Orlando >Bars & Clubs > The Social
54 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL | Directions 3280128.543145 -81.379179
Wed-Fri, 3pm-11pm, Saturday 1pm-11pm and Sunday during shows.
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Central Business District
nice little place – Walked into this place and got to see the local live music. Wore a buttom down collared shirt during a rock band and got no hassles. My friends and I had a blast. Nice little place to hangout at.
one of the more decent Orlando music venues – This place is a pretty decent smaller venue. I have seen a lot of good bands there over the years (and some shitty ones too). The staff is decent. They are just dudes trying to do their job, but they don't treat you like dirt and they aren't on some power trip (looking at YOU, Firestone and HOB). The stage is good size and the sound is usually good. My only real problem is the smoking. Most shows here are NOT no-smoking, but even at the ones that are nobody enforces the no-smoking rule and often the shows turn into Lung Cancer Central :(
Best Place to see a show in Orlando – Hands down the best sound system and best place to see a band in Orlando. Unless you're 5'4" (and I'm not) you get a great and intimate view and feel during each performance. A++
Super Social – New York: CBGB's, LA: Viper Room, Orlando: THE SOCIAL!
Few places offer such a personal and intimate experience for live shows. The vibe seems to bleed out of the walls from thousands of shows over the years. This is a great place to catch your favorite bands as well as talented "up & comers". Friendly staff, clean restrooms, and great drinks! Wether passing though or an Orlando native, The Social is a DEFINITE on the list of places to be...
best live music venue in Orlando – after living in Orlando since 2007, I've been to literally hundreds of shows and am convinced that the Social is the most intimate venue with the best sound around.
Far from the worst, it's also worlds away from being the best – The Social is arguably the most established live music club in the Orlando area, and has justifiably built a good reputation for bringing in upcoming national acts as well as showcasing the best in local talent.
The club has some good and bad points. The good is a decent (not great) PA, a decent sized stage for a club, and mostly good sight lines. The bad is a woefully inadequate lighting system, small and dirty restrooms, at times surly staff, and an unbearably inadequate air filtration system that allows the cigarette smoke to become chokingly thick.
On slower week nights, free onstreet parking is generally available within a few blocks, although crime has become serious enough that those can be a few very long blocks when leaving. Pay parking is available at a couple of lots within a block or two.
The bands that play there are a mix of everything from blues to metal, with regular leanings towards an alternative rock sound. Most are upcoming acts, a few are has beens on their way back down from the top.
Overall it's an OK rock club, nothing special and far from world-class. It lacks the unique atmosphere of Flint's "Machine Shop," the notoriety of LA's "Viper Room," or the high end production of NJ's "Starland Ballroom." It's best redeeming quality is that it is a live music venue in a city which has lost more of the same than it's gained in recent years.
age limit? – My favorite bands play there but you have to be 18 or older to attend. It's not fair to all of my friends and i who want to attend concerts but can't because an age limit at the venue. house of blues has no age limit and it still serves alcohol, so i dont see why they cant let a younger audience attend.
Great concert atmosphere – Cool bar, surprisingly spacious due to high ceailings, and I like the pit/dance floor. The music is usually alternative/indie and they have some great bands that play. Great for after-work or just hanging out all night listening to some sweet tunes.
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The Social George Clinton and the Brown Note – I loved the opening act for George Clinton the last time he was in town and I wish that The Brown Note were opening for them this time.
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