Best Pool Bar?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by Jessica527, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Jessica527

    Jessica527 Dreaming Disney Every Minute :)

    Mar 4, 2011
    Just found out local $1 store has wine/champagne plastic glasses! Looks like the cooler and my plastic glasses will be visiting!
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  3. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

    Jun 22, 2001
    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.
  4. skelooch

    skelooch DIS Veteran

    Nov 19, 2002
    Another vote for the Gurgling Suitcase, friendly bartenders and clients.
  5. skifast22

    skifast22 DIS Veteran

    Nov 26, 2006
    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.
  6. Jessica527

    Jessica527 Dreaming Disney Every Minute :)

    Mar 4, 2011
    Will be staying at both POR/AKL for our honeymoon. Glad to know AKL has a great bar at Jambo and Kinadi!
  7. MdmMim

    MdmMim <a href="" targ

    Aug 17, 1999
    Leaping Horse Libations at the BWV is my favorite of them all! The bartenders are like our friends, as we have been going there for years (80+ trips).

    I am not a fan of the Gurgling Suitcase at all, though I realize it has many fans. I sat there one day listening to the bartender and a customer complain about "Yankees," and I don't mean the baseball team. Not cool. And the bar area is way too small. I know they have picnic tables outside, but that isn't a bar. JMHO :)

    Trout Pass is a good one, too. I love the theme. Friendly bartenders there, also.

    I have also enjoyed the pool bar ar ASMu. :drinking1
  8. vettegirl

    vettegirl Dole Whip Queen

    Oct 16, 2007
    I like the pool bar at CSR. However we mostly make our own drinks, unless I want a mojito then I visit the bar.
  9. jlk806

    jlk806 DanceDisneyGirl

    Feb 12, 2009
    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 :(
  10. Jessica527

    Jessica527 Dreaming Disney Every Minute :)

    Mar 4, 2011
    That actually leads me to another question...

    Do you know where I can get a listing of the pool bar hours at?
  11. rao363

    rao363 Mouseketeer

    Aug 8, 2011

    I am also curious of the hours?? I thought they all closed at 9pm. :confused3
  12. evilqueenmindy

    evilqueenmindy Mouseketeer

    Feb 14, 2010
    Pool bar is my favorite part of Disney vacation, we've stayed at and utilized pool bars at POR, BC, WL, Poly, Swan, CSR, OKW and CB. For the most part I've never had a bad drink at a pool bar (2 exceptions) I've always found the pours pretty generous and the bartenders friendly.

    Worst in my experience was OKW, it may have been a bad weekend, or bad timing, but the bar was criminally understaffed, we waited a really long time with the line never moving and ended up just buying vodka in the hotel store and taking it back to the room (it was the only trip we didn't pack our own, of course) I've heard good things, but we were sorely disappointed.

    Similar experience at Poly (but we DID get drinks!), but we were there in the summer, and I think they now have a wrist band policy that probably cuts down on the crowd. Also, there was very little shade, not a lot of places to park yourself and waste an afternoon.

    Swan- weakest pours. Long Island Ice Tea was more Arnold Palmer. :sad1:

    CBR I remember nothing about. . .so it was probably the best, pour-wise. :lmao:

    CB- Bartender was really nice, but put club soda in my vodka tonic. That's always the FIRST thing I think of when it gets brought up, fair or not.

    This brings us to the Top 3 IMH(and boozy)O

    #3- Stormalong Bay at Beach Club- scenery is awesome, lots of shade, one of the bartenders didn't know what a Grateful Dead was, but put together a decent one after I remembered what was in it, the availability of solid food allows you to REALLY waste some time.

    #2- Muddy Waters at POR- My first Disney Pool bar makes me all nostalgic, so this might be more about that, but it's kinda quiet, the bartenders are super-great, and its again, shady, easy to miss a dinner ADR because you just don't wanna get up and go back to the room


    #1 Trout Pass at Wilderness Lodge- Plenty of covered seating, great pours, great bartenders if you are seated AT the bar, (I still have a handful of swizzle sticks from the bartender after I was asking my sister if having 3 sticks as evidence was "lushy". You probably had to be there.) if not, there's tables close to the geyser, you've got pool, you've got geyser, you've got resort scenery and have never been given club soda in your vodka tonic, that's vacation.
  13. disadventurer

    disadventurer DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2009
    Stewart at WL--always nice to see the same bartenders working there--great CM:thumbsup2:thumbsup2:wizard::wizard::woohoo::woohoo:
  14. Julie711

    Julie711 DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2012
    The Pool side bar @ CBR is nice. Its is right outside of the pool area. They had a few different mixed drinks, nice sitting area and the pool @ this resort is awesome. We love the pirate themed with water slides, cannons and 2 hot tubs. Also if your going with kids they have a pirate ship w/ water slides, dumping buckets our daughter absolutley loves!
  15. Bob NC

    Bob NC DIS Veteran<br><font color="red">I am a trained pr

    Mar 3, 2000
    The one I'm at!!!
  16. BigDaddy1

    BigDaddy1 Mouseketeer

    Apr 29, 2001
    Petals is our favorite by far.
  17. Mickfarland4

    Mickfarland4 Mouseketeer

    Mar 9, 2013
    :lmao:Love the idea of your site! Added to my favorites for reference!! For some reason beersandears won't come up on my phone:confused3 so this site should help!:thumbsup2
  18. bakie21

    bakie21 Go Phins

    Jan 2, 2009
    Muddy Rivers POR
  19. patty57

    patty57 DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2009
    Great answer!
    While not technically a WDW property, Cabanas at the Dolphin would win this contest hands down for me. Their drink mixers are all made onsite with fresh ingredients. I find the pool bars at the WDW resorts to be much more similar to each other than different. The drinks and food at Cabanas are great!
  20. dansdad

    dansdad DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2011
    Love the Banana Cabana @ CBR!!!:drinking1
  21. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2008
    The Sunken Treasure at Hurricane Hanna's at the Beach Club/Yacht Club has its own fan club.

    The drink is no longer on the menu, but we have taken to making laminated recipe cards to show the bartenders to keep the drink alive. I even brought a recipe card with me to Mexico and had a bartender make one for me there.

    Sunken Treasure: The unofficial beverage of the Beach and Yacht Club FAQ forum:

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    Contents: Malibu Rum, Midori, orange juice, pineapple juice and Sprite with a splash of BOLS Blue Curacao.

    Thanks, pixarmom, Feckless, WDW4us2006 and Ninja Mom for the photos!

    Please note that the Sunken Treasure is no longer on the menu at Hurricane Hanna's, however if you get a bartender who knows how to make the drink, you may still be in luck!

    Thanks to medicgirl177, who experiemented at great personal risk to decipher the secret formula:

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