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Old 03-06-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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Best Pool Bar?

Out of all of the resorts, what would you say is the best pool bar based on the following items:

Hours
Accessibility (How close to pool)
Pricing
Drink Availability
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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I love this question!!! I have only done a few of the pool bars...CS, CR, Swan, BI...I loved the beach Club one Hurricane Hannah's...only because I could sit right there stare at lake and most important still be in my lounge chair. Not to mention they do have on certain times/days waiter coming around the pool area to take orders!! Nice!!!

Would love to hear more about the diff places. Mommy needs a nice drink too here and there to relax!!!!
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
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My absolute favorite is Trout Bass Bar at the Wilderness Lodge - they have the best friendliest bartenders! The only drawback is that it's a hike to the restrooms.

We stay at the Boardwalk frequently and like Leaping Horse Libations a lot. It's right next to the pool, they have restrooms in the bar building.

As far as I know, the prices are the same everywhere. I think they standardized the specialty drink menus but the bartenders can make pretty much anything.
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Kidani Village, Polynesian (drinks only, no food), Hurricane Hanna's (take the drink down to the beach area), Gurgling Suitcase (the above post is right, it's not just a bar, it's like your living room away from home). I don't like Wilderness Lodge's pool bar although I love the indoor lounge. And I don't rent a car or check luggage, so no lugging my own booze.
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:29 AM   #6
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Another vote for the Gurgling Suitcase, friendly bartenders and clients.
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great thread. I do wish the CR had a better pool bar. It's mostly just a counter for take out drinks. The pool bar was nicer at BLT, but seemed to be located in the back of the pool area, almost as an after though.

like the past several posters, I began brining my own booze down a few years ago. A couple 1 liter bottles of Bacardi in my suitcase, and a resort mug to fill with coke has served me well. I also use ME and have never had a problem with the bottles packed in my suit case either arriving or leaving. I did make it up to the Top of the World lounge a few times though my last visit and bought beer. The ambiance and views up there are certainly worth the price of a few drinks.
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This is a really interesting question. DH and I have given this quite a bit of thought and we agreed the best pool bars are the ones where you can actually sit-down and order if you want. Hurricane Hannahs doesn't offer any seating right at the bar and the lines are almost always long. They do have a seating area nearby but it is full of people eating meals so it doesn't really have a "bar" feeling. WL has a nice bar with seating that is right next to the pool. Poly is also nice. Kidani actually had a really nice bar area as well. And Pop Century too. I will be interested to read what everyone has to say about this. I will keep thinking and try to choose which one I think is the best of the best.
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:05 AM   #9
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I do agree with the people who say the actual bars at Wilderness Lodge and BWI are better than Hurricane Hannahs at the Beach Club but after having access to Stormalong bay this week (while staying at BWV) I would stand in line all day for a drink to be able to use Stormalong bay. I was always able to get service quickly and as mentioned before they have poolside servers.....maybe not frequently but they are there. We also spent one day at the hard Rock last week and the poolside service was fantastic and the bar is awesome but it can't even compare to the experience at Stormalong bay (in my opinion).
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:37 AM   #10
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I love the detail that everyone put into their answers. So far I would say that WL is winning for best pool bar. I really should have implemented a poll on here....

Keep the answers coming Would love to hear more opinions/suggestions!
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Another vote for being your own bartender. I like mixing my own and I get to keep all the tips!
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Another vote for being your own bartender. I like mixing my own and I get to keep all the tips!
Oh for sure we do lots of that as well. We are ME riders so we can't bring our own, but we love We Go Shop and they always bring us the goodies we need
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:44 PM   #13
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I like both Petals at Pop and Banana Cabana at CBR - both are open till midnite I believe. The pool bar at Kidani closes at 9 and there is no where else at Kidani to get drinks at night
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:40 PM   #14
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I like both Petals at Pop and Banana Cabana at CBR - both are open till midnite I believe. The pool bar at Kidani closes at 9 and there is no where else at Kidani to get drinks at night
That actually leads me to another question...

Do you know where I can get a listing of the pool bar hours at?
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I am also curious of the hours?? I thought they all closed at 9pm.
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