Downtown Orlando is packed full of nightlife options, from quaint hole-in-the-wall bars that serve a mix of regulars and tourists, to giant live music arenas and all-out nightclubs. Most of the nightlife options on Downtown Orlando are centred on the buzzing Orange Avenue and Church Street, though plenty of establishments are spread out for a few blocks in every direction.
Downtown Orlando bars and clubs certainly have a less commercial feel to them when compared with nightlife in Disney World and Universal. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you find find a few theme park tourists passing through, mixing with the city’s locals and some university students. It certainly makes for an interesting and varied crowd!
- Gatorland Admission
- Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
- Eat and Play Card – 1 Card for 4 Travelers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Crayola Experience Admission
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Blue Man Group
- Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
- Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour
- SeaWorld Florida Tickets - Choose Your Adventure
Even though many of the bars here get packed-out with day-trippers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and international tourists, Wall Street Plaza - right in the heart of Downtown – still offers a more ‘local’ experience compared to other nightlife areas in Orlando. This entertainment complex promises a fun mix of laidback restaurants, lively bars, and all-out nightclubs, with 7 venues in total. Head to Hooch for their 4pm to 7pm happy hour and alfresco setting, Monkey Bar for cheap and delicious martinis, Sideshow for feel-good American food and live sports, and end your night at Shine, a cheesy yet hugely popular nightclub. Read More...
- Location: 25 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-849-0471
Aero Rooftop Bar & Lounge
This hugely popular downtown spot feels more like an outdoor nightclub than a chilled-out rooftop bar; you’ll certainly get that impression if you arrive close to midnight on a weekend, as DJs fill the terrace with commercial dance tunes and neon lasers are projected into the night sky. Aero’s party atmosphere is helped in no small part by some rather thrifty drinks promos, like 2-4-1 shots before 11pm, as well as no cover charge. A few sofas and tables can be found around the edge.
- Opening Hours: Thursdays from 10pm to 2am, Friday–Saturday from 9pm to 2am, Sundays from 5pm to 11.30pm
- Location: 60 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-274-8452
For cocktails, this former cobbler’s shop turned speakeasy rooftop bar is about as unique a place as you’ll find in Orlando. Intimate might be an understatement here, with only a dozen or so seats and standing space for perhaps 20 more. Take your spot at the dilapidated main bar to chew the fat with the bartender, or head outside to the slightly more modern (but still as compact) rooftop terrace to catch the live band or a movie screening. Be sure to explore Hanson’s impressive cocktail menu as much as your liver allows – it’s rated as one of the best in the city. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday and Saturdays from 8pm to 2am, Fridays from 5pm to 2am, Sundays from 3pm to 2am
- Location: 27 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-476-9446
EVE Orlando has a main club room upstairs that goes big on style, both in terms of décor and the crowd it seems to attract. The giant glass chandelier above the dance floor is the focal point, while an LED wall, TV screens, and many VIP booths add to the appeal. There’s a cool 400-sq-ft balcony overlooking the busy Orange Avenue below – one of the most popular nightlife streets in town – while an equally stylish lounge downstairs plays more laid-back house music compared to the dance anthems in the main EVE room. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mondays from 10pm to 2am, Wednesdays from 9pm to 2am, Thursdays from 10pm to 2am, Friday–Saturday from 10pm to 2.30am, Sundays from 7pm to 1am (closed on Tuesdays)
- Location: 110 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-602-7462
One80 Skytop Lounge
One80 is a see-and-be-seen kind of place – undeniably stylish and glamorous, but with prices to match. The good news, however, is that unlike many of Orlando’s other rooftop bars, there’s actually some impressive views to be had across the Downtown area, which can be enjoyed from a range of comfy seating both inside and out. Do watch out for the crowds of basketball fans heading up to the lounge after the Magic games finish in the arena below, normally every other week.
- Opening Hours: Mondays and Wednesday–Saturday from 10pm to 2.30am (closed on Sundays and Tuesdays)
- Location: Amway Center, 400 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805, USA
- Tel: +1 407-913-0180
Tier is one of the leading nightclubs in Orlando for electronic dance music and is located near a cluster of similar venues a block or so away from Lake Eola Park in Downtown. Emphasis here is really is on the live DJs, with the whole club focusing on the central DJ booth. The compact dance floor at the front is surrounded by a few booths, and there’s also an upstairs level providing more dancing space and a few more VIP booths. To get the full Tier experience, its best to head here around midnight on a weekend night. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 10.30pm to 2.30am (closed on Mondays)
- Location: 20 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-222-9732
The Beacham is a bit of a nightlife institution in Orlando, well-known for throwing huge parties and welcoming live bands and DJs who pack out the enormous venue, set in a converted old theatre on North Orange Avenue. The main room is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting, with the main stage having welcomed the likes of 50 Cent, Flo Rider, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto and David Guetta. Drinks promos and themed events run every week. Just be sure to check out their website or Facebook before your visit to see what's going on. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Fridays and Sundays from 10am to 2.30am, Saturdays from 5pm to 2.30am
- Location: 46 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-648-8363
Opened in 2010, seating arrangements and the floor plan at this multi-purpose venue can be transformed from a live music hall into a basketball court, ice hockey rink and an indoor football pitch. Currently, the Amway Center is home to Orlando’s 3 major sports teams: the Orlando Magic of the NBA, the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, and the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL (ice hockey).
Not surprisingly, it’s the Orlando Magic (who play in the NBA) that normally pack-out the Amway Center when they play their home games, as locals and tourists flock to the 20,000-capacity stadium for a chance to watch some of the biggest basketball stars in the world in action. Read More...
- Location: 400 W Church St #200, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-440-7900
Attic is one of the many top night spots located around the Church Street and Lake Eola Park area of Downtown. The large club follows the whole 3-in-1 concept of most other places nearby, with a bar area, VIP lounge and main club room. Attic welcomes local DJs and the occasional international name, and one thing you can be certain of is that it’ll be back-to-back EDM anthems all night long. There’s a definite VIP-vibe created throughout, with a young, dressed-up crowd downing bottles of Belvedere on ice, though the interior goes for the more underground, industrial look with a nice mix of exposed brick walls behind the DJ booth and a wooden slate covered dance floor. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thursday–Saturday from 10pm to 2am
- Location: 68 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
- Tel: +1 407-403-1161