Spotlight: Crew’s Cup Lounge

Located next to the Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, you’ll find a (not so) little lounge called the Crew’s Cup.

If the sign out front didn’t give it away, the theme here is “crew”,  as in rowing. Lots of neat touches pepper the walls of this establishment, from oars, to crew jackets, to a border of rowers in silhouette.  Some might be a little hard to see at first glance though, as they keep it fairly dark in there.

The lounge is pretty spacious, with several dining sets and a few booths.   They also have a bar that seats about ten.

On our visit, the bar was empty, as was the lounge for the most part.  It made for a pleasant respite from the busy parks.

The Crew’s Cup has one of the most extensive beer lists on property.  You’ll find a few varieties of Samuel Adams on draft and a wide variety of bottled beer, including the usual suspects such Bud Light and Miller, as well as some decent craft beers like Anchor Steam and Dogfish 60 Minute IPA.*   And while the lounge doubles as a waiting area for the Yachtsman Steakhouse, there is a limited appetizer and dining menu served here which is worthy of  consideration in its own right.

This was the menu on our visit in December 2011.

Definitely some good options for those who might not have made an ADR somewhere for the evening and are looking for a meal better than food court fare.

While the standard lounge drink menu is in effect here, they also offer a specialty drink that changes from time to time, and is highlighted on a reader board in the corner of the lounge.    As you can see from the picture below, we were there at Christmas and the specialty drink reflected the season.

The Santa’s Little Helper consisted of Bailey’s, Butterscotch Schnapps, and Goldschlager.  It was quite delicious and would make for an excellent dessert drink.   I’m pretty sure Santa would prefer one of these over cookies.

While we definitely think the Crew’s Cup is an excellent choice for a drink and/or a meal in a pinch, there is one thing I’d like to make note of.   As previously mentioned, this lounge is located next to the steakhouse.  Viewable from both the restaurant and the lounge,  they have a “meat window”  filled with slabs of meat.     I know I have a few vegetarian friends who would be  sensitive to that sort of thing, so I wanted to give warning to others who might be as well.

The Crew’s Cup operates from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., seven days a week.  It’s generally not too crowded, and sometimes even empty as evidenced by our December visit, but it can get pretty busy during the evening dinner hours as patrons wait for their reservations at the Yachtsman.  While it won’t be a quiet oasis in that situation, it’s still a good place to have a drink.

Tables in Wonderland is accepted here.


*These two particular beers were being offered on our last visit.  Disney does like to make changes to their menus from time to time so your mileage may vary on what craft beers they are serving.


Spotlight – Raglan Road

Raglan Road sits right on the corner as you enter what used to be known as Pleasure Island (well the area is still known as that but it’s nothing like the Pleasure Island of old) from either the parking lot or crossing over from Downtown Disney.   It’s more of a Raglan Road complex, consisting of the pub and restaurant, the “quick-service” location known as “Cooke’s of Dublin”, and two outdoor bars, the “Tonsil Tickler Bar” and “The Hole in the Wall.”

The area adjacent to the “Hole in the Wall” also serves as outdoor seating for Cooke’s of Dublin so it can get pretty busy there, but we’ve usually managed to get a table when we’ve wanted one.   It’s a nice little spot to sit and people watch, and they have a happy hour as well.

Inside the restaurant, there are also a couple of bars.  This is the main bar, which sits in about the center of the restaurant and features some nice woodwork and some beautifully tiled pillars.

One of the best things about Raglan Road is their extensive beer menu.  Here’s the link to their full menu, but below is a list of the craft beers available.  As you can see, there’s a pretty good variety:

Guinness Black Lager
Perfect combination of Lager Hops and Roasted Barley.

Abita Purple Haze
American style wheat beer with raspberry puree added for a fruity sweet aroma and taste.

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale
This cloudy orange seasonal ale is full of pumpkin flavor.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Deep amber colored, full bodied, classic pale ale straight from Chico, California.

Terrapin Hopesecutioner
Hear ye, Hear ye…. All hop heads shall herewith rejoice! Terrapin hath recruited ye old HOPSECUTIONER to execute the exact hop profile for the killer IPA.

Bell’s Two Hearted IPA
India Pale Ale well suited for Hemingway – esque trips to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
One serious stout!!! A bold, premium, full bodied cratf beer from Guinness.

Samuel Adams Imperial Stout
Boston’s take on the stout brewed by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malted barley in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors like dark chocolate, coffee and anise.

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavored dark beer to craft a satisfying indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.

Stone Levitation
This Californian deep amber ale style has rich & roasty malt flavors, a big hoppy character, citrus overtones (courtesy of the hops and their special brewer’s yeast) and modest alcohol.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Dead Guy is a a German – style Maibock from Newport, Oregan. Made with Rogue’s proprietary “Pac Man” ale yeast. It is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor.

Arrogant Bastard Ale
Just like the name implies their motto is “This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth”. Arrogant? No, just straight to the point.

Lindeman’s Framboise
A lambic fruit style brew with a delicate palate of raspberries. This one is definately for the sweet tooth and pairs well with our Chocolate desserts such as the Dunbrody Kiss.

Abita Andygator
A strong Helles Dopplebock with a dry slightly sweet taste that is very easy to drink.

Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
English style Brown – Ale which features flaked oats in its malt, from Cigar City Brewery in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Jai Alai India Pale Ale
Strong full bodied, American style IPA from Cigar City Brewery in Tampa  Bay Florida.

The Bruery Saison Rue
Unfiltered, bottle – conditioned, Belgan/French – style farmhouse ale.

One favorite of mine off the list is the the Jai Alai, and a few friends really enjoy the Arrogant Bastard.  (Which is one of my most favorite beer names ever.)

Along with the great variety of beer, they also have an excellent selection of Irish and Scotch whiskey, wine, and also several signature drinks:

Bailey’s Shake
Frozen mix of ice Cream, Bailey’s, Coffee Liquor

One For The Road
A blend of Ciroc Vodka & Midori Melon with the juice of oranges & pineapples.

Very Berry Blueberry Martini
Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka, Chambord, Triple Sec & cranberry juice.

White Chocolate Martini
Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Bailey’s, Godiva White Chocolate.

Celtic Martini
A blend of Irish Mist, Don Q Limon Rum, Pineapple and a squeeze of citrus & sprite.

Iced Irish
Irelands answer to Starbucks with alcohol added of course. Baileys Caramel Irish Cream, Butterscotch Schnapps, Bushmills & coffee topped off with fresh cream.

Jay’Gail Sangria
A refreshing blend of Magners Cider, Peach Schnapps and Fruit Liqueurs & squeezes.

Aran Island Tea
Sweet Tea Vodka, Rangpur Gin, Myers Platinum Rum, Sour and a splash of Sprite.

My favorite of the ones I have tried so far has been the One for the Road.  It was really delicious.

I have also tried the Very Berry Blueberry Martini and the Celtic Martini, and found both to be a bit unusual in taste, but enjoyable.

While we’re here to talk about the drinks, it’s worth a mention that I’ve yet to have a bad meal at Raglan Road.  The fish and chips are good, and two other favorites have been the Paddy’s Pork and Kevin’s Heavenly Ham.   If you’re a bread pudding fan, I hear that their Bread and Butter Pudding is fantastic.

If you’re looking for food with your cocktails, or entertainment as provided in the evening with an Irish band and Irish dancers, you’ll want to keep the following operating hours in mind:

Lunch Served 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Dinner Served 3:00pm to 11:00pm.
Bar Menu Served 11.00pm till late.
Live Entertainment starts at 6:30pm to midnight, 6 nights a week.

Note that Tables in Wonderland is accepted at the restaurant, inside bars, as well as the Tonsil Tickler Bar all day.  It is also accepted at the Hole in the Wall bar, but not during Happy Hour.

Finally, if you’d like to see more pictures from Raglan Road, see our photo gallery here.  Please note that the Hole in the Wall bar has a separate gallery here.

Spotlight – Rose and Crown Pub

A popular stop for those Drinking Around the World, and one of my favorite places on property to grab a drink, is the Rose and Crown Pub.  Connected to the Rose and Crown Restaurant,  there is something for everyone here.

When you first enter the pub, you’ll notice that it’s not very big.   Even more so than La Cava del Tequila, seating is at a premium here.   A few tables line the wall where the windows are and directly across the path lies the bar, which has no stools.   We stopped by at Christmas, thus the lovely garland.

While there are not a lot of tables and chairs, the bar is relatively comfortable to stand at. However, if you’d prefer to sit and enjoy a couple of drinks or a quick snack, your best bet is to go by early in the day.   We often make this one of our first stops at World Showcase when it opens and have had good luck with getting a table then.  There is some additional seating outside, but no respite from the Florida heat can be found there.

Most stop by the Rose and Crown for the beer and pub blends.

As you can see, there are some excellent choices, but for those who have a hard time deciding what to have, you might go with the Imperial Sampler which includes samples of Bass, Harp, Strongbow, Boddington’s and Guinness.

My personal choice for many years when we stopped by the Rose and Crown was to have a beer and fish and chips.  But this past Christmas, on the 12 Drinks of Christmas quest, I made it a point to give one of the cocktails a try.  It was hard to choose, but I ultimately went with the Welsh Dragon as listed below.

I am happy to say the Welsh Dragon is now one of my favorite drinks at Walt Disney World.   I know some might be put off by the creme de menthe, but it’s pretty subtle and the ingredients actually made for a delicious combination.   Not only tasty, this was a beautiful drink.

Welsh Dragon

If you are  a scotch fan, there is a nice selection of it, including two scotch flights.  They also serve a limited menu of pub fare.   My favorite item on the menu is the fish and chips, which are a smaller portion to the ones sold in the restaurant, and similar in size to the ones served outside at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop.  While I have never tried one, I hear the Scotch Eggs are pretty good as well.

The Rose and Crown Pub opens around 11:30 a.m. each day, but its closing hours vary so check while you’re at the park.   If you find yourself in at Epcot in the early evening, the Rose and Crown has live entertainment as provided by the “Hat Lady”  so you might stop by for one of her shows.

The Rose and Crown Pub accepts Tables in Wonderland.  For a couple additional photos, please see our photo gallery.


Rose and Crown Pub by SolGrundy used via Creative Commons.

Spotlight – Yak & Yeti Restaurant (and Bar)

O.k.  That says Yak & Yeti Restaurant. I know.  Normally I’ll be leaving the restaurants to the fine folks at Eating WDW and the Disney Food Blog to cover as they do so well.  That’s not to say I won’t cover the occasional restaurant specialty drink or dessert drink menu, but probably not a whole restaurant unless I have a good reason.  Well, this is a good reason.  There’s a bar in there!  It’s a small bar, but it’s a bar that is in air conditioning out of the often brutal Florida sun.   So that’s definitely something I want to talk about.

The Yak & Yeti is located in the Asia section of  Disney’s Animal Kingdom, just across the bridge and not too far down from Expedition Everest.   The restaurant is housed in a two story building which is highly themed with lots of interesting things to look at, but that’s to be expected since it is own by the same restaurant group, Landry’s, which owns Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex.   Here’s a look at some of the interesting decor they have inside.

I’m not going to get in to all the food selections,  but you can find the menu here if you are interested.   Note that you can order food while seated at the bar if you like.  As it was, we stopped in for dessert and drinks.   Here’s a picture of the dessert, fried cream cheese wontons covered in a honey vanilla drizzle with vanilla ice cream and strawberries.

To be honest, I didn’t try them.  I heard they were pretty good though.

I was here for the drinks, and the drink menu at the Yak & Yeti has some tasty sounding choices, as you can see.

On this visit, I had the Shanghai Express.


I found it to be quite delicious and packing a decent enough punch (although after the two drinks I had at Dawa Bar prior to just before going to Yak & Yeti, it’s a little hard to be sure).   My drinking companion decided to give the Bonsai Blast a try.

Lucky me, I got to try that too and found it to be equally yummy.  Full disclosure, however, I’m a bit of a sucker for blue drinks.

Due to the time of day we got there, late afternoon just before the park closed, and probably the time of year as well, late January, the restaurant was not very busy, nor was the bar, as you can see.

I did say it was a small bar, didn’t I?   As such, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t see it looking like that if you stop by on a hot summer’s afternoon.   But fortunately you can get your Shanghai Express, Bonsai Blast, or any of the other delicious drinks above  to go.   If you’d rather have beer, they have a few beers on tap (Safari Amber, Kirin, Shocktop, and Bud Light) as well as a few different bottled beer selections that include representatives from all over the world, including Sapporo (Japan), Tsing Tao (China), Kingfisher Lager (India), and others.

Yak & Yeti does not accept Tables in Wonderland, but if you have the new Landry’s Select card (the recent replacement for the Rainforest Cafe Safari Club) you can earn points here.    Personally, I miss the 15% discount from the Rainforest Safari Club, but I suppose the points are better than nothing.

Whether you’re dining,  looking to escape the heat at the bar,  or just wanting to grab a drink to go,  the Yak & Yeti is a great choice at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for any of the three.  If you’d like to see a few more pictures, we’ve put up a photo gallery.

Spotlight – Mizner’s Lounge

I’m going to be quite honest here.   I am not a real big fan of the Grand Floridian Resort.  While lovely, it’s just a bit too stuffy for my tastes.   But I do enjoy Mizner’s Lounge.  (If you’re curious about where the name comes from, I direct you to the Wikipedia entry on South Florida architect Addison Mizner.)

Mizner's Lounge

Operating from about 5:00 p.m. to Midnight, Mizner’s is located on the second floor of the main building, up the hall from Citricos, and right behind where the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra plays.  They are a wonderful six piece ensemble who play Ragtime, Dixieland, Traditional Jazz and Disney music, Tuesday through Saturday evenings.  It definitely adds to the ambiance at the hotel, and makes Mizner’s a unique experience amongst the lounges of Walt Disney World.   As a former band geek and lover of all things music, I could sit and listen to them all night.

The lounge itself has a semi-circle shape surrounded by lots of windows, and there are plenty of tables and chairs.   There is also some bar seating.

Mizner's Bar

For being the lounge at Disney’s “fanciest” hotel, it’s really not anything exceptional theme wise.   But it is comfortable and the panoramic windows do offer some nice views of the Grand Floridian’s grounds.

Mizner Window

The menu at Mizner’s lounge deviates from the standard Disney lounge menu, although most of their specialty cocktails are the same, such as the Raspberry Rain and Magical Star.  They also offer a selection of “classic” cocktails here,  like the Manhattan and the Side Car.

On my recent visit, I tried the Raspberry Rain (Rain Organics Red Grape Hibiscus Vodka, Chambord, fresh Raspberries, Lychee, and Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice topped with Soda Water), but I’m not sure it’s something I would make a point of ordering again.  The raspberry bits kept getting stuck in the straw, and I wasn’t a big fan of all the seeds.  But it was pretty tasty.

Raspberry Rain

Interestingly, to me at least, is the fact that I was just there over Christmas and they had a drink, the Sun Kissed Cocktail, on the menu.   But as of my recent visit last week, it was gone and there didn’t seem to be anything to replace it.   While not my favorite drink, it’s disappointing to see specialty drinks disappear with nothing to replace them.

The beer selection at Mizner’s is pretty much the standard beer selection served at many of the resorts, such as Bud, Miller, and Sam Adams.  So if you’re looking for a good beer, Mizner’s is probably not your bar.  But  if you’re looking for a nice selection of  cordials,  bourbon, scotch, and wines, there are plenty and I suspect those are the draw to Mizner’s for many.   Oh, and the nuts.


Mizner’s is one of the few bars (honestly, I think it’s the only bar) on property that supplies free snacks to all its lounge patrons.  Personally, I love this.  Sometimes you just  want a little something to nibble on while you’re having a drink, and a full appetizer is going to be too much.   That’s why the nuts are great.   But if you’d like an appetizer, they have a few of those as well.

Mizner’s does take Tables in Wonderland, but it did seem to take an exceptionally long time to process my check this last visit.  I will say I’ve gotten used to the fact that it’s rarely a quick process to settle up a tab in any of the Disney lounges when using TIW, but I bring it up because if you’re in a hurry, you’re probably not going to get out of there as quickly as you’d like to.  I’d ask for the check at least twenty minutes or so before you’d like to leave and be sure to give it right back to the server.

Overall, I enjoy Mizner’s.  I probably wouldn’t recommend it to a beer drinker due to the lack of a decent beer selection.   But for cocktail and cordial fans, it’s a nice place to relax, have a drink, and listen to some music.

Spotlight – Tune In Lounge

Tune In Lounge

Located next to the 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll find one of our favorite places to grab a drink at Walt Disney World –  the Tune In Lounge.  Its hours generally mirror that of the restaurant, so 11:00 a.m. to whenever the restaurant closes for the evening.

The theme of the lounge is similar to that of the Prime Time, only instead of Mom’s Kitchen, you’re in Dad’s Den/Dad’s Living Room (I’ve heard it referred to as both)  where there are comfy couches, chairs, tables, and plenty of kitsch.   There is definitely a lot of interesting decor to look at, and “vintage” televisions play clips of old 1950’s shows like the ones at the Prime Time.

Tune In Living Too

The bar serves a few different beers on tap, but nothing fancier than Yuengling and Blue Moon.   Same goes for the bottled beer,  which includes the usual Bud, Coors Light, Miller Light, Sam Adams, Stella, etc. that you see at many of the bars around Walt Disney World.   Personally, we prefer to have cocktails.  The bartenders usually pour a decent drink, and they have some tasty specialty cocktails here.

  • Dad’s Electric Lemonade – Dad whips up an electrifying blue drink with Bacardi Rum, Skyy Vodka, Blue Curacao, Sweet & Sour, and Sprite.
  • Mowie Wowie – Dad brought this drink back from the Pacific – Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Melon Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice and Pineapple Juice.
  • Grandma’s Picnic Punch – Grandma concocted a wonderful drink for the family picnic – Skyy Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Creme de Cassis, Light Lemonade, and Pineapple Juice.
  • Patron Platinum Margarita – Patron Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Lime Juice, and Sweet and Sour.
  • Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea – Bacardi Superior Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin, Cointreau, and Sweet-and-Sour with a splash of Coca-Cola 

We’re a little partial to Grandma’s Picnic Punch (left) and the Mowie Wowie (right).

Grandma Picnic Punch and Mowie Wowie

Note that on any of the cocktails that include “Dad’s Experimental Ice Cubes” you can choose to skip the cube which can save you a few bucks.  During my last visit it was a $3.50 per drink, but the amount you save seems to vary from bar to bar, and sometimes even bartender to bartender.  It’s always at least a couple bucks though, and in this case a $10.50 mixed drink becomes a $7.00 one, so you might want to think about how many of those glow cubes you really need.  The Tune In also accepts Tables In Wonderland, which will save you 20% on your bar tab for up to ten people.

Another great thing about the Tune In is that if you’re seated at the bar, you can order from the Prime Time menu.   This can be a great alternative to a counter service restaurant when you’ve forgotten to make an ADR and everything at the Studios is booked up.  As you can see, the last time I was at the Tune In, the bar wasn’t too busy so having lunch there would have been a great option.

Tune In

It’s not always that empty though.  Because the Tune In serves as the waiting area for Prime Time and is fairly popular in its own right, it can actually get very busy and finding a seat will be impossible.  If the bar is full, you are always welcome to grab a drink there to go.  Because of the limited options at the Studios for getting a mixed drink, this is something we do often.

Whether you’re waiting for your Prime Time reservation, looking to escape the heat, or just want to grab a drink to go, the Tune In Lounge is a great choice when you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Spotlight – River Roost

River Roost

Location: Port Orleans Riverside

Hours: Approx. 4:00 p.m. to Midnight 

One of my favorite hotels at Walt Disney World has always been Dixie Landings, or as it is known now, Port Orleans Riverside.   It was the very first Walt Disney World hotel I stayed at, where I spent my “Disneymoon”, and someplace I try to stay at least once a year, if not more often.   It also happens to have one of my favorite lounges at Walt Disney World, the River Roost.

Official hours for The River Roost are from 4:00 p.m. to Midnight, seven days a week.  However, I am pretty sure I’ve had a drink in there earlier than that before so those hours may be flexible, or perhaps they used to be open longer.    They serve appetizers from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The last time we were there they included nachos, buffalo chicken nuggets, and breaded crawfish tails.   If those aren’t to your liking,  the  Riverside Mill food court is just up the hall and you are welcome to grab something there and bring it to the lounge with you.

River Roost’s drink menu is now the standard lounge menu.  However, there are some specialty drinks that they serve over at the adjoining restaurant, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, which you should be able to order here as well:

  • Blue Bayou – Old New Orleans Amber Rum, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curaçao, and Piña Colada Mix
  • Cajun Creamsicle – Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum, Crème de Banana, White Crème de Cacao, and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • The Big Easy – Old New Orleans Amber Rum, Southern Comfort, Peach Schnapps, and Tropical Juices
  • Southern Hurricane – Southern Comfort, Orange Juice,  Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine
  • Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Triple Sec, and Sweet-and-Sour topped with a splash of Sprite
One great thing about the River Roost is that there is live entertainment several nights a week, via Yehaa Bob Jackson.

Yeeha Bob

If you’re not familiar with Bob, you can check out his website here, which also lists his schedule for performing.   He’s been playing piano at Riverside for much of the last 14 years or so.  It’s a family friendly show of course, with sing-a-longs and such, so you are welcome to bring the kids.  He is there usually from about 8:30 p.m. to just before closing.

River Roost is definitely a fun way to wind down the evening,  and especially with so little nighttime entertainment at Walt Disney World these days, a welcome option.  If you’re staying at Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter, be sure to stop by.