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Annual Manual 2013

Orlando Nightlife

Bars, nightclubs, live music and dancing hotspots in Orlando

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Austin’s Coffee
929 West Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
407-975-3364
austinscoffee.com
For fans of open-mic nights, this 24-hour establishment hosts some of the best amateur nights for music and comedy, providing a friendly launch pad for a variety of budding talents, along with serving the best iced coffee in town.

Backbooth
37 W. Pine St.
407-999-2570
backbooth.com
Not only do they host one of the city’s best metal nights, this downtown club is religious about its most popular dance night, Midnight Mass, while offering their intimate stage to touring acts for seriously memorable shows as well. Cross your fingers when you go that the back bar is open.

The Beacham
46 N. Orange Ave.
407-246-1419
thebeacham.com
Downtown was sorely missing a large venue, and the Beacham came along just in time to ease the pain. With balcony seating to escape the frequently sold-out show crowds below, the Beacham saves us from trekking to the themes parks any time we want to see a burgeoning touring act like Purity Rings or seasoned legends like Sharon Jones.

Copper Rocket Pub
106 Lake Ave., Maitland
407-645-0069
copperrocketpub.com
For fans of rock and blues, Copper Rocket is a mainstay, with excellent local shows and the occasional, surprising national band stopping through. And you really can’t beat their trivia nights.

Firestone Live
578 N. Orange Ave.
407-872-0066
firestonelive.net
Is it a venue or a club? Firestone still seems to be making up its mind, but with some of the best EDM nights in town, it doesn’t matter which way Firestone swings, because there’s no other place like it in Orlando, with its winding layout and fun-filled outdoor shows held in the back lot.

Hard Rock Live
6050 Universal Blvd.
407-351-5483
hardrock.com
Located in Universal Studios, give yourself plenty of time to park and haul ass through CityWalk to see shows at the Hard Rock, which often includes nostalgic tribute shows in its “Classic Albums Live” series, the nation’s best touring comedians and the type of big-name bands that form the venue’s longstanding legacy.

House of Blues
1490 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista
407-934-2583
hob.com
This Downtown Disney venue is where you’ll find your mascara-caked pop-punk acts, as well as the occasional ’80s reunion act. But enough good can’t be said about the venue itself, which is cozy, inviting and offers great vantage points.

The Peacock Room
1321 N. Mills Ave.
407-228-0048
thepeacockroom.com
Fans of experimental music would be wise to frequent the Peacock Room, where you can guzzle Key lime martinis while enjoying Kill Yr TV Tuesdays and other unique shows coordinated by some of Orlando’s most invested and inventive music community members.

Annual Manual
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