Whether you want to grab a brew to have in hand as you stroll through a Disney theme park, or you want to sit down and catch the big game in a Disney sports bar, you've got options. There are quite a number of places to grab a beer in Disney World, and we've rounded up the best. From pubs and sports bars to creating your own monorail pub crawl that focuses on beer, I've got some great ideas brewing.
St. Patrick's Day at Walt Disney World
Before we dive into the best places for 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 throw any sort of official St. Patrick's Day celebration. However, usually about a week before the official day you'll start to see St. Patrick's Day treats at many quick-service locations and Disney Springs.
St. Patrick's Day at Disney Springs
In past years multiple Disney Springs shops have offered special St. Patrick's Day merchandise. A favorite among them is Basin 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 savory, head to The Daily Poutine near the World of Disney Store, which usually has Irish-themed poutine.
Grab some Irish-inspired grub and special beer blends at City Works, which has St. Patricks Day Specials from March 10 – March 17, 2022. And as you can imagine, the Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is a major event. This year's expanded Mighty St. Patrick's Festival takes place from March 11 – March 17, 2022, featuring Irish food, craft beer, cocktails, five outdoor bars, live music and performances by Irish dancers.
St. Patrick's Day Treats at Disney
Many Disney Resort hotels have quick-service dining locations that offer seasonal treats throughout the year. And there are often a few quick-service dining locations inside Disney theme parks with St. Patrick's Day treats. The best way to find these is by going into the “Order Food” section of the My Disney Experience app and then looking over the menus.
Important note – St. Patrick's Day at Epcot is usually VERY busy and packed with drinking groups. It can be fun to take part in the party atmosphere. But if rowdy drinking around the world is not your thing, then you may not want to visit Epcot on St. Patrick's Day.
Read on for the best spots for beer at Walt Disney World, which could also come in handy for St. Patrick's Day.
Best Places to Grab a Beer in Disney World
Let's raise a frosty glass to the sports bars, pubs, and restaurants with great beer at Disney World. Then we'll take a look at how to drink beer around the world at Epcot and create your own monorail pub crawl focusing on beer.
BEST BEER AT DISNEY SPRINGS
Disney Springs is such a great Disney date idea, no matter the time of year. Watching sports while drinking a cold one is easily accomplished here. Or, if you just want to try some unique and interesting beers your thirst will be quenched at Disney Springs.
This is absolutely the BEST spot to grab a beer at Disney Springs. There is a vibrant energy at 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 room make it easy to catch 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 night at Cirque du Soleil's Drawn to Life.
Savor authentic Irish food and brews to match at Raglan Road. This Disney Springs destination is a favorite for date night thanks to its delicious food, plentiful drinks, and live entertainment. It's hard to pass up a Guinness, but there are lots of other great beers on tap at the bar. You can also grab a beer to go or to enjoy at the patio at the outdoor bar along the side of the building.
Home to great folk art and live music, House of Blues is a great spot to grab a cold draft beer and enjoy the atmosphere. Plus, the Southern-inspired food pairs perfectly with a crisp, hoppy brew. You can dine in the dining room or pull up a seat on the outdoor patio which often has live music in the evenings.
One of the coolest atmospheres at Disney Springs can be found at The Edison. Once home to a favorite nightclub of the Pleasure Island days, this impressive venue is now a favorite for date night, birthday celebrations, bachelorettes, and more. Surprisingly enough, The Edison has an extensive craft beer menu, organized by flavor profile. And, they have their own exclusive brew, The Edison Series American IPA.
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 cutely decorated). Here you can sip on craft beer or even a refreshing shandy (a flavorful combination of beer and lemonade). With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, it's a great spot year-round.
It's hard to miss the massive sphere of Planet Hollywood near the center of Disney Springs. But, it is possible to overlook the outdoor bar tucked along the water. Stargazers Bar is small, but a great place to enjoy a casual beer as the energy of Disney Springs surrounds you.
Best Beer at Disney Theme Parks
Practically every single table service restaurant inside of Disney's theme parks serves beer and wine, even the ones in Magic Kingdom. The beer selection at Magic Kingdom's restaurants is pretty basic, and you can only find beer at Magic Kingdom in the table service restaurants to have with your meal.
Disney's Animal Kingdom is great for exploring Asian and African beers. In Harambe Village, the Africa area of the park, stop in at Dawa Bar for a Tusker Ale. Over in the Asia area of the park you'll find a few kiosks along the walkways. A stop inside the Yak and Yeti Restaurant early in the day will give you a good chance to find a spot at the small bar inside where a few Asian beers await to be explored.
There are two great spots for unique beers at Disney's Animal Kingdom, near each other. First, Nomad Lounge is a favorite date night spot, and the beer list is extensive. You can also enjoy the 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 draft, year-round. The Grog Ale is available at multiple spots within Pandora, and is an eye-catching green beer with light citrus and hop notes.
The best place to get a beer at any Disney theme park is found inside Disney's Hollywood Studios. Baseline Tap House is essentially a craft beer bar, and it is nearly in the heart of Hollywood Studios. Enjoy a full size craft beer or share a flight and explore a variety of craft beer from California. And near Baseline is Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Here you'll find multiple places for a specialty beer exclusive to the land, including Docking Bay 7 and Ronto Roasters.
If you can snag a Disney dining reservation at Oga's Cantina you'll be treated to immersive theming and a variety of special beer. If you're a super Star Wars fan then consider getting the pricey beer flight that is served in ceramic Rancor teeth for you to take home.
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Disney Beer Around the World at Epcot
Perhaps the most popular way to drink beer at Disney is by drinking around the world at Epcot. It is also very popular to debate as to whether it is better to start on the Mexico Pavilion side or the Canada pavilion side.
If your focus is drinking beer around the world then I recommend starting at 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:
- Popcorn cart at Canada Pavilion – Moosehead Draft
- Rose and Crown Pub at United Kingdom Pavilion – try one of the many Pub Blends
- Skip France Pavilion unless the Kronenbourg 1664 is an absolute must on your list
- Spice Road Table at Morocco Pavilion – grab a draft beer or cider at the walk-up bar inside the lobby
- Kabuki Cafe kiosk at Japan Pavilion – grab a Kirin on draft, or even a Frozen Kirin beer
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse at American Adventure – stop here for lunch and a beer, or a domestic craft beer from the outdoor bar
- Skip Italy Pavilion, wine is the main focus here
- Beer kiosks or Sommerfest at Germany Pavilion – lots of beer choices in this pavilion
- Lotus Blossom Cafe at China Pavilion – T-Cha Jasmine Draft Beer
- Skip Norway Pavilion, though there are some Nordic beers at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
- La Cantina de San Angel at Mexico Pavilion – Tulum Craft Lager
Near Epcot is Disney's BoardWalk Resort which is a great idea for a progressive dinner date. There is also Big River Grille & Brewing Works. At Big River, you can enjoy casual food and beer brewed fresh right there. This is a great spot for craft beer and seasonal beer, all brewed in-house.
You may be wondering about ESPN Club at Disney's BoardWalk. Disney announced in March 2022 that ESPN Club is permanently closed.
Monorail Bar Crawl – Featuring Beer
One of the most popular Disney date ideas is a Monorail Pub Crawl. If your focus is on beer, then your monorail pub crawl will be lots of fun, but may look a little different than the traditional route. Most of the lounges at the Disney resort hotels do not open until 3pm or later, so plan accordingly.
Recommended itinerary for a beer-focused monorail pub crawl:
- Tambu Lounge at Disney's Polynesian – a variety of beers from Kona Brewing and Maui Brewing
- The beer menu at Citricos, Narcoossee's, and Enchanted Rose Lounge are essentially the same – Enchanted Rose is the only lounge not attached to a restaurant
- Outer Rim at Disney's Contemporary – a large variety of domestic craft beers and great views
- Geyser Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge – bonus round take a boat from the Contemporary to Wilderness Lodge and enjoy the Pacific Northwest atmosphere
How much is beer at Walt Disney World?
Grabbing drinks at Walt Disney World can be pricey. There are a few reasons for this, a captive audience is one of them. A beer at Walt Disney World can cost anywhere from $8 to $13. Draft and canned domestic beer is in the $8 – $9 range, while specialty, import, and craft beers range from $11 – $13. Some special releases can even run upwards of $14 – $15.
Still want more beer at Disney?
Sip on some suds poolside at the Unreserved Beer Garden at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa which serves beer flights that include beers from Florida breweries. From Ivanhoe Park Brewing’s Guavacation to Crooked Can’s Florida Sunshine, 11 local beers will hit the spot. What’s more? The beer flights are half off during the Unreserved Beer Garden’s daily “social hour” from 4-5 pm.