Pulse nightclub

Pulse Orlando logo.svg
Photo of a white low-rise building and parking lot.
The nightclub's exterior in 2006
Full namePulse Orlando
Address1912 South Orange Avenue
LocationOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates28°31′11″N 81°22′37″W / 28°31′11″N 81°22′37″W / 28.51961; -81.37683
  • Barbara Poma
  • Ron Legler
OpenedJuly 2, 2004; 15 years ago (2004-07-02)
ClosedJune 12, 2016

Pulse was a gay bar, dance club, and nightclub in Orlando, Florida, founded in 2004 by Barbara Poma and Ron Legler. On June 12, 2016, the club was the scene of the second worst mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, and the second deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the events of September 11, 2001. 49 people were killed and 53 were injured.


A group of people wearing Pulse logo shirts parade down a brick street carrying a banner with the club's logo on it. An individual dressed as Robin from Batman leads the procession.
Pulse representation at Come Out with Pride, 2009

Pulse hosted themed performances each night and had a monthly program featuring educational events geared towards the LGBT community.[1] According to Orlando Weekly, Pulse featured "three glitzy, throbbing rooms of club boys, twinks and twinks at heart. Every night has something different in store, but Pulse is known to have some pretty impressive drag shows, and the bar's dancers are usually gorgeous."[2] Because of the three areas, Lonely Planet Discover Florida deemed it "three nightclubs,"[3] while their Florida volume focused on it being "ultramodern."[4]

Top 10 Orlando called it a "firm favorite for the Orlando gay crowd,"[5] The Rough Guide to Florida deemed it "justifiably popular," citing its "great lighting and sound plus cabaret performers, drag acts, and erotic dancers."[6] Pulse was the only gay club mentioned in The Rough Guide to the USA for Orlando.[7] According to listings, the entire premises, including the washrooms, were accessible.[8] Using "periodic consumer surveys," Zagat rated Pulse 25/30 for atmosphere, 25/30 decor, and 22/30 service.[9]

Other Languages
español: Discoteca Pulse
português: Pulse (boate)
Tiếng Việt: Pulse (hộp đêm)
中文: 脉冲夜店