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Top 10 Walt Disney World Bars & Lounges

Because of the sheer number of bars/lounges at the Walt Disney World Resort and their incredibly wide diversity, choosing ten of the best is nearly an impossible feat.  And what makes it an even more difficult task if the fact that there are discrepancies between what constitutes a lounge from a restaurant when so many offer extensive menus.  While we can all agree that this list could never encompass them all, we offer an overview of some of the best and why they rank so highly in such a highly contested race.  Please note that menus and hours often change slightly so always be certain to check on current offerings at each location.  And so we offer you now, the top ten Disney bars/lounges:

10) Barefoot Pool Bar

The only pool bar to make the list, this cheerful tiki bar is located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The sandy beach is only a few steps away, and there are great views of the volcanic pool side, lush, tropical walkways and even the Magic Kingdom itself.  The bar offers specialty island drinks like the Captain’s Mai Tai, Caribbean Limeade and  Banana Cabana and some fun and fruity smoothies. And the reason this pool bar is the finest on property is it boasts some very special bonuses like a fabulous place to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks and the availability of Dole Whips!  No wonder it’s a favorite of beachcombers and Disney fans.

9) Bellevue Lounge

One of the hidden treasures of the Disney Resort, Bellevue Lounge is located at the Boardwalk Inn. Often sadly overlooked, this delightful lounge is modeled after a 1930’s sitting room.  There are comfortable overstuffed couches, tabletop checkers and board games and a lovely veranda, all reminiscent of a seaside resort from an era long past.  The menu features traditional libations, and there is an especially exquisite selection of brandy, scotch and cognac. And the lounge even serves a continental breakfast each morning.  Enjoying coffee or your favorite cocktail in this quaint parlor or on the elegant veranda is the height of pleasant relaxation.

8) Mizner’s

On the monorail level of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is a sophisticated and elegant stop.  The lounge takes its name from Addison Mizner whose architectural designs launched a sort of Florida Renaissance in the 1920’s.  The cocktails reflect the grandeur of the hotel: mint juleps, champagne, and chambord seem to flow freely.  The finest touch of the lounge is the live Big Band orchestra which plays just outside its doors.  While not as grand or fancy as you may expect, the circular design and the multitude of windows offer wonderful views of the property.  The beers are rather standard but some of the specialty cocktails like the Raspberry Rain are     especially refreshing.  And from what I hear, it is one of the only bars on Disney property which offers free nuts to all its patrons.

7) Victoria Falls

This African-themed oasis is located at the Animal Kingdom lodge.  Overlooking the fabulous Boma restaurant and perched just above the waterfall, Victoria Falls is an intimate spot with incredible open views and the tranquil sounds of cascading water.  While also offering a variety of specialty coffees and teas, this mezzanine lounge specializes in exotic imports such as Windhoek beer from Namibia and Imoya brandy from South Africa.  There is a limited menu featuring light fare such as a sample cheese plate, spiced African nuts and some crisp breads and dip,  The lounge sometimes does get a bit loud when Boma’s gets most crowded, around 7-9 pm so this lounge is best for late nights or pre-dinner drinks.

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6) Tambu Lounge

What would you expect Disney’s Polynesian Resort to feature but a tropical-themed lounge? The lush landscapes, tiki art and thatched shingles give it the definitive island flair. Dozens of vibrantly colorful fruity rum drinks are served with artistry by the friendly bar staff.  There are both bar and table seating available and a menu boasting yummy seafood favorites like coconut shrimp, crab cakes and sushi.  The bar can get a bit crowded with the overflow of guests waiting for a table at Ohana, but the relaxed ambiance transports you to island time so there are no worries. All that’s missing are a hammock and a palm tree.

5) Rix Lounge

Rix is an upscale, contemporary one-of-a-kind venue located at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Unique to Disney, Rix seats 300 and has a posh Mediterranean flair highlighted by rich colors, fabrics and textures. The décor is plush and cozy.  From a high-energy DJ to a live percussion band, Rix seems to cater to all tastes and types.  The drinks are inventive and enticing (Banana Cream Pie martinis, Birthday Cake-tinis, Mango Blueberry Basil Mojitos, Beer-gritas) and the tapas-style food composes a larger menu than most Disney lounges (spinach dip, calamari, flatbreads, Angus sliders, empanadas, bruschetta).  Rix boasts 5000 sq ft of pulsing rhythms and nightclub energy.  VIP tables which seat up to 12 are available, and Rix is even available for group events and weddings.

4) Territory Lounge

Paying homage to the frontier is the very cozy and rustic Territory Lounge, nestled inside the Wilderness Lodge.  Dark wood, comfortable couches and leather accents enhance the Northwest feel while the dim lighting makes it a fabulous place to unwind after a long day of park hopping. The wooden bears (carved from tree trunks) holding up the bar are an extra special and delightful detail. The bar is seldom crowded and offers a sample of award-winning wines from Oregon and Washington state and signature beers like Moosehead and Samuel Adams’ White Ale.  The pub menu boasts some hearty and creative offerings like the Sharp Cheddar- Beer fondue (with Washington apples, figs, sourdough bread and pretzels for dipping) and the Cognac-laced Chicken Lollipops. All that’s missing is the crackling of a fireplace.

3) Rose & Crown Pub

Most Disney aficionados would probably argue that no trip around  Epcot’s World Showcase is complete without a venture into the UK Pavilion’s Rose and Crown Pub.  One of the cheeriest atmospheres around, the bar is rustic,simple and casual – everything a pub should be – with the perfect blend of charm and tradition. There is always friendly banter among the patrons and cast members working the bar, and high spirits abound.  Ales, lagers, stouts and ciders are the beverages of choice here and can be consumed along with traditional British staples such as fish & chips and scotch eggs. Of course for those who prefer something non-alcoholic, there is a lovely variety of English teas. And when the entertainment begins, you’ll be ready to chime in, tap your toes and sing along.

2) Tutto Gusto

This grotto-like oasis in Epcot’s Italy pavilion is authentic, charming and quaint.  The dimly lit, cozy wine cellar is the perfect place to beat the heat or escape for a glass of fine Italian wine. The atmosphere is intimate and romantic, and the wine flows freely and ranges from robust to subtle.  The food is pure and flavorful and the variety of pastas, meats and cheeses are gorgeous accompaniments to the large array of vinos.  The soft background music featurig traditional Italian favorites helps set the proper mood. Whether you are craving a full meal, a light snack or merely want to sample one of its many wines, Tutto Gusto is magnificent as a meeting place, a dinner spot or an ethereal haven amid a crowded theme park.  It feels like the definitive European escape.

1) Crew Cup Lounge the Yacht Club Resort

The Crew’s Cup Lounge is located in the Yacht Club resort.  It’s right next to the Yachtsman’s Steakhouse. It is pretty tucked away and would be easy to miss. It is a cozy lounge with walls and floors made of wood with a rowing theme and large screen TV.  Interesting side note, the bar was topped completely with a sheet of hammered copper when the lounge was built over 25 years ago. It looks amazing, but my server did warn me not to set my cell phone on the copper or it would kill the battery and fast. (Good to know) The bar food is pretty standard with a half a dozen appetizers, and some sandwiches. Be advised, they do not offer the same menu as the adjacent Yachtsman Steakhouse Restaurant.

About ChristineD

Christine is a former Magic Kingdom entertainment cast member. Hailing originally from New Jersey, she has called Florida home since college graduation. Her passions are animals (especially dolphins, horses and dogs) cinema and the performing arts. Currently working as an Orlando real estate agent, she devotes much of her time to raising funds/awareness for Children's Hospice.