Club Reports: What’s New Downtown?

It’s been awhile since we updated you on some of the new stuff coming to downtown Orlando. Let’s begin on Church Street where the people that once operated the Joysticks game room on Pine Street are renovating this spot and will open a new game room later this year. This is the spot that most recently housed Danny & Pats lounge & Schumann’s Jager Haus before that. It most famously was home to the club Dragon Room. Most recently signage on those doors indicated that Seychelles Sea Food & Steak House was coming here but that was more than a year ago and it never happened. If the new game room is as popular as Joysticks was, we may finally see more pedestrian traffic on Church Street!
Also on Church Street but west of the tracks, this large building known as the Bumby Arcade is being renovated into a Food Hall with numerous venues within it. As home to Church Street Station and Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium, the building has sat largely idle this past decade and longer. We’ll see if this is just a daytime place or will it also be open in the evening?
We’re excited to report that this long-vacant building on Pine Street west of Orange Avenue has been renovated and opened as The Violet Rose. We’ll do a Club Report from here soon.   Most people know this place as Blue Room back in the 90’s but subsequent to that its been Red Velvet, Blue Room (again) followed by Voyage, Deja Vu Ultra Lounge, Zen Exotic Lounge, Liquid and most recently the very short-lived Club Ice. They plan to differentiate themselves by offering live bands, something not seen much anymore downtown. There will be a DJ between band sets. It has potential.
Lastly, this spot on Orange Avenue that once housed Finnhenry’s will reopen as Parlay, a sports bar. We believe it’s owned by Court Street Concepts, the company that also operates Eden Bar, Elixir Bar & Tier Nightclub. Have not seen an opening date. And that’s our latest from DTO.