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Reader poll: The best place to party in Orlando


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There are an endless amount of fun things for people of all ages to do in Orlando, but for this poll — inspired by all the twerking in the news and the extended Labor Day weekend — let’s focus on an adult activity: your favorite place for a little naughty vacation fun and party thrills. (And of course, by naughty vacation fun, we mean the kind that still lets you get up with the kids first thing in the morning!)

Here are the most popular destinations:

Universal CityWalk

At “Orlando’s entertainment capital” you have many options to choose from — and if you’re staying on-site, you have the perk of not having to worry about needing transportation to get back to your hotel. Pick up a Hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s, stop at Margaritaville for their signature margaritas, or choose from an array of other bars, restaurants, and clubs all within steps of each other.

Downtown Disney

While no longer in its partying heyday (none of us can stay 21 and single forever, right?), Downtown Disney is still known for a good selection of restaurants with bars, including Splitsville, Paradiso 37, Raglan Road, and House of Blues, where you might even be able to catch your favorite musical artist on stage!

Epcot’s World Showcase

An international adventure awaits Epcot guests who embark on “Drinking Around the World”. During the tour you can enjoy homeland beer selections and specialty drinks from Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. Doubling down on the theme, Walt Disney World kicks off Epcot’s annual Food & Wine Festival each year in September (this year’s dates are September 27 through November 11).

International Drive

The I-Drive tourist corridor is another great place for nighttime entertainment. Here you have Howl at the Moon, a world-famous dueling piano bar; the arctic Ice Bar, where everything is frozen and drinks are served in glasses made of actual ice; new venues such as Dave & Busters and Kings Orlando; and don’t forget the slew of choices at Pointe Orlando: Hooters, Adobe Gilas, B.B. Kings Blues Club, and the after-hours craziness of Tavern Opa.

Downtown Orlando

We can’t forget Orlando’s original party destination: downtown. Here visitors can find renowned local destinations including The Courtesy, Independent Bar, The Woods, The Other Bar, The Social, Corona Cigar Company, Tap & Grind, Finnhenry’s, all of Wall Street Plaza, and so many more. Can’t decide where to start? Sign up for an Orlando Pub Crawl and let something else do the thinkin’ while you do the drinkin’.

Now the moment of truth…


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After you’ve voted, here are a few fun blog posts to check out:

THE BIG 5: Top five outdoor bars at Universal Orlando Resort

Drinking around the world: Epcot edition

My first experience at “Crazy 80s” pub crawl in downtown Orlando

All of our blog posts filed under “nightlife & live entertainment”

Last week’s poll: Which is your favorite Universal Orlando on-site hotel? With 78 out of 184 votes (42%), Loews Royal Pacific Resort wins! View all of our reader polls

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Gemma Minion Foster
Gemma Minion Foster
August 31, 2013 5:02 pm

Omg I love this place sooo much X

Nicola Stevenson
Nicola Stevenson
August 31, 2013 5:05 pm

Really glad this has been uploaded. Been looking for this kinda info 🙂

September 5, 2013 5:57 pm

I guess a lot of people haven’t been to downtown Orlando, all the bars and clubs are so much fun, like Independent bar & the hen house.

Emma Mercer
Emma Mercer
September 20, 2013 1:28 am

There are really a lot of awesome places to check out in Orlando. It’s the best place to be when it comes to beach, parties and even for kids’ adventures. The bars and clubs are indeed great spots for dancing and fun. You can never get bored while in Orlando. There are also vacation home rentals we can stay in if we don’t want to stay in hotels.

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