Let’s face it: Some of us just aren’t clubbers. The lights, people, loud music, dancing – sometimes it’s just too much. Fortunately, there’s plenty to do in Orlando outside of the club nights, dance parties and party-til-you-puke haunts some of your peers live for.
1. Laugh out loud at SAK Comedy Lab
Catch a comedy show at this improv theater that’s been open in downtown Orlando since 1991. SAK Comedy Lab never misses a cue, with shows six days a week. The actors interact with the audience and build skits around their suggestions. When embarking on this comedic adventure, go with a group of non-sensitive friends and don’t be afraid to sit in the front row, otherwise known as the roasting zone.
7:30-11:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday | SAK Comedy Lab, 29 S. Orange Ave. | 407-648-0001 | sakcomedylab.com
2. Have a date night at Leu Gardens
For just $6, see an outdoor movie at Harry P. Leu Gardens, a local botanical gem not far from some of our other favorite hangs. Every month, the Gardens show movies and invite vendors like Curbie’s Sidewalk Cafe and Peak Season Pops to sell snacks. Things that have screened recently include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and one feature film this fall we’ll be looking forward to is Hitchcock’s classic The Birds. Alcohol is permitted, and you can bring a dinner picnic basket to this romantic evening event.
6 p.m., first Friday of every month | Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave. | 407-246-2620 | leugardens.org
3. Challenge your mind at Fiddler’s Green Trivia Night
Fiddler’s Green is a hot spot for Rollins students, but other collegiates can get in on the fun, too. Who knows, maybe you’ll even strike up an interschool friendship. Weekly trivia challenges are held at the Irish pub and eatery located on Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park. Any topic is fair game, so test your history and rock & roll knowledge while chowing down on smoked fish dip and potato wedges.
7 p.m., Wednesday | Fiddler’s Green, 544 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park | 407-645-2050 | fiddlersgreenorlando.com
4. Test your vocal range at Big Daddy’s Roadhouse
Big Daddy’s Roadhouse is a casual sports bar that takes its singing seriously, hosting karaoke every night of the week. At Big Daddy’s, belting out tunes to your soul’s content is free of charge. Sing a throwback pop classic from the ’90s or a current chart topper. To give the glory of karaoke justice, we recommend that you make this a group activity. Mutual ridicule and mockery is all part of the fun.
9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday through Sunday | Big Daddy’s Roadhouse, 3001 Corrine Drive | 407-644-2844 | bigdaddysorlando.com
5. Game on at Cloak and Blaster
Instead of hitting that sports bar, geek out at a gaming pub. Cloak and Blaster offers a sweet tavern atmosphere and selection of nerdy beverages with ample space for gameplay. You won’t be bombarded by soccer matches or football games on the TV screens here, because C&B streams episodes of Dr. Who and Games of Thrones instead. Opening its doors on select evenings, C&B brings together gaming tournaments, costume contests and a fantasy-campaign setting in one space.
6 p.m.-12 a.m., Wednesday through Sunday | Cloak and Blaster, 875 Woodbury Road | 407-674-7435 | cloakandblaster.com
6. Unburden your soul at Austin’s Coffee
This 24-hour coffee shop can be your salvation when pulling all-nighters, and on Wednesdays, Austin’s Coffee transforms into an open mic poetry venue, where emerging writers can recite their literary masterpieces. Sip on an espresso and hear aspiring poets drop couplets and rhymes. If you consider yourself a budding poet, share your lovely sonnet or thought-provoking ballad with the other creative minds.
8 p.m., Wednesday | Austin’s Coffee, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park | 407-975-3364 | austinscoffee.com