Applebee's Is The Hottest New Nightclub in Central Florida

Categories: WTF Florida
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In continuing evidence that Florida nightlife outside of Miami is a sad, depressing suckfest full of streaky highlights and Ed Hardy bought at the TJ Maxx, Applebee's is the hottest new club in Central Florida. Yes, Applebee's, the suburban restaurant staple that's known for cluttering its walls with garage sale leftovers (no, not T.G.I.Fridays or Ruby Tuesdays, the other one), has unveiled a new late night promotion in which it makes itself over as Club Applebee's.

According to Ad Age, the Club Applebee's concept is now in full effect in about 100 restaurants across the country, but got its start in Central Florida, where 50 of those participating restaurants are located. The idea actually didn't stem from any executives idea, but rather the franchising group that controls Central Florida's Applebee's noticed that patrons started referring to the restaurants as Club Applebee's when they went their for late night food and drinks, because of course they would.

At about 10 p.m. Club Applebee's kicks into full effect and coincides with drink special and half-priced appetizers. Most nights have themes like kareoke, '80s night, and "even the occasional luau." These locations are open until 2 a.m. or later. There's even a website!

Ah poor Central Floridians. They're trapped in between the pull of Miami's nightlife mecca and the old fashioned South, caught somewhere in between in Florida's suburban sprawl. So, of course they'd go out and get their drink on at a franchise family restaurant and call it a club.

And of course they would party like this:

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To be clear, these photos come from a YouTube video of a party inside an Applebee's in Estero, Florida, that's not part of the official Club Applebee's promotion in Central Florida, but we can't imagine it'd be much different.

And we'd really, really like to imagine that it would be different.

But perhaps we should not judge. All young people want to get drunk and party and "go out." It is not their fault they don't have that many options, and hopefully this will keep them busy so they don't get any ideas of bringing their Abercombie and ripped jeans shitshow down to Miami every once in a while for an occasional weekend.

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26 comments
fireloco4ever
fireloco4ever

@MiamiParties that's what's up, I guess that's what's hot in the streets #smh

mehnemszayn
mehnemszayn

@WhatsupDanny are you a fan of the janoskians YouTube videos???? :)))

SlimmyHendrix
SlimmyHendrix

@MikvsDaime I'm going to go back home have a burger, long island and a table dance while watching a game at club applebee's

tsotelojobs
tsotelojobs

@LAFresh, Oh snap...we can dance till the wheels fall off and get half off on a sampler platter?? Now that's dope, lol....#ClubApplebeesVIP

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

People and the food & drinks make the party, not the location. While Miami is full of nightclubs that are exclusive, imagine what a writer can poke fun at for anything located in the Keys ? Miami is also full of it's little hole in the wall strip mall night clubs/bars. I know of several in NMB off the little Dixie Highway and even US 1, that Applebees would be a step up from.

Dorothy Seniw
Dorothy Seniw

I sorta like the red lobster martini bar! LOL

Alex Cue
Alex Cue

Miami, looking better every day.

Ryan Johnny Thayil
Ryan Johnny Thayil

FACT: UF students go to Applebees all the time because it's one of the few places that are open late.

Iris DolceVita Rivera
Iris DolceVita Rivera

Eeew Exactly CENTRAL Fl. Where golden corral is considered fine dining. BARF!

bananapants123
bananapants123

OMG yes. I went to Orange City this past month (like an hour north of Orlando) and the spot on Saturday night was Applebees and it's Karaoke night. My husband and his brother couldn't believe it. 

JtotheC
JtotheC

Estero isn't Central Florida. More like southwest.

Ruy Rodriguez
Ruy Rodriguez

Central Florida looks like the Jersey Shore of Florida. Never seen so many Orange people in one video.

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

Everything North of WPB and South of Atlanta is a sad sad place.

LAFresh
LAFresh

@kaitlyn ...so you're in?

kaitlyn
kaitlyn

@LAFresh totes, let's invite @keshasuxx.

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