Orlando is not New York or Las Vegas or Miami. We're okay with that. And for the most part, the City Beautiful doesn't try to be something its not when it comes to nightclubs. For locals who pine for sleek, see-and-be-seen spaces, sophisticated venues such as the One80 Grey Goose Lounge atop the Amway Center and downtown's posh, glittery Eve prove that you don't need a beach, a casino or dueling pro-baseball teams to enjoy bottle service. Meanwhile, an active music scene brings national and regional acts a-plenty to venues like The Social and Backbooth while helping to cultivate a vibrant local scene, as well. (We're looking at you, Will's Pub!) And for the rest of us? Those for whom the word "nightclub" takes on a magical, shape-shifting quality? We've got dive bar/dance hall hybrids like the come-as-you-are Independent Bar, gay nightlife that exudes a bit of Chelsea-esque glamour (Pulse Orlando) and local, inclusive flavor (Southern Nights). For more intimate digs with an electronic pulse and pointed beats, you might want to give the cozy but decidedly fashionable Sound Bar a whirl. This city's energetic and eclectic offerings say we like who we are. Check us out. You might like us, too.
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