Annual Manual 2013
Bars, nightclubs, live music and dancing hotspots in Orlando
Published: April 12, 2013
The Plaza Live
425 N. Bumby Ave.
For live sound, the Plaza rules all in Orlando, whether you wind up in the big room or the small room. When you see acts booked here, quickly join the rush to reserve front row seats for the best folk, country, hip-hop and classical music you’ll hear performed within our city’s walls.
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 The Video Dept., a weekly DJ set of indie, goth pop and shoegaze.
100 S. Orange Ave.
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 Kaleigh Baker, Thomas Wynn and the Believers or RJ Harman and Company performing regularly.
Timucua White House
2000 S. Summerlin Ave.
The family home of Cirque du Soleil conductor Benoit Glazer is also home to stellar jazz and world artists, and Glazer opens the doors of his self-made venue for free, once-in-a-lifetime shows.
Gemini Boulevard North & West Plaza Drive or Bldg. 50 North Gemini Blvd.
Don’t discount this venue just because you’re not a student – UCF Arena books mainstream rock and hip-hop artists, invites national comics to town and holds many special events that are a huge draw for community members to come down to campus.
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 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.
DRINKING & DANCING
64 N. Orange Ave.
Located at the start of downtown’s heart, BBQ’s porch provides great people-watching, and while the quarters are tight inside, if you can land a booth, you’re in for the sort of warm, inebriated night typically reserved for backyard hangouts.