Club Reports: International Drive

Just outside Orlando is a place called International Drive. Lined with hotels and restaurants of every brand, it’s the heart of Orlando’s tourist district. Along International Drive, there are two large dining/entertainment venues.
The oldest is Pointe Orlando. It still contains some retail shops.
Including a Tommy Hilfiger Outlet and this Hollister store. But its days as a shopping destination, anchored by FAO Schwarz, are long gone.
And last night Pointe Orlando was downright eerie. Lafayette’s Music Hall, closed.
B.B. Kings, closed.
Blue Martini, closed.
Cuba Libre, closed.
The only place open was Opa.
They were the only place I saw with customers. Most places would never allow you to stand on their tables. At Opa, they encourage it! Always love this place!
The Pub was the only other venue I saw open late on a Friday night. Did not see anyone inside though.
The EDM/House dance club Matrix used to operate in this venue so long ago.
While 90’s/00’s Top 40 & Hip Hop dominated long-gone Metropolis. But last night, Pointe Orlando was a sad place to be. And garage parking cost $5.
I-Drive’s other entertainment complex is Icon Park, home of the Orlando Eye or whatever they call it now. As soon as I stepped from my car in their FREE garage, I could hear music and people and other signs of life!
Tin Roof is centrally located within Icon Park.
A live band played Rock in the front room while another band played Country in the back room.
iLounge Istanbul is another popular spot.
Little social distancing, few masks and a large crowd dancing to Hip Hop while a DJ played inside.
The lawn area of Icon Park is a popular area every evening.
A good time was had by all.