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Clubs at Universal CityWalk – Complete, Up-to-Date Guide

By day, Universal CityWalk is a family-friendly shopping, dining, and entertainment hub for guests looking to take a break from the thrill of the Universal Orlando parks. By night, the area is still relatively family-friendly, but it’s also the place to go for those who want to dance (or drink) the night away. With five different clubs to choose from, each offering a unique atmosphere and style, there is more than enough opportunity to do so.

We’ve broken down each club below so you can plan the perfect night out, whether you’re looking to be the next big karaoke star or just want to tear up the dance floor.

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the groove at Universal CityWalk
the groove at Universal CityWalk

Clubs at Universal CityWalk

Bob Marley  – A Tribute to Freedom

A full-service restaurant combined with a club, you can enjoy Jamaican-influenced cuisine and the smooth tunes of Bob Marley here. The location serves as a replica of Marley’s Jamaican home, with special artifacts, black-and-white photos, and video monitors to take you through the journey of his life and career. The open-air courtyard features live reggae and a DJ beginning nightly at 8:00 pm (during non-pandemic times, that is).

CityWalk’s Rising Star

As the resident karaoke bar at Universal Orlando, Rising Star offers guests the opportunity to belt out their favorite tunes for all their friends (and plenty of strangers) to hear. What sets this club apart is the inclusion of a live band and backup singers on Tuesday through Saturday evenings. (On Sunday and Monday, karaoke is still offered, but with a backing track instead.) Singing is as easy as dropping your name and song selection in a jar at the front of the stage; once the host picks your name, it’s your time to shine! VIP service is available at this venue, as well.

the groove

This multi-level dance club features a full-service bar, a wall of video screens, and a balcony terrace that overlooks CityWalk. Resident and guest DJs spin open-format music throughout the week. VIP service is also available, featuring an exclusive seating area with table service, a dedicated server, and express entry into the venue.

Pat O’Brien’s

An authentic reproduction of the famous New Orleans hot spot, this bar features dueling pianos (nightly from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am – again, during normal times), a mesmerizing flaming fountain, and, of course, the Hurricane specialty drink. There’s also a full menu that includes some of the very best Cajun food you can find east of the Big Easy. Even better, since the restaurant is tucked away in the back corner of CityWalk, you won’t have to put up with many of the crowds that can be an issue at some of the more prominent venues.

Red Coconut Club

This club combines Cuban flair and tiki chic for the ultimate blend of music and glamour. Dance floors are located on the first floor, while a more intimate dining area can be found upstairs. The outdoor patio also offers a fantastic view of CityWalk – especially at nighttime. On select nights, a live band performs covers of Top 40 hits, ’80s favorites, and dance and Latin music from 8:00 pm to midnight, followed by a DJ from midnight to 2:00 am. Libations include signature martinis and an extensive selection of wines and specialty drinks. Like the groove and Rising Star, VIP service is available for those interested in an elevated experience.

Clubs at Universal CityWalk – FAQ

Are there age requirements to enter the CityWalk clubs?

For the most part, yes. Pat O’Brien’s is open to guests of all ages, but the other four clubs have restrictions:

  • Bob Marley – must be 21+ with a valid photo ID to enter
  • the groove – must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter
  • Red Coconut Club – must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter
  • Rising Star – must be 18+ to enter Sunday–Thursday, 21+ to enter Friday–Saturday

How much does it cost to enter a CityWalk club?

Generally, the CityWalk clubs charge $7 for cover. The time that this charge is implemented varies by venue:

  • Bob Marley – after 10:00 pm
  • the groove – after 10:00 pm
  • Pat O’Brien’s – after 9:00 pm
  • Red Coconut Club – after 10:00 pm
  • Rising Star – always has a cover charge

If you’re in a club before the cover starts, you won’t be charged unless you leave and re-enter. It’s also worth noting that there’s no additional charge to sing karaoke at Rising Star.

Do the CityWalk clubs have a dress code?

Pat O’Brien’s, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, and CityWalk’s Rising Star have no specific dress code. Red Coconut Club has a casual-chic dress code – and so does the groove, although they make the extra request that guests refrain from wearing hats or tank tops.

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