The popular Wall Street Plaza is one of the ‘go-to’ locations in Orlando’s Downtown core for wall-to-wall bars, pubs and clubs - many of which double up as more laidback diners during the daytime before the crowds arrive.
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 promise a fun mix of laidback restaurants, lively bars, and all-out nightclubs, with seven venues in total. This is also the epicenter of many a party in Downtown, with the outdoor square getting packed out for special events such as New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and a few local events such as RumFest, Florida Music Fest and City Skip Day. The road is also close-off to traffic every Friday and Saturday night from 21:00 for their weekly ‘Block Parties’, with live DJs (and no cover charge).
Where to eat, drink and party at Wall Street Plaza
Marketed as ‘7 Venues, 1 Location’, you could easily start and finish your night five hours later without ever leaving Wall Street Plaza. Here is a breakdown of Wall Street’s venues:
Cantina: Open from 11:00-23:00 every day, this Mexican restaurant and bar serves up everything you’d expect, which means fajitas, burritos, enchiladas and tacos. With tacky Latin American-themed décor as bright as this, you’d feel silly drinking anything other than Corona or tequila ($3 a bottle or $4 a shot during happy hour from 16:00-19:00. Small ‘Canita-Ritas’ are also $3 all day long.
Hen House: This no frills, tiny bar goes big on the craft beers, rare liquor and snacks, although getting a seat on the weekend during Wall Street Plaza’s popular Block Parties can be a challenge. Instead, you can just order at the bar and enjoy your brew outside, alfresco style, with the rest of the crowd.
Hooch: Head to Hooch for their 16:00-19:00 happy hour and alfresco setting, with most of the seating being spread out over the outside square. Ask to try their weekly batch of moonshine, which includes ‘Apple Pie’ and ‘Lemonade’ varieties of the mysterious alcoholic mix.
Monkey Bar: This is one of the more sophisticated venues at Orlando’s Wall Street Plaza (despite the cheap name), with the drinks menu going big on the martinis. The upstairs area is good to escape the crowds, and can also be rented out for private parties.
Sideshow: This all-in-one venue has it all – a menu of American comfort food, cheap cocktails from $6, live music, sports screens and plenty of seating options. Look out for their Sunday buffet running 11:00-15:00, which at $15 is an absolute bargain.
Waitiki: Another outdoor bar, expect the Pacific-themed cocktail menu here (comprising mostly rum-based Mai Tais and Mojitos) to match the name. The food menu is mostly no-frills bar snacks and burgers, while ordering groups should definitely order their signature Waitiki Fish Bowl, the perfect accompaniment to the reggae session in the evening.
Shine: Wall Street Plaza’s main club, this is the sort of place you want to end the night at, rather than start here. They stay open until 02:00 Thurs-Sunday, with the sizeable venue boasting some cool, rustic/industrial décor with exposed brick walls, wooden floors and chunky metal lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling on thick chains.
Wall Street Plaza
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 daily (Shine Club closes at 02:00 Thurs-Sun)
- Address: Wall Street Plaza, Wall Street, Downtown Orlando, FL 32801