It's time to eat, drink, and be merry together! Make the most of this magical time of year and head to Disney Springs for a DIY holiday pub crawl. All of Disney Springs is full of festive decor, jolly music, live entertainment on select nights, and nearly every restaurant and bar has seasonal food and drinks. Best of all, this Disney experience doesn't require a theme park ticket, and parking is free.
Here's our guide to a holly jolly holiday pub crawl at Disney Springs.
Updated November 2023 by Meghan Roth
Disney Springs Holiday Pub Crawl Itinerary
Stop 1: Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
I suggest starting your pub crawl at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar because it is the most festive spot in Disney Springs. In fact, during the holidays it is renamed to Jock Lindsey's Holiday Bar. The interior is reimagined with retro Christmas decorations, and even the outdoor patio sports festive garland. The menu also features exclusive holiday cocktails and four holiday small bites.
Sip on the Eternal Snowfall, which is made with St. Augustine Cane Vodka, St Augustine Gin, Tippler's Orange Liqueur, Siesta Key Silver Rum, Chipotle Pineapple Syrup, and Sour Mix topped with a float of Bols Blue Curacao Liqueur, and garnished with a Snowflake Sugar Piece and Lemon Wheel.
Jock Lindsey's selection of holiday-themed light bites aren't overly filling and will give you some festive fuel to be able to enjoy your holiday pub crawl.
The holiday light bites menu has gotten a refresh for this holiday season. Start out with the Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs, made with All-Beef Meatball, Cranberry Barbecue Sauce, Orange Goat Cheese, Granny Smith Apple, Spiced Walnuts, Orange Supremes, and Crispy Basil. As you work your way through the menu, consider ending your stop (or coming back at the end of your pub crawl) with the Post-flight “Milk” and Cookies with Coquito that includes Bourbon-Eggnog Snowflake Cookie, Gingerbread Reindeer Cookie filled with Dulce de Leche, Chocolate-Peppermint Christmas Tree Cookie, Coquito with Bacardí Rum.
The Naughty or Nice Deviled Eggs aren't overly impressive. It's hard to beat the amazing Deviled Eggs available at Homecomin' Kitchen, also in Disney Springs. Still, they are satisfying.
Tip: Jock Lindsey's is very popular during the holidays and can get packed, especially on weekend nights.
Stop 2: Dockside Margaritas
Over at the Marketplace of Disney Springs you'll find mostly stores and shops. Dockside Margaritas is a great place to continue your holiday pub crawl. If you can get there around sunset time you'll be treated to sugar plum-colored skies at this outdoor, waterfront bar at Disney Springs.
As a Florida native, I love a tropical spin on the holidays. This year you can enjoy the Spiced Cranberry Paloma made with Lunazul Reposado Tequila, Cranberry Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Lime Juice, and Spiced Simple Syrup. If this seasonal margarita doesn't appeal to you, there is no shortage of other delicious margaritas and tropical cocktails at Dockside Margaritas.
Bonus idea – The Holiday Rum Punch is available at outdoor bars throughout Disney Springs, it features Bols Blackberry Brandy, Bols Creme de Banana Liqueur, Tito's Handmade Vodka, orange tangerine syrup and orange juice—garnished with an orange wedge.
Stop 3: Continue with Festive Eats at Disney Springs
After a round or two, you may be ready for some carbs to balance out all those drinks. During the holidays, quite a few Disney Springs restaurants have holiday food or drinks. Both The Daily Poutine and D-Luxe Burger are budget-friendly options if you want quality eats without going overboard on dollars.
The Daily Poutine is a kiosk near World of Disney that serves delicious poutine creations year-round. The Gobbler Poutine with turkey, brown gravy, cranberry chutney, and cheese curds is hearty and great for sharing. If you want to keep the spirits going, pair it with a Canadian Apple Slushy made with Crown Royal Apple.
Near the center of Disney Springs is D-Luxe Burger, a casual spot for gourmet burgers and boozy gelato shakes. The Beef Wellington Burger is a new addition this year and features two pressed signature beef patties, topped with mushroom muxelles, gruyere cheese, dijon mustard aïoli, served on an herb puff pastry bun. The Caramel Apple Pie Shake with Vanilla Gelato blended with Dark Caramel Sauce, Granny Smith Apple Syrup, Cinnamon Syrup, and topped with whipped cream, caramel, and graham cracker crumbs also sounds sinful.
Tip: Save time by placing a mobile order in advance via the MyDisneyExperience app. D-Luxe Burger is one of the few locations at Disney Springs where you can mobile order.
Although the menus have not been released yet, I've been told that holiday items will soon be available at Homecomin' Kitchen, Splitsville, and one or two other locations.
Stop 4: Christmas Tree Stroll with a Cocktail in Hand
As you stroll through Disney Springs, take time to notice the highly-detailed Disney Christmas trees. The Christmas Tree Stroll takes place throughout Disney Springs, so explore on foot with a drink in hand (Disney Springs is open container) to pick a favorite together.
Speaking of festive cocktails, there are multiple food and beverage carts located throughout Disney Springs. This year there are three holiday cocktails available at these carts.
Since vodka was the prominent spirit in my first cocktail, I chose the Fireside Cider as my next drink because it is made with cinnamon whiskey, vanilla vodka, white cranberry juice, grenadine, and ginger ale. Talk about holiday spirit! The cinnamon flavor is loaded in this drink, so only order this if you're a big fan of cinnamon.
Stop 5: Holiday Desserts at Amorette's Patisserie
Give your Disney Springs holiday pub crawl a sweet boost with a dessert stop. Amorette's Patisserie is a French-inspired bakery that consistently turns out delightful little desserts. There are a few holiday treats available here as well sparkling wines and wine slushies.
The display case is always a feast for the eyes.
Alternatively, the new Swirls on the Water kiosk near Rainforest Cafe is a great stop too. My husband and I shared the Frozen Hot Chocolate Float with Peppermint Soft Serve. You can also enjoy Pineapple DOLE Whip here, with or without a spiced rum floater on top.
Stop 6: Morimoto Asia
One of the best celebrity-owned restaurants in Orlando, Morimoto Asia, is a favorite at Disney Springs. And the festive holiday cocktails sound delectable. (2023 Holiday Offering TBA)
- Gingerbread Manhattan – Gingerbread cookie infused knob creek, lazzaroni amaretto, carpano antica, new England spiced cranberry and orange bitters
- Jingletini – Tito’s vodka, midori, Licor 43 Horchata, peppermint schnapps and glitter
Disney Springs Holiday Pub Crawl Reminders and Information
Disney Springs is very busy during the holiday season, especially Friday – Sunday evenings. Try to go earlier in the evening to avoid crowds.
Ask for a glass of ice water with each cocktail or alcoholic beverage to stay hydrated.
Please be safe and utilize a ride-share service, taxi, or consider an overnight stay on property. Disney Springs Hotels are a great option if you'd like to extend your experience overnight, many are budget-friendly and all are walkable to Disney Springs.