After a long day of walking through the parks, it’s nice to know that there are places in Walt Disney World for you to sit back and relax for a while. Even as a mid-day break, there are some excellent places to experience both in the parks and the resorts. With each bar and lounge providing a unique experience, each fan might have a different set of favorites. But for those who haven’t experienced the bars and lounges, here’s a list of the top 10 Disney bars and lounges you should try.
10. Rose & Crown
As one of the cornerstones of the U.K. Pavilion in Epcot, the Rose & Crown gets it’s name from the two most popular words used in English pub names. As an incredibly family-friendly environment, the Rose & Crown is a great place to enjoy an authentic British pub experience. On tap are a wide variety of ales, lagers and stouts with scotch and an assortment of specialty cocktails also waiting to tempt your taste buds. If you’re looking for a bite to eat to go along with that, you can’t go wrong with traditional favorites like the Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash or Shepherd’s Pie. The outdoor seating is also a prime location for watching Epcot Forever.
9. Tambu Lounge
On the second floor of the Polynesian Resorts Great Ceremonial House sits the Tambu Lounge. It’s an escape to a tropical island as the thatched roofs and tiki carvings invite you to relax in the wicker chairs and sample some of their signature cocktails. Their iconic drink is the Lapu Lapu which is dark rum and tropical fruit juices served in a hollowed out pineapple. To go along with your luau, you can also order from their menu, which includes items like the pulled pork nachos, beef satay or if you’d prefer something sweet, you can try the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding without having to book a reservation.
8. River Roost
At Port Orleans – Riverside, the River Roost has been the home to many performers over the years and currently houses Yehaa Bob, who entertains guests with his piano and delightfully comedic timing. The River Roost is full of Southern libations for you to enjoy, from draft beers to wines and specialty cocktails inspired by the Big Easy. On the menu, there are feature items that all have a New Orleans twist. From the Bayou Buffalo Wings to the Crawfish Sliders, there is certainly something for you to enjoy as you relax and take in the atmosphere.
7. La Cava del Tequila
This cozy tequila bar is housed inside the pyramid in the Mexico Pavillion at Epcot. It’s definitely the perfect destination for any tequila fans and guests who enjoy a wide variety of margaritas. Distilled from the juice of the agave plant, tequila is the main focus here, with over 200 unique tequilas to choose from. Try a flight of different tequilas or try to decide which margarita sounds the most delicious. If you need a place to start, the Avocado Margarita and the Wild Passion Fruit Margarita are great choices.
6. Tune-In Lounge
As you’re waiting to be called for dinner at the 50’s Prime Time Café in Hollywood Studios, the Tune-In Lounge is the perfect place to relax and grab a drink while watching classic 50’s TV shows. Here, it’s the atmosphere that makes it one of the best bars in Walt Disney World. Comfy couches and old TV’s showing things like the Mickey Mouse Club and Leave It To Beaver make it difficult to want to leave when your family member comes to collect you when dinner is ready. In the meantime, try Dad’s Electric Lemonade or Grandma’s Picnic Punch while you wait or order a Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake to enjoy while you’re watching TV.
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5. Dawa Bar
Pull up a stool and enjoy a drink at the Dawa Bar in the heart of the Harambe Village in Animal Kingdom. The canopy overhead and the thirst-quenching drinks can be the perfect respite from the hot Florida sun during the day. Sample the Watermelon Mimosa, the Sugar Cane Mojito or a Tusker Beermosa, which is Tusker Lager beer with orange and pineapple juices. They also have a few signature Bloody Marys to try as well.
Jellyrolls is a lively piano bar that is exclusive to guests who are over 21 years old. It’s less about the drink selection here and more about the entertainment as 2 dueling piano players take requests from the audience, however obscure or random and dazzle the crowd with their incredible repertoire. Nestled in Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Jellyrolls can be the perfect place to wind down after a busy day in Epcot, since it’s just a short walk away.
3. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
As one of the newer bars to pop up in Disney Springs, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is full of memorabilia inspired by the famous Indiana Jones pilot. All of the signature drinks are also inspired by Jock and his adventures. Great non-alcoholic options include the Antidote (Sprite and Maraschino Cherry Juice) and the Diving Bell (Watermelon and Lemonade topped with a Lemon-Lime foam). Alcoholic drinks all have references to the Indiana Jones series, but Reggies Revenge is a fan favorite for it’s bright green color. To feed your appetite, the Rolling Boulder Sliders, Tanis Tacos and Good Dates are all excellent choices.
2. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a tiki bar located at the Polynesian Resort. Inside, the décor consists of shrunken heads, tiki statues and a view of a volcano that erupts when guests order the Krakatoa Punch. The rooms are full of things to see and explore, while the menu consists of appetizers like the Salmon Oshizushi, Kalua Pork Tacos and Pan-Fried Dumplings. There are also tons of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to choose from, each with it’s own reference to either the Jungle Cruise or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
1. Raglan Road
Back at Disney Springs, Raglan Road gives a full and immersive Irish pub experience that is fun for the whole family. It has traditional favorites like the Shepherd’s Pie, Braised Beef, Raglan Risotto and their incredible Beer-Battered Fish and Chips. Enjoy any of these cozy meals with a pint of Guinness while you take in the entertainment. A large reason why Raglan Road is so popular is the talented group of Irish dancers and musicians who take turns sharing the stage and entertaining the audience. Sing along with the musicians as the pub fills with music, or sit back and watch the kids learn how to dance with the incredibly talented dancers. Stop in for a pint or stay for a few hours – either way, it’s a must-do on your list of bars to visit at Walt Disney World.
What is your favorite bar or lounge at Disney? What’s the signature drink or favorite appetizer on the menu? Let us know in the comments!