We’ve all been on those family vacations that never seem to end. Sometimes you want a night to yourself, a vacation from the vacation. When visiting all the family friendly wonders of Orlando, take a pit stop at one of Orlando’s top nightlife destinations after some long visits in local theme parks.
One80 Grey Goose Lounge
For a true Orlando nightlife experience, visit the One80 Grey Goose Lounge. This rooftop bar gives you an exquisite view of Orlando, along with excellent drinks. The lounge is adorned with sofas and a chic atmosphere, but the DJ comes out every night to fill the roof up until it’s an all-out dance party.
If you are ready for a dance party with drinks for all, the Independent Bar is the place for you. The music selection is unexpected yet expertly crafted, ranging from Top 40 hits to alternative bands to classic rock to new wave tunes. The Independent lives up to its name, allowing each patron to dress how they want and dance like no one is watching. As an added bonus, Gogobot offers many great hotel deals close to the party if you need to crash close by (Image via Flickr by elvissa).
The Kush Ultralounge is a premium hookah bar that is a favorite spot for Orlando nightlife locals. The hookah lounge is hidden upstairs in a sleek and sexy bar with beer, wine, and even an oxygen bar if you need a break from the shisha. The area is decorated in white leather sofas with multicolored lighting that give it a hip and forbidden feel. Make sure you dress for a night on the town. You will feel a little out of place in your theme park cargo shorts and tank top.
The Wine Room
Wine enthusiasts cannot skip the Wine Room on their trip to Orlando. The bar is decorated in a Tuscan style and has a unique self-serve option. You are given something like a wine debit card to slid into various wine drink fountains to buy a glass. Sample over 150 wine varieties with a staff that is friendly and ready to recommend the best wine for your personal tastes.
The Matador is an upscale venue that worships the cocktail hour all night long. The scene is a bit off the beaten path in Ivanhoe, away from downtown Orlando. The interior is decorated with charmingly worn velvet seating. The bartenders are masters of their trade and love having a chat before the night crowd gets in. Despite the vintage feel, the Matador is like a hometown bar where everyone knows your name, just with a little more class (image by saramary3).
Orlando Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre
Depending on the night you attend, you can see expert comedy or the next big comedian getting their feet wet at the Orlando Improv. If you arrive early enough, you can enjoy a relaxed yet flavor-packed meal with a beer or two. Many reviewers brag about the sweet potato fries with bourbon butter sauce.
Taking a night off from the family at any of these nightlife destinations will give you a much-needed vacation break. You can start planning your next Orlando vacation with friends to enjoy even more nightlife destinations!
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