When you live in Orlando, and think you've seen everything done at least once, it's very refreshing to find something unexpected. Velvet Sessions might very well be the best kept secret in Orlando (from tourists anyway, locals have known about it for years). To call Velvet Sessions an 'upscale cocktail party' is to do it an injustice. While it's true that plenty of cocktails are being served, and guests mingle throughout the lobby area of the hotel, there's much more to this than small talk and cosmopolitans. In fact, the lobby of the Hard Rock is transformed into a small concert venue - with a stage set up and a featured band each month. Bands are from the 70's and the 80's (The Guess Who, The Fixx, etc), and perform the classic rock songs they made famous. This is billed as a 'VIP event', and reservations are required (regardless of whether you're a hotel guest or not). The cost per person is $25, and is only open to those 21 and older. This is also a very popular venue for Orlando locals, who make up most of the crowd. While there is not a published dress code for Velvet Sessions, most people are dressed in business casual attire, so consider that if you plan on checking this out. Specialty drinks and finger food are served from 6:30pm-8:30pm, afterwards it's a cash bar (and the cocktails here are on the expensive side). This is a great night out, especially if you're looking for something a bit different to do with your spouse or significant other.