Chic to Unique. Cheap to Cheeky: Orlando's Best Nightlife



You love the nightlife? You got to boogie? Well, Orlando’s got plenty of haunts for the beat driven (check out our 10Best Dance Clubs list for even more) but not everyone’s idea of nightlife involves throwing down to house or techno. For those don’t care as much about the dance floor as they do the incredible music and warm, unique atmosphere, the unparalleled Timucua Arts White House should suit. Those who prefer more of a $2.50 PBR dance party will feel right at home in their sneakers at downtown’s “everyone’s welcome” dance hall, the Independent. Depending on which night you go, the floor may be shaking to Motown or 80s, top 40 or disco classics, but the vibe is “un-sceney” and no one will mind your ripped jeans. How about something cheekier? At the Venue you may get a literal dose if Orlando’s resident burlesque troupe is performing. If not, you might find dance, song, experimental theater. The Venue serves it all and with a cozy bar in which to prep for your culture injection. You’ll be well prepared to take it in stride. 


Orlando Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre


You have come to the right place if you're looking for quality stand up comedy in Orlando and a delicious meal. Guests who arrive early can enjoy a leisurely dinner of items like the Comedy Club Cornbread, Bacon & Bleu Cheese Burger or the...  Read More




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 Church Street. Mad Cow –...  Read More




"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 speakeasy-like sensibility. White...  Read More




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 base" of Orlando's scintillating local entertainer/burlesque icon, Baby Blue Starr,...  Read More


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, just like the velvety...  Read More




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. Seriously man, no one's...  Read More




No one, whether tourist or local, would deny that the look of the Parliament House complex has seen better days (after all this groundbreaking gay resort had its inaugural in the 1970s) but when they call the place "dirty" and "trashy," they're...  Read More




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, they are more than happy to...  Read More


What happens when a world-class musician converts his beautiful downton Orlando home into an amazingly intimate performance space? Find out at the Timucua Arts White House, a gorgeous venue that hosts musicians and artists from all over the...  Read More




Located amid Orange Avenue's hip strip of Ivanhoe Village, the Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden should really be on everyone's list. Why? If you've ever pondered the potential joys of having a bar inside your favorite store, you won't ask....  Read More


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Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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