What are some of your favorite places?
1. World Showcase – It’s impossible to compile a list of bars around Disney without listing the ever-impressive World Showcase. The World Showcase is found in the Epcot Park. There are eleven pavilions that make up the World Showcase, all wrapping around a beautiful, reflective lagoon. Each pavilion is dedicated to a different country and features food, goods, and of course, alcoholic beverage from each. In many ways, the World Showcase is like a smaller version of the world’s fair. Epcot is the most “adult-friendly” of all the parks at Disney, so make sure you plan a visit with your 21+ friends and family to drink your way through some of the countries of the world. If you are visiting Epcot during the fall, check to see if your visit will line up with the annual International Food & Wine Festival. This beloved tradition features 100s of unique beers, wines, and cocktails from across the globe. Oh, and food too!
2. Jellyrolls – If you are looking for a loud and raucous evening at Disney, Jellyrolls is the perfect late-night destination. Jellyrolls is a dueling piano bar located at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. The charming, blue and white stripped building houses one of the most energetic atmosphere’s within Disney. Jellyrolls in not a dining room -- they serve only buttered popcorn -- so don’t come here if you’re looking for a meal. At the front of the bar, two baby grand pianos sit atop a large stage. But this is not a classical music venue; the pianists take all kinds of requests from the audience, from any genre, and “duel” for the best playing of the night. Get there early if you can, the place is not large and it fills up very quickly. There is often a cash-only cover at the door, so be prepared for that. It’s also a good idea to bring some $1s and $5s to pay the pianists so you can request your own favorite song to sing along to. Jellyrolls is a very causal, lighthearted, late-night, 21+ only, destination. They also host private and corporate events.
3. Kimonos – If you are looking for an elegant place to get a drink and maybe a bite to eat, Kimonos might be your best bet. Kimonos is an award-winning sushi restaurant and lounge. After 9pm, the lounge is morphed into a fun, casual karaoke bar. If you’re not looking for a meal, coming to Kimonos for a cocktail and karaoke is a wonderful late-night option. Kimonos’ menu features signature cocktails and impressive sake flights, along with a full, standard bar. Be aware, Kimonos is located within the Swan Resort, which is not a Disney resort. All in all, Kimonos, with its’ rich wood accents and soft lighting ambiance, makes for a fun, yet romantic spot to grab a drink (and maybe sing a song!).
4. Dawa Bar – Dawa bar is located in the Harambe village in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Dawa is connected to, but separate from, the popular restaurant Tusker House. Many people consider Dawa bar to be a must-see location on any visit to Disney. This bamboo bar is an open-air pavilion with a charming African theme. Because the bar is open-air, it might not be the best option to escape a Florida rain storm, but its’ shady location does it make a great place to get a cool drink out of the sun. The bar serves many safari/African themed cocktails and boasts a variety of African wines and beers. The atmosphere at Dawa is very casual; many visitors use the Dawa Bar as a mid-afternoon rest stop while visiting the park. Fun fact: Dawa means “medicine” in Swahili.
5. Rose and Crown – Rose and crown is located within the World’s Showcase at Epcot, but it’s so charming and beloved it is worthy of mentioning separately. Rose and Crown is a pub in the classic British style. The outside of the pub is painted a wonderful, deep green and features the classic heavy, wood doors typical of English watering holes. Rose and Crown is both a pub and a restaurant, but they are organized separately within the space. The food at Rose and Crown is affordable and traditional; the drinks are impressive. The pub features specialty cocktails, an expansive variety of scotch and whiskey, and unique beer blends. There is often entertainment in the pub section of Rose and Crown, so pull up a chair, order a brew, and take a moment to relax at this Disney hot spot.
What are some of your favorite places?
About the author: Roxie Reynolds is a college student from South Carolina who loves to travel. She created her blog as a place to share how to travel on a "college kid" budget. The more she blogged the more she found that she wrote the best posts when they were about something she was passionate about, Disney! Check out her blog iHeartDreaming. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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