Live Music: Small, smoky and – if you like intimate spaces and great music sans pretention and expensive decor – sexy, Tanqueray's is an "underground" music venue where the drinks are cold and the horns blow hot. Wind your way downstairs and there's that feeling of immersion into music that's pure and free and primal. The place has big-city, film-noir dive-bar essence, friendly staffers, inexpensive beverages and a devoting following. For some, it's the ideal appetizer for a night exploring Orlando's downtown. For others, it's a nightcap. Or perhaps a way to extend the revelry into the wee hours – in the company of some spectacular local musicians.
Lounges: Having trouble finding Tanqueray's? Look down! It's located below street level in what used to be a bank vault. Perhaps this lingering smell of money is why the establishment is a popular happy hour spot for Orlando's attorneys and other dealmakers. Tanqueray's has an extremely loyal clientele who claim it is a haven from the usual tourist mobs. These same locals rave about the bartenders' skill at pouring a Guinness pint as well as the – couldn't you guess – Tanqueray Martinis. Several nights a week there are excellent live jazz, rock, or blues bands. Dressy casual.
Local Expert A.D. Thompson Says:
Live Music: "In keeping with the unwritten rules of dive, smokers are welcome. Sensitive nonsmokers will want to take note."
Best for Live Music Because: Live shows aren't just for the college crowd. From Sinatra to smooth jazz standards, Vines offers sophisticated ears some stellar musicianship in chic digs.