Sip and nibble the night away on a Disney Springs Pub Crawl
Gone are the club days of Pleasure Island (oh, how the revolving dance floor at Mannequins Palace will forever be missed). But Disney Springs has become a beloved destination as much as the former Downtown Disney venue. With its metropolis of restaurants, theaters and shops throughout The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center, it's easy to have your own pub crawl.
There are countless dining spots throughout Disney Springs serving up celebrity chef fare, fun entertainment and more at a wide variety of themed restaurants. Wanna get a taste of them all? Use our picks to enjoy a DIY Disney Springs pub crawl filled with cocktails and appetizers. By the way, we recommend using a ride-share service so you can fully enjoy your pub crawl, safely. Of course, there's the Disney Springs hotels nearby too if you want to make a getaway of it.
Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated August 2021.
You'll feel like you've escaped to Spain the moment you take your first bite or sip at Jaleo. Chef José Andrés is world-renowned for his culinary prowess, and his giving heart. His charity work around the globe is inspiring and his delicious Spanish cuisine feeds the soul.
Start your evening off with some incredible sangria or a unique, hand-crafted cocktail. Jaleo is the perfect spot to kick off your Disney Springs Pub Crawl thanks to its wide variety of delicious tapas. No need to wait for a table, there is usually space at the beautiful bar. Or, if you're in a hurry to kick off your evening swing into Pepe by José Andrés, the quick service option right next door.
This aviation-themed lounge features unique cocktails and small plates inspired by the adventures of Jock Lindsey, Indy’s frequent pilot in the “Indiana Jones” films. As you walk through the main dining room, check out every inch of its cool movie mania décor. There are plenty of outside balcony options overlooking Village Lake with tables on the deck, bar seating and wrap-around booths on Reggie, Jock’s dry-docked boat named after his beloved snake.
The food menu has changed a bit since its opening and there are often seasonal favorites especially during Halloween and Christmas time. The Air Pirate's Cargo Loaded Pretzel combines two favorite appetizers into one – charcuterie and a giant soft pretzel. Sip on a Wrong Island (Siesta Key Silver Rum, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Tamiami Gin, Tippler's Orange Liqueur and sweet-and-sour with a splash of Coke) or The Mayor's Reserve (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Blackberry Brandy, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lemon Juice) — just two of the great cocktails available here.
If you want to enjoy an early pub crawl, stop by for happy hour Monday-Friday, 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Stroll through this upscale nautical-themed restaurant, but take a seat out back at the awesome boardwalk bar. Nosh on Oysters on the Half Shell served with Gibsons Bombay cocktail sauce and cucumber mignonette as you watch Amphicar boats (vintage car water crafts) coast along Village Lake! With a full liquor bar, ask the bartender for a drink recommendation or order a specialty martini such as the Orange Breeze (Grey Goose L'Orange, fresh squeezed OJ and pineapple, grapefruit & cranberry juices). Then meander on the wood planks to see a gorgeous multi-million dollar fleet of 19 rare boats from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s with informative placards.
Sláinte! Enjoy a pint of Guinness or Irish craft beer flight as you dance along to the authentic entertainment performed on both an outdoor patio stage and indoor main stage. This lively 600-seat eatery satisfies with Sassy Sausage (Guinness & onion sausage wrapped in flaky puff pastry served with Kevin's smoky bacon baked beans) and Salmon Swoon (traditional Irish smoked salmon served with crème fraiche, capers and shallots).
Every inch of Morimoto Asia is stunning. For something special, go straight to the upstairs bar and discover how Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto masters flavors with melt-in-your-mouth sushi, noodle bowls and more. Feast on dumplings (pork, napa cabbage and garlic chive) and Buri-Bop (Korean-style yellowtail rice bowl prepared tableside in a hot clay pot with an egg yolk finish) − aka the dish that helped Morimoto earn his Iron Chef title!
To drink, order a Morimoto Signature Hazelnut Brown Ale (yes, this Iron Chef has his own beer line made at the Oregon-based Rogue Brewery). There's also an impressive collection of Japanese Whiskeys and a variety of craft cocktails.
If you're on a budget there is a Street Food quick service location right next door.
This waterfront shack offers live entertainment amid tropical décor. Relax on a cushioned couch or Adirondack chair under the dimly-lit pagoda to drink handcrafted margaritas, specialty cocktails and authentic Florida brews. Try the Habanero Lime Margarita poured with Patrón Silver Tequila, habanero lime, fresh juice and Florida sugar cane simple syrup. Or, if you’re ready to rehydrate with a tasty non-alcoholic dessert drink, try the Orange Frost, orange purée blended with nonfat vanilla yogurt.
Bonus: This place is near the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop… because isn’t that the cherry on top of this awesome pub crawl!?
Other Stellar Stops
- STK (they play the BEST DJ music)
- Coca Cola Rooftop Beverage Bar (serving loads of grown-up drinks)
- Splitsville's Bamboo Bar (step back in time to the 1960's for some tropical drinks at this outdoor bar)
- Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar (a romantic speakeasy-style escape)
- Wine Bar George (there are so many reasons to love this spot — the incredible wine selection, the service, and the atmosphere top the list)
Please drink responsibly!