Best Orlando, FL Nightlife

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    10. Orlando Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre

    Comedy is subjective, of course, but if you're a fan of stand-up and looking for a relatively intimate venue that books plenty of performers you've heard of -- at last update names like Jay Mohr, Mo'Nique, Carlos...

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    9. Mad Cow Theatre

    What began as a two-show project conceived by a few local theater professionals in 1997 has since grown into something so big , it recently moved from its longtime downtown digs into a brand new second-floor space on...

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    8. Jazz Tastings

    It's a common occurrence in the City Beautiful: you're minding your own business in some unassuming little shopping plaza and BOOM! (or in this case, the noise is a bit smoother, maybe with a little piano, some sax...

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    7. The Venue

    Set in the heart of eclectic Ivanhoe Village, the Venue is a veritable ground-zero for edgy arts and entertainment in Orlando. Perhaps most notably the home of VarieTEASE, Orlando's scintillating burlesque troupe...

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    6. The Matador

    Orlando has more than a few venues for quality cocktails. The Matador is one of them. Its off-the-path Ivanhoe location is a nice alternative to the downtown scene. Its plush, inviting interior -- warm and well-worn,...

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    5. Independent Bar

    Vintage rock to top 40, indie to 80s new wave, the Independent Bar hits that sweet spot between dance club and dive bar, a place where patrons are welcome to dress to impress or roll in in Chucks and ripped jeans....

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    3. Kush Ultralounge

    "Sleek." "Sexy." "Clandestine." These are just three words that Kush enthusiasts use to describe their favorite Orlando hookah lounge, a hip upstairs hideaway where fans of the shisha delight in hip digs with...

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    2. The Wine Room

    The Tuscan-styled Wine Room makes use of a system of self-serve, portion-controlled Enomatic wine dispensers to facilitate service. And seriously? It's fantastic. Staffers here are not only passionate about wines,...

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About Orlando, FL Nightlife

Even after theme parks close, Orlando keeps the action going with everything from hotel bars to swinging dance clubs. The four main areas of nighttime activity center on Downtown Disney, Disney's Pleasure Island, Universal Studios CityWalk, and downtown Orlando's Orange Avenue. Disney certainly knows how to throw a party, as visitors will agree after visiting the House of Blues, Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba, and Comedy Warehouse. Universal, too, packs frolickers into nightclubs like Bob Marley and the Latin Quarter. The Social, a live music club, and Tabu, a dance club, shake up downtown Orlando and appeal to professionals, locals, and tourists alike. Plus, downtown's SAK Comedy Club draws rave reviews for its stand-up and improv shows. Many resorts and hotels boast top-notch bars and lounges of their own and make for an ideal night, as proven by glitzy Top of the Palace Lounge on the 27th floor of the Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa. Other hip possibilities include Houston's in Winter Park and Bahama Breeze on famed International Drive.

About Elizabeth Baxley

Elizabeth C. Baxley is a Travel Editor for 10Best, Inc. Her favorite travel experiences have involved studying theater in London and exploring the streets of Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. She served as a contributor to the 10Best Travel Guides for Dallas and Washington, D.C., and her writings have also appeared in Upstate Parent.

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