This complex continues Orlando's Tinseltown tradition of making each of its new movie theaters bigger and better than the last. Located right at the entrance to Universal Studios' Citywalk, this 20-screen theater offers state-of-the-art stadium seating and cutting-edge concessions. The recently installed, giant IMAX screen surely does add to the amazing experience. Besides gourmet coffee drinks, deluxe nachos and frozen yogurt, Universal Cineplex 20 theater serves beer and wine. There are various discounts for students, senior citizens and Universal Studio employees. Credit cards are accepted for both tickets and concessions.
Part of what is now an impressive array of nightlife opportunities at Universal Studios, The Groove gets groovin' with five themed rooms designed to appeal to the widest possible variety of party animals. Dance areas represent various historic musical eras ranging from a vaudeville stage to a roaring 20s dancehall, a 1960s rock 'n roll haven, a disco and a high-tech futuristic scene. Specialty drinks are offered in each area, and live bands are often on the bill. With these and several quiet areas tucked away in this big complex, this spot can appeal to everyone, from those who want to party to those who just want to kick back for a quiet drink and keep their options open.
8267 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 363 1985
Now, let's see. Was it the butler with a dagger in the pantry, or that gorgeous dame with a gun in the bedroom? Designed to get you into the thick of a murder mystery, this lively attraction mixes you in with others who haven't a clue, and with a group of talented actors and actresses who know exactly how this story ends. Also specializing in mystery events for business meetings and personal celebrations, the troupe commits murder during the evening, and it's up to you to solve the crime. All the suspects are discussed over dinner, then you get to grill the murder suspects to figure out who-done-it. Adult admission includes unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Group discounts available.
It's a long way to Key West, but you can make the trip without ever leaving Central Florida with a stop at this restaurant that evokes the spirit of the Keys where singer Jimmy Buffet got his start. Themed to resemble a snazzy version of favored Key West haunts, the restaurant offers such Keys and Caribbean favorites as conch fritters, jambalaya and that all-time favorite key lime pie. There's a full bar here and, truth be known, that's the destination of most of those who stop in here.
7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard Dr. Philips Market Place Orlando, FL 32819 +1 407 248 3485
This high-end steak house is making a splash among the Orlando elite. Expensive and plush with dark wood paneling and impeccable service, this newcomer to the steakhouse scene lures the high-roller crowd and is the popular choice for high-level business meetings. In an atmosphere of mahogany paneling and linen tablecloths, patrons feast on 20-ounce New York strip sirloins and 24-ounce porterhouse steaks. Meals end with Godiva chocolate cake and the wine list boasts 175 offerings. Reservations recommended. A full bar is available.
This famous chain bistro is a major hot spot in Orlando and the world's largest Hard Rock Cafe. It's packed at all times and wild on the weekends. Rock 'n' roll lovers can feast on specialties that range from a fried chicken sandwich to Blackened Chicken Penne Pasta and pork tenderloin Caribbean style. You'll dine in a two-storeyed dining area dominated by a pink Cadillac with more than 1,000 pieces of music memorabilia to satisfying the visual senses, including bricks from the Cavern Club, the Beatles' first haunt. After filling up, check out a concert by a top-name national, international or local artist at Hard Rock Live, a state-of-the-art concert venue adjacent to the Cafe.
12271 University Boulevard Orlando, FL 32817 +1 407 277 7769
Located on University Boulevard, across from UCF, Jeremiah's Italian Ice is the place to go for a cool refreshing treat. Other locations in the Orlando area include a shop in Winter Park, Winter Springs and Maitland. Choose from made-fresh-daily Italian ice, soft serve or a combination of the two, known as "gelati." The menu includes 20-plus flavors every day, featuring several standards and also a variety of rotating flavors to choose from at the various shop locations. Stop by for a sweet treat in small, medium, large and quart sizes, or place an order to go for a half gallon of Italian ice. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Situated just south of the UCF campus, Mix Frozen Yogurt gives customers an amazing array of choices. This Fro-Yo shop is a favorite among the college crowd and others looking for refreshing, delightful treats. The menu changes weekly, but always offers 16 different frozen yogurt flavors and includes more than 50 toppings. Choose from regular flavors like strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, or more unique ones like Irish mint, caffe latte and New York cheesecake. Special tart flavors are also available. Topping choices include fresh fruits of all kinds along with many dry toppings to create that perfect treat. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
12078 Collegiate Way Orlando, FL 32817 +1 407 482 5000
Natura Coffee and Tea, located near the University of Central Florida, is a frequent hang out of the student crowd of the city. The cafe features an array of delectable coffees and teas, specially meant to lift moods. Besides serving lip smacking coffees, Natura Coffee and Tea is known for the casual atmosphere that it offers and the events that take place here. Natura Coffee and Tea stages live performances, concerts and other entertaining events on a regular basis. Besides well known regional and international artists, new and upcoming artists also perform here. Call ahead for schedule details.
12289 University Boulevard (cross-street North Alafaya Trail) Orlando, FL 32817 +1 407 482 2500
Knight Library is conveniently located just across the street from UCF (University of Central Florida). It is the "
"library used by a large number of college students to gather with friends or to meet new ones. There are no books found here, but a lot of fun activities and events. This is UCF's favorite hangout that features a huge bar with more than 30 televisions. It also has 6 projector screens, poker, video games, darts, pool tables and numerous special events going on all the time. The menu includes appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, wings, subs, sandwiches, quesadillas, fish and more. Knight Library offers a laid back college-styled setting and affordable prices. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
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