Situated on the boardwalk of Downtown Disney’s Marketplace in Orlando, the Margarita Bar serves up margaritas, bottled beverages, a Rum Runner, draft beer, frozen drinks, and yes, even cigars! It’s a handy little escape prior to a dinner reservation, or to relax on a sunny Orlando afternoon.
This week (and for several weeks previous, according to the bartender), the drink special was a Grapefruit Margarita.
The Margarita Bar is tucked a bit out of the way of the main Downtown Disney thoroughfare — in fact, it’s a few steps down and situated right on the dock next to the Downtown Disney Marina!
The Bar itself is more of a kiosk — a small island-esque shack on the dock with several umbrella-clad tables close by.
Thankfully after strolling around in the hot Florida sun, those tables alongside the marina provide some shade! And the live music on the waterfront invites guests to unwind. Frequently, Sunny Jim plays some laid back tunes!
Unfortunately, food is not offered at this counter-service location, which is typically open Noon to 11:00 p.m. But there are plenty of food and snacks around — including Wetzel’s Pretzels, and a Churro stand just up the stairs featuring Bavarian Cream filled, dulce de leche filled, and cinnamon and sugar churros!
On the menu are several margaritas along with a few other select drinks. You can also order bottled beer and wine.
If cigars are your thing, here’s where you can get ‘em!
After waiting in the loooooong line (is IS Spring Break in Orlando, after all), I finally got up to the window to snag my specialty. The bartender was a lovely person — sharing a smile and a joke with everyone in the line. She worked quickly, and didn’t let the pressure of that line get to her — how do they do that?!
I had noticed the Grapefruit Margarita special on the sign while walking by, and couldn’t wait to try it. After all, grapefruit is supposed to help you slim down, right? So a grapefruit margarita must be extra good for me!
I spied some whole grapefruits in the glass refrigerator while standing in line, so I was hoping that there’d be fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in the recipe. But all I could catch was half a bottle of Minute Maid grapefruit juice going into the mixer…sigh. Maybe she threw some fresh-squeezed juice in there when I wasn’t looking!
The end result was a very pretty drink, rimmed with sugar (my choice), and topped with a cherry.
The flavors were mixed well, and while there was a strong grapefruit taste, the sugar and other ingredients cut the bitterness a bit.
I enjoyed the drink very much — even though I’m not a huge grapefruit juice fan. And while this wasn’t a Cava del Tequila-caliber drink (due to the ingredients), it was the perfect way to relax on a busy Spring Break afternoon at Downtown Disney!
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