Orlando is known for many diverse attractions, including its growing pool of local up-and-coming musicians. Whatever type of music you may listen to, a visit to Orlando means that you’re sure to find a number of bands and artists that will satisfy your craving for lively and imaginative songs that are purely unique to the region. Where should you go for an unforgettable listening experience? Read on to find out more!

The Best Venues for Local Talent

While many people have heard of the Hard Rock Café and the House of Blues, there are several hidden gems in Orlando where music lovers can go to escape the crowds and bask in a more private, unique setting.

Will’s Pub

This low-key bar and listening room has been a staple in the Orlando music scene for over fifteen years. Garnering a reputation for supporting local and regional up-and-coming artists of multiple genres (even after they make it big), Will’s Pub has a loyal crowd of music aficionados that come to see Orlando’s best and brightest. Here, an extensive selection of draft microbrews flows freely while listeners play pool and enjoy featured indie rock ‘n’ roll acts, open-mic and hip-hop nights, and expressive poetry slams. When you come to Will’s Pub, you’ll discover something new—and if you’re into the indie music scene, you might even see an old favorite, such as Iron & Wine or The Mountain Goats! Will’s Pub is open daily from 4:00pm until 2:00am, with show tickets available for purchase online.


Descend the stairs into the smoky, underground atmosphere at Tanqueray’s and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a big city film-noir dive bar. The setting is intimate, unpretentious, and no-frills, with free shows usually starting around 10:30pm. Tanqueray’s is known for its undying love for local musical talent, leading to the metropolitan joint’s devoted following. Jazz, funk, and blues are the genres on which Tanqueray’s has built its reputation; the friendly staff, inexpensive drinks, and free music seal the deal. Tanqueray’s is open from 4:00pm until 2:00am daily, and parking is available at the nearby parking garage.

The Social

Nestled in downtown Orlando, The Social is a haven for local artists. Consistently ranked among the top live-music venues by locals and critics alike, the venue features a laid-back atmosphere with great service and an eclectic crowd of listeners. The Social also has genre-driven nights, covering blues, folk, rock, metal, reggae, and more. When you visit, you have the chance to see nationally- and internationally-touring acts—up-close and personal. You’d be remiss to skip out on this pillar of the Orlando music community!

Show tickets are available for purchase online, as well as at the box office on performance days. The Social is open from 8:00pm until 2:00am on Monday and Tuesday, from 3:00pm until 2:00am on Wednesday through Friday, from 1:00pm until 2:00am on Saturday, and from 7:00pm until 2:00am on Sunday.

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