Top 10 Disney World Bars and Lounges

South African Wine at Jiko

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 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

Top Ten Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges

1. 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!

La Cava Bar

2. Jellyrolls

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!

Jellyrolls at Disney’s Boardwalk

3. Dawa Bar

After your journey to Harambe, Africa, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it’s clearly time to relax at the Dawa bar! When you need a break from touring, the Dawa Bar serves up spirits (South African wines and African beer) at a great people-watching location as guests race towards Kilimanjaro Safari. Watch the African drummers and dancers from this shaded spot.

Dawa Bar in Harambe Village

4. TIE: Tambu Lounge and Territory Lounge

Travel to the South Seas and stop by the Polynesian Resort’s Tambu Lounge. 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!

Lapu Lapu at Disney

Or spend a quiet evening in the Pacific Northwest at Territory Lounge, where guests can dig into one of the best appetizer menus on property!

Sharp Cheddar Beer Fondue

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!

Ye-Haa Bob

Become part of Bob’s dedicated following after just one evening here…

6. Tune-In Lounge

Stop by the Tune-In lounge for some laid-back fun in a 50’s-themed setting at this Disney’s Hollywood Studios location.

The full bar offers the standard Disney Parks bar and lounge menu, a specialized drink menu with some fun 50’s-themed drinks, and the 50’s Prime Time Cafe food menu! Yes, stop here without an Advance Dining Reservation and you can enjoy some down-home cooking with your beverage(s) while seated at the kitschy bar!

Don’t forget the s’mores for dessert!

Full Bar at Tune In Lounge

7. Raglan Road Pub and Restaurant

Enjoy great beer in an authentic, imported bar from Ireland (yep — they actually IMPORTED the bar!). And Raglan Road in Downtown Disney has some incredible food as well.

Cream of the Crop. Choose Your Own Beer Flight of Warsteiner, Magners, Kilkenny, and Smithwicks

Head over to the pub at night to enjoy live Irish music and dancing!

8. Crew’s Cup Lounge

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!

Crews Cup Bar

9. Kimonos

The WDW Swan is home to Kimonos — the only karaoke spot on property, and one of the best sushi bars in WDW. While some consider this a restaurant, the lounge-like feeling and seating make it feel like a bar/lounge to me.

Sample some Sake while watching the sushi chefs! Check out our review here! And don’t forget to join us at Kimonos for the WDW Foodie Fest Sushi and Sake meet — right before we head over to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic!

Sushi Platter

10. Big River Grille and Brewing Works

While the food can be hit and miss here (though the beer cheese soup and nachos are pretty much always good!), I’m including this in the top ten solely for my beer connoisseurs! Homemade and seasonal brews are made fresh here at Big River.

Find Big River Grille and Brewing Works on Disney’s Boardwalk.

Beer Flight at Big River

There’s also some lovely outdoor seating if you’re visiting on a beautiful evening!

Honorable Mentions

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.

Don’t forget the light-up ice cube…

  • Bellevue Lounge at the Boardwalk Inn is an out-of-the-way retreat that’s perfect for afternoon rests and family game nights! Pick up a continental breakfast here, too! Check out this great Bellevue Lounge photo blog over on
  • Sanaa Lounge at the Animal Kingdom Lodge‘s Kidani Village is especially relaxing because it’s usually empty! There’s good food here too!
  • 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.
  • The Banana Cabana pool bar at the Caribbean Beach Resort has awesome bartenders and killer Pina Coladas.
  • At Pop Century Resort, our favorite Petals Pool Bar still serves up some unique drinks despite the standardized menus seen at many bars.
  • Travel back in time to the Shark Bar at the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney. When you sit at this fun bar watch for the 45-foot, animatronic octopus!
  • While at Downtown Disney, the Tequila Bar in Paradiso 37 offers great appetizers and drinks (although it can be a bit loud and crowded at night).

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


  1. says

    Michael — We love Top of the World! Great suggestion!! I didn’t include it because it’s not available to everyone and I wanted to be sure our top choices were accessible. :-)

  2. karen gentile says

    Believe it or not, the bar at the wilderness campground makes some great drinks, and you can get the appetizers from the attached trails-end restaurant. A great boat ride over and back a pleasant wilderness surroundings make this a great place to spend some time.

  3. william billups says

    The Rose & Crown is without a doubt the best bar at Disney and the fact that it is not included in this list is a sham.

  4. Karen Dooley says

    Yak and Yeti has awesome drinks and bar food.

    California Grill bar at the top of the Contempory… Clinta (yes the “a” does belong at the end of his name), makes an amazing Dirty Martini along with many other awesome drinks.

    Victoria Falls at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, really great Rum concoctions!

    Mizner’s Lounge, part of your honorable mentions, is always great!

  5. Karen Dooley says

    And… The Lounge at The Blue Zoo in the Dolphin was amazing! Great bar food too!

  6. Mike P says

    A good list AJ! I like Mizner’s as it reeks of old money and our bartender was a treat!

    The Lapu Lapu at the Tambu is bangin! I’m looking forward to trying a Zombie there on October.

    The Tune In is one of my personal favorites.

    Any previews of Trader Sam’s?

  7. Larry E. Brooks says

    I can’t believe there was no mention of the Rose & Crown, fun place day or night!

  8. says

    Rose & Crown is a tie for #1 with Cava del Tequila on my Top Ten list! I also like High Octane Refreshments at DHS and the Cookes of Dublin Patio (although you did mention Raglan Road. Personally, though, the beer may be good, but I think the food is poor at Big River Grille.

  9. Daniel says

    I’m looking for a great bar to watch my Eagles kill the Jets this september 27th. I’ve heard the ESPN bars are a circus. Looking for a place that will have the volume on and have people who actually care about the game. Being that we’ll be in Disney I’ll do my best not to curse.

    Any ideas anyone?

  10. Todd says

    Ive been to about 1/2 of the list and will make every effort to have a drink at the rest. One of my favorites is The Gurgling Suitcase at OKW. The Turtle Crawl is amazing.

  11. karen says

    just re-read this article and realized I’ve been to everyone of the bars and lounges (is that a bad thing?) except for Crew’s Cup. I will make it a point to go there on our next trip!

  12. Susan says

    Does Territory Lounge still serve the fondue? Last year I couldn’t find anybody in the hotel who knew what I was talking about.

  13. says

    Susan — It’s still showing on the menu, and we had it during our last visit. Sometimes they change up how it’s made — either with beer or wine. Currently, it’s a Pinot Gris fondue.

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