The Disney Parks are wonderful places to explore and spend time in Lake Buena Vista. However, it’s essential to make time for a bit of relaxation after busy days in the Walt Disney World Resort. Outside of a Disney theme park, you’ll find us relaxing with a beverage. The Walt Disney Company certainly knows how to create a themed lounge. There are nine places we love to visit on an evening during a Disney vacation. Keep reading to discover the best drinking spots away from the Disney Parks.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto & Tiki Bar
Trader Sam’s is a must-visit if you’re looking for a unique hideout that offers an exotic collection of specialty cocktails, mocktails, and appetizers. The Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar is located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and is open daily from 3 p.m. through 12 a.m.
The Grog Grotto is a tranquil hideaway with ancient artifacts and unique treasures. Prepare for plenty of fun as your beverages are served to suit your drink. You may way to order the HippopotoMai-Tai, Uh-Oa, or the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum. We won’t spoil the fun, but this isn’t a regular bar! Guests of all ages are welcome in Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto until 8 p.m. However, from 8 p.m. onwards, Guests must be age 21 or older to enter. We recommend getting to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto early in the day to enter without waiting. Otherwise, you can expect the wait time to be at least 45 minutes in the evening.
Outside, Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace offers a relaxing place to sit. If you can’t wait for a table inside, find one on the Tiki Terrace. Guests can order from the same menu as the Grog Grotto. Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is open from 3 p.m. through 11 p.m. daily. Sip your drinks and sample your appetizers to the sound of live music. Enjoy the lush foliage surrounding the terrace and the string lights lighting this island getaway.
Geyser Point Bar & Grill
Whether looking for a casual place to dine or somewhere to relax with a beverage, you won’t be disappointed at Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Guests can enjoy a view of Bay Lake from their table or lounge seats. During the day, the open-air Disney restaurant offers shade from the sun while dining al fresco. In the evening, Geyser Point Bar & Grill provides the perfect relaxing atmosphere after a day in the Disney Parks. You can even catch sports games on the screens near the bar. Stay long enough to see the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks across Bay Lake, followed by the Electrical Water Pageant.
For a sophisticated and elegant lounge inspired by a Disney princess, you won’t want to miss the Enchanted Rose in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Choose between four spaces themed after Beauty and the Beast (2017). The menu features a selection of delectable dishes and an extensive list of specialty cocktails. Enchanted Rose is a beautiful place to relax after a day in the Disney Parks.
You must head to Disney’s BoardWalk to find one of our favorite spots in Walt Disney World! Just a short walk from EPCOT World Showcase is Jellyrolls. It’s not just any bar, but a dueling piano bar. Guests aged 21 and over can sip beverages, snack on popcorn, and listen to live piano-playing singers from 7 p.m. through 1:45 p.m. every evening. Place your requests by writing on a napkin and passing it to the pianists. We recommend getting there a little before EPCOT closes to secure your seat inside and place your drinks order before the crowds arrive. An admission fee is required to enter for every Guest of Jellyrolls.
Another great spot to visit on Disney’s BoardWalk is AbracadaBar. Relax in an intimate cocktail lounge inspired by the golden age of magic. An extensive list of specialty cocktails is available at AbracadaBar, all inspired by magic and illusions. A selection of bar snacks is available to accompany your choice of cocktail. Enjoy drinks here after dining in one of the nearby restaurants. Alternatively, retire here if you want a quiet hideaway after an evening in EPCOT theme park or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Scat Cat’s Club Lounge
If you want to enjoy some live music for an evening without an admission fee, visit Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. Scat Cat’s Club Lounge is a New Orleans-style lounge with a full-service bar. You can enjoy Southern-inspired cocktails, craft beer, and a selection of appetizers daily from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. We love to visit this spot any day from Wednesday through Sunday to enjoy an evening of live jazz music. Our favorite thing about Scat Cat’s Club Lounge is the beignets. Yes, that’s right, you can order Mickey Beignets with your drinks!
Travel to Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts from Disney Springs using the Sassagoula River Boats. Alternatively, use the Disney buses to travel from a Disney Park.
Just up the Sassagoula River from Scat Cat’s Club Lounge is the River Roost at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. The River Roost serves southern-inspired libations, traditional beverages, and snacks. Enjoy the old-fashioned lounge area from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily. We recommend visiting later in the evening, from 8:30 p.m. onwards, to enjoy piano playing, singing, and comedy by the Walt Disney World legend Yehaa Bob Jackson. You’ll want to visit the River Roost from Wednesday to Saturday to see Yehaa Bob Jackson do his thing.
Why not visit two bars in one evening? River Roost and Scat Cat’s Club Lounge are just a short walk from one another. If you don’t feel like walking, you can also use the Sassagoula River Boat to travel between each Disney Resort.
Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar
If you’re spending some time at Disney Springs, Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar is an excellent place to stop for a bite to eat and a drink to quench your thirst. Guests of all ages are welcome here, making it a great place to visit if your family has younger members. Make time to admire the artifacts and airplane parts that adorn the inside of this airplane hangar. Fans of Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark will appreciate this Disney dining location.
During Happy hour, visit Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar, and enjoy select appetizers for $8 and beverages for $7. Happy hour takes place between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. every weekday.
Will your Disney vacation tie in with the festive season? During Christmastime, Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar is transformed into a Christmas grotto and is renamed Jock Lindsay’s Holiday Bar. Don’t miss the festive fun and limited-edition food and beverage options.
Raglan Road Irish Pub
Just across The Landing at Disney Springs (previously known as Downtown Disney), Raglan Road Irish Pub offers an excellent place to dine and drink, accompanied by live music and dancing. Secure a spot inside the bar to listen to toe-tapping Irish tunes played by a talented band. Throughout the evening, Irish dancers take to the stage, creating the perfect atmosphere and giving Guests an authentic experience of the Emerald Isle.
If you can’t find a spot inside, don’t worry! There’s also space on the Raglan Road Patio. Daily entertainment from talented musicians is provided between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Relax in the evening air with your choice of beverage.
Other lounges to relax in the Walt Disney World Resort hotels include:
- Territory Lounge in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Wine Bar George in Disney Springs
- Dahlia Lounge in Disney’s Coronado Springs
- Tambu Lounge in Disney’s Polynesian Village
- Victoria Falls Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Have you visited all of these lounges in the Walt Disney World Resort yet? If not, add them to your plans for future Disney vacations!