Discover seven unique locations for post-meeting cocktails in Orlando’s convention district, including The Edison at Disney Springs® (pictured; photo courtesy Patina Restaurant Group).
Updated March 12, 2021
We’ve all been there: A full day of meetings or working the convention floor is at an end, and your group is looking for a one-of-a-kind place to relax and unwind. Good thing you came to Orlando, where unique lounges, bars, nightclubs and other watering holes are never more than a stone’s throw away — including these options in our convention district, all of which are prioritizing your group's health and safety. Bottoms up!
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The Edison at Disney Springs®
This Industrial Gothic-style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination is one of the most visually striking venues at Disney Springs, and one of the best reasons for groups to visit! Featuring gourmet food, craft cocktails and stellar nightlife, The Edison looks and feels as if it were built inside a converted power plant.
An imaginative dining option by day, The Edison transforms into one of Orlando’s hottest nightspots with craft cocktails, contemporary American food and live entertainment. And starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday nights, admission is restricted to guests 21 and up and the entertainment gets a bit more risqué — including burlesque dancers!
The Edison also caters to groups, from intimate gatherings for 20 to lavish parties for a crowd of 300. Customizable menus are also available and at prices as affordable as $35 per person. Disney Springs has several other venues that are ideal for post-meeting cocktails, such as Wine Bar George, Morimoto Asia’s Forbidden Lounge, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and others.
CityWalk’s Rising Star
Located at Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort, CityWalk’s Rising Star is fun place to grab a drink, and a must-visit if your group includes people who are great singers — or who at least aren’t afraid to get up on stage and belt out their favorite tunes! What’s more, the venue features a live band and talented backup singers on Tuesdays through Saturdays, with recorded tracks doing the work on Sundays and Mondays. Even if none of your attendees are willing to give it a go, you’ll all have a blast watching other people strut their stuff.
CityWalk’s Rising Star also caters to groups with its VIP Service, which includes an exclusive seating area with table service, a dedicated server, and express entry to the venue. Other Universal CityWalk nightspots that are perfect for groups include Jimmy Buffet’s® Margaritaville®, Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom℠, the groove, Pat O’Brien’s® and Red Coconut Club.
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Mix business with pleasure at Mango’s Tropical Cafe, located on International Drive in the heart of Orlando’s convention district. Boasting 55,000 square feet of entertainment space, Mango’s delivers hot rhythms, electric dance floors, a one-of-a-kind live show and cool cocktails for groups of any size.
Speaking of groups, Mango’s offers private rooms, private dance floors and even full-venue buyouts to accommodate groups as small as 20 or as large as 2,000. They can also provide gourmet packages for plated or reception-style events, specialized bar packages and other extras when your attendees are ready to dance the night away.
True to its name, Blue Martini boasts more than 42 mouthwatering martinis, as well as specialty cocktails, fine wines and spirits, shareable bites, and eclectic live entertainment. You’ll find this swank lounge at Pointe Orlando, just down the street from the Orange County Convention Center.
What’s more, Blue Martini specializes in after-work cocktails for professionals, making them a great fit for most groups. They’re also available for private events, including intimate gatherings for six, a large-scale party of 300, or even unforgettable blowouts for up to 1,000 people. Other nightlife options at Pointe Orlando include Main Event Entertainment and Improv Comedy Club.
Ain’t nothing rusted about this Tin Roof! One of many dining and nightlife options at ICON Park® on International Drive, this self-described live music joint specializes in great food, great drinks and great times for everyone — including meetings groups.
The 11,800-square-foot venue has two configurable spaces that can hold anywhere from 20 to 1,000 guests, and special block parties are an option for even larger groups. They can also customize the perfect food, beverage and entertainment package to ensure an amazing evening. Don’t skip on ICON Park’s other choices for group outings, either, including Blake Shelton's Ole Red, Yard House, Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit, iLounge Istanbul and others.
When your group visits ICEBAR Orlando, you’re sure to have a cool time — ice-cold, even, and all within walking distance of the Orange County Convention Center! What makes it unique is that nearly everything inside is made from ice, including furniture, decorations and even the glasses. Fortunately, the parkas they provide are an exception to that rule.
ICEBAR Orlando has more than 5,100 square feet of versatile event space, with capacity for 50-500 guests inside and up to 1,200 in the outdoor area. Given the singular nature of the venue, you can bet that the experience will be “frozen” in your attendees’ minds forever!
Howl at the Moon
Your group is guaranteed a rocking night of fun when you visit Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar that serves an energetic, interactive live show alongside cocktails, beer and wine. Howl’s performers can fulfill any request your attendees throw at them, and they can even come up with custom songs dedicated to your event!
They can also handle groups of just about any size, with reserved seating for up to 50, use of the private Moon Deck and/or Sun Deck for larger groups, or even up to 600 for a full-venue buyout. Need more space? They can accommodate up to 1,200 with outdoor tenting!
These seven venues are just the start of all the unique nightlife venues waiting for your group in Orlando. To discover more ways to entertain your attendees, submit your RFP and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates from Cvent’s No. 1 meeting destination in the U.S.