Orlando’s top International Drive bars and clubs include some of the city’s best. Lining I-Drive and accessible from the I-Drive trolley, they are easy and convenient to find.
Start at Pointe Orlando near the Orange County Convention Center. It is a bar, dining and shopping complex with the area’s only interactive Imax 4D movie theater.
Check out Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre which features comedians nightly and nationally-known comics most weekends. Admission does not include dinner. Dancing on tables at Taverna Opa is almost an Orlando tradition, as diners are treated to nightly entertainment by the restaurant’s Zorba and belly dancers moving to authentic Greek and Mediterranean music.
The Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar features Cuban music, flavors and traditions during its daily (early evening) happy hour and Latin entertainment on Friday and Saturdays nights.
Southern food and live music is the trademark of the famous B.B. King’s Blues Club.
The Blue Martini Lounge is Pointe Orlando’s upscale night spot with an early evening happy hour for professionals followed by live bands, dancing and a selection of 42 Martinis, wines, spirits and finger foods.
Pointe Orlando’s coolest (and coldest) spot is Minus 5 Ice Bar where the walls, bar, seats and cocktail glasses are made of ice. Gloves, parkas or faux fur coats are supplied. (I-Drive also boasts the world’s largest permanent ice bar.)
Zebra’s Sports Bar & Grille in Rosen Inn is a nice place for a drink and some eats while watching 11 HDTVs. They feature karaoke four nights a week.
Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando! is a Latin dance club featuring dinner and a show. Children are welcome. Mango’s offers a VIP lounge and bottle service after 10 p.m.
Tin Roof at I-Drive 360 features local music. Neighboring Cowgirls Rockbar restaurant and bar offers Orlando’s only mechanical bull.
Dave & Buster’s, with a 200-game arcade, is different from other casual dining and drinking places. It also has strict age limits, a dress code and drink specials throughout the day.
Howl at the Moon is a high energy dance club famous for dueling pianos and bachelorette parties.
Every good entertainment strip has an Irish pub. On I-Drive, it’s the Lucky Leprechaun Irish Pub & Grub, Irish owned and operated pub. It boasts a coveted Guinness Perfect Pint Award and a Golden Tap Award.
Representing Mexico is Senor Frog’s, a chain famous for low-cost margaritas, Coronas and tequila drinks. An open bar package (not available on Friday and Saturday nights) encourages hanging out, dancing and singing.
If you are staying at an I-Drive hotel, the I-RIDE Trolley will take you there. How’s that for convenient partying?