College Guide 2014
Published: August 13, 2014
54 N. Orange Ave.
Local bands strive to perform on this stage, the one shared with most of the Pitchfork-worthy bands that come through Orlando. It’s a smaller room, which means nine times out of 10, you’re shouting the lyrics shoulder-to-shoulder with similarly impassioned fans. Get there early and snag a table in front of the pit.
Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Road
The Stardust main room provides a den that welcomes all the weird ideas its devoted community cooks up in terms of live music performances, original plays, performance art and a haven for awesome music.
Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall
1016 N. Mills Ave.
There is perhaps no private business in the city that has become a DIY community venue so organically and authentically. Besides the street culture that its barflies provide, the fringes of the music scene have also adopted this joint as their clubhouse. Although known for its punk shows, its day-to-day offerings can be disorientingly diverse. Truly the strangest cross-section of Orlando’s music underground.
1042 N. Mills Ave.
If you are a fan of punk, metal, garage, Americana or all of the above, you need to get down to Will’s Pub. This grizzled venue is an Orlando tradition that provides stacked lineups and a huge beer selection and is home to the much-loved
Southern Fried Sundays.
Winter Park watering holes
544 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-645-2050, fiddlersgreenorlando.com
This Fairbanks Avenue Irish bar and restaurant is a popular spot for Rollins College students to stop for a beer and a bite to eat. Though the atmosphere is not typical college-bar wild, it’s cozy and warm, like a good Irish pub should be.
Spatz Deli, Billiards & Liquor
1025 W. Fairbanks Ave.,
Winter Park, 407-647-3354, spatzwp.com
Just a stone’s throw away from the Rollins College campus, this low-key joint has pool tables, darts, arcade games and cheap drinks. It’s popular with the Rollins crowd, and unlike a lot of the bars and restaurants in the Park Avenue area, it’s open past midnight on most nights.
578 N. Orange Ave.
Is it a venue or a club? With some of the best EDM nights in town (don’t miss Ignition on Thursday nights), it doesn’t matter which way Firestone swings, because there’s no other place like it in Orlando and the crowds always come.