Hard Rock Café Orlando

Live Music at Universal Studios

The Hard Rock Café Orlando, like pretty much everything else in this central Florida city, goes big on size – everything from the portions of their feel-good American food to the size of the venue is enormous. In fact, this is the largest Hard Rock Café in the world, with the complex comprising a restaurant/bar area as well as an onsite live music hall which can fit up to 3,000 people for special events.

Located within Universal Orlando Resort, Hard Rock Café can be easily found on Universal Boulevard. Do note that you don’t need to purchase any theme park day tickets to access the popular nightlife area of Universal, although charges may apply on the door for certain events, especially if there is a famous rock star booked to play.

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The dauntingly long menu at Hard Rock Orlando stretches from light bites and salads to hefty, artery-clogging burgers, smokehouse sandwiches, steaks and pretty much anything deep-fried. Our advice is to ditch the diet and go all-out with their ‘Original Legendary Burger’, which comes with 1/2lb of Angus beef with bacon, cheese and an onion ring.

For an even more calorific treat, go for ‘The Texan’ sandwich, which comes overflowing with hickory-smoked pulled pork, chipotle BBQ sauce, cheese, crispy jalapenos and onions. Price for entrees start at around $10 and you can expect to pay up to around $30 for some of the mains.

Just like every other Hard Rock Café in the world, the venue is draped in original rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, including rare KISS, Elvis, Beatles and Dylan items – all making for great photos. There’s also an onsite store selling copies and all your usual Hard Rock brand apparel and souvenirs.

For the music, you can expect a house band playing for guests sat around the bar and restaurant area every night. It’s strictly rock ‘n’ roll, but that can overlap into metal, blues, soul, country, folk, indie and everything in between. For the big shows at Hard Rock Café, in the all-purpose 2-storey arena, check their website for all the up-and-coming shows.

If Hard Rock’s huge presence at Universal Orlando is not enough, they’ve also built a themed hotel next to the bar. It’s big (obviously) and a great choice for families wanting to stay in the heart of all the action, walking distance to some of the most famous attractions, restaurants and nightlife at Universal by CityWalk.

Hard Rock Café Orlando

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8.30am to midnight
  • Location: Universal Orlando Resort, 6050 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
  • Tel: +1 407-351-7625
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