Nightlife in Orlando may not be the biggest priority for most, but in actual fact, the city – along with its several big-name theme parks – hosts an awesome range of restaurants, bars, clubs and live shows.
Both Disney and Universal promise plenty in the way of things to do after dark, including whole zones dedicated to nightlife, such as the popular CityWalk or the famous Wishes Nighttime firework display over Cinderella’s Castle. Orlando’s quaint downtown area also comes alive in the evening, with a solid mix of local-style taverns, modern bars, rooftop spots and live theater. There’s also now a lot of huge nightclubs dotted around town, hosting everything from live rock bands to globetrotting EDM DJs. Find our list of the best nightlife in Orlando below.
Wall Street PlazaDowntown Orlando
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. Head to Hooch for their 16:00-19:00 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...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 daily (Shine Club closes at 02:00 Thurs - Sun)
- Address: Wall Street, Downtown Orlando, FL 32801
Pointe OrlandoInternational Drive
Pointe Orlando follows the same sort of concept as Wall Street Plaza, with several nightlife venues wrapped up as one easy-to-reach entertainment and leisure hub just off International Drive. Other than all the watering holes, you’ll find a multi-screen cinema, a dozen or so shops, and several restaurants, meaning this is a great place to hang out in the daytime too (many venues here are open from 12:00). As for drinks, head to Minus5 Ice Bar to escape the heat (every is made of ice), Blue Martini for a slightly more upscale atmosphere or B.B King’s Blues Club for some live music and classic Southern comfort food. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 22:00
- Address: 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
- Tel: +1 407 264 2905
Downtown ClubsLake Eola
Nightclubs in Orlando – particularly the ones found in the lively downtown area around Lake Eola Park – have welcomed the global phenomenon that is EDM with open arms, with international DJs packing out clubs here on a weekly basis. For relentless dance music, check out Vain club near the park, or venture into the world of lasers, lights and shiny surfaces in the highly-rated Tier club nearby. The Beacham provides a huge space set in a converted old warehouse, proves to be a popular one-off event venue – as well as throwing the occasional themed party – while Parliament House is the best place to check out Orlando’s thriving LGBT scene. For a more upscale party, head to the swanky Venue 578 or hit the sleek dance floor at ONO Nightclub along with hundreds of other 20-somethings. Read More...
Although its theme parks close around 20:00, that doesn’t stop Universal from keeping in the crowds with its range of nightlife options – most of which can be found in and around their popular ‘CityWalk’. Dubbed as Universal Orland’s ‘entertainment hotspot’, many of the bars, restaurants and shows here keep going well past midnight. Of course, the Hard Rock Café here is always a safe bet when it comes to good, honest food and sing-along rock anthems, while other top dining spots include the celebrity chef-ran Emeril’s and The Cowfish, a sushi and burger bar. There’s also a cinema, mini-golf course and nightly performances from the excellent Blue Man Group (tickets needed). Read More...
- Opening Hours: All day until 24:00
- Address: 6000 Universal Boulevard, Olrando, FL 32819, USA
Kings Bowl OrlandoInternational Drive
Bowling, billiards and two lively bars all under one roof make this one of the top family-friendly things to do at night in Orlando. Located on the prominent International Drive and right by Universal, it’s also super easy to reach if you’re staying at one of the nearby resorts. There’re 22 ten-pin bowling lanes in total, alongside lots of other games such as billiards, table tennis, foosball and a full bocce court. Food wise, don’t expect anything particularly memorable (think wings, burgers and pizzas), although drinks menu does throw out some surprises such as craft ales and signature cocktails for under $10. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 02:00
- Address: 8255 International Dr #120, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
- Tel: +1 407 363 0200
Among the lineup of bars, restaurants, shops and other entertainment venues at the popular Pointe Orlando (International Drive), this Comedy Club stands out as the most original, promising a night of adult-only laughs. The Improve Comedy Club has been heralded as a launching pad for the careers of dozens of famous comedians today, welcoming talent such as Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Drew Carey to the stage since opening some 40 years ago. Do check the schedule before arriving, with the club normally only staging events Thursday through Sunday. ID required (21+ only). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Opening times subject to event
- Address: 9101 International Drive Suite 2310, Pointe Orlando, FL 32819
- Tel: +1 407 480 5233
House of BluesDowntown Disney
One glance at House of Blue’s (HOB) impressive calendar of events and it’s clear to see that this is one venue which takes its live music seriously, with some huge homegrown and international names booked in on a regular basis. The huge venue a divided up into several zones, include a dining room, laidback bar area and a main concert hall, which is where the music happens. Non-blues fans shouldn’t be put off either; HOB is much more than just soft rock, with everything from EDM to pop, acoustic solo artists to thrash metal being belted out to hundreds of fans every week. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - 23:00
- Address: Downtown Disney, 490 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
- Tel: +1 407 934 2583
Cirque du Soleil OrlandoWalt Disney World
Orlando has theater performances of all shapes and sizes, but the show that proves the biggest and best year after year is Disney’s Cirque du Soleil. Running every night at 18:00 and 21:00, the dazzling 90-minute show is good for all ages, and follows the story of how two opposing worlds (that of the flamboyant circus artists and contrasting urbanites – dressed all in black) come together in the most spectacular of fashion. The impressive theater is located towards the east part of ‘Downtown Disney’, with tickets priced at $59. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tues - Sat 18:00 and 21:00
- Address: Disney Springs Area 1478 Buena, Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
- Tel: +1 407 939 7328
This old favorite might not be the most original or adventurous place to spend the night, but after a busy day of chasing the kids around a theme park, more adventure is the last thing you need. Located along Universal’s buzzing CityWalk, at Hard Rock Café you know exactly what’s in store; feel-good American food, classic rock anthems and service with a genuine smile every time. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 00:30 daily
- Address: Universal CityWalk, 6050 Universal Boulevard
- Tel: +1 818 622 7625
Wishes Nighttime Fireworks ShowWalt Disney World
Your kids’ trip of a lifetime to see Mickey and Co at Disney World simply isn’t complete without witnessing the spectacular that is Wishes Nighttime, the iconic firework show that illuminates Cinderella’s Castle at The Magic Kingdom every night. The first firework is sent up into the night sky at 22:00 sharp, with the show lasting 12 minutes in total. Ticket holders who have spent the day at Disney can get up close for the best vantage points at the end of Main Street, although the firework display can also be enjoyed from outside the park – as long as you have a good view of the main castle, you’ll be able to enjoy the display for free! Read More...
- Location: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando