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.
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