live music in orlando – About Orlando https://aboutorlando.com Insider Tips for Orlando Florida Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:15:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Blue Martini Orlando https://aboutorlando.com/blue-martini-orlando/ Tue, 16 Feb 2016 21:18:52 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=4324 Live music and great Happy Hour deals at Blue Martini Orlando now located at Pointe Orlando on International Drive near the Orange County Convention Center.

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Looking for the hottest bar on International Drive? Blue Martini located at Pointe Orlando offers music, dancing, cocktails and more. This popular Orlando nightclub, originally located at the Mall of Millenia, caters to tourists as well as locals at the International Drive location. Conveniently located just a short distance from the Orange County Convention Center, Blue Martini brings live entertainment and great drink specials to the already booming nightlife at Pointe Orlando.

Places and Spaces

Indoors and outdoors with a transitioning bar in between. All cool and comfortable (yes, even the outside patio). Ceiling fans and an impressive A/C system do a great job here making sure patrons remain as cool as can be, even on warm summer days.

There are large screen, high definition TV’s scattered throughout the bar – enough to satisfy sports fans, but not so many as to even consider this a sports bar.

Designed for entertaining, Blue Martini can segregate sections of the venue for private or semi-private parties – everything from an fun outing for 6 to an intimate party with 1000 of your closest friends.

Cocktails and More

Who doesn’t feel even a little bit sexy holding a stemmed Martini Glass? You’ll find over 40 specialty martinis and cocktails on the menu, but feel free to make requests of the knowledgeable bar staff if your favorite isn’t on the list. Choose one of the classics like the traditional Cosmopolitan or be daring and go for the decadent Chocolate Martini, all of which are served in your own mini shaker to keep the contents chilled.

The signature, name-sake martini is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet drink. The ‘Blue Martini’ is comprised of Van Gogh Blue Vodka, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, sour mix and orange juice. Though surprisingly not served in a martini glass, this tropical drink fills an over-sized snifter and is garnished with a blue glow stick and colorful orchid.

You’re not limited to ordering just martinis here. The wine list is also impressive (and very affordable during Happy Hour) and beer is offered by the bottle and on tap.

Getting Hungry?

I don’t usually consider going to a bar for dinner, but Blue Martini serves a surprising selection of very tasty dishes. The satisfying Thai Chicken served over Napa Cabbage Slaw and the Beef Tenderloin with fingerling potatoes are two of the Signature Dishes that are both very impressive and beautifully presented. The Beef & Portabella flatbread at Blue is a must order item that is tasty, plentiful and perfect for sharing.

Happenings

Whether a DJ spinning top 40 mixes or a live band performing upbeat dance tunes, music is an every evening occurrence at Blue Martini. Check the online schedule for performers and start times.

An abundance of Happy Hours every day of the week make the pricey martinis a little easier to swallow. Monday through Friday you’ll find discounts on all drinks and most menu items from 4 – 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 3 – 8 pm. Another reason for taking advantage of the happy hour is that Wednesday through Saturday there is a $10 + cover charge. The most popular night is Wednesday when ladies receive free admission and half off drinks all night.

Throughout the year, Blue Martini hosts a bevy of holiday and special events, from the Little Black Dress Party in July to their ultra sexy themed Halloween costume party in October.

Tips

Where to Park for the Blue Martini at Pointe Orlando:
Blue Martinin Orlando is located at Pointe Orlando on International Drive. The Pointe Orlando complex offers a parking garage that can be accessed from International Drive or Pointe Plaza Avenue. There is a fee for parking in the garage. Blue Martini does not validate parking. Be aware that there is a good walk from the parking garage to the venue. Valet parking is also available in front of Capital Grill (on International Drive).
Dress Code:
As casual as most of Orlando tourist spots are, take note that Blue Martini does have a dress code. What exactly it is seems to be open for interpretation. It is best to call ahead if in doubt.
Cover Charge:
Some nights you might find a hefty cover charge to enter the Blue Martini. Again, something you wouldn’t expect at most Orlando bars. If this is a concern, be sure to call before heading out. For the budget conscious, the daily happy hour deals are some of the best around.

Location

Blue Martini Orlando
Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive, Suite 1182
Orlando Florida 32819

407-447-2583

Guests must be at least 21 years old to enter

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The Winter Park Playhouse https://aboutorlando.com/winter-park-playhouse/ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:06:30 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=2328 Central Florida's professional musical theater, The Winter Park Playhouse features up-beat musicals with nostalgic themes. Enjoy the monthly Cabaret - only in Winter Park.

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Winter Park Playhouse - Professional Theatre in Orlando and Winter Park.
The Winter Park Playhouse
711 Orange Ave. Suite C
Winter Park, FL 3278932803
407-645-0145
HISTORY:

Filling a niche for for nostalgic musicals, The Winter Park Playhouse is a comfortable, friendly place with a steady stream of regulars. The 501(c)(3) non-profit professional musical theatre was started in 2002 by husband and wife team, Roy Alan and Heather Alexander. With only 123 seats, popular shows featuring stories and music of Ginger Rogers, the Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra often sell out quickly. The Main-stage Series features seven musical comedies. Each month The Spotlight Cabaret Series features professional singers in the lobby bar with a limited seating capacity of 54.

GOOD TO KNOW:
  • Before many of the shows, there will be piano music in the lobby.
  • Individual and season tickets are available.
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for sale in the lobby and can be taken into the theater.
  • The cast is always on-hand after the show for a meet and greet.
WHAT’S NEARBY:

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Dexter’s https://aboutorlando.com/dexters/ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:12:45 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=1807 The Orlando area now has four Dexter's Restaurants. A popular spot for a top Sunday Brunch and known for live music on the weekends, Dexter's is a comfortable spot for regulars.

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Dexter's Wine Bar, Windermere, Lake Mary, Winter Park, Thornton Park. AboutOrlando.com

With the opening of the Windermere location, it looks as if Dexter’s will once again hit the mark as a favorite Orlando dining and entertainment venue.

Now with four Orlando area locations, it’s likely that there is a Dexter’s not too far from you. Each location seems to have a style of it’s own, where the atmosphere is dictated by the clientele – where the regulars that make it “their bar.” You’ve got the downtown young professionals in Thornton Park, the established Winter Park residents and the suburban life of Lake Mary. Soon, I suspect, Windermere will pull in it’s regulars from the multitude of communities that reside within a stones-throw of it’s prestigious location.

Since the original Dexter’s opened in Winter Park in 1984, the brand has undergone few changes. They have pretty much found their niche and have stuck with it offering a consistent dining, bar and entertainment experience instead of just the latest trend. After two visits you’ll feel like a regular and recommend it to your friends. Open daily for lunch serving sandwiches, salads and other traditional lunch favorites at pretty good prices ($7.00 up). After 5:00 pm, the menu expands to include a wide array of diverse entrees – enough choices to satisfy just about anyone.

Continually recognized by locals for having a Great Sunday Brunch, Dexter’s creative menu includes Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Flat bread and The Maryland Benedict along with some more traditional brunch items. Both Winter Park and Thornton Park also serve brunch on Saturday.

Hailed by some as a Wine Bar, Dexters does have a decent selection of affordable wines by the glass and bottle, though not what I would consider an extensive list. The bartenders may have some wine savvy about them, but my experience has been that the waitstaff does not. But actually, that’s ok since I would venture to say that wine is not the drink of choice by most patrons at any of the four locations. It is the crafty cocktails that the experienced bartenders mix up and wide selection of beers that line the bar in the evenings.

Speaking of adult beverages, Dexter’s is also on the list for Orlando’s Best Happy Hour with specials and discounted drink prices across the board. Happy hour varies a little at each of the four locations, but as far as I can tell (and at the time of this post) all Dexter’s locations offer a $10 discount on bottles of wine, making this a great early dinner choice. On Monday evenings, happy hour runs from 3:00 pm till closing and Thursday is generally Ladies night with discounted drinks and $1.00 ‘Champagne’ (though they really should be using the term sparkling wine here.)

Except for the Thornton Park Dexter’s, the other three locations feature live music on the weekends, usually playing classic rock favorites. When I refer to live entertainment, I’m not talking about just a guy playing a guitar (except perhaps on Wednesday evenings at WP.) Friday and Saturday entertainment usually consists of a full 5+ piece band.Be sure to check out SIMULCAST with dance classics or My Generation, covering everything from The Rolling Stones to Billy Joel.

Dexter’s of Winter Park
558 W New England Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Acoustic Wednesdays with live bands Thursday through Saturday evenings.

Dexter’s of Lake Mary
950 Market Promenade Ave.
Lake Mary, FL. 32746

Music by a DJ on Thursday with live music on Friday & Saturday evenings.

Dexter’s of Thornton Park
808 E Washington St.
Orlando, FL 32801

No live music at this location.

Dexter’s of Windermere
4757 The Grove
Windermere, Fl 34786

Music by a DJ on Thursday with live music on Friday & Saturday evenings.

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Steinway Society of Central Florida https://aboutorlando.com/steinway-society-of-central-florida/ Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:05:02 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=833 The Steinway Society of Central Florida is a local organization that is dedicated to the advancement of young pianists. Be sure to check out the annual fundraiser 'Divas in Concert' at the Orlando Museum of Art.

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Steinway Society of Central Florida. #fundraisers AboutOrlando.com
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

A local organization that is dedicated to the advancement of young pianists. The program is open to economically disadvantaged children ages 6 through 16 who qualify for the program. Children with musical talent are encouraged to work towards a higher level of excellence. The goal of the Piano Bank is to make pianos available and/or provide tuition for piano lessons for children.

The Steinway Society of Central Florida is a 50lc3 non-profit organization. It provides pianos and music education to young children in economic need. It was founded by Gary and Kathy Grimes. With the help of community grants and individual donations, it has created a program of complimentary piano lessons for children at multiple locations in central Florida. The Society Piano Bank awards pianos to talented youngsters in gifting ceremonies several times a year.

The project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Throughout the year the Steinway Society of Central Florida sponsors fundraisers and musical events such as concerts, recitals, workshops and master classes. Attending these fundraisers supports the program. If you have a piano that you would like to donate, please contact The Steinway Society of Central Florida. The society also accepts cash donations.

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