Last month we discussed the lounges and “refreshment” stands in the parks where one could find an adult beverage. Now let’s take a look at the resorts, where you would look to relax at the end of a long day in the parks. We will begin with our favorites around crescent lake.
In our younger days the boardwalk hotel had the most attractive: jellyrolls, a lively dueling piano bar (not run by Disney itself), and the ESPN bar, quite the opposite, but itself the best place to stand around and catch 10 games at one time. We would always begin with appetizers at ESPN and end each Saturday night with beverages and singing along with a piano man (or two).
While those days were fun, there are several lounges that appeal more to the parents of young children. Our new favorite place to visit is Crews cup in the Yacht club. A warm, nautical themed bar that enables you to look right into the kitchen of the yachtsman steakhouse. They offer good comfort food as well as American ales.
Similarly, the Territory Lounge, at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, is yet another cozy place to enjoy beverages and wine from the Pacific Northwest. Food selection here is above par for any watering hole.
Back to crescent lake, Kimonos offers the only karaoke on property inside Disney’s Swan, while Big River Grille and Brew gives its patrons an opportunity to sample microbrewery beer right on property.
There are plenty more from the rest of the resorts, as each offers at least a quality pool bar. Any home base that you choose, will give you opportunity to kick up your feet and enjoy those “refreshments”.