A Unique Night out on I-Drive

Thursday, April 6, 2023
A trip to International Drive just isn’t complete without a unique night out! Luckily, with over 45 action-packaged attractions, 4 entertainment complexes, and 300+ restaurants calling Orlando’s Most Dynamic Neighborhood Home, there’s something for everyone when it comes to planning the perfect night out!
Whether you’re looking for a unique dining spot to enjoy a date night, you want to dance the night away at one of Orlando’s premiere nightlife stops, catch a dazzling dinner show, or simply want to hit a local joint for a few drinks there are plenty of options for a one-of-kind night out on International Drive. During your next visit, check out these six stops for a unique and fun-filled night out in Orlando.

1. Tapa Toro

Get a taste of Spain right in the heart of Orlando at Tapa Toro Orlando, a locally-owned tapas bar and paella pit! On the menu, you’ll find classic and contemporary Spanish cuisine alongside flavorful libations. From family-style meals and food boards to shareable appetizers, paellas, tapas, and a variety of mouthwatering entree options, a dinner at Tapa Toro is sure to take your taste buds on a trip to Spain! But, from 7 pm to 9 pm every Sunday through Saturday, take your dining experience to the next level with a performance from live flamenco dancers! Enjoy watching talented dancers as they twirl, stomp, snap and twist their way around the stage and throughout the restaurant. From the flavors to the sights and smells, it will surely feel like you’ve been transported to Spain for a dinner to remember in Orlando! Plus, this local-favorite spot is located in Orlando’s Largest Outdoor Entertainment Complex, ICON Park so you’ll be just steps away from various attractions, shops, and unique stops to enjoy after your meal.

2. Taverna Opa

A favorite among locals and visitors alike, if you’re looking for authentic Greek cuisine paired with a dining experience straight out of Greece, look no further than Taverna Opa. Dig into a plate of authentic Greek cuisine at Orlando’s number one Greek restaurant featuring menu items including fresh seafood dishes, wood-fired meats like their famous lamb chops, kabobs, an array of meze appetizers to try, and various traditional Greek entrees to choose from. But, the party at Taverna Opa doesn’t stop until the Ouza runs out! Loosen your tie and enjoy belly dancing and a live DJ every night starting at 7 pm. If you’re hoping to enjoy a night out with authentic Greek cuisine and entertainment that will most likely end with you and your group dancing on the tables, throwing napkins into the air, and shouting OPA for a dining experience to remember, Taverna Opa is IT!

3. Mango’s Tropical Cafe

If you’re hoping to enjoy a unique blend of dining, dancing, and live entertainment, the uniquely Latin-themed experience waiting for you at Mango’s is a MUST! Noted as International Drive's most exciting dining and entertainment experience, get ready to create new memories with award-winning dining, shows, and nightlife at this state-of-the-art facility where there’s always something happening! Offering a full a la carte menu of Latin-inspired dishes, in addition to a special dinner show menu and an extensive cocktail menu - you're sure to keep the party going strong late into the evening.
Here’s a schedule of weekly entertainment happening at Mango’s so you can plan accordingly, but be sure to check out our event calendar for special events before your next visit!
  • Thursday & Friday at 7pm: Dinner & Magic Show featuring “Enigma The Illusionist”
  • Saturday at 7 pm: Dinner & Show
  • Wednesday and Thursday starting at 9 pm
  • I Love Fridays starting at 10 pm
  • Caliente Saturdays starting at 10 pm
  • Sundays Ladies Night starting at 9 pm
Whether you’re sitting back and watching various talented performers on the stage ranging from salsa dancers, magicians, DJs, singers, and a large variety of musicians, or you’re on the dance floor dancing your heart out - a trip to Mango’s while on I-Drive is always a time to remember, and some would even say an obligatory stop when visiting the area.

4. Teatro Martini Orlando

The #1 Dinner Show in LA, the Teatro Martini is now bringing its widely popular and highly sought-after entertainment experience to Central Florida, right here on International Drive. When the sun goes down, the acts get hotter, the laughs get bigger, and everything gets a whole lot crazier. Award-winning acts from around the world travel to Orlando to leave audiences amazed and astounded, as performers including comedians, magicians, clowns, acrobats, aerialists, and performing puppies take the stage and even work their way all around the audience in this highly interactive dinner show experience, and worth mentioning, it is 18 and older.
This dinner show experience includes a delicious four-course meal to enjoy while you enjoy the show. Laugh till you can’t breathe, watch till you can’t believe, and celebrate what happens when you finally get to see Teatro Martini. This is a can’t-miss during your next night out on I-Drive.

5. IceBar Orlando- A year-round winter wonderland!

The perfect escape from the Florida heat, this unique bar offers an experience like no other - featuring the Largest Permanent Ice Bar in the World it features over 70 tons of hand-carved ice and dozens of beautiful sculptures - almost everything inside is actually made of ice!
As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by Ice Princesses who are equipped with thermal coats and gloves so you can prepare for an expedition through their arctic paradise. Enjoy ice-cold cocktails served in custom-carved ice glasses and photo ops for days with complimentary professional photography available. Need to warm up? Head to the Fire Lounge where you can enjoy a delicious signature cocktail and mouthwatering food options, or head to the Polar Patio perfect for enjoying the Florida weather. Whatever temperature you prefer, a trip to the IceBar is always a chill night out!

6. Jewel Orlando- A Speakeasy Experience

Jewel Orlando is Orlando’s Premier Speakeasy featuring the best of Orlando’s Dueling Pianists as they perform traditional piano bar songs across all music genres, as well as music from today - audience participation is strongly encouraged, so feel free to make song requests and enjoy interactive sing-alongs!
Admission into the bar is free, so you won’t have to worry about paying a cover charge, but seating is subject to availability, so you can make reservations if you prefer. Whatever you’re in the mood to sip on, you’ll find it at Jewel Orlando’s bar, offering a variety of premium signature drinks like the Madam Taila’s Punch, classic martinis like The Jet Way Flights (three mini samples of any of their signature martinis), local and imported beer, a complete most-loved wine list, and even a large selection of after-night drinks like their Key Lime Kiss.
Take a seat in the burlesque 1920s Prohibition-era style lounge that has a sassy and upscale feel as you listen to the sounds of dueling piano, sing your heart out, and enjoy sipping on a cocktail from their extensive beverage selection for a true speakeasy experience right in the heart of Orlando!
When it comes to enjoying a unique night out with delicious food and experiences to remember, I-Drive is the place to be. From lively entertainment venues to interactive dining experiences and unique nightlife stops - International Drive has an option for every taste and every occasion. Browse a full listing of dinner shows, nightlife, and entertainment destinations along International Drive, and start planning your next epic night out in Orlando’s Most Dynamic Neighborhood today!