What’s a Disney foodie to do when the parks close, but she’s still raring to go? Hit the BoardWalk, baby!
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And while you can pretty much always count on seeing me sitting in the back of Jellyrolls Dueling Piano Bar editing photos til 2AM, there’s another bar on the BoardWalk that is so fun and unusual that you’ve got to check it out at least once!
Abracadabar opened just over a year ago, and it’s been enticing guests ever since. The backstory is that this was the gathering place for BoardWalk magicians and entertainers decades ago — and that the magic is still in the air. (I mean, you’re at Disney World so Disney magic is everywhere already! But this is magic magic!)
You can experience the Abracadabar magic nightly (the bar opens at 4PM), and it’s accessible via the BoardWalk and via hallways to both Flying Fish and Trattoria al Forno, so you can start or finish your meal here easily!
The exterior of Abracadabar fits with the BoardWalk theming while also giving a hint to the vintage magic you’ll find inside.
Inside, the glamour of an old magicians’ haunt awaits. There’s lots of rich wallpaper and heavy draperies. Dark wood molding and paneling anchor the space.
The floor is a bit of an optical illusion (it’s all M.C. Escher up in here), which offers a little lightness to the otherwise dark space.
The walls are adorned with magicians’ props, including a variety of keys and locks, playing cards, and even straight jackets. Basically, you’re getting schooled on magic while you drink some ‘creative concoctions.’
We toured Abracadabar over on our YouTube channel recently — check it out!
The drinks at Abracadabar are dubbed “Curious Cocktails,” and their names alone give you all kinds of Houdini vibes. We’ve really enjoyed Pepper’s Ghost on a past visit.
On this visit, I went for The Sour Assistant, which “does all of the work, but gets none of the credit!” The components are fairly straightforward: Breuckelen Distilling 77 Whiskey and House-made Sweet-and-Sour. But the combination is smooth and powerful.
How cool are all those cocktail picks/magician’s swords sticking into the garnish? Just like knives in a box.
The app options at Abracadabar are creative, too, plus they’re tasty. But if you’re looking for a little more, you’ll find a few choices on the appetizer menu — these are mostly from the app menu at Flying Fish, FYI.
With so many interesting choices, I went with the spiciest-sounding bite of the bunch: Thrice Spiced Fries. I figured heat + cheese + sriracha couldn’t really fail. And I was correct. These thick-cut French Fries are stacked artfully, then covered in tangy Sriracha Aioli, crumbled Feta Cheese, and loads of chopped Parsley. And they are AWESOME!
The spices on the fries themselves were mildly hot (and well-balanced), but the addition of Sriracha Aioli put these over the top. The Feta had a nice cooling effect. Overall, these were terrific bar food and a must-eat as far as I’m concerned!
Nosh or Not?
You definitely want to make an appearance at Abracadabar if:
- You love classic magic and want to see the props and artwork.
- You are staying in the BoardWalk Resort area and want to try something different.
- You just watched IlumiNations and don’t want the party to end!
You’ll want to skip Abracadabar if:
- You aren’t planning to be in the BoardWalk Resort area and don’t think a bar is worth the trip.
- You’ve got kiddos in tow. This bar isn’t anti-kids, but I’m not sure they’d be thrilled with it.
Abracadabar is such a fun and cool place to check out — particularly if you are fascinated by magicians of old. With innovative drinks and eats, it’s easy to try something completely new-to-you, so it can be an exciting place to go if you want a grown-ups night out. And those spicy fries? Yes.
Have you hit up Abracadabar? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!