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College Guide 2014

Watering holes

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Lux
5688 International Drive, 407-352-8838, luxorlando.com
Orlando’s permanent high-decibel DJ dance party spot has a staggering number of revolving events and performers. If you’re just sitting at home staring at your lollipop/soother/glow-stick collection, you should probably spray on some glitter and get on over there.

Ono Nightclub
1 S. Orange Ave., 407-701-9875, ononightclub.com
This is a new arrival on the Orlando dance club scene and it seems to be doing just fine. The club’s got a super-chic design, the lighting is great and the DJs are top-notch.

Vain
22 S. Magnolia Ave., 407-835-3590, vainorlando.com
If you happen to be wearing your heels, just got your hair did and you’re smelling good … and you’re walking around downtown looking for a party, you should definitely hop into Vain. The crowd is always a mix of young and old, and the DJs, some of whom are VH1 reality celebs – we’re looking at you, Brian Dawe – are always spinning the right tracks.

Tier
20 E. Central Blvd., 407-317-9129, tiernightclub.com
This massive 10,000-square-foot club features open-format music Tuesdays through Saturdays, and it specializes in the VIP experience. If you’re a local celeb, or just want to feel like one, Tier is the place to go to make yourself feel fancy.

Gay bars

The Parliament House
410 N. Orange Blossom
Trail, 407-425-7571, parliamenthouse.com
The sprawling Parliament House Resort is widely lauded as the premier LGBT – and, some would even argue, straight – nightlife destination in town. The clubs and bars scattered throughout the complex attract throngs of revelers, and come Gay Days, it’s raining men.

Pulse
1912 S. Orange Ave., 407-649-3888, pulseorlandoclub.com
Every night has something different in store, but Pulse is known to have some pretty impressive drag shows, and the bar’s dancers are usually gorgeous.

Savoy
1913 N. Orange Ave., (407) 898-6766, savoyorlando.com
Savoy has always been a good place to go to have some low-key fun and see some familiar gay or gay-friendly faces.

Stonewall Bar
741 W. Church St.,
407-373-0888, stonewallorlando.com
This laid-back neighborhood bar, complete with a pool table, dartboards and an antique wine press that’s quite the conversation piece, has a casual vibe, made all the more so by motel lobby furniture and a menu of standard pub fare.

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