Orlando Nightlife, Comedy Clubs, Bars, Lounges and Dining
Hard Rock Cafe
From $22.95 Per Adult
Located at Universal Studios Orlando, this cafe is the largest Hard Rock Cafe in the world and features memorabilia from artists like Bob Dylan, the Beatles, KISS, Elvis, and many more.
Planet Hollywood - Orlando Walt Disney World
Premiere Meal - From $50.70 Per Adult
Design and enjoy your perfect star-studded meal as you enjoy VIP status with priority seating, starter salad, your choice of entrees, dessert, and more!
Orlando Comedy Clubs and Entertainment
At Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, enjoy a six-acre nighttime entertainment complex that offers shopping, dining and themed nightclubs as well as a late-night tribute to New Year's Eve, complete with fireworks and confetti. Within Pleasure Island’s seven nightclubs is the 290-seat The Comedy Warehouse. Every night, the “Who, What & Warehouse” Improv Company players deliver top-notch, family-friendly improvisational comedy never presenting the same show twice. Admission to the comedy club is included with Pleasure Island admission, which is $20.95 plus tax. For more information or tickets, visit waltdisneyworld.com.
At Universal CityWalk Orlando, enjoy shopping, dining and nightlife, including Bonkerz Comedy Club at CityJazz. Every Thursday through Saturday, enjoy national comics. Each Sunday, become entranced by Comic Hypnotist Doug MacCraw as seen on Comedy Central and America's Funniest People. Doors open each night at 6:30 p.m. and shows start at 8 p.m. The Herb Williams Band follows nightly at 9:30 p.m. nightly.
You must be 18 years or older to be admitted. For tickets, call 407-629-BONK.
SAK Comedy Lab has been an Orlando comedy institution since 1991. This 200-seat theatre located in downtown Orlando showcases some of the best and brightest improvisational comedians in the country. Its most famous alumnus is Wayne Brady, talk show host and star of the hit ABC TV show, “Whose Line is It Anyway?”
Specializing in improv comedy, SAK offers several clean comedy shows Tuesday through Saturday. The “Duel of Fools” show features two teams of SAK’s top comics who battle for laughs and score points from the audience judges. These seasoned professionals duke it out in a high-energy improv comedy competition every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Tuesdays, enjoy the “Lab Rat” Show, featuring graduates from SAK University Improv classes competing in a series of short scenes, songs, and games based on audience suggestions. Wednesdays are “Generation S” night, in which SAK’s rising stars strut their stuff in an improv show. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can also enjoy “FourPlay: The (Improvised) Musical,” where four actors present a full-length Broadway musical, “running their butts off” to play a whole complement of characters.
If you’re looking for a truly memorable vacation experience, the SAK comedy team will devote an entire scene to a family member, friend or loved one, based on questions that you answer ahead of time. You’ll even receive a videotape to commemorate the experience. The experience costs $125 and must be arranged in advance.
General admission to SAK Comedy Lab is $13. Students, seniors, military and Florida receive discounted admission of $10. For show schedules and more information, visit www.sak.com. For tickets, call 407-648-0001.
Downtown Orlando is also home to the Orlando Improv, part of the largest comedy circuit in the country, and the only area club booking "A-list" acts. The Improv chain jumpstarted the careers of well-known comedians including Robin Williams, Chris Rock, David Spade and Orlando native and Saturday Night Live alumnus Darrell Hammond (shown left), to name a few.
Big names who have appeared at the Orlando Improv include Hammond, Dave Attell, Richard Jeni and Dave Chappelle. Tuesdays are Apollo Night, with visiting comics from “BET Comic View,” “HBO Def Comedy Jam” and “Showtime at the Apollo.”
While you’re enjoying the comedy show, choose from a full menu of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Ticket prices vary per performance. To purchase, visit www.orlandoimprov.com or call 321-281-8000, ext. 5. You must be 21 or older to attend. Those 18 and older may purchase tickets for Wednesday College Night or the Saturday 10:30 p.m. show.
Orlando Nightlife Sizzles
If you’re single, there’s never been a better time to visit Orlando. The city’s booming nightlife scene, with distinctive bars and clubs, ensures that you’ll have plenty of nightlife options while in town.
Blue Martini, an upscale martini lounge located at The Mall at Millenia, is one of the area’s hottest new hangouts for singles. Live jazz music begins at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 p.m. on weekends. The nighttime music mix, which lasts until 2 a.m., ranges from classic hits of the 70s and 80s to R&B and contemporary hits. The lounge’s highlights include a martini list with 29 specialty drinks and a light-fare menu with items such as sushi, seared ahi tuna and fruit and cheese. The Blue Martini also hosts Ladies Night every Wednesday. From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., women will enjoy a complimentary cocktail upon arrival and discounted drink specials.
At its new International Drive location, Howl at the Moon Orlando promises a howlin' good time, as patrons sing their favorite oldies and rock 'n roll hits along with the club's dueling piano players.
GLO Lounge Orlando offers a glowing ambiance along with its tasty cocktails and billiard tables, while POSH Ultra Nightclub caters to upscale clientele with an Asian sake bar, Moroccan lounge and private VIP room.
Todd English’s bluezoo lives up to its name with its fashionable blue illuminated bar and signature zooberry cocktail. The restaurant has an extensive appetizer list and raw bar and has received awards for its unique design. Make sure you dress to impress when you visit this trendy nightspot!
Backstage at the Rosen Plaza Hotel is International Drive ’s original nightclub featuring live bands playing hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The lounge also offers nightly drink specials.
A night at Downtown Disney® Pleasure Island is the perfect way to celebrate being on vacation. With seven clubs to choose from, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. If you’re looking for a blast to the past, check out 8Trax, where you’ll find lava lamps and mirror balls along with hits from the 70s. Mannequins Dance Palace features a spinning dance floor and the Rock ‘n Roll Beach Club plays a variety of music from the 60s to the 90s on its three levels.
Orlando nightlife wouldn’t be complete without Universal CityWalk. With 30 acres of dining, events and entertainment, you’ll never run out of things to do. Especially popular with the singles crowd is the lively music at The Latin Quarter and karaoke at CityJazz. Live piano music can be heard at Pat O’Brien’s and the groove has mainstream dance music every night. If a relaxing atmosphere is more your thing, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is the place to kick back. The restaurant’s patio bar offers specialty drinks and live music nightly.
If you stay at one of the onsite hotels at Universal Orlando Resort, be sure to ask your concierge about Velvet Sessions, a prestigious invitation-only rock & roll cocktail party held the last Thursday of each month at Velvet Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. Each "session" features a different beverage theme, along with great food and live entertainment from top names in the music industry, including Cheap Trick, Uncle Kracker, Loverboy, Joan Jett and Quiet Riot.
Downtown Orlando Offerings
Downtown Orlando offers more than a dozen nightclubs, all within walking distance of each other along Orange Avenue, Central Boulevard and Church, Magnolia and Pine streets. Try the stylish Ybor Martini Bar or laid-back Wall Street Cantina, or for live music head to The Social. Hip Sky 60 has a South Beach vibe with cabana-style booths and Latitudes features live reggae. Both rooftop clubs have a great view of Orlando ’s skyline. A unique hideout is Eye Spylook for a British telephone booth on Washington Street (that’s the front door). Live comedy is on tap at Orlando Improv on Church Street and at the nearby SAK Comedy Lab, a training ground for new comedians.
Popular Orlando Locals Hangouts
To get your Latin groove on, check out Samba Room Latin Café’s Dance Club Nights on Friday and Saturday. On these nights, the restaurant brings in local Latin and Reggae bands from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and opens its dance floor. If you’re not into dancing, Samba Room also offers a $2 tapas menu in the lounge during Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 5-8 p.m.
To experience one of the hottest spots in town, be sure to visit HUE A Restaurant. With one of the most extensive happy hours in downtown and tasty appetizers, this chic restaurant is perfect if you’re looking to relax and enjoy a tasty cocktail.
Seasons 52 contains one of the area’s trendiest lounges. With a rotating piano bar featuring live entertainment and an extensive wine list consisting of 140 selections (more than 70 which available by the glass), the restaurant is a great place to enjoy a drink and one of Seasons 52’s famous flatbread appetizers.
Walt Disney World, Orlando
Walt Disney World has four theme parks, twenty-four onsite resorts, two water parks, four mini-golf courses, an interactive/video game park, and a...
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Disney
Discovery Cove, Orlando
Adjacent to Sea World, this water wildlife park offers visitors the chance to swim with dolphins, relax on sandy beaches or view beautiful coral.
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Wildlife park; Aquarium; Water park
Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando
Universal Studios Orlando is comprised of two amusement parks, three on-site hotels, and teh Citywalk area. The two amusement parks, Universal...
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Water park; Performance
SeaWorld Adventure Park, Orlando
A popular theme park featuring sea creatures, water playgrounds and animal performances.
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Aquarium
Epcot Center, Orlando
Epcot is made of two distinct areas, Future World and World Showcase. Future World focuses on communications, science, the environment, the...
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Disney
Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando
One of four separate theme parks within the Disney World complex. This park lets you explore the unpredictable world of animals on safari, in both their natural habitats and at stage shows.
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Disney; Wildlife park; Performance; Park
Magic Kingdom, Orlando
One of four separate theme parks within the Disney World complex, including famous rides such as Space Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, "It's a Small World" and The Jungle Cruise.
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Disney
Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando
Five islands feature family fun and adventure: Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent and Seuss Landing.
Attraction type: Performance; Amusement/theme park
La Nouba - Cirque du Soleil, Orlando
Permanent circus performance of La Nouba in a beautiful theater in Downtown Disney.
Attraction type: Disney; Performance
Disney-MGM Studios, Orlando
One of four separate theme parks within the Disney World complex. Site of the film and television studios of the Disney Company where visitors can "co-star" in a t.v. show or get a chance to watch a film or television production in the making.
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Disney; Performance
Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando
Located between the Downtown Disney Marketplace and Disney-MGM Studios, this fifty-six-acre tropically landscaped water park based around a huge wave pool covers 2.5 acres and holds 2.75 million gallons of water.
Attraction type: Water park; Disney; Amusement/theme park
Gatorland features 3,000 gators and 89 crocodiles, as well as a number of bird and snake exhibits.
Attraction type: Wildlife park; Amusement/theme park; Zoo
Blizzard Beach, Orlando
Located just north of the Disney's All-Star Resorts, this ski resort and water adventure park features several slides and a mini-park for children.
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Water park; Disney
Downtown Disney, Orlando
Disney World's shopping and dining area consists of Marketplace, Pleasure Island and West Side.
Attraction type: Town center/square/plaza; Specialty shop; Disney; Amusement/theme park
Pleasure Island, Orlando
Many themed bars and clubs in a six-acre complex in Downtown Disney.
Attraction type: Bar/club; Disney
A live Disney production held at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at Disney-MGM Studios featuring Disney characters, performers and pyrotechnics.
Attraction type: Disney; Performance
Wet 'n Wild, Orlando
Wet ‘n Wild Orlando 6200 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 351-1800 (800) 992-9453 firstname.lastname@example.org Attraction type: Water park; Amusement/theme park
Holy Land Experience, Orlando
The Holy Land Experience is designed to show visitors what it was like to live in the time of Jesus Christ.
Attraction type: Amusement/theme park; Specialty museum; Specialty shop
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, Orlando
Even if you don't solve the mystery, you will be entertained in a lively fashion while enjoying a three-course meal.
Attraction type: Dinner theater
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show, Orlando
Admission includes a Carriage Room Opening Act, a Main Show in the Arena and a four-course dinner.
Attraction type: Performance; Dinner theater