While not exclusively just a bar or lounge, Splitsville, the luxury bowling alley located in Disney Springs, has been a favorite of mine since it opened. Nightly live music at the outdoor part of the bar and great drinks are a wonderful compliment to this bowling alley making it a great place to spend a night off from the parks (especially if you’re very competitive like me!)
9. Leaping Horse Libations
Leaping Horse Libations is the pool bar located at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Themed to look like a turn of the century carousel with similarly themed drinks and snacks, it is a great place to stop and take a step back to the 1900s for a while. While pool hopping (using a pool for a resort that you’re not staying at) is not allowed, as all resort amenities are meant for guests of those specific resorts) you are free to stop in for a drink and visit the Boardwalk during pool hours and wander through the shops.
The Tune-In Lounge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is located adjacent to the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, one of my favorite restaurants. Not only is it right next door, but it also has the same menu as 50s Prime Time Cafe, so you can enjoy some 1950s style drinks from dad’s liquor cabinet and order a nice home cooked dinner along with it. With the menu on top of the theming and decor this experience will bring you right back to your one of the most fun, and nostalgic places in time.
7. Raglan Road
Raglan Road located in Disney Springs is a great bar to go to if you’re into the Irish pub scene. The cozy atmosphere with live entertainment and great food and drinks can make for an excellent night away from the parks. The later hours at Disney Springs are also a bonus if you’re looking for a unique bar with a change of scenery. It is a wonderful alternative to the Rose and Crown in Epcot if you don’t feel like using a park ticket but still want to visit a pub.
6. Rose and Crown
The Rose and Crown Pub in the U.K. Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase is an authentic British pub, even down to the name (Rose and Crown are the two most common words found on pubs in the U.K.). There is a pretty big cult following for this pub, and Carl the bartender rivals Richard (the greeter at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa) as one of the most legendary Disney cast members.
5. Dawa Bar
If you’re a fan of margaritas, the Dawa Bar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great place to stop in for a drink and relax during a day at the park. Enjoy some live music, as the fun atmosphere of Harambe is right around the corner, do a little people watching, and relax. It is located right outside Tusker House so it also makes a great place to get after dinner drinks.
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4. Hangar Bar
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is the newest bar in Walt Disney World. Located in Disney Springs, it is a must do for any fan of Indiana Jones fan. Themed as Indiana jones’ sidekick’s hangar and former home, this waterfront bar is filled with themed decor and drinks (such as the Fountain of Youth and the Bitter Barkeep) that will take you right back to the 1940s.
La Cava Del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion is a small tequila bar hidden within the pavilion’s marketplace. This bar is very easy to miss, but is a great quiet place to try a myriad of different styles of tequila. Only the bravest of souls will start their journey to drink around the world here, although in my opinion it’s better to start with tequila than to end with it!
2. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a tiki bar in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. A fan favorite, this well themed bar is full of south pacific themed decor and drinks (I recommend the Nautilus!) complete with take home souvenir glasses. While the inside of Trader Sam’s is kind of small, there is also a spacious outdoor terrace as well to enjoy a drink or two in the tropical sun.
Jellyrolls is a dueling piano bar on the Boardwalk in the Epcot resort area. This bar is easily my favorite bar in the entire Walt Disney World Resort. Jellyrolls is filled with fun music, a great party-like atmosphere and cheap drinks (as they have 32 oz specials that change on a weekly basis.) The pianists will take and play almost any request and will crack jokes in between songs as well, giving it a fun, and easy going vibe, and therefore my number one spot for a bar in Walt Disney World.