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Orlando live music bars

A sampling of places where the music is as important as the alcohol

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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 the Audubon Park Market, where you can catch outdoor shows every Monday.

Tanqueray’s Bar
100 S. Orange Ave. , 407-649-8540

One of the few bars downtown you can depend on for live music every night of the week, Tanqueray’s provides all the funk, jazz and blues you can handle, including a talented crop of locals like Thomas Wynn and the Believers or RJ Harman and Company performing regularly.

Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall
1016 N. Mills Ave., facebook.com/lous.lmga

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 fringe edges of the music scene have also adopted this joint as their clubhouse/incubator. Although known for its punk shows, its day-to-day offerings can be disorientingly diverse. Truly the strangest, most raw cross-section of Orlando’s music underground.

Will’s Pub
1042 N. Mills Ave., willspub.org

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 smoky, grizzled venue is an Orlando tradition and provides stacked lineups, stocks a huge beer selection and is home to the much-loved Southern Fried Sundays.

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