Top 10 Bars/Clubs of 2009: Orlando

Club-goers and barflies left the hustle and bustle behind while experiencing Central Florida's nightlife world this year. Some bars and clubs are new and others are landmarks. The drinking and dancing destinations gave patrons a chance to cheer their favorite sports team on with drink in hand, shake their tooshie like it was 1984 or feel as if they were on vacation while stepping inside Cuban and Mediterranean ambiances. Click through and see if you agree, but note that our Top 10 is randomly listed and not necessarily in our order of preference. (Photo courtesy of Ember)

Updated: December 11, 2009

The Top 10


BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

4151 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839

Sports enthusiasts and diners experience elegance and a large selection of beer and microbrews in West Orlando. The bar and restaurant combo also has an extensive menu but the main draw are the brewskis.


Cowboys Orlando

1108 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32805

Cowpokes get down on the dance floor at this longstanding country bar in South Orlando. Boot-scooting guys and gals take a break from line-dancing or shooting some balls around with a Budweiser or a whiskey and Coke in one of the Adirondack chairs on the outdoor patio before calling it a night.


Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

This Pointe Orlando Cuban-themed hotspot is named after the rum and Coca-Cola mixed drink with a twist of lime and pays tribute to 1950s Havana. The drink menu features 75 premium and flavored rums along with specialty cocktails, beer, Mojitos and sangria. The dance floor also heats up with salsa dancing during the weekends.


Dungeon Lounge

12287 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817

Pretend you're a prisoner for beer in an old English-looking dungeon across from the University of Central Florida. Sexy waitresses serve themed martinis titled the Black or Golden Knight, Bone Breaker and Iron Maiden. Go-go dancers entertain from a cage while others are receiving the VIP treatment in a chain-enclosed area.


Ember

32 W Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801

Embark on a Mediterranean drinking journey without booking a cruise. The bar no longer resembles its predecessor Kate O?Brien's Irish Pub with the renovation costing $3.2 million. Besides the price tag, the venue has a 7,500-square-foot outdoor patio featuring palm trees and portico bar stations and is the largest in Downtown Orlando.


Flanagan's Sports Pub

3100 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765

Sports fans rejoice while celebrating the Irish spirit with a Guinness or Blue Moon in hand in Oviedo. The neighborhood hangout is overflowing with shamrocks and is loud but popular amongst University of Central Florida students and locals. Sports-viewing options also aren't limited with numerous high-definition TVs throughout the joint.


Inedpendent Bar

70 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

Vinyl vamps and spiked-hair types dance to 80s alternative bands, indie tunes and videos playing on TV monitors on a massive dance floor in a gothic and space-age ambiance at this bi-level nightclub in Downtown Orlando.


Rix Lounge

1000 W Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

High-energy beats pack the dance floor at this upscale lounge in Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. The 5,000-square-foot venue features a full-bar, DJs pumping up the volume, a tapas menu, specialty martinis and beds for resting on after a long day at the office or from shaking your booty on the dance floor.


Waitiki Retro Tiki Lounge

26 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801

Worship the tiki-drinking gods while consuming exotic concoctions and Polynesian bites in the Wall Street Plaza. The bar is renowned for having one of the cheapest happy hours in town, which includes half-price frozen and tropical drinks and appetizers from 4pm to 7pm.


Will's Pub

1040 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Hang with hipsters and indie types at this happening pub near Downtown Orlando. The bar serves beer and wine and has themed nights from spoken word to live music. Other distractions include playing pool or gazing out the window onto busy Mills Avenue.