Of course the Universal Orlando Resort offers action-packed rides and exciting attractions for families. But did you know there are plenty of fun things for adults to do during your vacation as well? Universal CityWalk features exciting clubs that are open late, and there are lots of highly-themed bars with unique drinks and craft beers on tap sprinkled all throughout the theme parks and on-site hotels. Here are the top 5 best bars at the Universal Orlando Resort.
Dancing Dragons Boat Bar in Volcano Bay
Looking for a drink at Universal Orlando's newest water theme park? Just find the big red sails soaring atop this outdoor oasis along the shore of Waturi Beach. Sit back and unwind in the cool shade while sipping tropical mixed and frozen drinks from your refillable Volcano Bay souvenir glass. Some of the stand-outs here include the Wai-Watermelon, filled with real chunks of watermelon, and Vol’s Fire Punch made with Mt. Gay rum and fresh pineapple juice. Dancing Dragons also offers craft beers, including the Volcano Blossom, brewed locally right here in Orlando by Orange Blossom Brewing Company. Dig your toes in the sand, sit back and soak in the sun with a cool drink in your hand.
Backwater Bar in Islands of Adventure
Tucked away in a corner between Port of Entry and Seuss Landing, the Backwater Bar is a favorite of locals when visiting the park. It may be quaint, but the banter between the bartenders and regulars is always a hoot. You can find a good assortment of beers on draft, bottled drinks, top-shelf liquors, and one heck of a good Bloody Mary here. The house specialty is called the Islander, a perfectly fruity drink that hits all the right notes. Drop in during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for great daily specials on beer, margaritas and other select drinks!
Pro tip: Backwater Bar has the only TV in all of Islands of Adventure, and it's always tuned in to football on Sunday, just in case you were wondering.
Finnegan's Bar & Grill at Universal Studios Florida
Located in the middle of the New York section of Universal Studios Florida, right across from Revenge of the Mummy, this full-service Irish pub and restaurant is the perfect spot to duck in and a grab yourself a pint midday. You can't beat the lively and warm ambiance, with live musicians performing daily and lots of seating along the bar. Order yourself a Guinness or sample a specialty drink you'll only find at Universal Orlando like Mummy's Revenge. They also offer the Irish Beer Shake, which is filling enough to be a meal, since it's made of Guinness blended with a creamy vanilla shake. If you're feeling a bit peckish, Finnegan's offers authentic Irish dishes like Bangers and Mash, Shepherd's Pie and Guinness Beef Stew.
Strong Water Tavern at Sapphire Falls Resort
Welcome to a rum lover's paradise! Located adjacent to the lobby of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, this Caribbean retreat is a must-visit destination unto itself. Where else can you find more than 70 types of rum on one wall, including rare and vintage offerings? Embark on one of the pre-selected flights, or create a tasting of your choosing, selecting rums categorized by more than a dozen regions around the world. If you aren't sure what you're looking for, the expert rum captains can help you navigate to the right ordering decisions based on your personal palate. While sipping and tasting you can also enjoy delicious tapas inspired by Cuban, Mexican, Peruvian and Caribbean cuisine.
NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk
After a long day at the parks, the NBC Sports Grill & Brew is the perfect spot to unwind, grab a craft beer on tap and catch a game on the more than 100 high-def screens. And the screens aren't the only thing you'll find a hundred of here, because there are more than 100 beers on the menu. There's everything from locally brewed favorites like Orange Blossom Pilsner and Swamp Head Wild Night to domestic classics like Bud Light and and Blue Moon. You can even find imported choices like Hoegaarden and Newcastle Brown Ale. No matter your taste, there's definitely a beer for you. Plus, you can wash it down with some yummy grub. They serve are 11 different burgers, 18 apps and more than a dozen entrees that are perfect for feeding your whole crew.