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Re­views of bars, clubs, live mu­sic and a brand new bowl­ing venue at Pointe Or­lando.

DIS­NEY SPRINGS— This mega out­door life­style cen­ter rolls shop­ping, en­ter­tain­ment and din­ing into one. Vis­i­tors will find the world’s largest Dis­ney store, re­tail stores at the brand-new Town Cen­ter, themed restau­rants and bars, Cirque du Soleil, a bowl­ing al­ley, movie theater, wa­ter taxis, at­trac­tions and more. Free ad­mis­sion and free park­ing. www.dis­neysprings.com. 1780 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.828.3800. DIS­NEY’S BOARD­WALK— This board­walk cre­ated in the theme of At­lantic City’s fa­mous stretch of­fers a sports bar, piano sing-along bar and dance club, as well as nu­mer­ous restau­rants and shops. www. dis­ney­world.com. 2101 N. Ep­cot Re­sorts Blvd., 407.939.5277. DOWN­TOWN OR­LANDO— Down­town Or­lando is the home­town heart of Cen­tral Florida arts, cul­ture, nightlife and en­ter­tain­ment. From world-class per­for­mances at the Dr. Phillips Cen­ter to cel­e­brated fine din­ing op­tions, up­scale bou­tique ho­tels, eclec­tic shop­ping and the area’s best bar scene, Down­town Or­lando is dy­namic and alive year-round. Church Street and Wall Street are pop­u­lar ar­eas for the younger crowd with ca­sual bars and lo­cal pubs to up­scale wine bars and rooftop dance clubs while Lake Eola and Thorn­ton Park of­fer weekly events, farm­ers mar­kets and scenic en­vi­ron­ments for vis­i­tors of all ages. www.down­townor­lando.com. 400 S. Orange Ave., 407.246.2555. IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DRIVE— This stretch between Uni­ver­sal and SeaWorld is a hub for nightlife and en­ter­tain­ment for adults or the whole fam­ily. Find din­ner shows, game cen­ters, night clubs or re­laxed pubs, es­pe­cially con­cen­trated around the I-Drive 360 and Pointe Or­lando. PARK AV­ENUE WINTER PARK— Cen­tral Florida’s shop­ping, din­ing, and cul­tural show­case, Park Av­enue is home to the Morse Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art, Rollins Col­lege’s Cor­nell Fine Arts Mu­seum and the Bach Fes­ti­val Society of Winter Park, which reg­u­larly hosts free, out­door con­certs in the stun­ning oak-canopied Cen­tral Park where sea­sonal art fes­ti­vals, ex­otic car shows and fash­ion events are held. www.ex­pe­ri­en­ceparkav­enue.com. 407.644.8281. THORN­TON PARK DIS­TRICT— Vis­i­tors look­ing to de­com­press will find re­lief in the brick-lined streets of Thorn­ton Park, one of Or­lando’s most stylish dis­tricts. Just east of Lake Eola, Thorn­ton Park Dis­trict is home to a col­or­ful com­mer­cial dis­trict with a Euro­pean feel to the restau­rants and bou­tiques. thorn­ton­parkdis­trict.com. 407.701.9382. UNI­VER­SAL CI­TYWALK— Think Times Square Or­lando style. At this free en­ter­tain­ment com­plex just out­side Uni­ver­sal’s theme parks, you’ll find an elec­tric mix of clubs and restau­rants such as Hard Rock Café, Jimmy Buf­fett’s Mar­gar­i­taville, Red Co­conut, The Groove and Ris­ing Star. 11 am-2 am. No ad­mis­sion fee, but cover charges ap­ply. www. uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com. 6000 Uni­ver­sal Blvd., 407.363.8000.

Bars, Lounges & Clubs

ABRACADABAR— This is the per­fect place for grab­bing a late-night drink af­ter leav­ing Ep­cot or on the way to din­ner at Dis­ney’s Board­Walk. This fun-filled bar has a few tricks up its sleeve, like a mag­i­cal menu, dis­ap­pear­ing art work and wall­pa­per with hid­den sym­bols. Choose from old-timey clas­sics with a twist like the Elixir 13 made with Ab­sinthe or the Magic Hat­tan. www.dis­ney­world. com. 2101 Ep­cot Re­sorts Blvd., 407.939.1947. AERO— Florida might be flat, but from this rooftop roost, you have a ter­rific view of down­town above the build­ings and trees. Re­lax to tunes spun by hip DJs while you en­joy a sig­na­ture cock­tail. www. skysixty.com. 54 N. Orange Ave. BIG BELLY— Orig­i­nally a speakeasy dur­ing pro­hi­bi­tion, this venue is still a fa­vorite wa­ter­ing hole with a wide se­lec­tion of craft beer, mul­ti­ple tv screens and a dance floor. www.church­street­bars.com. 33 Church St., 407.649.4270. BLUE MAR­TINI— This classy and chic mar­tini lounge is the per­fect place to grab din­ner or drinks, whether it’s happy hour or late-night. Choose from cock­tails, cham­pagne and wine to spe­cialty mar­ti­nis, from a lemon drop or a cosmo to the sig­na­ture Blue Mar­tini made with Van Gogh blue vodka, coin­treau and blue cu­ra­cao that’s served

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