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

The wonderful world of nightlife opens its doors when you're 18. Sometimes even younger. 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. New venues spring up all the time; rules can change. Do your research before making the drive. That said, the City Beautiful offers many dance dens – small and intimate to loud and wild; EDM to pop, reggae to '80s; gay, straight, you-name-it – in which to see and be seen with friends who are old enough to drink and those among you who, for now at least, are the mandatory designated drivers. Some on the list, like Venu 578 offer live music on some nights, dance nights on others. Favorites like the Independent and Backbooth are popular with a wide demographic, spinning 80s, alternative, dance – the whole jukebox – while Suite B gears more toward pro-DJ-spun dance parties. Pulse caters to the LGBT scene – and the straight people who love them, of course – and is 18+ nightly. Check their website for nightly themes or specials – college, Latin, live performance – offering runs the gamut.


With three levels and some seriously ample square-footage for a downtown Orlando nightclub, Vain caters to a big 'ol crowd of predominantly young 20somethings, though it's open to partiers 18 and up. Each night brings something new, from...  Read More


The Beacham began its life in the 1920s as a showcase for vaudevillians. These days, following some extensive and relatively recent renovations that preserve its character, it does double-duty as a live music venue and dance club, featuring both...  Read More

South Orlando

Dance club don't just mean house music, y'all. Cowboys Orlando has been bringing country music to town for a good, long while, open Thursday through Saturday and featuring everything from live local and national music acts to state-of-the-art...  Read More


Gilt brings with it a pretty impressive upgrade to the space that housed the Roxy for many, many moons. And its new regulars are pleased. A 1,200 square foot main floor is the center of this nightlife universe with several bars serving as...  Read More

We'll say it right up front: the "nightclub/lounge" portion of this venue is for the 21-and-over set. But do not count Mango's Orlando out, because the "Dinner & Show" – really Mango's' main attraction – is something you might want to...  Read More

With well known local and national DJs spinning and a location in the heart of downtown Orlando, Suite B caters to lovers of house, techno, breaks and Top 40 and is open to club-goers 18 and up on a nightly basis. Its fans enjoy the beats but...  Read More


With more than 20,000 well-appointed square feet of interior space and some seven acres outdoors, Venue 578 – which locals and return visitors may remember by its previous name, Firestone Live – hosts near innumerable performers and events...  Read More


With a darkish, pub-like atmosphere, popular Saturday "Midnight Mass" dance party (the DJ spins indie, Motown, pop and more) and a stage that hosts national and regional live acts from roots to metal, Irish to hip-hop, blues to surf rock and...  Read More


Consistently voted a favorite live-music venue by critics and locals alike, the Social's laid-back vibe, efficient barkeeps and relatively intimate space draws an eclectic crowd of music lovers, be it blues, folk, rock, metal, reggae.... Really,...  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


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.

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