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Where you party tends to be dictated by where you’re staying, but if proximity to your pillow is not a factor, I always suggest leaving the theme park hotel areas and heading to the Church Street District in downtown Orlando. Thanks to the 2010 opening of the Amway Center, home to the Orlando Magic, this area of downtown is really coming to life again after a few decades of resuscitation attempts. While Rosie O'Grady's and the Cheyenne Saloon are long gone, the district’s recent restaurant and bar arrivals are creating a bit of a buzz. Ceviche, Rusty Spoon, and even the flamboyant Hamburger Mary’s diner all make for good eats, while Eternal Tap and newcomer Native are nice spots to grab a drink. On the entertainment side, just head north on Orange Avenue where you’ll find the Plaza Cinema Café 12, a movie theater, as well as SAK Comedy Lab, a zany improvisational live sketch comedy act with shows Tuesday through Saturday nights. Also in the district is the Mad Cow Theatre where a full season of high caliber plays and musicals appears on stage in this intimate venue.
As with any large city, there is plenty of great nightlife to be found in Orlando. Two of the best nightlife spots, however, are found in the unlikliest of places.
Downtown Orlando is home to numerous popular nightclubs and bars, and one of the newest and most unique venues is the ONE80 Grey Goose Lounge. On the surface, the Grey Goose Lounge might seem like any other night spot, that is until you learn of its location. The Grey Goose Lounge is found at the Amyway Center arena, on the top floor overlooking downtown Orlando. A sports arena is probably the last place you'd expect to find good nightlife- especially when it isn't a game night - but the ONE80 Grey Goose Lounge is one of the hottest spots in Orlando.
Another unique nightlife spot in Orlando is the dueling piano bar called Jellyrolls. Again, it's the location that makes Jellyrolls unique, because a mug-swinging raucous piano bar isn't exactly what comes to mind when you think of Walt Disney World. In spite of the family friendly location, Jellyrolls is one of the most fun experiences you'll find in Orlando. Just be sure to arrive early, because the place fills up quick.