When it comes to a happy hour beverage, a night out with your spouse or some friends, or — let’s face it — a margarita at the stroke of noon…there are a few spots in Walt Disney World that get the job done better than others!
FYI — The Disney Food Blog offers a full list of bars and lounges — complete with descriptions of each place — in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book.
Now, let’s take a tour of our Top Ten Disney World bars and lounges — these are the places that really make us want to get up and dance. 😉
Don’t forget to check out our list of Honorable Mentions at the end! Many of these spots offer the standard Disney Parks bar and lounge menu should you be interested.
Top Ten WDW Bars and Lounges
1. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace
We were so excited when Trader Sam’s came to the east coast, and it has proved itself to be every bit as fun and exciting as its Disneyland counterpart. Located at Polynesian Village Resort, Trader Sam’s transports you to the tropics and slings some funky attitude along with its awesome drinks. Step into the whacky Grog Grotto, where some of the drinks come with a show.
And the appetizer menu isn’t half bad either! For one-of-a-kind ambience and some of the coolest bartenders around, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto can’t be beat!
So if you’re looking to experience Trader Sam’s but want to do so al fresco, Tiki Terrace has you covered!
2. La Cava del Tequila
Nestled in the twilit atmosphere of the Mexican pavilion in Epcot, La Cava del Tequila is popular with tequila and margarita fans. Try the Avocado Margarita while perusing the limited appetizer menu. See our margarita reviews here and a pic of the tequila flight here!
Due to its cozy and dark location, La Cava makes a great place to escape the heat and bright sunshine while touring World Showcase. However, it gets crowded quickly, so to ensure that you get a table, head over to La Cava at opening time — noon!
3. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Fans of the Indian Jones franchise have got to visit Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney Springs. The bar is packed to the gills with movie references and props. And the menu pays homage after homage to the films too! Order a Cool-Headed Monkey or a Fountain of Youth, sit back, and relax.
And definitely plan to soak up the booze with some terrific bar food! The Air Pirate’s Everything Pretzels come with cheese fondue! Need we say more?
4. Territory Lounge
Located at the Wilderness Lodge (and just a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom), Territory Lounge lets you spend a quiet evening in the Pacific Northwest. Here guests can dig into one of the best appetizer menus on property!
5. River Roost Lounge
Located at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, this little bar offers more than you’d ever believe! Fun drinks and a small appetizer menu at River Roost are greatly complemented by the performances of Yee-haa Bob Jackson, a ragtime improv pianist whose shows are always a hoot!
Become part of Bob’s dedicated following after just one evening here…
6. Tutto Gusto
is a terrific wine cellar — conveniently tucked into the Italy Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase! Stone walls and a fireplace make you feel like you’re ensconced in an exclusive (96-seat) wine bar, where sophisticated pours await.
But it’s not just about wine here. In fact, you can find a drink to tickle any fancy, and the menu of pastas and appetizers is really delicious. If you’re looking to escape the World Showcase crowds, unwind at Tutto Gusto.
7. Brown Derby Lounge
The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a fabulous addition to the already very popular Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant. The Lounge has a bit of indoor and outdoor seating, lots of delicious drinks (including margarita and martini flights!), and some of the classic menu items from the restaurant!
The best part about the Brown Derby Lounge? No ADR needed! You can walk right up and gain access to some of the best food in Hollywood Studios!
While Jellyrolls isn’t for everyone, if you love music from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and especially if you love dueling piano improv, it’s going to fit the bill for you!
An entertainment spot on Disney’s Boardwalk bringing you non-stop dueling pianos, the bar at Jellyrolls plays second fiddle to the fun. Arrive early to get a table; it’s standing room only by about 9pm each night. By the way, there’s a drink special every night that’s served in a giant red plastic cup. Order that. And bring plenty of $1 and $5 bills to slide onto the piano with your request for your favorite Billy Joel, Journey, or Beastie Boys song.
Oh, and save me a seat!
9. Forbidden Lounge
The Forbidden Lounge at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs has leapt quickly onto this list — and with good reason. It’s a fantastic opportunity to sample some of world-renowned Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s pan-Asian cuisine, including tuna poke and hamburger sliders.
10. Tambu Lounge
Travel to the South Seas and stop by the Polynesian Resort’s Tambu Lounge. Located adjacent to ‘Ohana, Tambu Lounge shares that island vibe. The bartenders are great, and sipping a Lapu Lapu served in a fresh pineapple is always memorable!
This is a great place to grab a drink before heading out to the beach to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks (or to spend a little time before your ‘Ohana or Kona Cafe ADR!)!
So many lounges, so little non-touring time to sit back and relax! If you find yourself near any of these lounges, put down your itinerary and treat yourself to a beverage.
- The dark and intimate Crew’s Cup Lounge is a relaxed location with good food from a menu that offers more than just appetizers (boneless buffalo wings!!!! — it’s the little things that matter most, really, isn’t it?). Best of all, you can usually find a table here!
- Mizner’s Lounge in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort offers laid-back elegance and the chance to hear live entertainment in the Grand Floridian lobby.
- Nomad Lounge, attached to Tiffins restaurant at Animal Kingdom, offers guest a bit of adventure with their drinks and eats. Enjoy reading the travel banners overhead — and nosh on some awesome apps!
Did we miss any? What’s your favorite hang-out at WDW? Let us know in the comments below. 🙂Just a reminder — look for a full list of bars and lounges, complete with descriptions of each place and recommended drinks, in our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book.Jellyrolls photo credit