Whether drinking around the world at Epcot, sampling flights of something alcoholic at one of the festivals, or trying a new seasonal cocktail at one of the best bars in Disney World, for some, drinking at The Most Magical Place on Earth can be as much of an attraction as the rides themselves. And why not? There are some pretty incredible Disney World Resort bars that are definitely worth visiting.
But, it wasn’t always this easy to drink alcohol at Disney World. In fact, Walt Disney himself actually hated the idea of allowing alcohol at Disneyland. As he explained it to a reporter from the Saturday Evening Post in 1956:
“No liquor, no beer, nothing. Because that brings in a rowdy element. That brings people that we don’t want, and I feel they don’t need it. I feel when I go down to the park, I don’t need a drink. I work around that place all day and I don’t have one.”
Since then, quite a bit has changed. Alcohol was available starting from rope drop on opening day at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and all the way over at Disney’s California Adventure. Magic Kingdom joined the boozy mix in 2012. Disneyland finally broke its dry spell in 2019 with the opening of Galaxy’s Edge and Oga’s Cantina. Heck, even Walt caved in to the idea of serving alcohol in his park when he realized that guests were more likely to buy a membership to Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33 if they were able to get a glass of something a little less kid-friendly.
Drinking at Disney
Today, grabbing a glass of the hard stuff at Disney is easy, with alcoholic beverages being provided across Walt Disney World. Wherever you are, however, don’t just expect a basic selection of beer and wine, although those are certainly available in abundance. Yes, like everything else at a Disney park, alcohol at Disney World adds to the whole experience.
Themed bars can be found across Disney World, transporting guests into the story of Beauty and the Beast, a tiki bar in the South Seas, or as far as the frontier planet of Batuu. And that’s just to name a few. Plus, the theming doesn’t stop at the design. Bar foods, drink names, and even the ingredients used to make the tasty concoctions have been carefully chosen to add to the story and help build truly immersive experience. Depending on where you’re enjoying a drink, the cast members might even get in on the fun. Visits to these bars are sure to be an exceptional experience that you can’t find anywhere else.
Of course, while the best bars in Disney World are worth going out of your way for, like those we’ve listed below, others are more worthy of a stop if you’re in the area already. For many of these spots, while the design might be lovely and the drinks tasty, there’s no special it-factor that sets them apart from other Disney World bars. What you can generally expect at these bars, however, is a solid list of the same cocktails (usually with different names) accented by a couple themed offerings you hopefully can’t find anywhere else.
18 Best Disney World Bars
For those looking to imbibe in some 21-and-up fun at Disney World, you’re in luck – there are a wide variety bars, resort lounges, and pubs just waiting to be sampled. So, whether you’re in the mood for carefully crafted cocktails in an immersive, highly-themed setting or simply looking for the best place to grab a beer and a bite to eat on property, we’re here to help with our roundup of the best bars at Disney World. Whatever drink or vibe you’re looking for, you can count on the following bars for a truly memorable experience you can’t find anywhere else at Disney World.
Best Themed Bar at a Park: Oga’s Cantina
Tucked away in the village of Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet Batuu (also known as Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Oga’s Cantina is the watering hole of choice in this neck of the galaxy for bounty hunters, traders, and smugglers of all stripes. This highly themed bar thrusts you straight into the action, no jump to hyperspace required.
While there are a few Star Wars-themed snacks available to munch on, the real stars here are the drinks. Cocktails and mocktails feature flavors, ingredients, and even fun effects inspired by the world such as “Buzz Button Tingling” foam, a cloud swirl, and different flavored popping pearls. The latter are even further made to look as if they’re eggs being laid by a creature in a tank on the wall. There is also a selection of beer, wine, and cider, all renamed to suit the theme.
As you might imagine, all this makes Oga’s incredibly popular. So, be sure to make a reservation ahead of time if you want to stop in for a drink during your visit.
Honorable Mention – Best Themed Bar at a Park: Nomad Lounge at Tiffins Restaurant
When they were dreaming up Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Imagineers and animal experts who brought the park to life spent a significant time exploring the two continents featured in the park: Africa and Asia. Nomad Lounge, part of Tiffins Restaurant in Animal Kingdom Park, is dedicated to those adventures, as well as the tempting call of wanderlust. In fact, the whole place feels like a very comfy bar in a luxury ecolodge somewhere in Africa.
The entire menu here is inspired by the Imagineers’ travels, from the bar food offerings to the cocktails. Even the beers on offer are what you’d call worldly, with bottles available from Thailand, Kenya and more.
Although the inside of Nomad Lounge is more than comfy, we highly recommend grabbing one of the tables on the balcony. Facing the wooded area leading to Pandora, it’s a great spot to sit back, unwind, and have a drink away from the crowds after a long day of exploring.
Best Themed Bar at a Resort: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Set sail for the South Seas when you visit this intricately themed bar at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Inspired by the classic Disney ride, the Jungle Cruise (yup, that’s why the name Trader Sam sounds so familiar), Trader Sam’s is like no tiki bar you’ve ever seen before. Kitschy details can be found in almost every corner of the room, making the story come alive in a way that just a ton of fun. Even your skipper (server) will get in on it, so don’t be surprised if you hear a cheesy joke or two.
Although there is a decent selection of island-inspired bar snacks available, the highlight is definitely the cocktails. Aside from the plentiful tropical flavors, some drinks are even served in what Disney humbly calls “souvenir mugs.” Really, these are super quirky drink vessels just like what you’d find in a traditional tiki bar; and you can even take them home, for a price, of course. Even better, ordering certain drinks will even cause something to happen. We won’t say anymore just in case you haven’t been before – we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.
Unfortunately, Trader Sam’s is currently closed due to the pandemic. When it is open, however, it is incredibly popular. So, try to plan ahead of time or be prepared to wait awhile.
Honorable Mention – Best Themed Bar at a Resort: Enchanted Rose
Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, there is definitely something there that wasn’t there before (sorry, we couldn’t resist the play on the Something There lyrics). Enchanted Rose – what was once Mizner’s Lounge now newishly reimagined with the live-action Beauty and the Beast as inspiration – is a transporting and elegant escape after a long Disney day. Guests can unwind in one of four rooms, each themed around a different part of Belle’s world including the library and garden.
The sophisticated vibe continues over to the menu, with elevated bar foods and an impressively long cocktail selection including floral-inspired sips like a Lavender Fog with gin, crème de violette, and English Breakfast Tea or the Island Rose with vodka and rose water.
Keep in mind that while this bar is themed after Beauty and the Beast, Disney was intentional about their live-action inspiration. In other words, though it’s based on a children’s movie, we won’t exactly be dragging our kids here.
Best Themed Bar at Disney Springs: The Edison
Feel as if you’ve stepped into a different place and time at The Edison, a gothic-industrial spot in Disney Springs. Set in what was once an old power plant, or so the story goes, guests can enjoy elevated American classics like grilled cheese and tomato soup or a burger made with a blend of brisket, short rib, and sirloin. Portions are huge here, and playful plating keeps things interesting.
Although there is a sizeable selection of beer and wine, the highlight here is definitely the cocktails (and mocktails), with crafted signature drinks and vintage favorites. The entertainment here also sets The Edison apart including live music, stilt walkers, aerialists, and steampunk illusionists.
Honorable Mention – Best Themed Bar at Disney Springs: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Growing up, did you often dream about becoming an archaeologist so you could run around chasing priceless artifacts like Indiana Jones? If so, this is the bar for you. Located in Disney Springs, this dive bar is set in a 1940s airplane hangar and was once owned by Jock Lindsey, Indy’s friend and pilot. This place is filled with fun details from the movies, so be sure to take some time to walk around so you can check things out.
Cocktails are the star of the drink menu here, with a mix of carefully crafted sips and classics like the Singapore Sling. Even the wines and beers on offer here are inspired by the adventures of Indiana Jones, with bottles on offer from China, Japan, Kenya, Germany, and more. Bar food is also available including tacos, flatbreads, and the massive Air Pirate’s Cargo Loaded Pretzel.
Best Pub: Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
Bring Ireland to you at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant. Located in Disney Springs, Raglan Road is about as authentic as you can get outside of the Emerald Isle, with much of the bar actually having been made in Ireland, shipped across the Atlantic, and reassembled here for your enjoyment.
The menu is filled with Irish favorites, from bangers and mash to fish and chips. Every meal also comes with a small loaf of Irish Brown Bread and a cup of Guinness Reduction to dip it in. Trust us, whatever you do, do not forgo the bread to save room for your meal. This stuff is delicious, so you should make peace with the thought of bringing leftovers home now.
Of course, as this is an Irish pub, drinks are highlight of the menu. Beer lovers will appreciate the variety of draughts and bottles, along with some Raglan Road signature brews. There are also quite a few cocktails that sound mighty tasty. Another feature of Raglan Road is the entertainment, with live music and even Irish step dancers performing throughout the day. When COVID-19 isn’t happening, kids can even jump onstage to learn a few steps.
Honorable Mention – Best Pub: Rose & Crown Pub
Enjoy a British invasion of a different sort as you eat up and drink in some classic Brit favorites at the Rose & Crown Pub. Located in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase, the Rose & Crown is a handsome yet lively place to throw back a pint or two.
The UK inspiration can be seen throughout the menu, from the Fish and Chips and Sausage Roll down to the Pimm’s Cup. The highlight, however, is definitely the beer. Guests can choose from a variety of lagers, ales, and stouts, or opt for a little bit of a couple things with one of their pub blends. And of course, don’t forget the whiskey and whisky.
Best for Wine: Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
Sit down and unwind with a glass of one of more than 140 wines at Wine Bar George in Disney Springs. This estate-style wine bar features an array of food and wine, with pairings courtesy of Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Wine is obviously the star here, but there’s also a sizeable selection of beers, ciders, and craft cocktails. Their frozen wine cocktails are also popular, with Frozcato, Frosé, Friezling, and Freaujolais. Food offerings are largely made for sharing including small plates, cheese and charcuterie boards, and even family-style entrees.
On Saturdays and Sundays, guests also can stop into Wine Bar George early for its Wine Country Brunch. As you’re planning, keep in mind that Wine Bar George is very popular, so be sure to make a reservation if you don’t want to wait for a table.
Best for Cocktails: La Cava del Tequila
It should come as a shock to no one that another Epcot bar has landed on our list, and especially not this one. Nestled inside the Mesoamerican pyramid of the Mexico Pavilion, La Cava del Tequila is a must-go for any margarita or, of course, tequila fan. Heck, if Neil Patrick Harris considers it one of his favorite bars in the world, it’s gotta be good.
One needs only to read the name of the bar to know what’s served here: tequila, and lots of it. We’re talking over 200 kinds. Fortunately, a lot of tequila means a lot of margaritas, and there are definitely a ton available to try here. For a smooth sip, be sure to try La Cava Avocado. And if there’s anything all those tequila shots in college taught us, it’s that you need a little bit of salt to go along with that tequila and lime. So, be sure to enjoy your drink with a bowl of chips and salsa, queso, or guacamole.
This is a small but incredibly popular bar during the best of times, so you can definitely expect a lengthy wait. Luckily, the inside of the pavilion is filled with things to look at, so at least you’ll have some time to enjoy the view.
Honorable Mention – Best for Cocktails: AbracadaBar
Situated along Disney’s BoardWalk, AbracadaBar has the vibe of sophisticated speakeasy with a magical twist. The story goes that this was once the go-to spot for illusionists of all sorts to unwind and compare tricks after their shows ended until one day, it disappeared never to be seen again. Until today, that is! Now, it’s a sophisticated hideaway from all the Disney hustle and bustle filled with magical memorabilia from a bygone era.
Cocktails are the highlight here, and you can expect to find both magic-inspired sips and classic favorites on the menu. And speaking from experience, the bartender has an especially magical pour here (i.e. strong). Beer and wine are also available, as are a small selection of Italian-ish bar snacks from the attached Trattoria al Forno.
Best for Mocktails: World of Coca-Cola Rooftop Beverage Bar
For those who had a chance to try it, Club Cool in Future World at Epcot was one of those free perks that sets Disney apart, with its tiny cups you always tried to not overfill with different Coca-Cola beverages from around the world. And while Club Cool doesn’t exist anymore, you can still have a similar, albeit fancier and not free, at the rooftop beverage bar at the World of Coca-Cola in Disney Springs. There’s even a cocktail called Beverly’s Revenge featuring a bitter soda you almost certainly dared your friend to drink.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy this spot, with its sweeping views of Disney Springs and all the soda you could ever want. Guests can either make their own creation, try a drink flight, or choose from a unique cocktail or mocktail.
Best for Dessert: Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
At first glance, the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort might seem like a weird choice for an article on the best bars in Disney World. That is until you look at the menu, anyway. Not only does this nostalgic ice cream parlor offer up an epic Kitchen Sink sundae big enough for four and classic American favorites likes burgers and grilled cheese, it also serves up some tasty alcoholic milkshakes and floats. Truly, does anything sound more enjoyable after (or during!) a long day at the parks than boozy ice cream? We think not.
Believe it or not, this place gets pretty busy, at least when COVID-19 isn’t happening. After all, the Kitchen Sink is one of the most well-known snacks on Disney property. However, you should still plan on making reservations ahead of time. Visitors aren’t really supposed to be going to the resorts right now unless you have a dining or hotel reservation, so plan accordingly.
Best for Entertainment: Jellyrolls Dueling Piano Bar
There are two things we know to be true: Disney World is known for its fun, and nothing says fun like a dueling piano bar. When it’s not closed due to a pandemic, this place is filled with music and laughter, and tends to be very popular with the conference attendees at the nearby Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and Convention Center. Performing pairs rotate and take requests through the night (you’re more likely to hear your song played if you offer up a tip), and the whole crowd is encouraged to join in during special singalongs. Is it silly? Yes. But it’s also a ton of fun!
Drinks aren’t the focus here, but they are still quite tasty. Fruity cocktails go down easy, especially with a basket of popcorn to munch on at the same time. If you do plan to visit, keep in mind that this is a strictly 21-and-up bar and you will also be required to pay a cover charge upon entry.
Honorable Mention – Best for Entertainment: Scat Cat’s Club (Temporarily Closed)
While away the evening hours to the sultry sounds of jazz at Scat Cat’s Club in Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Currently closed due to COVID-19, this New Orleans-style lounge is laidback but fun place to kick back and relax with something to eat and a glass of something tasty.
Louisiana-inspired appetizers, including the popular booze-infused beignets, are a must-try. Wash it all down with a southern-inspired alcoholic beverage such as The Big Easy, a Bayou Rum Flight, or a bottle of Abita beer. A live jazz band also plays regularly here, making this a truly unique bar experience at Walt Disney World.
Best Open-Air Bar: Geyser Point Bar & Grill
For those looking for a drink with a view, there’s no better place than Geyser Point Bar & Grill at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Located in between the hotel’s two pools, this waterfront bar boasts stunning views of Bay Lake. While you’re visiting be sure to wander over to the resort’s version of the Old Faithful geyser for one of its regular performances.
The menu at the Geyser Point Bar & Grill features adventurous offerings inspired by the spirit of exploration and the wild west, with rustic offerings like a Bison Cheeseburger, Roasted Salmon, and Huckleberry Punch. Guests can also enjoy an array of beer and wine from the Pacific Northwest. For a sweet treat, stop into the restaurant after for some Apple Cider Sorbet or a Campfire Brownie.
Honorable Mention – Best Open-Air Bar: The BOATHOUSE
As we’ve already established, the best open-air bar is a waterfront, open-air bar. And with its coastal vibes, surf and turf menu, seaside-inspired drinks, and even vintage amphicars, The Boathouse definitely fits the bill. As this is a restaurant first and a bar second, you are more than welcome to eat inside, however we highly recommend getting a drink at the overwater bar area outside.
Looking out over the water at Disney Springs, this signature restaurant offers up elevated seafood Cape Elizabeth Cracked Lobster and a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake as well as Gibsons Heritage Steaks.
Best Booze To-Go: Southern Shine Bar at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Southern comfort food inspired by the Sunshine State is the name of the game at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. From brunch to dessert, the menu is filled with farm-fresh flavors and Florida ingredients including fried green tomatoes with local greens, fried chicken and donuts, and Hamilton County chocolate pecan pie.
Once you’ve finished stuffing yourself on hushpuppies, head over to the attached Southern Shine Bar. This casual bar features cocktails crafted with moonshine and a pretty big selection of Florida craft beers. As this is Disney Springs, get your Rumshine Punch to go in one of the restaurant’s massive souvenir squeeze bottles. Be careful though – while these cocktails go down easy, that moonshine really sneaks up on you.
Of course, these aren’t the only places you can grab a drink at the place where dreams come true. Lounges, pool bars, and drink carts can be found across Walt Disney World Resort property, whether you’re playing at a theme park or water park, resort hopping, or walking around Disney Springs or the BoardWalk.
Do you have a favorite Disney bar? Is there a great lounge that we missed? Where do you think the best drink in Disney World is? Whatever it is, we’d love to hear from you!
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.