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Old 03-06-2011, 08:52 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)
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:00 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, 11:10 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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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, 04:05 AM   #6
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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, 07:37 AM   #7
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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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I know I'll probably be odd man out about this, but the little Gurgling Suitcase at OKW is wonderful. The bartenders are friendly, and there's frequently a sense of camaraderie among the drinkers!
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My fav pool bar is Muddy River at POR.

Good comfortable covered seating at tables as well as the bar stools. Friendly bartenders and rarely crowded.

Second choice is The Gurgling Suitcase at OKW, close enough to the pool with good outdoor seating.

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Old 03-07-2011, 09:17 AM   #10
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My fav pool bar is Muddy River at POR.

Good comfortable covered seating at tables as well as the bar stools. Friendly bartenders and rarely crowded.

Second choice is The Gurgling Suitcase at OKW, close enough to the pool with good outdoor seating.

We take our Disney Drinking seriously. We have a non-commercial web site dedicated to it at: www.DrinkingAtDisney.com

Favorite Bar On Property? No hesitation - it's The Gurgling Suitcase at OKW.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:34 AM   #11
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personally, personally, personally...........

We find that after over 40 trips to WDW, pool bars and lounges are over rated and way over priced.....First of all, I don't want to leave Disney with a bar tab bigger than my resort room bill....I'm also not one to have a drink or 2 in a 9 night stay so..........we load up in route to the resort and stock our fridge and when we head to the pool, take our cooler, dripping melting ice but full of beer, wine and JD with us and only problem we have is refilling said cooler with ice from time to time.....we use our refill mugs for mixes...but we came have all we want, when we want without getting up.....we always do this noonish and late at night and the wife might splurge once in a trip for some mixed concoction just for the souvenior cup and swizzle stick....I may be cheap but 2 beers Disney price at 5 bucks a beer then look at a 12 pack or better for same money.....we'll skip the pool bar and it's ambiance.....same for wine...glass over 8 bucks or 3-5 liter jug for 12-14 dollars......
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I'm with pepe. I'd rather have my pool drink of choice, Grey Goose and pink lemonade, than a high bar tab. We use those huge waterpark refillable mugs and make our own.
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We find that after over 40 trips to WDW, pool bars and lounges are over rated and way over priced.....First of all, I don't want to leave Disney with a bar tab bigger than my resort room bill....I'm also not one to have a drink or 2 in a 9 night stay so..........we load up in route to the resort and stock our fridge and when we head to the pool, take our cooler, dripping melting ice but full of beer, wine and JD with us and only problem we have is refilling said cooler with ice from time to time.....we use our refill mugs for mixes...but we came have all we want, when we want without getting up.....we always do this noonish and late at night and the wife might splurge once in a trip for some mixed concoction just for the souvenior cup and swizzle stick....I may be cheap but 2 beers Disney price at 5 bucks a beer then look at a 12 pack or better for same money.....we'll skip the pool bar and it's ambiance.....same for wine...glass over 8 bucks or 3-5 liter jug for 12-14 dollars......
We will be on our honeymoon and are bring any left over Wine on the trip. So yes we are doing exactly what you are doing. But I love pool bars for some reason, just the music and fun atmosphere. So bringing my own drink out wouldn't hurt

Thanks for the advice!
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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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I know I'll probably be odd man out about this, but the little Gurgling Suitcase at OKW is wonderful. The bartenders are friendly, and there's frequently a sense of camaraderie among the drinkers!
Love love LOVE the gurgling suitcase but to me it's not a pool bar, it's a destination all it's own one of the best bars on property!!
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