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Orlando's Food Scene Evolves
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Orlando is home to a thriving nightlife scene, with many exciting options in the tourism district for those looking to extend their fun beyond the theme parks. According to Wallethub.com, Orlando has the most nightlife establishments per 100,000 residents, clocking in nearly 300. Specially-themed bars and theme park quality entertainment create even more unforgettable memories after dark, from Indiana Jones themed cocktails to free-roam virtual reality and amphibious cars. New additions like Mango's Tropical Café, offer variety and atmosphere, while classic favorites from high-energy dance clubs to laid-back pubs ensure nighttime fun for any taste. Take a stroll through Disney Springs for innovative eateries and dynamic entertainment, or spring for a massive milkshake at Universal Citywalk's Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. With several distinct areas to choose from, Orlando's playful energy kicks it up a notch once the sun goes down.
International Drive, commonly known as I-Drive, features an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment for daytime or nighttime fun. Newly opened, Mango's Tropical Café features exciting live shows, dancing and world-famous cocktails within a vivacious Miami-style club. At I-Drive 360, Tin Roof offers guests live music performances by Central Florida's best artists. Visitors can sip on a cocktail at a bar made entirely of ice at ICEBAR, enjoy a fiesta at Señor Frogs or rock out to dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon Orlando. Located on I-Drive, Pointe Orlando fuses dining and entertainment with spots ranging from the distinctive flavors of Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar and Greek dancing on the tables at Taverna Opa to the Southern comfort food of B.B King's Blues Club and nightly comedy of Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre. More recently, Pointe Orlando welcomed Main Event Entertainment to their eclectic range of venues. This unique entertainment complex offers great eats, hand-crafted drinks and a myriad of high-energy activities. Guests can try to defy gravity on the Gravity Ropes, bowl a strike at the state-of-the-art bowling alley, get the highest score at the games gallery featuring over 100 video, interactive and virtual games, and grab a friend to play the first ever free-roam multi-player virtual reality game, V Play Reality.
Located within close proximity to Orlando's world-famous theme parks and a short drive from the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, "Restaurant Row," is a 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) stretch of Sand Lake Road featuring over two dozen exquisite restaurants. Many feature extensive bars, comprehensive wine lists and live music. Diners can indulge in sushi made with fish flown from Japan at the Dragonfly Robata Grill, savor a signature martini at Bar Louie or experience a throwback to the 1940's with Urbain 40. More than 225 tequilas are featured at Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar, while one of the largest and most compressive wine lists in Orlando is waiting at Vines Grille & Wine Bar. Sip on elegant cocktails over some of the best seafood in town at Eddie V's or travel through a faux elevator door to the speakeasy-style Pharmacy for a hand-crafted cocktail. Chow down at Slate for modern American Wood Grilled cuisine serving a diverse menu from pumpkin gnocchi to filet mignon.
Universal CityWalk is a great place for guests to grab a quick snack, relax over dinner, mingle over cocktails, see an electrifying concert or dance the night away. Hungry guests can select from a variety of dining options, such as CowFish, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Emeril's Orlando, and Vivo Italian Kitchen. Nightclubs and other after-hour hot spots include CityWalk's Rising Star karaoke club, where visitors can take center stage for a moment in the spotlight and perform with a live band complete with backup singers. Classic American cuisine hits the spot at the world's largest Hard Rock Café, while world-famous names in music and comedy perform at the adjacent Hard Rock Live Orlando. Diners can drink in paradise at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, the popular landmark restaurant featuring live music every night and a menu filled with Key West and Caribbean influenced flavors. A little of the Big Easy is offered at Pat O'Brien's, home of dueling pianos and the world-famous Hurricane drink. New to Universal Citywalk, guests with a sweet tooth can dine at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen for one-of-a kind gourmet treats, specialty custom flavored milkshakes like Bacon Brittle and Red Velvet, and appetizers and entrees with a chocolate twist. Catch the big game on nearly 100 HD Screens at NBC Sports Grill & Brew while grubbing out on hearty game day dishes like Angus steaks, burgers and house-made kettle chips, and choose from over 100 selections of beer from their expansive beer garden.
Formerly Downtown Disney, this 120-acre (46.8-hectare) entertainment-shopping-dining complex at Walt Disney World Resort offers double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues to explore. Disney Springs provides four distinct neighborhoods for guests to explore: The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center. Experience high-class dining at The BOATHOUSE an upscale, waterfront dining experience that will immerse guests both on land and on water with live music, guided tours and a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. Also open late is Morimoto Asia's Forbidden Lounge, offering pan-Asian bar food and cocktails well past the hours of the general restaurant, if you can find the "hidden" VIP entrance along the side of the building. Eat in style at STK, which opened its doors in summer 2016, and combines an ultra-hip lounge with a high-end steakhouse, for a high-energy evening of entertainment and rooftop dining. For a fun nightcap, stop by Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar for a Fountain of Youth or Cool-headed Monkey cocktail, a nod to Temple of Doom. For a bona fide Irish pub experience, guests can dine at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant for authentic Irish fare, live music, and a show from the award-winning Irish dancers. Grab a bite at Chef Art Smith's Homecoming for delicious southern inspired meals showcasing southern staples like deviled eggs, fried chicken and Chef Art Smith's infamous Shine Cake. Newly remodeled, Planet Hollywood Observatory allows diners to become a star, or at least be treated like one, with an expanded menu offering new items like Lobster Feast Fra Diavolo, live music, and a renovated interior featuring rare Hollywood memorabilia. Additional nightlife fun within the area includes House of Blues, an eclectic music hall that plays host to world-famous musicians and soulful eats; Gloria Estefan-inspired Bongo's Cuban Café; premier dine-in experience at AMC Disney Springs 24 movie theater; the imaginative La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil; and Splitsville, a vintage, retro-style bowling alley with a fresh spin on music, dining and entertainment.
The Orlando Destination
Home to seven of the world's top theme parks, Orlando - Theme Park Capital of the WorldSM is the No. 1 family vacation destination and the most visited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of unique experiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports and nightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels.
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