The Live Wire: Where To Hear Music in Orlando

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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What’s that Triumph sang about – thee “magic power” of the music? Well, you may have heard of Triumph – or not – but the sentiment holds true regardless. Most people aren’t steadfast in their musical tastes. Jazz, blues, hip hop, soul, rock, country…. It just depends on the mood, really. So, what’s yours? Are you staying in the resort area and looking to stay put and marinate in a vacationer’s vibe? Check out Bob Marley: A Tribute To Freedom at Universal CityWalk for live reggae and the umbrella drinks to pair with it. Feel like unearthing something special that even the locals aren’t all hip to just yet? Head over to Maitland...  Read more »

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    House of Blues Orlando

    Great sound? Check. Diverse acts? Check. Chuck in the phenomenal folk art, indoor/outdoor bars and Downtown...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Wanna stake out a great spot (especially if you're vertically challenged like me)? Come early. I like the rail by the first floor bar. It's elevated, allows for leaning and gives you a place to set down either bag or beer or both. "

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    The Social

    The Social is where locals catch hot nationals, old favorites and burgeoning bands from ska to speed metal.

    Local Expert Tip: "On a busy night, your best bet for a faster drink is at the second bar in the back."

     
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    Jazz Tastings

    For being a hidden, jazz-laden gem the locals are still stumbling upon (and pairing it with nice light fare), Jazz Tastings gets the nod.

    Local Expert Tip: "The wine is fine and the tapas are tasty. Come hungry and sample. Their upscale version of chicken and waffles may hit a high note on your palate."

     
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    Will's Pub

    Will's Pub prides itself on a make-up of booze, bands and billiards. A legion of loyal locals keeps them high on the list.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a mellower, smoke-free alternative, check out Will's Pub offspring Lil' Indies right next door. Cool, arty little wine space. Great trivia nights!"

     
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    The Plaza Live

    Plaza Live Orlando boasts a wonderfully diverse roster of performances and unpretentious, anti-club vibe...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't sweat parking! It's not something you often hear regarding venues near downtown, but Plaza Live has plenty. And get this: it's free. "

     
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    Vines Grille and Wine Bar

    • Type: Wine Bar
    • Neighborhood: Doctor Phillips

    Live shows aren't just for the college crowd. From Sinatra to smooth jazz standards, Vines offers...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Vines is on the pricy side, but a daily happy hour with half-price by-the-glass wine and bar apps and other nice discounts, can easily offset the cost of your evening. "

     
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    Casey's on Central

    It ain't fancy, but universally friendly Casey's attracts a crowd as diverse as its performers. Dress casual (or not, no one cares) and come thirsty.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy Hour runs from 4-7, and live music generally starts around 10."

     
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    Fiddler's Green

    Fiddler's Green's lively musical acts, the Irish ones in particular, transport patrons from subtropical County Orange to the uplands of County Cork.

    Local Expert Tip: "Wednesday is trivia night. 7pm sharp and over $100 in prizes every week. "

     
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    Tanqueray's

    Tanqueray's showcases some spectacular artists and an array of genres. A jukebox fills in in those...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "In keeping with the unwritten rules of dive, smokers are welcome. Sensitive nonsmokers will want to take note. "

     
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    Bob Marley: A Tribute to Freedom

    The formula here is simple. Live reggae + CityWalk-centered convenience = Irie Mon

    Local Expert Tip: "This is Universal and families are welcome, but the bar is 21 and up after 9pm."

     

 

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