Best Of 2018

Best Lust For Life
Photo by Matthew Weller

Lana Del Rey at Amway Center

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

In February, Lana Del Rey brought her melancholy magic to the Amway Center as part of her nationwide "L.A. to the Moon" tour. After R&B up-and-comer Kali Uchis set the stage for the evening, everyone's favorite sadgirl delivered a performance worth the four-year wait since her last Orlando visit. Flanked by a full band and an impressive beach-themed backdrop, the dismal diva sprinkled her career-spanning set with a few surprises (including a breathy rendition of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," which she clarified was dedicated to JFK). As always, Lana gave us a reason to smile through the tears.

Best of Orlando: Music and Nightlife: The best in local bars, clubs, bands, DJs and more

Best of Orlando: Music and Nightlife
Best Bar

1. Will's Pub, willspub.org

2. The Guesthouse

3. Mathers Social Gathering, mathersorlando.com

Best Bar Patio

1. World of Beer Lake Eola, worldofbeer.com

2. The Hammered Lamb, thehammeredlamb.com

3. Eden Bar, enzian.org

Best Bar Rescue

The Copper Rocket

thecopperrocket.com

Ah, the Copper Rocket. The Maitland pub has gone through plenty of ups and downs with its different owners over the years, but the most recent owner, Selman Markovic, was really something special. And after the episode of Spike TV's Bar Rescue featuring the Rocket finally aired this spring – about a year after filming – everyone got to see exactly how special. As loudmouth host Jon Taffer pointed out several times throughout the episode, Markovic had problems taking responsibility for any of the problems at his bar, from poor service to health code violations to mistreatment of employees. To no one's surprise, the Copper Rocket was sold shortly after the filming of the episode, and since then, new owners AKT Enterprises have put a ton of work into rescuing the bar from Markovic's reputation.

Best Bar to Play Pool

1. Sportstown, sportstownbilliards.com

2. Trick Shots Billiards, trickshotsbilliards.com

3. Spatz, facebook.com/spatz1025

Best Bartender

1. Jen Harton, Lil Indies, facebook.com/lilindiesorlando

2. Rick Big, The Thirsty Topher, thethirstytopher.com

3. Lee Courtley, Independent Bar, independentbar.net

Best Club DJ

1. DJ BMF, mixcloud.com/djbmf

2. DJ Ponyboy, facebook.com/ponyboydj

3. Matt Roquentin Lamen

Best Club Night

1. '80s New Wave Night at Independent Bar, independentbar.net

2. Mac & Cheese, independentbar.net

3. Girl the Party, girltheparty.com

Best Country Act

1. Thomas Wynn and the Believers, thomaswynnandthebelievers.com

2. Whiskey Sharts, shartsville.com

3. Sean Holcomb, seanholcomb.com

Best Cover Band

1. Hayfire, hayfire.com

2. Nirvanna, facebook.com/nirvannatributeband

3. Skin Deep, skindeeprocks.com