I don’t know about you but sometimes you can just get too much of the Disney World experience. On my last trip to Orlando, my buddy Bob and I were determined to take in some of the more adult venues near Disney. Here are the five great spots for Orlando nightlife near Disney World we visited.
The Five Best Orlando Nightlife Spots Near Disney World
- ROCCO’S TACOS, 7468 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando. This is my favorite night life spot in Orlando. Rocco’s Tacos has an outstanding Taco Tuesday. We are talking
$14.99 all you can eat tacos, $15 margarita pitchers and $5 Cabo Wabo drinks and shots. I don’t know if it’s the specials or the free drinks for ladies who dance on the bar, but the place is a bevy of activity and a hot spot for beautiful women. The tacos are great, the guacamole is outstanding and the natives are friendly. On my latest trip to Orlando, I hit Rocco’s Tacos three times. Once with my good buddy Matt from Clearwater who had such a good time he called in sick the next day. Once for a solo working dinner of Pollo Carbon ($17.50)–which is a wonderfully prepared chicken breast served with a generous sides of red rice, grilled vegetables and plantains. The third time I just popped my head in for another Taco Tuesday just to see if things where still rockin. Rest assured that the action (and the ladies) are as hot as every on Tuesday nights at Rocco’s Taco. So if you get tired of G rated, Disney oriented activity head over to Rocco’s Tacos for a great night of adult fun.
- JELLYROLLS, Disney Boardwalk, Lake Buena Vista. I just visited Jellyrolls again. Marcela and I had a fantastic time and, accordingly, I am moving it up to number 2 on Traveldealalert.com’s Orlando nightlife list. Jellyrolls is a 21+ dueling piano bar on the Disney Boardwalk, Bring some singles if you want to sing along to your favorite classic rock and roll tunes played by the wildly talented staff. The piano duos on my latest visit were Scottie and Ray, and Matt and Michael. All of them were outstanding
performers. I was really impressed with Scottie’s rendition of Marc Cohen’s Walking in Memphis. Scottie and Ray’s take on Bohemian Rhapsody was also a blast. The cover charge is $12 and drinks aren’t cheap (our Makers Mark on the rocks were $17.25 each), but the service was great (thanks to our gregarious waitress Nicole) and place is a lot of fun. Jellyrolls is one of the few adult oriented entertainment options on the Disney property and, in my mind, the most fun.
- VINES GRILLE AND WINE BAR, 7533 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando. Vines Grille and Wine Bar is the cool neighbor of Rocco’s Tacos. The nicely decorated restaurant serves prime beef and seafood. I can tell you that the food looks great…but I have never actually had dinner here. The bar (and outdoor patio) are so much fun that we never actually made it into the dining room. The Waygu beef sliders $6 during happy hour are great and the drinks (Knob Creek on the rocks for me) are very generous. Vines usually have a wonderful live jazz band and the servers are efficient and engaging. Vines is a really nice place to spend an evening with some old friends—and a great place to meet some new ones.
- OCEAN PRIME, 7339 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando. Ocean Primeis a beautifully upscale restaurant in the Sand Lake Road area near Vines Grille and Wine Bar and Rocco’s Tacos They have a great happy hour in the Blu Lounge from 5-7 p.m. featuring $6 cocktails, $6 wines and $6 to $10 appetizers (try the Bacon Bleu Cheese Kobe sliders). This is a great place to bring a date or find a new one.
- RAGLAND ROAD IRISH PUB, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. This is one of the few decent places on the Disney property for a single person to grab a drink. Located in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs), Ragland Road serves impressive Irish fare in an extra-large version of an Irish pub. You might come for the food but you will fall in love with the outstanding Ragland Road dancers. This impressive group of young people skillfully performs the native dances of Ireland while you dine on Bangers& Booz or Kevin’s Heavenly Ham. Ragland Road also features nightly performances by authentic Irish bands. The dining room vibe is definitely Disney, but the main bar area (near the entrance) is adult oriented and a great place to grab a drink and meet a lass or two.