while Don Jefe’s Tequila Parlour may well be the most fun place to eat Mexican in the city. Jersey Mike’s Subs (54 West Church Street) and Hamburger Mary’s (110 West Church Street) are both good for a quick stop to line your stomachs for the evening, and Kres Chophouse and Lounge (17 West Church Street) is top of our list for steaks and ribs.
For more dining, as well as live events, shows and performances, Church Street is also home to the Amway Center. The vast events and sports arena is also home to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.
- Location: Orlando, FL 32801, United States