Pubs, sports bars and more
Whether you want to grab a brew to have on hand while strolling through a Disney theme park, or want to sit down and watch the big game at a Disney sports bar, the choice is yours. There are a number of places to grab a beer at Disney World, and we’ve rounded up the best ones. From pubs and sports bars to creating your own beer-focused monorail pub crawl, I have some great ideas in the works.
St. Patrick’s Day at Walt Disney World
Before we dive into the best places to drink beer at Walt Disney World, let’s go to the end of the rainbow. St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon. Walt Disney World itself does not hold any sort of official St. Patrick’s Day celebration. However, usually about a week before the official day, you’ll start seeing St. Patrick’s Day treats at many quick service outlets and at Disney Springs.
St. Patrick’s Day at Disney Springs
Over the past few years, several Disney Springs stores have offered special St. Patrick’s Day products. A favorite among them is Bowl with their Irish-themed soaps and bath bombs. You can usually find Irish-inspired treats available at Amorette’s Patisserie, The Ganachery and Sprinkles Cupcakes. And for something tasty, head to Poutine of the day near the World of Disney Store, which usually features an Irish-themed poutine.
Grab Irish-inspired food and specialty beer blends at City Works, which has St. Patrick’s Day Specials from March 10 to March 17, 2022. And as you can imagine, the Mighty St. Patrick’s Raglan Road Festival is a major event. This year’s expanded Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival runs from March 11-17, 2022 and features Irish food, craft beer, cocktails, five outdoor bars, live music and performances by Irish dancers.
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St. Patrick’s Day Treats at Disney
Many Disney Resort hotels have quick-service restaurants that offer seasonal treats throughout the year. And there are often a few quick-service restaurants at Disney theme parks with St. Patrick’s Day treats. The best way to find them is to go to the “Order Food” section of the My Disney Experience app, then browse through the menus.
Important Note – St. Patrick’s Day at Epcot is usually VERY busy and filled with groups of drinkers. It can be fun to participate in the party atmosphere. But if rowdy drinking around the world isn’t your thing, then you might not want to visit Epcot on St. Patrick’s Day.
Read on for the best beer spots at Walt Disney World, which might also come in handy for St. Patrick’s Day.
Best places to grab a beer at Disney World
Let’s raise a frosty glass to the sports bars, pubs and restaurants with a good beer at Disney World. Then we’ll see how to drink beer around the world at Epcot and create your own beer-focused monorail pub crawl.
BEST BEER AT DISNEY SPRINGS
Disney Springs is a great Disney getaway idea no matter the time of year. Watching sports while drinking a cold is easily achievable here. Or, if you just want to try unique and interesting beers, your thirst will be quenched at Disney Springs.
CITY WORKS CATERING AND PUB HOUSE
This is absolutely the BEST place to grab a beer in Disney Springs. There is a vibrant energy at the City Works Eatery and Pub House. With 90 local and global craft beers on tap, the beer selection is impressive. Massive screens around the bar and dining area make it easy to watch a game. And the outdoor dining area is the perfect place to soak up the energy of Disney Springs.
bonus tip – For the ultimate date night, stop here before enjoying a breathtaking evening at Cirque du Soleil’s Drawn to Life.
RAGLAN ROAD PUB AND IRISH RESTAURANT
Savor authentic Irish food and beer to match at Raglan Road. This Disney Springs destination is a hot spot for date nights thanks to its delicious food, plentiful drinks and live entertainment. It’s hard to pass up a Guinness, but there are plenty of other great beers on tap at the bar. You can also grab a beer to take away or enjoy on the outdoor bar terrace along the building.
HOUSE OF BLUES
Home to great folk arts and live music, House of Blues is a great place to grab a cold draft beer and soak up the atmosphere. Plus, the southern-inspired food pairs perfectly with a crisp, hoppy brew. You can dine in the dining room or sit on the outdoor patio which often features live music in the evenings.
One of the coolest atmospheres in Disney Springs can be found at The Edison. Once the home of a favorite nightclub in Pleasure Island days, this impressive venue is now a favorite for date nights, birthday parties, bachelorette parties and more. Surprisingly, The Edison has an extensive craft beer menu, organized by flavor profile. And, they have their own exclusive beer, The Edison Series American IPA.
JOCK LINDSEY’S HANGAR BAR
Another unique atmosphere can be enjoyed at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (make a reminder in your calendar to visit next holiday season, it’s beautifully decorated). Here you can sip a craft beer or even a refreshing shandy (a tasty combination of beer and lemonade). With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a great place all year round.
STARGAZERS BAR AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD
It’s hard to miss the massive sphere of Planet Hollywood near the center of Disney Springs. But, it’s possible to overlook the outdoor bar nestled at the water’s edge. The Stargazers Bar is small, but it’s a great place to enjoy a casual beer as the energy of Disney Springs surrounds you.
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Best Beer at Disney Theme Parks
Virtually all table-service restaurants inside Disney theme parks serve beer and wine, even those in Magic Kingdom. The beer selection at Magic Kingdom restaurants is fairly basic, and you can only find Magic Kingdom beer at table-service restaurants to accompany your meal.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is great for exploring Asian and African beers. In Harambe Village, the Africa zone of the park, stop at Dawa Bar for a Tusker Ale. In the Asia area of the park, you will find a few kiosks along the walkways. A stop inside the Restaurant Yak and Yeti early in the day will give you a good chance of finding a seat at the small bar inside where a few Asian beers are waiting to be explored.
There are two perfect spots for unique beers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, right next to each other. First, Nomadic lounge is a favorite date night, and the beer list is long. You can also enjoy Disney-exclusive Kungaloosh beer here. And just down the path is Pandora – World of Avatar which serves a few specialty beers, including a green one on tap, year-round. Grog Ale is available at several locations within Pandora and is an eye-catching green beer with light citrus and hop notes.
The best place to grab a beer at any Disney theme park is inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Basic faucet house is essentially a craft beer bar, and it sits almost in the heart of Hollywood studios. Enjoy a full size craft beer or share a flight and explore a variety of California craft beers. And near Baseline is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You’ll find several places here for a specialty beer exclusive to the land, including Docking Bay 7 and Ronto Roasters.
If you can get a Disney restaurant reservation at Oga’s canteen you’ll be treated to an immersive theme and a variety of specialty beers. If you’re a super Star Wars fan, consider taking the expensive beer flight that’s served in Rancor ceramic teeth for you to take home.
Disney Beer Around the World at Epcot
Perhaps the most popular way to drink beer at Disney is drinking around the world at Epcot. It is also very popular to debate whether it is better to start on the side of the Mexico pavilion or the side of the Canada pavilion.
If your goal is to drink beer around the world, I recommend starting with the Canada pavilion, because the Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room can be your second stop, and you don’t want to miss this one.
Recommended itinerary for drinking beer around the world at Epcot:
Near Epcot is Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, a great idea for progressive dining. There is also Big River Grille and Brewery. At Big River, you can enjoy casual dining and beer freshly brewed on site. This is a great place for craft beer and seasonal beer, all brewed on site.
You might be wondering about ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk. Currently ESPN Club remains closed.
Monorail Pub Crawl – with beer
One of the most popular Disney date ideas is a Monorail pub crawl. If your focus is on beer, your monorail pub crawl will be great fun, but may look a little different from the traditional route. Most Disney Resort hotel lounges don’t open until 3 p.m. or later, so plan accordingly.
Recommended route for a beer-focused monorail pub crawl:
How much does beer cost at Walt Disney World?
Having a drink at Walt Disney World can be expensive. There are many reasons for this, a captive audience is one of them. A beer at Walt Disney World can cost between $8 and $13. Domestic draft and canned beer ranges between $8 and $9, while specialty, imported, and craft beers range between $11 and $13. Some special versions can even cost more than $14 to $15.