8 Best Bars at Walt Disney World
-According to Statista, Americans spent 73.9 billion on alcohol in 2018. We the people really like to chug. During a Disney vacation, you’ll undoubtedly want to relax and enjoy an adult beverage or two. Disney really has you covered in this area, too. Here are the best eight bars at Walt Disney World.
8) Geyser Point Bar & Grill
Sometimes, the setting matters the most when you want to nurture a drink for a while. Geyser Point is a new-ish expansion at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It’s an outdoor bar & grill that can turn into an indoor one during inclement weather thanks to its smart design.
When you drink here, you’ll have a breathtaking view of Bay Lake. The relaxing nature of this rustic setting will remind you of a picnic at home, even though you’re only minutes away from Magic Kingdom. The drink menu adds to the effect. Disney emphasizes the resort’s Northwestern vibe with a bunch of craft beers authentic to the region.
Pro tip straight from Disney: the official website brags that Geyser Point is the perfect place to watch the Electrical Water Parade. While I’ve never done it, that does sound quite magical.
7) Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar
Are you an Indiana Jones fan? Do you remember the pilot who had a pet snake that Indy hated in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Okay, that dude is named Jock Lindsey, and he’s a favorite of the Lucasfilm team for a couple of reasons. One is that the actor who played him is really a pilot. The other is that he once saved Steven Spielberg from hurricane conditions during the filming of Jurassic Park.
As a tribute to a genuine American badass, Disney built a bar themed after his character. When you visit Disney Springs, you’ll find this place and immediately recognize a few of the subtle references to the Indiana Jones franchise.
The libations are pretty great, too. You can sip from the Fountain of Youth, toast to the Scottish Professor, or feel the kick of the Air Pilot’s Mule. The drinks here are fun to order due to their names, and they have quite the kick.
Disney’s BoardWalk is one of the favorite hangouts of regulars, especially during the various festivals at the World Showcase. These frequent guests know that one of the best drinking establishments is also one of the silliest.
AbracadaBar is themed as a place where magicians used to hang out. While they’re no longer present, their many tricks of the trade were left behind. Every drink order thereby comes with an element of mystery and danger. You’re not quite sure what the concoction will do. Many of them smoke or glow, creating a level of excitement matched by only one other entrant on this list.
Suggested drink: Disney fans have heard of Pepper’s Ghost. It’s a mirror trick utilized brilliantly on Haunted Mansion. This bar sells a drink of the same name, and it doesn’t mess around. It’s got habanero lime and a healthy amount of vodka. I presume that this beverage is what killed Pepper in the first place.
5) La Cava del Tequila
Need I say more? The Mexico Pavilion at the World Showcase introduced this delightful tequila bar in 2009. In the decade that followed, La Cava del Tequila became every tequila fan’s go-to establishment. Whenever you see someone bleary-eyed and stumbling around the World Showcase, odds are good that they stopped here and sampled one of the 100+ drinks on the menu.
Any self-respecting Epcot bar crawl either starts or ends at La Cava del Tequila. And the pros know to book a room at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, or Disney’s BoardWalk Inn to make the trip back to the hotel as short as possible.
PS: the style of this place is best described as “tequila cave.” Who wouldn’t want to visit that bar?
4) California Grill Lounge
One of my favorite things about California Grill is the velvet rope aspect. You cannot just take an elevator up to the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You must head to the second floor and wait your turn for your Advanced Dining Reservation. Guests who don’t have them must wait an unbearably long amount of time for a table to open.
You can skip that aggravation by picking the lounge instead. You’ll merely inform the cast member that you want to drink at the lounge. As long as there’s space available, you’ll get to enjoy all of the benefits of the restaurant. You can even order food from the bar! But this article isn’t about Pork Two Ways. It’s about drinking!
At California Grill Lounge, you can drink the night away. Past a certain point, the fireworks will even go off at the theme park across from you, whether you’re sober enough to notice or not. It’s a breathtaking view combined with many of the finest wines and cocktails at Walt Disney World. I’d rank it higher due to the quality of the vino, but this article is more about bars. California Grill Lounge is a bit upscale to earn a spot in the top three.
3) The Edison
Describing steampunk or industrial goth is easy. Watch Underworld and pay attention to how all of the vampires are dressed. It’s a…unique look to be sure, but my wife and many, many others happen to love it. The Edison celebrates this kind of style with its retro/fictional take on a world that never quite existed. It’s as if the literary works of Jules Verne came into reality at Disney Springs. And the drinks here are hypnotic.
As the only nightclub at Disney Springs, The Edison serves a startling deep menu of cocktails and mocktails. They serve real wines and beers from brands like Stella Artois and Founders Brewing Co., but their menu also includes intoxicating selections such as Corpse Reviver, Love & A Liar, Green Electron, and Bad Miscalculation. That last one describes every drinking experience of my life.
The point is that you’ll have almost as fun ordering at The Edison as you will drinking here. Plus, they have candied bacon. Everything’s better with candied bacon.
2) Rose & Crown Pub
Remember how I said that every bar crawl starts or ends at La Cava del Tequila? This is the flip side of the coin. Pros know to begin at one place and work their way all around the World Showcase until they come out on the other side.
Rose & Crown Pub is somehow the best option at Epcot while being the one that requires the least amount of explanation. You drink pints here. Lots and lots of pints. When you have had enough to act like a soccer hooligan, it’s time to go. Just try not to slug anyone for their wrong opinions about ManU on the way out the door.
1) Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
I’m a sucker for glowing drinks, and I’m not the only one. Trader Sam’s is so beloved that if I voted anything else as the Best Bar at Walt Disney World, I would fear for my life. Whenever we’re at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – and we try to stay there at least a few days each year – we’re awed by the mobs here. Everyone loves the odd dichotomy of shiny drinks and tiki doll theming.
The drinks here are ridiculous in both name and contents. The Polynesian Pearl uses cinnamon as a primary ingredient, while the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum combines it with nutmeg and coconut. If you prefer pageantry to flavors, the Uh-Oa! summons a deity (!), while some drink orders cause people to swim. Showmanship is the name of the game at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and nobody can get enough of it. This place provides the most drinking fun you’ll ever have in your life.