Prior to attending the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic this year, Matt and I decided to grab a pre-event drink at the Lobby Lounge. Located on the lobby of the Dolphin resort (on “upper” level if you visit from causeway between the Swan and Dolphin), the bar opens at 3:00pm and is busy serving drinks until 11:00pm. The bar itself is fairly small, and seating for those wanting to settle in to watch a game on the two TVs is in high demand. Prepare to stand if that’s your plan. We barely nabbed some seats shortly after the bar’s opening. If you’re just looking for a seat to relax with a drink, however, there are several bar tables and additional seating on the opposite wall.
I wasn’t in the mood for cocktails, so I stuck with Racer 5 IPA, which I like to enjoy at Epcot. Note that there are no draft beers here, only bottles and cans. Matt, on the other hand, was a little more interested. He started with the Hickory Dickory Manhattan, which featured Michter’s Rye Whiskey, Hickory Smoke Syrup, Sweet Vermouth, and Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
Matt’s a fan of Manhattans, and he liked this one enough. He noted that the smoke flavor wasn’t very noticeable at first, but it started to build. I attempted to give it a taste, but I couldn’t get past the whiskey smell.
While Matt was sipping his Manhattan, many guests were coming up asking for Bloody Marys. Unfortunately, there was only enough for one that a lucky customer received before the bartender had to make a fresh batch of mix. Because he was the only one working the bar at the time, he was having some trouble obtaining the ingredients for their house-made mix “from the back.” After some time, he was able to mix up a fresh batch, which consisted of Tomato Juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and some black pepper. Matt decided to give it a try, and we both thought it was pretty bland.
Here is a look at the menu from Lobby Lounge at The Dolphin.
Grabbing a early afternoon drink at the Lobby Lounge was fine for being in the area, but there wasn’t really anything that we would seek out drink-wise here. If you have a dinner reservation at either the Swan or Dolphin and are waiting for their respective lounges to open, it would be sufficient. The area is a bit busy for a relaxing beverage, so be sure to take that into consideration when planning your visit. Otherwise, I wouldn’t mind stopping by for a quick round if I’m already there.
Have you ever grabbed a drink at the Lobby Lounge at the Dolphin? Do you have a favorite drink to order there?