International Drive, or I-Drive, has a good number of Orlando’s best clubs and bars. One need not go any farther than Pointe Orlando near the Orange County Convention Center. This bar, dining and shopping complex has a little bit of everything.
Start off the night at the Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre which features comedians acts nightly and nationally known comics almost every weekend, often with 2 shows nightly. The comedy club admission does not include dinner. For 21 and older.
Dancing on the tables at Taverna Opa is almost an Orlando tradition, as diners are treated to nightly entertainment by the restaurant’s Zorba and belly dancers who move to authentic Greek and Mediterranean music.
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar features Cuban music, flavors and traditions with an early evening happy hour every day and late night Latin entertainment on Friday and Saturdays. Southern food and live music is the trademark of the famous B.B. King’s Blues Club.
The Blue Martini Lounge is an upscale night spot with an early evening happy hour for local professionals followed by live bands, dancing and a selection of 42 Martinis, wines, spirits and finger food. Pointe Orlando’s coolest spot is Minus5° where the walls, bar, seats and cocktail glasses are made of ice. That’s so cold that gloves, parkas or faux fur coats are supplied as part of a night’s package. (I-Drive also has a second bar made of ice: ICEBAR Orlando, the world’s largest permanent icebar.)
Zebra’s Sports Bar & Grille in Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is a nice place for a drink and maybe some eats while watching 11 HDTVs. Four nights a week feature karaoke. Mango’s Tropical Café is a dining and dance Miami-style club offering VIP bottle service.
Leaving the Pointe Orlando area, the Tin Roof at I-Drive 360 features live music by local artists. Neighboring Cowgirls Rockbar restaurant and bar offers Orlando’s only mechanical bull for those wanting to play cowgirl or cowboy.
Dave & Buster’s is like no casual dining and drinking place. It contains a 200- game arcade with strict age limits and dress code (slobs not welcome). Drink specials at different times of day. For those wanting more adult action, Howl at the Moon is a high energy dance club famous for its dueling pianos and bachelorette parties.
Every good entertainment strip has an Irish pub. On I-Drive, it’s the Lucky Leprechaun Irish Pub & Grub, I-Drive’s only Irish owned & operated pub. The bar claims a coveted Guinness Perfect Pint Award and a Golden Tap Award.
Representing Mexico is Senor Frog’s, a chain famous for its low cost margaritas, Coronas and tequila drinks. Open bar package available (except Friday and Saturday) which encourages hanging out, dancing and singing.
Anyone staying on I-Drive can take the I-RIDE Trolley back to their hotel after a night of partying. How’s that for convenience?