Did you know that you do not have to eat at CityWalk’s Hard Rock Cafe to enjoy the memorabilia that is displayed throughout the biggest Hard Rock Cafe in the world? Find out more!
So let’s talk about the amazing memorabilia on display at Hard Rock Cafe. Shaped like the Roman Coliseum, the two-story dining room is a massive museum of rock art memorabilia. The circular center bar features a full-size pink 1959 Cadillac spinning overhead.
If you are a fan of rock ’n’ roll records and memorabilia, it is here that you will find the biggest such collection on display anywhere in the Hard Rock chain. Ask at the check-in podium about free guided Vibe tours of the restaurant; if you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of the VIP-only John Lennon Room upstairs. If you can do so, you won’t regret it.
The John Lennon Room has items donated by Yoko Ono and furniture and memorabilia purchased by the Hard Rock. There is also plenty of Beatles memorabilia, including the signed airline menu from the flight The Beatles took from the United Kingdom to America, and the marriage certificate of John and Yoko.
In the meantime you can see Jimi Hendrix’s Red Fender Mustang; clothes worn by legends such as James Brown, Elvis Presley, and Prince are all on display. There is even what is left of The Who’s Pete Townshend’s 1973 Gibson Les Paul custom guitar. You may remember that the artist destroyed the guitar 30 minutes into a show at the New Castle Odeon.
The amazing CBGB room of the cafe pays tribute to the iconic New York City venue and features memorabilia of the Ramones, Pearl Jam, U2, and more.
The room even has sections of the original CBGB walls, and the outdoor patio leads to another historic treasure, a section of the Berlin Wall!
On the second floor discover memorabilia from Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and many more, celebrating the Woodstock era. The King of Rock Elvis Presley also has a room on the second floor. The second level is also home to the Roots of Rock Room, with memorabilia from Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, to name a few.
The Florida room pays tribute to Florida’s famous bands and rock ’n’ roll artists such as Tom Petty, Jim Morrison, Casey and the Sunshine Band, Creed, and Jimmy Buffet.
If you haven’t yet visited Hard Rock Cafe, don’t fret: The restaurant and venue have extended their lease through 2039!
Dining at Hard Rock Cafe
If you decide to dine, go for chicken and waffles and eggs Benedict at breakfast. Barbecue pork sandwiches, charbroiled burgers, barbecued ribs, grilled fajitas, New York strip steaks, hot fudge brownies, and milkshakes are the house specialities for lunch and dinner. And one more thing: If you need to be told that this is a noisy restaurant, you’ve never been to a Hard Rock Cafe before.
Entrées range $10-$35. The best meals we’ve had here are when we order only appetizers or only desserts, and drinks. The entrées are average, and you’d be hard-pressed to differentiate them from anything you’d get at, say, Margaritaville.
Hard Rock Cafe offers a 15% discount on food for Preferred and Premier Annual Pass holders and military personnel with ID; 10% AAA discounts also apply. You can sign up for a Hard Rock Rewards membership at members.hardrock.com to get additional offers and earn points on purchases (including alcohol). Be aware that admission to the adjoining Hard Rock Live concert hall is completely separate from the restaurant, though you can sometimes order food from the venue’s bar. The restaurant is open daily from 8:30 a.m. till midnight. For more information, visit the website of Hard Rock Cafe.
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