Bachelorette's Night Out
Over-the-top nightclubs, deluxe resorts and classic photo opps at the theme parks make Orlando the perfect spot for a bachelorette weekend with the girls.
Orlando might be known for family fun, but when the sun goes down, there's plenty of entertainment for adults. Here are four itineraries for planning a night your bride-to-be bestie won't forget. And if her memory happens to be fuzzy the morning after, you'll have fabulous pictures to prove it.
Mango's Tropical Cafe hosts dinner, live music, shows and dancing till 2 am. (Courtesy Mango's)
Orlando's version of "The Strip" is International Drive, known by locals simply as I-Drive. In recent years, I-Drive has evolved into an upscale entertainment and dining district thanks to major new developments between the convention center and Sand Lake Road, along with lighted crosswalks and sidewalks for pedestrians.
With a nice selection of restaurants, Pointe Orlando is a good place to start. For the food and the fun factor stop by Taverna Opa—you're actually encouraged to get up on the tables and dance. After dinner, stroll over to Icebar, where you can enjoy bottle service and dancing in the lounge. For the ultimate party pics, don fur coats inside the 22-degree ice bar, where even the bar stools and glasses are made of ice. Continue the bar crawl at Howl at the Moon, where the dueling pianists know every song under the sun and especially love bachelorettes. Next, take your party up 400 feet for the Eye Glow experience, where your own private capsule on the Orlando Eye observation wheel comes with drinks and music. You can even grab a specialty cocktail at Sugar Factory or ride the mechanical bull at Cowgirls Rock Bar. End the night at Mango's, a spectacular Latin club straight out of South Beach with live shows nightly.
Where to Stay: Castle Hotel. Treat the bride-to-be like a princess at this sophisticated boutique hotel from Marriott's Autograph collection. Located right in the heart of I-Drive, you can walk or take a pedi-cab home from your night of fun. Rejuvenate at the Poseidon Spa the next morning before hitting the pool.
CityWalk is Orlando's version of Times Square. (©Universal Orlando Resort)
Universal Orlando Resort is a perfect bachelorette party spot, with its lively dance clubs, trendy hotels and festive restaurants. After a day of roller coasters inside the two theme parks, hit CityWalk for a big night out.
Universal's free dining and entertainment district is just steps away from the parks and hotels. Start with a laid-back, casual dinner at Margaritaville, and once you have some tequlia courage, you're ready for Rising Star. This is not your typical karaoke bar—you and your girlfriends will take the stage with your own band, back-up singers and professional lighting. After your 15 minutes of fame, take over the dance floor at Red Coconut or The Groove. (Tip: Purchase a Party Pass for $12, which gives you access to each bar in CityWalk rather than paying individual cover charges.)
Where to Stay: Hard Rock Hotel. This resort is all about the fun, from the special treats they leave in-room, to the rock 'n' roll playing everywhere to the pool area which has its own sandy beach. Guests also get access to the deluxe Mandara Spa at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel next door.
Tequila with a shot of culture at Epcot's La Cava del Tequila. (©Walt Disney World)
Epcot at Walt Disney World
The adult favorite of Walt Disney World is Epcot, specifically the World Showcase where you can eat and drink around the world. Each of the 11 countries offers food items and specialty drinks in an authentic setting. (You could get creative and make everyone a passport.) Mexico's tequila bar, La Cava del Tequila, is a great place to set the mood, along with a limoncello shot in the Italy piazza or perhaps some Champagne under the Eiffel Tower.
After the 9 pm fireworks, take the party just outside Epcot to Disney's Boardwalk. The dueling piano players entertain guests at Jelly Rolls until 2 am. Next door at the Atlantic Dance Hall, you can dance the night away in the art-deco ballroom to your favorite hits from the '80s, '90s to today.
Where to Stay: Swan & Dolphin. Every room in this Disney resort has just received a makeover, and the location on the Boardwalk and walking distance to Epcot is hard to beat. You can also enjoy amenities like a full-service spa, deluxe pools and character dining for memorable pictures.
Dance the night away on the rooftop bar at the Amway. (Courtesy Downtown Orlando)
Downtown Orlando is another hot spot for nightlife Where the locals go to party.
Start with dinner and a drag show at Hamburger Mary's, then grab an Uber for Better Than Sex Restaurant, where the desserts and cocktails are appropriately inappropriate for your special occasion. Dance off the calories at One80 on top of the Amway Center where the DJ spins your favorite hits to the backdrop of the city lights.
Where to Stay: Aloft. This hotel brand by Starwood (Sheraton, Westin, W), is known for its chic decor and young vibe. Orlando's Aloft sits right across from the spectacular new performing arts center and is walking distance to popular bars and restaurants downtown.