Annual Manual 2013
Bars, nightclubs, live music and dancing hotspots in Orlando
Published: April 12, 2013
929 West Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
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.
37 W. Pine St.
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.
46 N. Orange Ave.
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
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.
578 N. Orange Ave.
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.
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
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.
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.