One of the best things about going to Disney World as an adult is being able to indulge in an alcoholic beverage every now and then.
I’ve been going to the parks for over 25 years, and I’ve narrowed down the best places to grab a drink — plus what to order.
Wine lovers should make their way to Coronado Springs Resort for a master class in sangria
On hot theme-park days, nothing sounds better than a cold glass of sangria.
Luckily, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Three Bridges Bar and Grill offers a Sangria University ($59) for fans of the fruity drink.
The classes are only offered on Saturdays and Sundays, and they’re about 90 minutes long. During the course, you’ll learn about the history of sangria before tasting the four different sangrias served at the restaurant and even creating your own.
If you can’t make it to Sangria University, a sangria flight ($22) is available every day at Three Bridges Bar and Grill.
Tequila fans will love the La Cava Experience at Epcot
Epcot has plenty of places to grab a drink, but real tequila connoisseurs should check out the La Cava Experience ($150) inside the popular La Cava del Tequila bar.
The experience is pricey but worth it.
During the class, you’ll learn about the history of tequila. The tasting includes five varieties of tequila, one mezcal, and one top-shelf margarita. Chips and guacamole are also provided to help soak up all of that alcohol.
One thing that makes this experience truly special is that some of the tequilas can’t be tasted anywhere else in the world.
Oga’s Cantina is a hot spot inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
One of my favorite spots at Hollywood Studios is Oga’s Cantina inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The vibe is light and fun, and I love that the staff gets really into the storyline.
Every time I come here I get one of two drinks: the Fuzzy Tauntaun ($18) or the Outer Rim ($19).
Both drinks lean slightly sweet but have a lot of flavor. I love the lip-numbing foam on the Fuzzy Tauntaun and the sweet passion-fruit-flavored foam on the Outer Rim.
Reservations for Oga’s can be hard to get, but it’s not impossible. If I don’t have an advanced reservation, I try joining the walk-up list or grabbing a last-minute reservation through the My Disney Experience app.
Wine Bar George will teach you the art of wine pairings
Anytime someone asks me about my favorite restaurant at Disney World, I tell them about Wine Bar George at Disney Springs.
It’s known for its lengthy wine list and masterful pairings. One of the more interesting options is the Chocolate Experience ($25), which pairs three wines with three chocolates.
During the tasting, your server (or even owner and master sommelier George Miliotes himself) will guide you through the pairings with tasting notes and fun facts about each wine.
If you’re not a chocolate fan, you can also create a custom wine-tasting flight. Just tell the staff your taste preferences, and they’ll throw something together in minutes.
The Gran Gin Tonic is not to be missed at Dahlia Lounge
At the top of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is the often-overlooked Dahlia Lounge.
I’ve been making my way through its cocktail list, and so far, my favorite is the Gran Gin Tonic ($16.50). It’s made with Tanqueray gin, house-made saffron-and-orange tonic, and soda water.
Its bright-orange color pops even more with the green of the rosemary garnish, making it perfect for photos.
The bar is also known for its incredible views of Hollywood Studios and Epcot. I love sitting on the plush couches outside and enjoying my drink while the sun sets over the theme parks.
The Enchanted Rose Lounge at the Grand Floridian Resort is elegant
For those days when I want to feel a little fancy, I make my way to Enchanted Rose Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The “Beauty and the Beast”-themed bar has a wide variety of cocktails to please any palette.
My go-to order is the Garden Daisy ($19.50), which is made with Don Julio Reposado tequila, Midori, lime, and cucumber. The refreshing drink is a pretty green color.
The bar has three main rooms and a lovely outdoor seating area overlooking the grounds of the resort. I usually try to sit at the actual bar because I like chatting with the knowledgeable bartenders about the drinks, food, and resort.
Nomad Lounge is my go-to bar at Animal Kingdom
When the crowds set in at Animal Kingdom, I seek refuge at Nomad Lounge, where the drinks are strong, creative, and filled with bright flavors.
One of my favorites is Jenn’s Tattoo ($14.50), made with Ketel One vodka, watermelon, hibiscus, and lime juice. It’s fruity without being overly sweet.
I often like to sit inside for some cold air-conditioning. But on nicer days, I’ll sit out on the covered patio, where you can see characters going by or people-watch.
The Modern Fashioned at Topolino’s Terrace is a twist on a classic drink
At Topolino’s Terrace, inside Disney’s Riviera Resort, I’m always ordering the Modern Fashioned ($17.50) — a twist on the iconic old-fashioned, made with Knob Creek rye whiskey, Appleton Estate reserve-blend rum, vanilla bean, and bitters.
The vanilla bean makes the drink floral, slightly sweet, and less harsh than a regular old-fashioned.
I also love that the ice at Topolino’s Terrace is embossed with the logo for Riviera Resort. It adds something special to the drink at the upscale restaurant.