March 18, 2016

A local's guide to the 27 best hotel bars in Orlando

Look, nothing against your favorite bar in Mills 50 or Thornton Park, but sometimes you’re in need of an entirely alternative experience. Orlando's hotel lounges are a completely different breed of watering hole and sipping cocktails in the lap of luxury isn't just for theme park tourists. Understandably, most Orlando residents typically avoid the hotels, but here are 27 reasons why it might be worth venturing out and trying something new.

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Bosendorfer Lounge
Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801 l 866-663-0024
Skip the repetitive pop choruses and booming dubstep bass found in other local watering holes and upgrade to the melodic music of this lounge’s Imperial Grand Bösendorfer Piano, one of only a handful in the world. 
Photo via grandbohemianhotel.com
Bosendorfer Lounge
Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801 l 866-663-0024

Skip the repetitive pop choruses and booming dubstep bass found in other local watering holes and upgrade to the melodic music of this lounge’s Imperial Grand Bösendorfer Piano, one of only a handful in the world.

Photo via grandbohemianhotel.com
Rix Lounge
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 W Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830 l 407-939-3806
Order a Birthday Caketini here and swing on one of the floating couches to feel like a kid again ‘cause let’s face it… sometimes you just don’t wanna get weighed down with a belly full of beer.  Photo via rix-lounge.com
Rix Lounge
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 W Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830 l 407-939-3806

Order a Birthday Caketini here and swing on one of the floating couches to feel like a kid again ‘cause let’s face it… sometimes you just don’t wanna get weighed down with a belly full of beer.

Photo via rix-lounge.com
Club 39
Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 l 407-996-9700
If you’re a guy who likes to wear gym shorts, flip flops, tank tops or anything that the typical Floridian dons, then perhaps Club 39 isn’t your hotspot. But if you don’t mind ditching the doo-rag for a gelled faux hawk and button up, this swanky mainstay is calling your name.
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Club 39
Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 l 407-996-9700

If you’re a guy who likes to wear gym shorts, flip flops, tank tops or anything that the typical Floridian dons, then perhaps Club 39 isn’t your hotspot. But if you don’t mind ditching the doo-rag for a gelled faux hawk and button up, this swanky mainstay is calling your name.

Photo via club39orlando.com
Rocks
Hyatt Regency 
9801 International Drive, Orlando, Florida l 1-407-284-1234
Like your drinks shaken stirred or on the rocks? Then this upbeat local hotspot is the perfect place to grab a cocktail after work. Try the bar’s signature Rocks Burning cocktail, vodka infused with hot pepper and sweet Florida citrus. 
Photo via orlando.regency.hyatt.com
Rocks
Hyatt Regency
9801 International Drive, Orlando, Florida l 1-407-284-1234

Like your drinks shaken stirred or on the rocks? Then this upbeat local hotspot is the perfect place to grab a cocktail after work. Try the bar’s signature Rocks Burning cocktail, vodka infused with hot pepper and sweet Florida citrus.

Photo via orlando.regency.hyatt.com
The Bar at Hamilton’s Kitchen
The Alfond Inn
300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 l 407-998-8089
With the artistically-inclined Alfond Inn housing this bar, it's safe to say that atmosphere is everything here. While we tend to down drinks before they hit the table, we recommend taking your time with their Cucumber Mint Gimlet, a perfect concoction for the springtime heat.
Photo via iluvwinterpark/Instagram
The Bar at Hamilton’s Kitchen
The Alfond Inn
300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 l 407-998-8089

With the artistically-inclined Alfond Inn housing this bar, it's safe to say that atmosphere is everything here. While we tend to down drinks before they hit the table, we recommend taking your time with their Cucumber Mint Gimlet, a perfect concoction for the springtime heat.

Photo via iluvwinterpark/Instagram
Todd English’s bluezoo Lounge
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830 l 407-934-4000
It would be a crime to visit Todd’s and not try the bar’s namesake, the zooberry cocktail, a mix of blueberry infused Russian vodka, lemon juice and pop rocks. Pair it with one of the bar’s specialty seafood dishes and you’ll get a meal even a sailor wouldn’t swear at. 
Photo via taylorheartstravel/Instagram
Todd English’s bluezoo Lounge
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830 l 407-934-4000

It would be a crime to visit Todd’s and not try the bar’s namesake, the zooberry cocktail, a mix of blueberry infused Russian vodka, lemon juice and pop rocks. Pair it with one of the bar’s specialty seafood dishes and you’ll get a meal even a sailor wouldn’t swear at.

Photo via taylorheartstravel/Instagram
Sir Harry’s Lounge
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821 l 407-597-5500
Some people say that the Manhattan was invented at the original Sir Harry’s Lounge at the Waldorf in New York City, so skipping over this hidden gem in Orlando means you could be missing out on a chance to sample an authentic American icon. 
Photo via waldorfastoriaorlando.com
Sir Harry’s Lounge
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821 l 407-597-5500

Some people say that the Manhattan was invented at the original Sir Harry’s Lounge at the Waldorf in New York City, so skipping over this hidden gem in Orlando means you could be missing out on a chance to sample an authentic American icon.

Photo via waldorfastoriaorlando.com
Harry’s Poolside Bar and Grill
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819 l 407-996-3970
Grab a Cayman Cosmopolitan or another Caribbean-inspired cocktail and bring it outside to enjoy in the sunny Florida weather while you dip your feet in the pool just a few steps away from the bartop. 
Photo via harryspoolside.com
Harry’s Poolside Bar and Grill
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819 l 407-996-3970

Grab a Cayman Cosmopolitan or another Caribbean-inspired cocktail and bring it outside to enjoy in the sunny Florida weather while you dip your feet in the pool just a few steps away from the bartop.

Photo via harryspoolside.com
Capa Bar
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836 l 407-313-7777
How do you say sleek in Spanish? Capa. That might not really be true, but here in Orlando the Capa Bar emulates all the class and sophistication of Spain with its ultra modern decor and 50 bottles of Spanish wine. Not a wino? The Magic Mojito with minted rum, kiwi, and lime fairy floss is calling your name.
Photo via fourseasons.com
Capa Bar
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836 l 407-313-7777

How do you say sleek in Spanish? Capa. That might not really be true, but here in Orlando the Capa Bar emulates all the class and sophistication of Spain with its ultra modern decor and 50 bottles of Spanish wine. Not a wino? The Magic Mojito with minted rum, kiwi, and lime fairy floss is calling your name.

Photo via fourseasons.com
Mizner’s Lounge
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830 l 407-939-3463
This upstairs bar is located right behind the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra bandstand, so every time you go there’ll be a jazzy soundtrack to sip your Manhattans and side cars to. 
Photo via maximum_wolf/Instagram
Mizner’s Lounge
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, FL 32830 l 407-939-3463

This upstairs bar is located right behind the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra bandstand, so every time you go there’ll be a jazzy soundtrack to sip your Manhattans and side cars to.

Photo via maximum_wolf/Instagram