Having just returned from a great family vacation at Disneyworld, I wanted to offer a few tips.
Let’s face it, there’s only so much screaming, begging, crying, and chaperoning you can do. Being an adult in Disney is no easy task, and at some point you’re going to want to relax with a cold brew or a glass of Chardonnay in hand. Finding a spot that has adult beverages isn’t always easy in a land designed for kids.
I got you covered though.
Flying Fish Cafe has a great wine list, with plenty of big and small names alike. You can find a rare and refreshing white wine like Kerner Abbazia Di Novacella, Alto Adige Italy 2014 or stick with something domestic like the Neyers Chardonnay. Prices are faily reasonable.
Victoria’s and Alberts has some interesting choices that venture beyond the typical Bordeaux, Napa, Burgundy trifecta. Instead you’ll get Alsace, Loire and Austria. Try a zippy Gruner or Zwiegelt, or even a Baumard Savenierres if you’re up to it.
California Grill has, you guessed it, a great selection of domestic wines. Looking for a big buttery Chardonnay? This is your spot. Lots of big names, from Turley and Walter Hansel to Banshee and Ridge.
Cocktail lists around the park tend to be a bit generic, loaded with sweet concoctions that would make a purist scoff.
For the best cocktail, head to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a tiki-themed bar hidden behind the Polynesian resort. Just be warned, the lines often run much longer than the worst ones you see at the rides. This place is kitchy as all hell but it’s also dark and cool, perfect for enjoying a stiff one.
Margheritas anyone? La Cava de Tequila in the Mexico section of Epcot has some good tequila.
Best places to get a drink by area
- Magic Kingdom: Be Our Guest is the only choice here.
- Epcot: The Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, naturally in the Italy section
- Hollywood Studios: Tune-In Lounge
- Animal Kingdom: Dawa Bar
- Downtown Disney: Raglan Road
- Resorts: Todd English’s Bluezoo
Looking for a cold brew? You have plenty of options as literally every other restaurant has many different types of beer. My favorite is the Big River Grille and Brewing Works where you can get a fresh craft brew and a big burger with fries.
Gurgling Suitcase at the Old Key West resort is a dive bar in the best sense of the word, with cheap beer and sports on the tube.
For more information on the dining options at Disney check out their resource page https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining