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Bars, Bites and Good Beats:
Orlando Nightlife Near The Theme Parks
Orlando is home to a thriving nightlife scene, with many excitingoptions in the tourism district for those looking to extend their fun beyondthe theme parks. According to Wallethub.com, Orlando has the most nightlife establishments per 100,000residents, clocking in nearly 300. Specially-themed bars and theme parkquality entertainment create even more unforgettable memories after dark, fromIndiana Jones themed cocktails to free-roam virtual reality and amphibiouscars. New additions like Mango's Tropical Café, offer variety and atmosphere,while classic favorites from high-energy dance clubs to laid-back pubs ensurenighttime fun for any taste. Take a stroll through Disney Springs for innovativeeateries and dynamic entertainment, or spring for a massive milkshake atUniversal Citywalk's Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.With several distinct areas to choose from, Orlando's playful energy kicks itup a notch once the sun goes down.
International Drive,commonly known as I-Drive, features an abundance of shopping, dining andentertainment for daytime or nighttime fun. Newly opened, Mango's Tropical Café features excitinglive shows, dancing and world-famous cocktails within a vivacious Miami-styleclub. At I-Drive 360, Tin Roofoffers 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 duelingpianos at Howl at the MoonOrlando. Located on I-Drive, PointeOrlando fuses dining and entertainment with spots ranging from thedistinctive flavors of CubaLibre 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 comedyof Improv Comedy Club & DinnerTheatre. More recently, Pointe Orlando welcomed Main Event Entertainmentto their eclectic range of venues. This unique entertainment complex offersgreat eats, hand-crafted drinks and a myriad of high-energy activities. Guestscan try to defy gravity on the Gravity Ropes, bowl a strike at thestate-of-the-art bowling alley, get the highest score at the games galleryfeaturing over 100 video, interactive and virtual games, and grab a friend toplay the first ever free-roam multi-player virtual reality game, V PlayReality.
Located within close proximity to Orlando'sworld-famous theme parks and a short drive from the Orlando Orange CountyConvention Center, "Restaurant Row," is a 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) stretch ofSand Lake Road featuring over two dozen exquisite restaurants. Many featureextensive bars, comprehensive wine lists and live music. Diners can indulge in sushi made with fish flown from Japan at the Dragonfly RobataGrill, savor a signature martini at Bar Louie or experience a throwbackto the 1940's with Urbain40. More than 225 tequilas are featured at Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar, whileone of the largest and most compressive wine lists in Orlando is waiting at Vines Grille & Wine Bar. Sip onelegant cocktails over some of the best seafood in town at EddieV's or travel through a faux elevator door to the speakeasy-style Pharmacy for a hand-crafted cocktail.Chow down at Slate for modernAmerican Wood Grilled cuisine serving a diverse menu from pumpkin gnocchi tofilet mignon.
UniversalCityWalk 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, AntojitosAuthentic Mexican Food, Emeril's Orlando, and VivoItalian Kitchen. Nightclubs and other after-hour hot spots include CityWalk'sRising Star karaoke club, where visitors can take center stage for a momentin the spotlight and perform with a live band complete with backup singers. ClassicAmerican cuisine hits the spot at the world's largest HardRock Café, while world-famous names in music and comedy perform at theadjacent HardRock Live Orlando. Diners can drink in paradise at JimmyBuffet's Margaritaville, the popular landmark restaurant featuring livemusic every night and a menu filled with Key West and Caribbean influencedflavors. A little of the Big Easy is offered at PatO'Brien's, home of dueling pianos and the world-famous Hurricane drink. Newto Universal Citywalk, guests with a sweet tooth can dine at ToothsomeChocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen for one-of-a kind gourmettreats, specialty custom flavored milkshakes like Bacon Brittle and Red Velvet,and appetizers and entrees with a chocolate twist. Catch the big game on nearly100 HD Screens at NBCSports Grill & Brew while grubbing out on hearty game day dishes likeAngus steaks, burgers and house-made kettle chips, and choose from over 100selections of beer from their expansive beer garden.
Formerly Downtown Disney,this 120-acre (46.8-hectare) entertainment-shopping-dining complex at WaltDisney World Resort offers double the number of shops, restaurants and othervenues to explore. Disney Springs provides four distinct neighborhoods forguests to explore: The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center.Experience high-class dining at TheBOATHOUSE an upscale, waterfront dining experience that will immerse guestsboth on land and on water with live music, guided tours and a gourmet menuserved daily until 2 a.m. Also open late is MorimotoAsia's Forbidden Lounge, offering pan-Asian bar food and cocktails wellpast the hours of the general restaurant, if you can find the "hidden" VIPentrance 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 ahigh-end steakhouse, for a high-energy evening of entertainment and rooftopdining. For a fun nightcap, stop by JockLindsey'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, guestscan dine at Raglan Road Irish Pub andRestaurant for authentic Irish fare, live music, and a show from theaward-winning Irish dancers. Grab a bite at Chef Art Smith's Homecomingfor delicious southern inspired meals showcasing southern staples like deviledeggs, fried chicken and Chef Art Smith's infamous Shine Cake. Newly remodeled, Planet HollywoodObservatory allows diners to become a star, or at least be treated likeone, 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 ofBlues, an eclectic music hall that plays host to world-famous musicians andsoulful eats; Gloria Estefan-inspired Bongo'sCuban Café; premier dine-in experience at AMCDisney Springs 24 movie theater; theimaginative La Nouba byCirque du Soleil; and Splitsville,a vintage, retro-style bowling alley with a fresh spin on music, dining andentertainment.
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 vacationdestination and the mostvisited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of uniqueexperiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary themeparks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks,entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports andnightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options thannearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquelythemed hotels.
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