Nightlife in Orlando may not be the biggest priority for most, but the city – along with its several big-name theme parks – hosts an awesome range of restaurants, bars, clubs and live shows. You’ll certainly not be lacking for choice.

    Both Disney and Universal promise plenty in the way of things to do after dark, including whole zones dedicated to nightlife, such as the popular CityWalk™ or the famous nightly light and firework shows over Cinderella’s Castle. Orlando’s quaint downtown area also comes alive in the evening, with a solid mix of local-style taverns, modern bars, rooftop spots and live theatre. There’s a good selection of huge nightclubs dotted around town, hosting everything from live rock bands to globetrotting EDM DJs.

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    Wall Street Plaza

    Downtown Orlando

    Even though many of the bars here get packed-out with day-trippers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and international tourists, Wall Street Plaza - right in the heart of Downtown – still offers a more ‘local’ experience compared to other nightlife areas in Orlando. This entertainment complex promises a fun mix of laidback restaurants, lively bars, and all-out nightclubs, with 7 venues in total. Head to Hooch for their 4pm to 7pm happy hour and alfresco setting, Monkey Bar for cheap and delicious martinis, Sideshow for feel-good American food and live sports, and end your night at Shine, a cheesy yet hugely popular nightclub.

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    Location: 25 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

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    Pointe Orlando

    International Drive

    Pointe Orlando is an all-in-one dining, nightlife and shopping complex wrapped up as one easy-to-reach entertainment and leisure hub just off International Drive. Other than all the watering holes, you’ll find a multi-screen cinema, a dozen or so shops, and several restaurants, meaning this is a great place to hang out in the daytime, too. As for drinks, head to Blue Martini for an upscale atmosphere or B.B King’s Blues Club for some live music and classic Southern comfort food.

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    Location: 9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Open: Daily from 11am to 9pm

    Phone: +1 407-248-2838

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    Downtown Clubs

    Lake Eola

    Nightclubs in Orlando – particularly the ones found in the lively downtown area around Lake Eola Park – see international DJs packing out venues on a weekly basis. Venture into the world of lasers, lights and shiny surfaces in the highly-rated Tier Nightclub. The Beacham provides a huge space set in a converted old warehouse and hosts great one-off events and themed parties. Parliament House is one of the best places to check out Orlando’s thriving LGBT scene.

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    Universal CityWalk

    Universal Orlando Resort

    Although its theme parks close around 8pm, that doesn’t stop Universal from keeping in the crowds with its range of nightlife options, most of which can be found in and around the popular CityWalk™. Dubbed as Universal Orlando™’s ‘entertainment hotspot’, many of the bars, restaurants and shows here keep going well past midnight. Of course, the Hard Rock Cafe® here is always a safe bet when it comes to good, honest food and sing-along rock anthems, while other top dining spots include a sushi and burger bar. There’s also a cinema, mini-golf course and nightly performances from the excellent Blue Man Group.

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    Location: Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Open: Daily from 8am to 2.30am

    Phone: +1 407-363-8000

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    Kings Dining & Entertainment

    International Drive

    Bowling, billiards and 2 lively bars all under 1 roof make this among the top family-friendly things to do at night in Orlando. Located on the prominent International Drive and right by Universal, it’s also super-easy to reach if you’re staying at one of the nearby resorts. There are 22 10-pin bowling lanes in total, alongside lots of other games such as billiards, table tennis, foosball and a full bocce court. Food-wise, expect wings, burgers and pizzas, but the drinks menu also throws out some surprises such as craft ales and signature cocktails for under $10.

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    Location: 8255 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 2pm to midnight, Friday–Saturday from noon to 2am, Sundays from noon to midnight

    Phone: +1 407-363-0200

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    Orlando Improv Comedy Club

    International Drive

    Among the line-up of bars, restaurants, shops and other entertainment venues at the popular Pointe Orlando, this Comedy Club stands out as the most original nightspot, promising a night of adult-only laughs. The Improv Comedy Club has been heralded as a launchpad for the careers of dozens of famous comedians today, welcoming talents such as Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Drew Carey to the stage since opening more than 40 years ago. Check the schedule before arriving, with the club normally only staging events Thursday through Sunday.

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    Location: 9101 International Dr Suite 2310, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Phone: +1 407-480-5233

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    House of Blues

    Disney Springs

    One glance at House of Blue’s (HOB) impressive calendar of events and it’s clear to see that this is one venue that takes its live music seriously. They’ve got some huge homegrown and international names booked in on a regular basis. The massive venue is divided up into several zones, include a dining room, laidback bar area and a main concert hall, which is where the music happens. Non-blues fans shouldn’t be put off either; HOB is much more than just soft rock, with everything from EDM to pop, acoustic solo artists to thrash metal being belted out to hundreds of fans every week.

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    Location: Disney Springs, 1490 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30am to 11pm, Friday–Saturday from 11.30am to 1am

    Phone: +1 407-934-2583

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    Hard Rock Cafe Orlando

    Universal Orlando Resort

    This old favourite might not be the most original or adventurous place to spend the night, but after a busy day of chasing the kids around a theme park, more adventure is the last thing you need. Located along Universal’s buzzing CityWalk™, at Hard Rock Cafe® you know exactly what’s in store; feel-good American food, classic rock anthems and service with a genuine smile every time.

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    Location: Universal Orlando Resort, 6050 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Open: Daily from 8.30am to midnight

    Phone: +1 407-351-7625

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