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Nightlife near the theme parks takes its cues from Disney and Universal and heavily embraces thematic décor, while downtown Orlando keeps it real. Clubs tend to get going after 11pm when the local attractions have released their young staffs for the night (18 and up is a common door policy). Although some dance venues stay open later, liquor service stops at 2am.

Orlando Nightlife

Cricketers Arms Pub

Cricketers Arms Pub is authentically English, with 17 beers on tap, bangers and mash on the menu, plus live music most nights of the week. Expect a cover charge and lots of energy and British patriotism on nights when English soccer matches air – check the events calendar on the website for sports schedules.

Festival Bay Mall; 5250 N. International Dr., FL, 407-354-0686, www.cricketersarmspub.com
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | bar menu | beer

ICEBAR Orlando

Fifty tons of ice went into constructing one of this Nordic-themed nightspot's two lounges, from the sculptures and seating to the bar itself. Timed entries allow for 45 minutes of photo ops and vodka drinks in the icy bar (capes and gloves provided); the adjoining Fire Lounge relegates ice to cocktails only. It’s more a novelty stop than an all-night hangout.

8967 International Dr., FL, 407-426-7555, www.icebarorlando.com
Tags: nightlife | lounge | things to do | cover charge

Independent Bar

Multi-level nightclub favorite of 20-somethings who seek cheap drink specials and shake their moneymakers to old school New Wave, synth-pop, soul, and rock tunes as if college never ended. The outdoor patio delivers city skyline views. Generally, there is no cover charge before 11pm. Closed Mondays.

70 N. Orange Ave., FL, 407-839-0457, www.independentbar.net
Tags: nightlife | trendy | patio | dancing | local favorite

Revolution Orlando

There's always a theme at this long-running gay dance club, from Latin music to college night to burlesque shows for lesbians. The club's Majestic Theatre & Lounge features drag performances and live music while 20 monitors entrance the crowd in the Hydrate Video Bar.

375 S. Bumby Ave., FL, 407-228-9900, www.revolutionorlando.com
Tags: nightlife | dancing | cover charge | open late | bar | gay

Universal CityWalk

Theme-park showmanship meets adult nightlife in this 30-acre entertainment complex at the entrance to the Universal parks. Sip martinis at the Red Coconut Club, get wasted away in Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, listen to karaoke at Rising Star, or catch a concert at Hard Rock Live. Feeling low-key? There's a 20-screen cineplex, too.

6000 Universal Blvd., FL, 407-363-8000, www.universalorlando.com
Tags: nightlife | things to do | bar

Wine Room

Upscale wine shop plus wine bar equals popular local social center. Buy a tasting card that acts as credit, then work the room sampling up to 150 wines in one to five ounce pours from the Enomatic dispensing system. Purists can also order a glass the old-fashioned way, plus Champagne, microbrews, and tapas. Lounge on cushy sofas.

270 S. Park Ave., FL, 407-696-9463, www.thewineroomonline.com
Tags: nightlife | patio | notable wine list | beer | champagne

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