Disney World is a great place to grab a drink. Whether you’re “drinking around the world” at Epcot or sipping out of a pearl in a highly-themed tiki bar, Walt Disney World has a seemingly endless amount of ways to enjoy an adult beverage. This makes the task of picking the best a daunting task. Fortunately, I have braved the bars of Bay Lake to provide you with the definitive list of where you should grab a drink the next time you’re vacationing in Orlando. These bars and lounges can be found all over the property, from three of the theme parks to Disney Springs to several of the resorts. A great Disney bar is highly themed, with excellent drinks, delicious appetizers, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Come, sip, and relax as we tour the ten best bars and lounges at Walt Disney World.

10) Todd English's bluezoo Lounge

Dolphin Resort

This might seem like a very weird pick to kick things off, but hear me out. The bar area of bluezoo feels like a very trendy, metropolitan bar. It can get a little crowded and loud. That might not be everybody’s thing. It actually isn’t exactly my thing when it comes to bars and lounges. However, saving money when I can is my thing, and bluezoo has one of the best happy hours at Disney World. I say one of the best, but I honestly can’t think of another happy hour off the top of my head. From 5-7pm, you can get $5 beer and wine or a $7 Zooberry or Smoking Sangria cocktail. They also have a limited selection of appetizers, including an amazing serving of Crab Nachos for $9.

This happy hour deal really can’t be beat, and both Epcot and Hollywood Studios are just a walk or short boat ride away.

Our Favorite Drinks

Smoking Sangria
$5 Wine and Beer

Money Saving Tip

The happy hour deal from 5pm-7pm is one of the best deals at Disney World. This bar is cool, but don't go out of your way otherwise.

9) California Grill Lounge

Contemporary Resort

Some bars you visit for the drinks. Some you visit for the atmosphere. You should visit the California Grill Lounge just for the view. You get the same stunning vista from the top of the Contemporary Resort that diners at the restaurant get, but you don’t need to jump through the hoops of grabbing an in-demand reservation. Seats are first come, first served, but if you can find a spot, you’ll have access to the full bar menu, the full restaurant menu, and the full view of the fireworks. California Grill also has an amazing wine list. This is a great spot to split some appetizers or sushi rolls and sip on a chardonnay while you watch Happily Ever After.

Our Favorite Drinks

The extensive wine list
Classic Sidecar
San Francisco Mai Tai

California Grill Tip

They will pipe in the music for the fireworks during the show, including special holiday fireworks. If you want to see the Magic Kingdom's Halloween or Christmas fireworks without paying for a ticket to the party, drinks at California Grill Lounge is a great way to go.

8) Ale & Compass Lounge

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Ale & Compass has been recently renovated in the past couple of years, now sporting a laid-back and modern design. I absolutely love how relaxing this lounge feels, which can be a nice change of pace compared to some of the more happening bars. With plenty of comfortable seating, a cozy and dark interior, and a pretty great lineup of classic and original cocktails, this spot is an ideal place to relax after an afternoon at Epcot. A Maple Old Fashioned after a trip around the World Showcase? Yes, please.

If you’ve recently skipped checking out this lounge in the lobby of the Yacht Club Resort, it’s definitely time to give Ale & Compass another visit.

Our Favorite Drinks

Maple Old Fashioned
Hudson Mule
The Big Apple

Parking Tip

If you have Tables In Wonderland, you can get free valet parking if you dine at any of the resorts or at the Boardwalk. This includes getting a drink at a lounge. Just ask to have your parking validated at the end.

7) Wine Bar George

Disney Springs

I personally favor whiskey and cocktails, so I can sometimes overlook wine and beer offerings. Wine Bar George offers probably the most impressive wine menu at Walt Disney World. Besides a reasonably priced selection of wines on tap, there are dozens upon dozens of unique blends and varietals. Pours range anywhere from $9 for 6 oz Kanonkop Pinotage from South Africa to $85 for 1 oz of Harlan Estate Cabernet from Napa Valley.

Don’t let the last bit intimidate you. Most of the menu is very reasonably priced. However, Wine Bar George has an “outstanding by the ounce” section of the menu that features some extremely premium wine. For connoisseurs with money to spend, this means the opportunity to try a rare glass of wine. For people like me, it’s just fun to read through the prices and try to keep my eyes from popping out of my head.

Wine Bar George offers some great food as well, ranging from a weekend brunch to charcuterie to family style platters of skirt steak or wine braised chicken.

Our Favorite Drinks

Skip the beer and cocktails and ask your server what wine they recommend.

Where to sit

Wine Bar George has two stories. While the interior is very cool, I love the outdoor patio on the upper level. This gives you a great view of the water at Disney Springs.

6) Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar

Disney Springs

Located at Disney Springs, this Indiana Jones-inspired bar features a highly-themed interior, creative cocktails, and a lovely waterfront patio. From the giant propellor-fan to the diving bell booth, this bar has plenty of eye-candy and nods to Dr. Jones, although my one complaint is that the theming is a little too subtle throughout. Even as a big Indiana Jones fan, I had to kind of jog through my memory to get the reference. Although the interior is very fun, it doesn’t have the transformative feel that some of the other bars on this list do.

Jock Lindsey’s saving grace is the extensive “Signature Libations” menu. These cocktails are delicious, inventive, and tend to be on the stronger side. For fans of tiki-bars, the Cool-headed Monkey is a must, as its served in a Monkey-head mug that is available for purchase.

Food offering at Jock Lindsey’s is very solid, with the Lomo Saltado Peruvian Flank Steak being a zesty twist on steak frites. For a fun and Instagrammable dessert, don’t miss out on the Temple of Bacon, which is chocolate-covered bacon dramatically served in a smoke-filled cloche. With great drinks and a good appetizer menu, this an ideal place to grab drinks at Disney Springs.

Our Favorite Drinks

Cool-Headed Monkey
The Scottish Professor
Reggie's Revenge

A WDW Freebie

Jock Lindsey's has a variety of Indiana Jones-themed coasters. Ask your server if you can get some to take home, and they will very likely give you this free souvenir.

5) Oga's Cantina

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge | Disney's Hollywood Studios

Based off of my experience at its identical twin in Disneyland, Oga’s Cantina will be the best themed bar at Walt Disney World once it opens on August 29. Once you walk through the sliding door into the cantina, you feel like you’ve been transported to another world. Like the rest of Galaxy’s Edge, it feels very Star Wars, without being an exact replica of anything you’ve seen in the movies. Oga’s Cantina is a must-do at Disney’s Star Wars land just for the theming alone. Plus, DJ R3X is definitely in the running to become my favorite animatronic.

Overall, the drinks are good, if a bit on the weak side. Many of them have fun effects, like the Bespin Fizz that smokes and bubbles or the Fuzzy Tauntaun that will make your mouth go numb. The presentation of these drinks go a long way to making you feel like you’ve stepping into the galaxy far, far away.

There are a few downsides that keep this from being the ultimate bar at Disney World: It’s built to move people through. Oga’s currently has a 45-minute, two-drink limit. While this results in service being speedy, the snack menu is really lacking and it doesn’t feel like a place where you can just relax for a bit. It’s a great experience for what it is, just don’t expect a relaxing lounge.

Our Favorite Drinks

Yub Nub
Bespin Fizz
Jet Juice
Fuzzy Tauntaun

4) Tutto Gusto

Italy Pavilion | Epcot

What do you get when you mix a romantic atmosphere with delicious small plates  and a fantastic drink menu? You get Tutto Gusto. Much like our other favorite bar at Epcot, Tutto Gusto provides a great respite from the heat. Unlike the rowdy crowds of Rose & Crown or Cava del Tequila, Tutto Gusto always feels lively but relaxing. The wine cellar aesthetic is pure eye candy, and it’s worth it just to walk in and admire the design of the bar.

While Wine Cellar is technically in the name, Tutto Gusto offers a great selection of beer and cocktails in addition to the vino. For the wine fans out there, they offer a variety of flights that will most certainly suit your mood. If you’re looking for a sophisticated place to grab a drink and an appetizer, Tutto Gusto is great for date night.

Our Favorite Drinks

Under a Tuscan Sun Flight
Crisp Italian Whites Flight
Italian Margarita

Hungry for more?

Tutto Gusto offers the full menu of Tutto Italia, so this is a great option for dinner as well.

3) Nomad Lounge

Animal Kingdom

One of our favorite lounges at Disney World is located right next to one of our favorite restaurants at Disney World. You can find Nomad Lounge next to Tiffins, just as you make your journey to Pandora: The World of Avatar. With the breathtaking Flight of Passage and awe-inspiring floating rocks, it might be tempting to just zip past Nomad Lounge. That would be a huge mistake. Like Tiffins, Nomad Lounge celebrates the travels of Imagineers, creating a lovely environment that’s extremely detailed and unlike anything else you’ll find at WDW. More than any other bar on this list, the atmosphere of Nomad lounge balances relaxation with great theming to perfection.

The impressive small plates menu includes a unique cheese board, chicken satay, and the excellent Tiffins Bread Service. Nomad Lounge also serves coffee, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. If you want a unique bourbon cocktail, don’t miss the Tempting Tigress.

Our Favorite Drinks

Tempting Tigress
Hightower Rocks

Cava del Tequila - Epcot Dining
Jalapeno Margarita - Epcot's La Cava del Tequila

2) La Cava del Tequila

Mexico Pavilion | Epcot

La Cava del Tequila has the most amazing margaritas I’ve ever had. Seriously, I tried the Jalapeño Margarita and had to write a whole review just raving about it. It was that good. In the years since I wrote that review, I still stand by most of what I wrote, although it is no longer my favorite margarita. That distinction belongs to the Avocado Margarita from Cava del Tequila. Yes, they are expensive, but the margaritas here are so delicious and unique.

If that wasn’t enough of a reason to head straight to the Mexico pavilion, this tequila bar features amazing chips and queso. The guacamole is also very solid, but the queso is where it’s at. The menu is limited to pretty much what I just described, which some might consider a con. However, if you’ve tried the queso, you know that it’s pretty much all they need to offer.

La Cava Del Tequila also has one of the best atmospheres of any bar at Disney World. It feels like you are walking into a dimly-lit, intimate cellar, which is a nice change of pace after spending all day in the hot Florida sun.

Our Favorite Drinks

Avocado Margarita
Jalapeno Margarita
The Maelstrom

To-Go Tip

Want your margarita on the go? Use the bar service line, located to the left of the entrance. You won't be able to order any snacks, but you can get a great drink to take with you around the World Showcase.

1) Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Polynesian Village Resort

An amazing atmosphere? Check. Special effects depending on what you order? Check. Too many details to count? Triple check. This is a bar that only Imagineering could bring you, making it the ultimate Walt Disney World bar. Think of this as a sort of sequel to Disneyland’s Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. Grog Grotto is bigger, features more impressive effects, and has a giant Nautilus-shaped  glass, aka the mother of all tiki-mugs, available for purchase.

If you feel like your seat at the bar is slowly sinking, it’s not the rum. It actually is! Trader Sam’s is as much about the experience of participating in the Uh-Oa chant or hearing jokes from your bartender as the menu itself. Fortunately, the menu is fantastic, featuring a really solid lineup of authentic Tiki concoctions. The beer flight is also excellent.

Do yourself a favor and plan on heading to the Polynesian during your Disney World vacation. Trader Sam’s will be a highlight.

Our Favorite Drinks

Dark & Tropical Stormy
Krakatoa Punch
Uh-Oa! (To Share)

Trader Sam's Tip

Trader Sam's can be in high demand. While you can sit outside, you lose most of the experience that makes the Grog Grotto so much fun. Try to show up before opening for the shortest wait.

The Best Bars at Walt Disney World


James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Rise of the Resistance, Spaceship Earth, and Tower of Terror.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Atlanta, GA.

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