54 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Fax: (407) 246-1380
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range : Average
Alcohol: Cocktails, Full Bar
Outdoor Seating: No
Good for Kids: No
Good For Groups: Yes
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05/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
New York: CBGB's, LA: Viper Room, Orlando: THE SOCIAL!
Few places offer such a personal and intimate experience for live shows. The vibe seems to bleed out of the walls from thousands of shows over the years. This is a great place to catch your favorite bands as well as talented ""up & comers"". Friendly staff, clean restrooms, and great drinks! Wether passing though or an Orlando native, The Social is a DEFINITE on the list of places to be...
02/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The Social is arguably the most established live music club in the Orlando area, and has justifiably built a good reputation for bringing in upcoming national acts as well as showcasing the best in local talent.
The club has some good and bad points. The good is a decent (not great) PA, a decent sized stage for a club, and mostly good sight lines. The bad is a woefully inadequate lighting system, small and dirty restrooms, at times surly staff, and an unbearably inadequate air filtration system that allows the cigarette smoke to become chokingly thick.
On slower week nights, free onstreet parking is generally available within a few blocks, although crime has become serious enough that those can be a few very long blocks when leaving. Pay parking is available at a couple of lots within a block or two.
The bands that play there are a mix of everything from blues to metal, with regular leanings towards an alternative rock sound. Most are upcoming acts, a few are has beens on their way back down from the top.
Overall it's an OK rock club, nothing special and far from world-class. It lacks the unique atmosphere of Flint's ""Machine Shop,"" the notoriety of LA's ""Viper Room,"" or the high end production of NJ's ""Starland Ballroom."" It's best redeeming quality is that it is a live music venue in a city which has lost more of the same than it's gained in recent years.
01/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My favorite bands play there but you have to be 18 or older to attend. It's not fair to all of my friends and i who want to attend concerts but can't because an age limit at the venue. house of blues has no age limit and it still serves alcohol, so i dont see why they cant let a younger audience attend.
08/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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07/26/2002Provided by Citysearch -
The Social, or sapphire as the local still call it, is a great live music venue. On the other hand, their drink prices are rather higher than other average bars. The service is average, being a regular there does have its advantages though. The new look is nice but they took away alot of the spare moving room in the back, leave you not much choice to just go outside. Of course you could always just go next door to Bar-BQ-Bar for the cheap drinks!
07/25/2002Provided by Citysearch -
Totally rad place to hang out. Best bands in town, best atmosphere, young people but, not like teenboppers also, definitely not a meat-market (good thing)...It' s an excellent place for socializing while viewing awsome live music, excellent bar... I love this place!!!