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Orlando Nightlife: Beyond the Theme Park

Orlando is home to a thriving nightlife scene with exciting options for those looking to extend their fun beyond the theme park. From ultra-hip bars and high-energy dance clubs to laid-back pubs and extensive retail, dining and entertainment complexes, Orlando offers several distinct areas to live it up once the sun goes down.

INTERNATIONAL DRIVE

International Drive, commonly known as I-Drive, features a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment for daytime or nighttime fun. Visitors can play  over 200 games at Dave & Buster's, sip on a cocktail off 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. Opening summer 2015, Mango's Tropical Café will offer new and exciting live shows, dancing and world-famous cocktails. At the new I-Drive 360 complex, Tin Roof offers guests live music performances by Central Florida's best artists. Located on I-Drive, Pointe Orlando fuses dining and entertainment with spots ranging from the unique 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. New additions include  RA Sushi and Minus5° Ice Bar. In 2015 Pointe Orlando will welcome Blue Martini to the mix of dining, shopping and entertainment hot spots.

"RESTAURANT ROW"

Located within close proximity to Orlando's world-class theme parks and a short drive from the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, "Restaurant Row," located on Sand Lake Road, is a 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) stretch featuring 20 exquisite restaurants, many of which feature extensive bars, comprehensive wine lists and live music. Sample a signature martini at Bar Louie, try one of the more than 225 tequilas featured at Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar, select from one of the largest and most compressive wine lists in Orlando 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 Pharmacy for a hand-crafted cocktail.

UNIVERSAL CITYWALK

Recently expanded with eight new venues, Universal CityWalk is referred to as "The Entertainment Capital of Orlando" 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 the Hog Dog Hall of FameCowFishAntojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Bread Box and Red Oven Pizza Bakery, all newly opened. 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. Guests can grab a bite of classic American cuisine at the world's largest Hard Rock Café and catch world-famous names in music and comedy 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.

DISNEY SPRINGS

Formerly Downtown Disney, this 120-acre (46.8-hectare) entertainment-shopping-dining complex at Walt Disney World Resort will offer double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues to explore. The new area will open in phases with expected completion in 2016. Notable nightlife fun within the area includes House of Blues, an eclectic music hall that plays host to world-famous musicians and soulful eats; Gloria Estafan-inspired Bongo's Cuban Café; premier dine-in experience at AMC Downtown Disney 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. New to the lineup in Spring 2015 will be 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.

WINTER PARK

Charming and elegant, this neighborhood just north of Downtown Orlando offers plenty of relaxing and even luxurious nightlife. Visitors can sample dozens of wines by the ounce at The Wine Room, accompanied by cheese plates and a cozy atmosphere. Southern hospitality and panache make for a fun locale to enjoy specialty cocktails, beer or wine at The Porch. Choose from 7,000 bottles of wine stored in a gorgeous two-story wine vault dubbed the "jewel box," at Luma on Park, or have a pint and traditional Irish fare at Fiddler's Green Irish Pub & Eatery. For a swanky adventure, time travel back several decades within the password-protected walls of Park Social, the local speakeasy.

DOWNTOWN ORLANDO

Church Street

Nighttime action is centered along Orange Avenue and its intersections of Church Street, Magnolia Street, Central Boulevard and Pine Street. Church Street, the central hub of downtown nightlife scene, comes alive with a variety of unique and robust establishments including Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant and Hamburger Mary's, a LGBT-friendly burger joint. Visitors can take in the downtown views at a selection of rooftop bars, including Latitudes and One80 Grey Goose Lounge, located at the top of the Amway Center.

Orange Avenue

Orange Ave offers a wide range of bars, clubs and restaurants to match any mood. Purveyors of craft beer will enjoy Tap & Grind and The Imperial, while Ember Bar & Restaurant, just off Orange Ave, offers an upscale, European tavern atmosphere. For live entertainment, SAK Comedy Lab's performers make up scenes and songs on the spot. BackBooth and The Social showcase local and national acts in an intimate setting. Guest experience the Prohibition era at Orlando's unique downtown speakeasies, including The Courtesy, serving up handcrafted cocktails, cozy second-flood craft bar The Woods; and Hanson's Shoe Repair, a unique bar requiring a nightly password available by phone. Game-lovers can test their skills at table hockey or a host of traditional board games at Frank & Steins, just off Orange on Magnolia Ave. Night owls can also grab a slice from Gitto's pizza, or stop in for a cigar and drink at Corona Cigar Co.

Wall Street Plaza

A grouping of various bars and eating establishments all on one street, Wall Street includes Shine, Waitiki Retro Tiki Lounge, Monkey Bar, Wall Street Cantina, and the newest addition, Sideshow. Wall Street hosts special events throughout the year and has live music during the weekends with their popular outdoor block parties.

Thornton Park

Trendy and eclectic, Thornton Park is a local favorite for relaxed fun in a variety of bars and restaurants. Fans of dinner and drinks will enjoy funky burger bar Graffiti Junktion and a literal fiesta at Mucho Tequila & Tacos. Wine lovers can drink their fill within the laidback class of Lake Eola Wine Co. or walk across the street to enjoy an extensive beer selection at World of Beer on Lake Eola. Dive bar Burton's Bar is a local favorite, and fans of burlesque can shake their tail feathers or try their hand at billiards at Stardust Longue.