10 Best 18+ Orlando Clubs: Where The Underage Go To Rage

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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The wonderful world of nightlife opens its doors when you're 18. But not all of it. So it's important to do your due diligence before making plans for the night. Orlando has a considerable number of dance/club venues that welcome the under-21 crowd. Some are always 18+, others only on certain nights and if you're new to the club scene it's best to learn early that the rules change often, as new venues spring up and close down all the time. Do your research before making the drive. That said, the City Beautiful offers many dance dens -- from small and intimate to loud and pumping, gay and straight -- in which to see and be seen...  Read more »

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    Independent Bar

    The Independent has a great scene without a shred of "see and be seen"-ishness. Everyone feels welcome.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grits & Gravy, a night mixing 50s, 60s, soul, funk, Motown and disco, is -- much like its name -- as delicious as it sounds. "

     
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    Backbooth

    All ages and 18+ live performance -- music to male burlesque (yes, really) -- make Backbooth a venue that truly mixes it up.

    Local Expert Tip: "Feeling nostalgic for a simpler, more Hughesian time in your life? (Or perhaps you're a youngun with a fixation for the Top 40 of your birth year?) Visit Backbooth for Footloose Fridays, when 80s music reigns supreme at midnight."

     
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    Pulse Orlando

    Pulse is rife with beautiful people and spaces and its Platinum Friday (Top 40, R&B and hip-hop) is billed as "Orlando's gay weekend jump-off party!"

    Local Expert Tip: ""Check in on Foursquare for free entry offers. Wednesday night is "Dorm Night;" 18 and overs get in free with college ID.""

     
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    Suite B Lounge

    A hot mix of music and a comfortable layout keep Suite B's fans coming back.

    Local Expert Tip: "Like to support the city music scene? Suite B showcases local DJs with regularity."

     
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    Roxy

    In an industry where venues open and shutter with frequency, the Roxy has managed to keep the crowds coming.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Roxy is a young club-goer's venue; the 18-through-college set are most likely to enjoy."

     
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    Cowboys Orlando

    Live music, a spacious dance floor and a breezy outdoor section are among Cowboys Orlando's main attractions.

    Local Expert Tip: "The lot here is free and patrolled regularly. Park fearlessly and party on!"

     
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    Firestone Live

    Variety. Depending on the night, Club Firestone can be a venue for dancing or head-banging.

    Local Expert Tip: "Fun fact: The venue used to be a tire factory in the way-back, hence the name. "

     
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    Vain

    Vain's third level is the roof. The combination of DJ and open-air dance floor win props from its proponents.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bottles at the VIP tables (ranging in price from $140 to $1250) ain't cheap. However, birthday boys and girls will get a bottle free for their special day."

     
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    The Beacham

    As a double-duty dance- and live-music venue, the Beacham's appeal cuts a wide swath through the club-going demographic.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Beacham lives right next door to the Social, one of Orlando's most popular music venues. Check their collective schedules to combine a live set at the latter with all-night dancing at the former. "

     

 

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