Disney Springs’ regular food and shopping additions have fans ignoring the real allure of the entertainment district: It’s prime pub-crawl territory.
Think of the selection: moonshine from Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, sake from Morimoto Asia, a pint from Raglan Road Irish Pub and mojitos at Bongos Cuban Cafe, to name a few.
Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil and OS Foodie Lauren Delgado recently had their own pub “meander,” visiting four Disney Springs restaurants, sipping on one drink at each spot. Remember: Bring a designated driver or opt for an Uber, Lyft or taxi if you plan to imbibe a bit more heavily.
Here are their thoughts:
This no-frills outdoor bar adjoins Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs’ Town Center neighborhood.
Dewayne: It was a dark and stormy Florida night, but we scampered from the Orange Garage to the nearest available shelter, the Stargazers Bar. You can go with a space theme here with the cocktails, including the Moonwalk ($16 for blood orange vodka, pineapple vodka, orange juice, pineapple juice, Sprite), Sparkling Sputnik ($12 for Candoni Prosecco, sparking water, lime, mint), Space Monkey ($16 for coconut rum, banana liqueur, coconut, chocolate milk) and so on. But I went for a land-based beer: Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA ($9). Because if anything will drive you to drink, it’s Interstate 4.
It was good not to be in the hubbub inside the Planet with my giant, wet umbrella. We had room to spread out and watch tourists scamper. Bonus: the “Grease” megamix was on the monitors behind the bars. Had me a blast.
Lauren: Important to note, craft-beer fans: This is the only spot to find Florida brews at Planet Hollywood — and it has one of the largest selections in Disney Springs. The Stargazers Bar doesn’t offer any snacks, but it’s a quick walk to Planet Hollywood for some all-American sustenance.