We set out to master Disney Springs happy hour one Friday afternoon. It was during COVID, when we wanted to go there instead of the parks since we let our annual passes go for the year and there were too many hurdles to jump through to get to the Kingdom. Luckily, Disney Springs exists for a Disney fix when in Orlando.
And being the obsessive person I am with happy hours, and coordination of times for restaurants and bars, for where, what and when, I mastered it the afternoon we visited!
How did I do this? Notes and a schedule. We created a list we want to share with you, organized by time. That way you can maximize your happiness by maximizing the Disney Springs happy hours.
There are so many ways to do happy hour at Disney Springs and many combinations of what places to pair and in what order. But we’re sharing what we did in hopes it helps you decide on your choices for your visit.
Could Disney Springs Happy Hour be the Best Spot for Happy Hour in Orlando?
Perhaps! Simply because:
- You can easily take an Uber, Lyft or taxi there and safely experience happy hour, see a movie and sober up! (Seriously – don’t get sloshed. It’s not pretty! Drink responsibly.) Or Disney transportation if you’re staying on property, of course.
- There’s so many options in such a small area, for so many hours! Not just one to three hours. Many hours!
(Before you get all technical on us, we know that Walt Disney World is in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, not Orlando. I used to live in Orlando and I proudly still have a 407 area code. But since most people group WDW with Orlando, we’re doing it for purposes of this point too: Disney Springs Happy Hour is potentially the best spot for happy hours in Orlando.)
Our Afternoon Schedule of Disney Springs Happy Hours
Our schedule was logical and geographically sound. We didn’t zig-zag from one end of Disney Springs to the other, desperate for drinks.
We were adults out for a romantic thing to do at Disney World, sunshine-filled Florida afternoon, responsibly and joyfully enjoying drinks, appetizers and each other’s company. We were keeping our day stress-free, sanity and wallets sound.
So while there may be a Disney Springs happy hour you come across to insert into our schedule below, just keep in mind it may be to the other end of the area from where we were. Which is likely a 10-15 minute walk.
Which isn’t too bad – but when there are neighboring options with a happy hour clock ticking, taking a 10-15 minute walk isn’t appealing.
(We’ve mentioned all the existing Disney Spring happy hours here; there isn’t happy hour at every restaurant at Disney Springs, just a few. So if you happen upon one that we haven’t included it may be new! If that’s the case, add a comment and we’ll update the post.)
A Note on Mask-Wearing During COVID-19
We’re happy to report that Disney Cast Members were strict about this while walking around Disney Springs. (So you’re going to need a mask – and the normal ones that cover your nose and mouth, and have elastic around your ears.
Like we said, they were being strict about people wearing them and what type of mask you can wear. You may as well get cute Disney themed ones for your trip and support some crafty people!)
2:00pm-3:00pm: Disney Springs Happy Hour at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
We arrived to Disney Springs at 2:00pm thirsty and hungry! The first place to hit up was Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. Because their happy hour ends the earliest.
Their happy hour runs from noon to 3:00pm, daily. They offer $6 to $7 wines and well drinks, and $6 to $7 draft beers.
We put our names down when we approached the hostess (with our masks covering our noses and mouths). She asked for our names to add us to the list and I wondered why the list? So I asked if there was a wait. She said about 5-10 minutes (it looked pretty empty inside). I was confused but she was so rude and mean I didn’t ask questions; I didn’t want her to ruin our afternoon of happy Disney Springs happy hours!
Luckily she wasn’t our waitress. And the wait was less than 5 minutes.
The service here wasn’t great but we still enjoyed ourselves. And the ICE COLD beer made up for it.
We enjoyed one draft beer each, the waterside view from their really cute outdoor patio area, and chips and queso for $8, also on happy hour special. (They have a menu of three $8 and under happy hour food options.)
After about an hour (which would have been less if not for the sloth’s-pace service – but luckily the weather was great and it was a gorgeous day) we paid our bill and hopped on towards another Disney Springs happy hour.
3:00pm-4:-00pm: Happy Hour at STK Orlando
I admit, I was a little confused about how STK fit into the landscape of Disney Springs. It’s a swanky NYC restaurant that sells sexy cocktails and steak to go with. But hey, they had happy hour so we were game.
Their happy hour runs from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, daily. (Their website says 6:30pm in one place and then 6:00pm in another. So let’s go with 6:00pm because there’s other places to hit up after STK anyway.)
We went to the hostess (who was much nicer than the one at Jock Lindsey’s, thankfully) and said, “Do you have happy hour?” And she said yes. We were seated at a table outside (as we requested) with their normal menu and she told us she’s be back with a happy hour menu. And that’s when we realized no one else seated outside (which was perhaps half full) seemed to have the happy hour menu.
So if you go to STK for happy hour at Disney Springs: ASK FOR THE MENU. They may be hiding it!
So what do they have for happy hour at STK?
They had half-off specialty cocktails and limited wine specials for a glass of Cabarnet or Rose (that were still $10 a glass so not great for happy hour elsewhere but pretty good for STK at Disney World). Dan and I both opted for cocktails.
By the way their specialty cocktails are normally NYC prices at about $20 a drink. So 1/2 off makes it about what we’re used to paying in North Carolina. We’ll take it. 50% off is 50% off!
They advertise their food specials as being “$2, $5, $7, $8”. Here’s what the STK happy hour menu offers:
- $2: oysters
- $5 items: a TINY burger (their “lil’ brg) & truffle fries; tater tots; olive tapenade & hummus
- $7 options: beef tartare; jalapeño cheddar grit croquettes; grilled chimi filet (which we didn’t order but imagine is tiny as well)
- $8 choices: tuna tartare taco (again, imagine….intsy weensy); crispy calamari; jalapeño pickled shrimp cocktail
We selected the beer tartare, which wasn’t very seasoned. It’s never good when you want to ask for salt and pepper. We refrained and simply agreed we’d get something more indulgent next time, like the jalapeño cheddar grit coquettes.
The drinks were really good. I ordered the Strawberry Cobbler and made sure to ask the waiter if it was sweet ahead of time. (I wanted to make sure they don’t add sugar.) But he assured me it wasn’t sweet – and he was on the money with his description when we talked about it! It was great – very delicious, not sugary. I wish all fruit cocktails were this good. (I prefer to have my sugar in dessert not my drinks.)
The Strawberry Cobbler martini is simply Belvedere vodka, with muddled strawberries and a graham cracker crust around the rim of the glass.
Dan had the “Not Your Daddy’s Old Fashioned.” He’s a purist, nevermind the cocktail’s more creative name.
The bill came and get this – we were able to pay digitally!
We’ve seen this at a few restaurants and love it every time. As long as you have your cell phone and you can connect to the internet, you can pay online without handing over a credit card. The less touch points, the better.
4:00pm-4:45pm: Feelin’ Irish at Raglan Road
Anyone who has been to Downtown Disney knows about the famed Irish restaurant and pub, Raglan Road.
When Downtown Disney was converted to Disney Springs, and places like the comedy venue and Mannequins dance club of Pleasure Island went out – Raglan Road stayed and became a part of The Landing area. She’s like an old friend. Reliable and true. And she offers happy hour discounts on beer and liquor.
We grabbed a pint at the outside area – but it was very hard to find a spot there for a few reasons:
- It’s a very small area. They have two outside bars but only one of them participates in happy hour.
- You currently cannot get a drink at the bar and stand in the area because of COVID (as opposed to sitting in a seat at a table or the bar).
- There’s only a handful of socially-distanced tables there.
If you get lucky, however, and see a chair open, grab it! We ordered two pints and closed out the bill immediately, drank it over the course of 30-45 minutes, and carried on our Disney Spring happy hour mastery.
Their happy hour is only Monday through Friday, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, and they offer $5 draft beers and $5 premium well liquors.
4:45pm-6:00pm: Outside Bar at Terralina Crafted Italian
The Terralina bar had a lovely bartender and great Italian beers. I had wine, however, and Dan had a pint or two.
Their happy hour is from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, everyday, and they offer $5 select beers and half off glasses of wine. If you can’t find a seat at the bar…they have a “to go” bar line!
We were lucky to find seats and the bartender made sure we were wanting for nothing during our stay. We watched the afternoon turn to night the Friday we were there; it was winter and sunset was early.
If you know the Italian restaurant at Disney Springs that’s next to Paddlefish (the restaurant in the big riverboat replica) that’s the one you’re looking for: Terralina. Head to the outside bar that’s to the left of the restaurant entrance.
6:00pm-6:30pm: Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
Time does not matter when you go to Paradiso 37 because they have happy hour all day, everyday at Disney Springs.
They have $5 house margaritas and $5 Coors Lite or Tecates at their outdoor bar.
Dan loves a Tecate so he got that. I opted to have water because I was driving home. Plus, we wanted to do some shopping afterwards at Disney Springs and I didn’t want to feel too dehydrated.
Happy Hours We Didn’t Go to But Will Next Time
We stayed central to The Landing area of Disney Spring for our happy hour afternoon. That’s simply because there’s a higher concentration of options there.
We could have jumped ship to go to the House of Blues but we would have missed the City Works happy hour regardless, since they don’t offer it on Fridays and we were at Disney Springs on a Friday.
Here’s some additional information for you though, if you’re being ambitious by starting earlier than we were able to and/or you’re there during a weekday other than Friday.
Disney Spring Happy Hour at City Works Eatery & Pour House
Had City Works not been a walk we weren’t willing to take at the time (with plenty of options basically next to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar) AND they had happy hour on Fridays we maybe would have hopped over there.
It’s further west at Disney Springs, by the House of Blues. (It’s literally the area of Disney Springs called the “West End,” just as it was called when it was the area of Walt Disney World formerly known as Downtown Disney.)
We appreciate that City Works Eatery & Pour House carries a lot of Florida beers (support local!) and has a huge patio area. Next time we’ll go to Disney Springs happy hours Monday through Thursday and start at the other end of property, going from the West End to The Landing.
They offer $2 off local beers, cocktails and wine, Monday through Thursday for their happy hour from 3:00pm to 6:00pm:
Their $7 happy hour food menu includes:
- Fried pickles (or as Dan and I call them, frickles)
- Popcorn chicken
- Cheese curds
- Pretzel bites
- Buffalo or queso dip
- Kung Pao cauliflower
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar Happy Hour
It’s a shame House of Blues is so far down at the other end of Disney Springs because we really like it. (But we are happy that City Works is across from it now so there’s two happy hours to try there, not just one.)
What do we love most about the House of Blues happy hours? Live music in the courtyard.
Their happy hour features $2 off all bottled and canned beer, $5 house wine and well liquor, $6 margaritas and Long Island Iced Teas.
They also have select happy hour food specials at the bar, only. Which is probably why we’ve never had food there. (We get our drinks at a walk up window and just sit in the courtyard. Easy peasy.)
Here is their opening hours schedule (happy hour ends at 6:00pm everyday) and live entertainment schedule:
- Sunday: opens at 10:00am, with Live Music in the Courtyard at noon and 5:00pm.
- Monday through Thursday: opens at 4:00pm, with Music in the Courtyard at 5:00pm.
- Friday: They open at noon but live music starts in the courtyard at 6:00pm. So if you want to hear music with a happy hour beer, get there before 6:00pm, get your drinks and stay for the music while you drink.
- Saturday: 10:00am open, with live Music in the Courtyard at 1:00pm and 6:00pm.
Top Your Disney Springs Happy Hour Afternoon Off with Dinner and Dessert
What pairs well with an afternoon of happy hours at Disney Springs? Dinner and dessert. Or skip the dinner and go straight to dessert – you’ve been noshing on appetizers at this point all afternoon anyway.
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