10 Best Nightlife in Universal Orlando

Best Nightlife in Universal Orlando

The best nightlife in Universal Orlando is located in and around Universal CityWalk, the purpose built nightlife entertainment zone in the Universal Orlando complex. Most places in CityWalk have a cover charge to enter, although if you are planning a full evening of bar hopping you should consider purchasing their Part Pass which allows you access to all participating venues without cover charge and special drinks promotions. Live music features prominently at many of the venues with musical styles covering everything from Country and Western to Mississippi Blues. There are also a couple of nightclubs offering the latest party tunes to get you on the dancefloor.

Thankfully, families aren’t left out of the Universal’s nightlife offerings, with many restaurants welcoming all ages – either until a curfew time or, in some case, all night long. It should go without saying that the level of service at all of the best nightlife in Universal Orlando is extremely high and sure to impress.

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    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 actually 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.

    Hard Rock Café can be easily found on Universal Boulevard. 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. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 24:00 daily
    • Address: 6050 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, United States
    • Tel: +1 407 351 7625
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    Once the sun sets, Universal’s CityWalk is the busiest place in the area – and for good reason! Here you can watch great live shows, listen to top musicians, enjoy a meal, shop till late, play mini-golf or simply stroll the avenue and soak up the festive experience. Universal Orlando Resort's CityWalk is a great place to eat, drink, shop, and have fun! Located in the Universal Orlando complex, it is easy to reach and it free to enter. Read More...

    • Address: Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Boulevard, Olrando, FL 32819, USA
    • Tel: +1 407 836 8500
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    The Blue Man Group is a comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party combined! Enjoy an outrageous and sensory show from this worldwide group of talented performers in the heart of Universal Orlando Resort. Featuring an upbeat trio of multi-instrumentalists, the Blue Man Show Orlando has several episodes of audience participation and appeals to pretty much all ages. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Various show times
    • Address: Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
    • Tel: +1 407 258-3626
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    The Groove

    The Groove is a pumping nightclub in the Universal Orlando CityWalk area, featuring resident DJs who are renowned artists in their own right, such as DJ PopRoXxX and M-squared. Designed in the manner of an old movie theater, the huge space caters to those who want to dance and others who would rather take a booth and enjoy the company of friends. Live dancers entertain the crowd on podiums alongside very impressive lasers and lighting. Drinks are a little pricey, but that can be expected with most late night venues in Universal’s CityWalk. Music focuses on commercial dance, party pop and upbeat R’n’B. The Groove does have a dress code but they are pretty lenient compared to other clubs in Downtown Orlando.

    • Opening Hours: 20:00-02:00
    • Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Universal CityWalk, Orlando, FL 32819
    • Tel: +1 407 224 3663
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    Red Coconut Club

    Latino live bands, Top 40 hits and a lively crowd are what’s in store at Red Coconut Club. Split over two floors, you can choose to take a seat upstairs looking out over the night scenes below, or go straight into the action on the dancefloor. The décor is very 1950s in theme, but the kitsch fake palms and stars suit the relaxed mood perfectly. There is a cover charge but if you are planning a night out to all the hotspots on CityWalk, consider purchasing a Party Pass which offers free entry and exclusive drinks promotions. Ladies nights every Thursday.

    • Opening Hours: 20:00–02:00 daily
    • Address: Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando
    • Tel: +1 407-224-2425
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    Bob Marley A Tribute to Freedom

    This themed restaurant and bar which has recreated the look and feel of the house formerly belonging to the undisputed king of reggae music: Bob Marley. The Jamaican theme runs into the menu with jerk chicken, yucca fries and oxtail soup. Sunday nights are ladies night when there is no cover charge for the fairer sex and drinks promotions all night. There is a live reggae band on in the courtyard every night from 21:00. The Bob Marley Foundation actually collaborated with Universal to recreate an authentic layout, which is very immersive when rocking to the sounds of Bob (but slightly tempered by the souvenir shop selling T-shirts and beach towels).

    • Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday 16:00-22:00; Friday-Saturday 16:00-23:00 
    • Address: Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando
    • Tel: +1 407-224-2262
    • Price Range: $7 cover charge 21:00–02:00 (21 years and older after 21:00)
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    Rising Star Karaoke Club

    This live music joint takes karaoke to a while other level thanks to a professional band with an encyclopedic knowledge of pop, rock and country hits from the last 60 years. Singing to a large room can be a little daunting to some, but thankfully Rising Star even have backing singers who will help you keep the tune. As with most late night bars and clubs in Universal’s CityWalk, there is a cover charge of $7 but getting up on stage is free. You simply select the song you wish to sing then wait for your turn. Note that the live band is scheduled for Tuesday to Saturday every week; Sunday and Monday nights features backup singers with recorded tracks.

    • Opening Hours: 20:00-02:00
    • Address: Universal CityWalk 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando
    • Tel: 407 224 2961
    • Price Range: $7 entry fee
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    Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando

    Cowgirls is widely considered the best country bar in all of Orlando with sassy bar staff, a mechanical bull with competitions on weekends and a menu of classic burgers, ribs and grilled chicken – all served in huge portions, naturally. Located on International Drive, just outside the Universal Orlando complex, prices are much lower at Cowgirls than any of the bars or clubs located in CityWalk.

    • Opening Hours: Weekdays 16:00-02:00; Weekends 11:00-02:00
    • Address: 8371 International Dr. Ste. 80, Orlando
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    Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville

    Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is a family-friendly nightlife venue that is overflowing with good time vibes. Principally a restaurant serving a bar menu of burgers, popcorn shrimp and spicy nachos all ages are allowed in Margaritaville all the time – there is no curfew – but for mom and dad, the signature list of cocktails and live music will ensure a lively night out. The great thing about this venue is that live music and shows start early, at the family-friendly time of 18:00.

    • Opening Hours: 10:30-24:00
    • Address: 6000 Universal Studios CityWalk Plaza, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando
    • Tel: 407-224-2155
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    BB Kings Blues Club

    For fans of real live blues music, you can do no better than BB Kings Club. One of several branches spread across the US, here you will be treated to an atmospheric night of musical artists entertaining the crowd with southern Blues, inspired by BB King himself. Located south of the Universal Orlando complex at Pointe Orlando, there is a full bar menu including a Memphis style barbeque. This small and intimate live music joint welcomes the cream of American blues musicians every day of the week.

    • Opening Hours: 19:00-02:00
    • Address: 9101 International Dr. Suite 2230, Orlando
    • Tel: (407) 370-4550
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