Sure, Orlando’s nightlife culture gives adults a reason to step out when the sun goes down and the city’s theme parks shut down but, unlike Miami and Las Vegas, you won’t find a plethora of over-the-top, pretentious bars, clubs and lounges around here. Even the swankiest clubs in Orlando boast a laid-back, welcoming vibe—much like the city itself.
From underground indie venues to upscale EDM hotspots, most of the action and nighttime attractions would traditionally be found in downtown Orlando. Although that is still the case, the resort area and up-and-coming Ivanhoe Village also boast a few amazing destinations in their own right.
We break them all down here. Here are the very best clubs in Orlando, catering to all sorts of night owls.
Best clubs in Orlando
The 100-year-old venue has been the city’s nightlife’s long-standing staple, frequented by the likes of Elvis and DJ Khaled. A concert venue throughout the week, the space turns into the largest Downtown nightclub on Fridays and Saturdays, with seven bars and two floors occupied by dancers and DJs spinning hip-hop and rap. Fancy ones can opt for Stage VIP, complete with a private security guard and server.
Recently remodeled, The Social is part of the entertainment complex that includes The Beacham, 64 North and The Patio/Jungle Room. The venue’s intimate setting and laid-back vibe consistently make it a local fave. Extra points are earned at 11pm, when the concert venue actually morphs into a club connected to sister spot 64 North.
Who can resist an open-air club? Donning a toned-down South Beach vibe, Orlando’s premier downtown rooftop club takes full advantage of the city’s climate and striking skyline. DJs spin mostly EDM and house (with a touch of top 40) but it’s Aero’s cozy cabanas that make for a welcome reprieve from the laser-lighted dance floor. Ladies drink for free until midnight on Thursdays while guys score $3 well and domestic beers all night long.
Think of this as your two-for-one club: The Patio and The Jungle Room each offer a unique vibe. Step into The Patio for stunning city views, foam and bubble machines and then venture into The Jungle Room, on premise, to be greeted by light-up bar tops and a hidden, black-light chalk room. Old school hip-hop and top 40 hits abound all throughout.
Orlando’s take on a big city club, Tier attracts a good-looking crowd willing to dish out the cash for a bottle of Ace of Spades. Private skyboxes set the high rollers apart but even the more down-to-earth clubber will enjoy the view atop the balconies overlooking the dance floor, state of the art lighting and five bars. While EDM reigns supreme, the Friday themed parties (lingerie and pizza, anyone?) always draw a crowd.
A downtown staple, the unassuming hipster hangout spins everything from indie to house, with one of its most famous nights, Mac & Cheese Wednesdays, featuring cheesy ‘90s music, $3 PBRs and well rum drinks. The music is as eclectic as the crowd, and the reasonable drink specials mean you’ll have money left over to spend on quintessential hangover (preventing) fare at the nearby food trucks. It’s dark and edgy in here: a true local favorite.
The P House and Southern Nights get all the attention among the local LGBT community but you shouldn’t underestimate this multi-room gem located in up-and-coming Ivanhoe Village. In addition to the desirable location—there are over 40 bars within a couple of walkable miles—the club is home to the renowned Men of Savoy dance group: a reason to visit in and of themselves.
Orlando’s longest running EDM club features the best local and world-wide talent. Yes, it has state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, but the intimate setting and gracious staff set The Attic apart from its competitors. The crowd is as sophisticated as the décor, and the bottle service is as elevated as the tables. Don your nicest outfit and get ready to have some real, glamorous fun.
There is no better place to get your two-step on than Cowboys, the city’s Western club of choice. The off-the-beaten-path venue boasts Orlando’s largest wooden dance floor (20,000 square feet!), a patio and multiple bars. Bonus points: you can get free dance lessons.
Located in Disney Springs, Edison is anything but conventional. Trade in bass for burlesque and club vibes for contortionists in this industrial-style venue fashioned after a turn-of-the-century power plant. Warning: the prices are, well, Disney and the place really picks up after 10pm.
Universal City Walk’s multi-level club showcases a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, a fog machine and video screens. In addition to nightly DJs spinning dance and EDM music, the club houses three unique rooms: the sexy Red Room, the flashy Blue Room and the retro Green Room. Like anything theme park-related, expect to dish out a good amount of cash for cocktails but this is definitely the go-to in the Universal area.