Nightlife

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Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are always parties going on nearby. The bars around UCF are fun if you're not yet 21 but Downtown Orlando is always a blast if you are 21+.

3 College Student

Nightlife: I am not much of a party person. My preference is getting together with a small group of friends who like the outdoors and just hanging out.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I have not actually started school at UCF I am attending in June but I have friends who attend now and I will go and hang out with them and it was always a blast but could of been a better experience.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The night life is amazing here at ucf

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Very fun to do stuff with a group of friends. Have wide variety of options including bars, clubs, parties, and as well as an alcohol free alternative party bi monthly called Late Knight with a new theme every time.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 84th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1290th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nathalie Desdunes
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Major
Marketing
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Wow! You never get bored in Orlando. There's always something new to do or try. The options for Orlando nightlife seem limitless. Orlando has tons of bars and clubs to choose from. There's something for everyone whether you fancy hip-hop, techno, tavern-style places, pubs, etc. Downtown Orlando features a wild nightlife. Some places charge a cover, but all covers are reasonable and relatively inexpensive. You can often find deals such as $10 all-you-can-drink for the entire night. There are so many specials to take advantage of. Ladies can almost always drink for free every night of the week somewhere. Most places have a designated ladies night every week. Many places offer happy hour with great drink specials daily. It's possible to find two-for-one drink specials at many places, and some places will even offer three-for-one drink specials at certain times! Orlando is competitive with its prices, specials, and menus since there are so many bars and clubs to choose from.

Get out there and you won't be disappointed. Bars and clubs aim to please you; they want your continuing business. The only downfall is the distance of Downtown, Citywalk, and Downtown Disney clubs from the UCF area. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) does, however, offer cab vouchers home for students.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • UCF Area
  • Waterford Lakes
Student Favorites
  • Liquid Cellar
  • Orlando Ale House
  • Slingapours
  • Underground Bluz
  • Ybor's Martini bar
Other Places to Check Out
  • Cairo Nightclub
  • Downtown Disney
  • Downtown Universal Studio (aka City Walk
  • The House of Blues
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Century Club
  • Drunken Jenga
  • F%#* the Dealer
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Axis Magazine
  • http://orlando.metromix.com/
  • www.icflorida.com
  • www.orlandocitybeat.com/citybeat
Closing Time
2 a.m.-3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Antigua Chiller’s Friendly Confines Liquid Cellar Orlando Ale House T.G.I. Friday’s
Organization Parties
Clubs and organizations throw many fundraising events and social gatherings throughout the year. Usually, you must be a member to attend these events.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Slingapours

Connected to the popular Globe Restaurant, Slingapours is fun, fun, fun. Cavernous leather booths, cozy corner couches, and an outside terrace for sipping cocktails make Slingapours a local favorite. The dance floor can get pretty crowded as the night wears on and liquor keeps pouring strong. Music is mainly dance and hip-hop. Dress is casual. Slingapours often hosts art shows and CD release parties, as well as other private events during the week.

11 N. Orange Ave.,

Wall Street Plaza

(407) 849-9904

www.wallstplaza.net

Sky 60

Sky 60, owned by Eye Spy, is a South Beach style club with sexily dressed beautiful people. The rooftop features perfect mood lighting, starry skies, and private cabanas to hang out with good friends. Music is mostly dance and mellow beats. Dress to impress.

64 N. Orange Ave.

(407) 246-1599

ROXY Night Club

Minutes from Downtown, Roxy boast a night life scene like no other club in Orlando. Crowds of "dressed to impress" college students and young professionals come here to let loose and get wild. The VIP section is unique with beds covered in pillows and even a roaring fireplace. Dress is fashionably casual with no shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, or hats. Jeans are okay with fashionable ensemble. Valet Parking is available for a small fee.

740 Bennett Rd.

(407) 898-4004

www.roxyorlando.com

The Social

The Social provides a break from the normal downtown scene, but is still in the trendy Downtown area. This 18-and-over club offers live music every night of the week with something for everyone. The interior is small-yet-intimate with plenty of room to stand or sit while enjoying a performance. Call to get the schedule of performers. Covers vary depending on performer.

54 N. Orange Ave.

(407) 246-1419

Zinc Bar

This is an over-21 establishment that prides itself on expensive drinks and trendy clientele. There's velvet all over the place, and a flashy chandelier hangs above the dance floor. Located in Downtown Orlando, Zinc Bar plays popular club anthems in techno, house, dance, and lounge music. This goes without saying, but dress is stylish only.

13 S. Orange Ave.

(407) 246-1755

Ybor's Martini Bar

Ybor's is a full bar, specializing in martinis. This little club has a great atmosphere, filled with hipsters and the ultra-chic. Ybor's is a dark bar with intimate plush couches. This place is sexy and sophisticated all in one. There are cigar tastings on the first Wednesday of every month. No baseball hats are allowed.

41 W. Church St.

(407) 316-8006

Tabu Night Club

Tabu Night Club is also located in the scenic Downtown Orlando area. The club is situated inside the Beacham Theatre and has a classic Art Deco style with scarlet red walls and plenty of cozy lounging furniture. There are three dance floors and an upstairs VIP lounge. Dress is up-scale, which means no t-shirts, hats, jeans, or tennis shoes. Eighteen-and-over and ladies can get in for free on certain nights.

46 N. Orange Ave.

(407) 648-8363

www.tabunightclub.com

Chillers

Located in the heart of Church Street Station in Downtown Orlando, Chillers is actually three bars on three different floors. Chillers is on the ground floor, Big Belly Brewery is on the second, and Latitudes is on the roof. Each level has its own style and unique brand of entertainment. One cover gets you into all three. Chillers' specialty is its frozen drinks lining the wall behind the bar with names like, "purple orgasm" and "pink panties." Usually, the dance floor is so crowded that there is little room to dance. Big Belly's is less crowded and more laid back with its own microbrewery. Latitudes, the tiki/open-air bar on the roof, is perfect to mingle and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather.

41 W. Church St.

(407) 649-4270

Antigua

Antigua shares the same owner as Chillers. The huge main bar is loaded with premium liquor, as well as the three other satellite bars. Antigua's dance floor is always full of hot locals grooving in front of the huge aquarium. Stylish dress is always required. Eighteen-and-over are always welcome.

33 W. Church St.

(407) 649-4270

AKA Lounge

Located above the Pine Street Bar & Grill, this cool hangout is where local DJs can showcase their spinning talents. Original artwork covers the brick walls, funky sofas and lounges are place throughout, and the hardwood dance floor always has some one breakdancing.

68 E. Pine St.

(407) 839-3707

www.akalounge.com

Cowboys Orlando

This Country Western bar is outside of the Downtown area and home to a good ole country time. They call it "the most fun you can have with your boots on." The Wild West spirit is alive and wild with nightly contests like Chicks in Chaps and Chick Roundup. There's a huge dance floor that's perfect for line dancing, more than 25 televisions, and four full bars.

1108 S. Orange

Blossom Trail

(407) 422-7115

www.cowboysorlando.com

One-Eyed Jacks

One-Eyed Jacks is an over-21 college student's heaven. Located in Downtown Orlando, One-Eyed Jacks gets crowded fast. Wall Street Cantina is connected on one side of One-Eyed Jacks, and is less crowded with an outside patio perfect for lounging. The Loaded Hog is on the other side of One- Eyed Jacks, specializing in unique shots each with its own original name. All three bars have no cover. Patrons must be over 21. Dress is casual. Music is dance, rock, hip hop, and top 40.

11 N. Orange Ave.,

Wall Street Plaza

(407) 420-1515

www.wallstplaza.net

Mako's

Located next to Chillers, this is another hot spot in the Downtown area. Bar girls are dressed in exceptionally short shorts and serve up stiff drinks. There's even a swing in which the bar girls can swing on. This bar gets crazy and has free admission early in the evening, but covers can be anywhere from $5-$15. Eighteen-and-over are welcome, and the music is the usual pop and mainstream.

27 W. Church St.

(407) 246-5079

Eye Spy

This is a great spy-themed bar to relax at and to see a mixture of people. Indoors, there's a main bar with video screens showing hidden cameras that are located all around the bar. Outdoors is a giant veranda, with tables and plenty of room for many friends. Connected to Bar-B-Que bar in Downtown Orlando, Eye Spy offers an original martini list and tons of atmosphere. Twenty-one-and-over are always welcome. Dress is casual.

54 N. Orange Ave.

(407) 246-1599

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Oyster Bay

Formerly Calico Jack's, Oyster Bay is a great place to have a drink or even grab a meal. There's a small dance floor and a local DJ spinning the best in hip hop, dance, rock, and top 40. Casual dress is acceptable, and 18-and-over patrons are welcome. And when the owner's in, ask about the Pittsburgh Steelers football team-Oyster Bay is registered as an offical Steeler's bar.

11726 E. Colonial Dr.

(407) 249-2526

Orlando Ale House

The Ale House is another cool spot to get good drinks all week long. Located in Waterford Lakes Plaza, parking is available for free on premises. To hang out in the bar you must be 21, but the restaurant is still open to all ages.

641 N. Alafaya Trail

(407) 736-0333

Pounders

Pounders is a college favorite. It has great specials, cheap drinks, and a cool, easy-going crowd. Let loose after a test or come out to party. It's hard not to have a good time at Pounders. Free parking in their lot is available, and 18-and-over are welcome.

10028 University Blvd.

(407) 677-1004

www.poundersny.com

Underground BLUZ

Underground Bluz is a comfy, cozy bar located in the UC7 Plaza across from UCF. It's small but packed full of culture. Live bands play weekly and open mic nights are always a blast, as well. They only serve beer here, but it's import beer you can't get anywhere else. They even let you document all the beers you try so you know what you've had the time before and whether or not you liked it. If you finish all of them, your name gets etched on the wall.

12261 University Blvd.

(407) 482-4141

ucf.undergroundbluz.com

T.G.I. Friday's

This isn't the same restaurant you use to go to with mom and dad. The bar gets packed, and it stays that way until close. Good drinks and great atmosphere makes this a great spot for students to meet and socialize.

625 N. Alafaya Trail

(407) 658-2750

Devaney's Too

Devaney's Too is just five minutes away from campus and a local favorite for students. Dress is casual. Parking is free and right outside. Devaney's stays open until 2 a.m.

11875 E. Colonial Dr.

(407) 737-6460

Breakers Billiards

Bringing billiards convenienctly close to UCF, Breakers offers a friendly fun environment to play pool. They have tons of pool tables, dart boards, big screen televisions, video games, and a jukebox. Pizza and snacks are also available.

2987 N. Alafaya Trail

(407) 365-4503

Donnelly's Pub

Donnelley's Pub is a hole-in-the-wall bar with atmosphere to make up for its size. It's right across from UCF and offers some of the cheapest drink deals in town. The music is hip hop, rap, top 40, and dance. Donnelley's has its own free parking lot, and it's open until 2 a.m. Eighteen-and-over are welcome. Dress is casual.

3910 N. Alafaya Trail

(407) 275-3052

Liquid Cellar Bar & Bistro

Liquid Cellar is a smoky bar, located across from UCF. Specializing in live music and cheap beer, this is a local hang out for students. There are two pool tables and a dance floor if you're in the dancing mood.

12233 University Blvd.

(407) 381-1009

www.theliquidcellar.com

Friendly Confines

Located in the Waterford Lakes Plaza, this is your typical sports bar. They have plenty of TVs for watching any game you wish. Eighteen and up are welcome.

435 N. Alafaya Trail

(407) 736-9182

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

There are always apartment parties where students of all ages are welcome, but beware of the tow trucks. Most clubs Downtown are 18-and-over for girls and 21-and-over for guys. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) also provides a ton of activities on and around campus.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 869 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 58% Use a designated driver.
  • 23% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 3% Taxis.
  • 8% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 869 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 47 responses

  • 30% Homecoming Week
  • 23% Concert Knight
  • 15% Big Games
  • 15% Football Tailgating
  • 13% EDC Orlando
  • 4% Student Unions

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 871 responses

  • 15% Parties? What parties?
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 19% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 44% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 13% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 50 responses

  • 43% Downtown
  • 41% Friends and clubs/bars in the vicinity of UCF
  • 16% Late Knights

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