If you’re an audiophile, it’ll be music to your ears to learn that Orlando offers visitors much more than what’s playing at Disney, Universal and SeaWorld. Thanks to a steady stream of talented artists and performers who flock to Central Florida for exposure and opportunity, Orlando is home to some of the best live music in the state. From world-class performance halls to dingy dive bars, rowdy piano bars to a karaoke club featuring live-band accompaniment; these 10 venues are the best joints for you to rock out while you’re on vacation.
The newest addition to Orlando’s downtown skyline, this state-of-the-art performing arts center spans two full city blocks in the heart of The City Beautiful. With a jam-packed calendar of theatrical and musical events, including several top-notch national performers, the venue features two huge theaters.
Constructed in 1963 as Orlando’s first two-screen movie theater, the historic Plaza LIVE is one of Central Florida’s premiere live-concert venues offering a wide range of concerts, comedians and cultural events. The venue serves as a hub for both touring acts and the home stage for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Boasting the largest dance floor downtown, the Beacham has 100 years of experience thrilling Central Florida audiences. With its smaller sister stage, The Social, directly next door, this concert compound features three full-service bars and a calendar of touring regional acts supported by local legends.
This temple of rock and roll features a 50-foot stage with two levels making for an intimate concert experience in spite of its 2,000-person-capactiy. Nestled in Downtown Disney, this music hall hosts great acts touring through town as well as a soulful Sunday Gospel Brunch when uplifted spirits are served alongside mimosas and grits.
Orlando's "Coliseum of Rock" adorned with imposing columns, majestic archways and a grand entrance, this 2,500-capacity concert hall located at Universal CityWalk is equipped with the latest in sound and light technology. Featuring some of the biggest names in music and comedy, the venue regularly schedules more than 150 shows each year.
A leading historical venue, this acclaimed downtown Orlando staple formerly known as Firestone Live features a multidimensional entertainment complex with cutting-edge production and sound design. More than 100 concerts and 10 outdoor music festivals can be attended at the repurposed Depression-era Firestone Tire & Auto building.
A cornerstone of the local independent music scene for two decades, this hole-in-the-wall neighborhood dive is one of Florida's most established indie music venues and an anchor of the Mills 50 creative district. Located next door is Will’s younger sister Lil Indies, a craft beer and cocktail speakeasy with its own concert calendar.
Located in the I-Drive 360 complex, Tin Roof transports its Nashville vibe to International Drive where local and regional bands take to the bedazzled stage every night of the week. Music fans will cheer and sing along to top hits and original tunes while foodies will find a killer menu filled with unique dishes bursting with flavor.
This high-energy piano bar that keeps I-Drive dancing features entertainers who tickle the ivories as well as funny bones while playing hits from the ’70s to today including classic rock, hip-hop and pop. Part bar and part concert, Howl creates a non-stop party ample space for dancing, drinking and dining.
For those with rock-star dreams of being the lead singer of your very own cover band, this karaoke bar is anything but typical. Here at Universal CityWalk you can choose from a large array of popular songs that you perform onstage accompanied by a live band complete with real backup singers in front of an audience.