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This isn’t just any regular birthday; this is “the” birthday — your 21st.

But before legally enjoying the liquid freedom better known as alcohol, a celebration plan is in order. While there are many places to celebrate your coming of age, where you go depends on what kind of celebration you want.

Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando is the place to be for a 21st birthday. With a wide offering of bars and nightclubs, the streets are usually packed with young people hopping from venue to venue. It’s also an area to dress to impress.

Cowboy’s, a country-themed establishment with multiple bars and a huge dance floor, takes reservations for Friday birthday bashes. It will provide a reserved area and free admission along with two drink tickets for each party guest.

Hamburger Mary’s is an over-the-top, performance-driven restaurant with drag queens and theater singers, who interact with the audience while they enjoy dinner and drinks. Additionally, the queens are known to bring up people celebrating their birthdays for a sing-a-long and a free birthday shot.

Club 23 is the ultimate club for great drinks and night-long partying. It has new special events every night and every Wednesday it offers free premium cocktails for women until midnight.

Downtown Disney

Living in Orlando gives a great opportunity to celebrate at the Happiest Place on Earth. Disney offers great rides, food and a fantastic fireworks display. Expensive park tickets are not always necessary for a good time, as there are many restaurants to choose from in Downtown Disney.

The Boathouse is one of Downtown Disney’s finest dining restaurants, so dressing up is not a bad idea. It offers American, seafood and steakhouse cuisine. It also offers guests private cruises and live entertainment for an additional price.

T-Rex Café is not only known for its interactive dinosaur attractions, but also for its delicious food and drinks, such as specialty drinks, wines and beers. Servers will also sing “Happy Birthday” with the purchase of a dessert.

Raglan Road is an Irish pub that offers authentic Irish meals, live entertainment, and four bars stacked with local and craft beers at reasonable prices. Tip the performers for a live birthday serenade from the stage.

International Drive

I-Drive is a hot spot for late-night celebrating with a great variety of dining options. A laid-back vibe offers flexibility for a casual dress code.

Howl at the Moon has huge drinks and a dueling piano show. Two singers, two pianos, going back-to-back performing songs chosen by the bargoers.

Senor Frog’s is a Mexican-themed party bar and restaurant with delicious burritos, great dance music and good package offers. One of its offers is a dinner package that includes any plate from the menu, a 28-ounce souvenir alcoholic drink, a T-shirt and a tequila shot for $49.90. It can be booked online.

Café Tu Tu Tango offers large food servings, which is great for large group celebrations. It’s recommended to order a variety of different tapas to share with the table. The funky restaurant features a bar, patio seating and live artists, who paint in the restaurant. Drink specials include two-for-one draft beers and sangrias, as well as a bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary bar for Sunday brunch.

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Brittany White is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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