The Adventure Begins! Throughout Islands of Adventure you'll find several places to grab a cold one while enjoying a day at the park. Below you'll find menus and reviews for each restaurant, bar and snack carts that offers up a cold beer or cocktail. Be sure to check the links on the left for special events and more resort information


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Sunday
Mar232014

Ale To the Chief

This snack stand is located next to Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls.

Draft Beer
Miller Lite, Yuengling, Blue Moon

Frozen Tropical Drinks - $7.75
Margarita, Pina Colada, Strawberry

Review
Not necessarily the best valued slushie drink, but boy it's tasty in the heat after a water ride. 


Updated 3/2014

Monday
Mar222010

Backwater Bar 

Located at the Port of Entry, full-service bar with specialty drinks, Happy Hour & beer.

Specialty Drinks
Grasshopper- $8
Creme de Cacao, creme de menthe, vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate curls.

Southern Slammer - $9
Southern Comfort, Amaretto, grenadine, freshly squeezed orange juice.

Islander - $8 
Malibu coconut rum, banana liqueur, peach schnapps, pineapple juice and raspberries.

Rum Runner - $9
Bacardi rum, Myers's Dark rum, blackberry liqueur, banana liqueur, sour mix, pineapple, cherry and orange juice.

The Peach - $8
Bacardi Peach Red, Pinnacle Orange vodka, Sprite, cranberry and pineapple juice.

Port of Entry - $8.50
Bacardi rum, Russian Standard vodka, Gin, Midori liqueur, Sprite and sour mix.

Strawberry Daiquiri - $9
Bacardi Limon rum, strawberry mix, fresh lemon.

Martinis & Cocktails
Berrytini - $9
Pinnacle Blueberry vodka, Pinnacle Raspberry vodka, Sprite, sour mix, raspberries and blueberries.

Cosmopolitan - $8
Russian Standard vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, lemon twist.

Classic Vodka Martini - $8
Ketel One vodka, extra dry vermouth, stuffed blue cheese olives.

Ocean Side - $9
Bacardi rum, Stoli Vanilla vodka, Malibu coconut rum, cream of coconut, toasted coconut.

Confisco's Margarita - $9
Cuervo Gold tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, fresh squeezed lime juice.

Mojito Traditonal - $9
Bacardi rum, fresh mint, lime juice, sugar water, soda.

Lynchburg Lemonade - $9
Jack Daniel's bourbon, triple sec, sour mix, Sprite.

Navigator's Bloody Mary - $9
Russian Standard vodka, tomato and olive juice, celery, fresh ground black pepper and garnishes.

Draft Beer
Budweiser, Bud Light, Yuengling, Shock Top, Sam Adams, Heineken

Bottled Beer
Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light - $5
Amstel Light, Corona, Newcastle, Heineken Light - $6.50
Anchor Steam, Sam Adams Seasonal - $6.50

Wine
A short list of red and white wines availble by glass and bottle, ranging from $5 - $38.

Sangria
Burgundy wine, apricot and cherry brandy and fruit juices.
Pitcher - $16
Half Pitcher - $11
Glass - $6

Pour Quality 
Poor on mixed drinks. Stick with beer here.

Food 
You can order limited food from the connecting restaurant Confisco Grille and eat at the bar, or at one of a few tables.

Happy Hour 
Draft Beer
Budweiser, Bud Light - $3.75
Yuengling - $4.25
Shock Top - $4.50
Heineken - $6.50

Sangria - $3.75
Burgundy wine, apricot and cherry brandy, fruit juice.

Cocktails
Single Wells - $4.25
Double Wells - $6.75

Review
Sadly, the bartenders at this location either don't like a drink with much alcohol or have a prude of a manager watching every move like a hawk. This is a fine location for a beer but mixed drinks are nearly all fill without much thrill.


Atmosphere
 
The Backwater bar is a small room with a beautiful mosaic bar, contemporary hand blown glass lighting, and a flat screen TV. Good place to catch your team play while at the park. Finding a seat at the bar is rare as it gets very crowded during anything but off-peak times. Our advice, get one to go and enjoy the outside covered seating.


Back in the old days this area out front served as prime seating for the nighttime fireworks display in the lagoon. Now it makes a great location to get away from the crowds and sip a cocktail in peace, just you and the Hulk roaring over your shoulder every 30 seconds. It can get hot here in the summer so it's best enjoyed during cooler months.

Updated 3/2014

Sunday
Mar232014

Beer Selection and Prices at Snack Carts and Counter Service Restaurants in Islands of Adventure

Throughout Islands of Adventure you will come across numerous snack & beverage carts that sell a variety of alcoholic beverages. 

The beer selections vary by cart, and at any given time a cart that previously had beer available may not. Also, during peak times of the year, you may find extra temporary beer carts in queues and other spots throughout the park. 

More Beer Selections at Bars
Be sure to visit Backwater Bar and Hog's Head Pub for a larger selection of Domestic and Import beers that you can get to-go. Be sure to read all of the individual restaurant posts for their beer options.
Prices & Selections as of 3/2014.


 at Snack Carts & Counter Service Restaurants
20oz. Draft

• Budweiser - $6.25  |  Souvenir Pilsner - $8.25  |  Refills - $6.25
• Bud Light - $6.25  |  Souvenir Pilsner - $8.25  |  Refills - $6.25
• Blue Moon - $7  |  Souvenir Pilsner - $9.50  |  Refills - $7
• Heineken - $7.50  |  Souvenir Pilsner - $10  |  Refills - $7.50
• Miller Lite - $6.25  |  Souvenir Pilsner - $8.25  |  Refills - $6.25
• Yuengling - $6.75  |  Souvenir Pilsner - $9.25  |  Refills - $6.75
• Sam Adams Seasonal - $7  |  Souvenir Pilsner - $9.50  | Refills - $7


Bottles
• Coors Light - $6.25
• Corona - $6.75
• Foster's - $7.75
• Heineken - $6.75
• Miller Lite - $6.25
• Smirnoff Ice - $6.25

Looking for a Cider? Visit Hog's Head Pub for a Strongbow.



Snack Cart in Port of Entry
Bottles: Coors Light, Miller Lite, Heineken, Foster's

Snack Cart by The Hulk Rollercoaster
Bottles: Coors Light, Heineken, Miller Lite

Snack Cart by Spiderman Attraction
Draft: Miller Lite, Yuengling

Snack Cart by Captain America Diner
Bottles: Miller Lite, Coors Light, Smirnoff Ice, Heineken, Foster's

Snack Cart between Marvel & Toon Lagoon
Bottles: Miller Lite, Heineken, Coors Light, Foster's

Snack Carts in Toon Lagoon
Bottles: Miller Lite, Coors Light, Smirnoff Ice, Heineken

Snack Cart in Jurassic Park by Thunder Falls Restaurant
Draft: Bud Light, Yuengling, Blue Moon
Bottles: Heineken, Coors Light, Miller Lite

Snack Cart across from Jurassic Park River Adventure
Bottles: Miller Lite, Coors Light, Heineken

Snack Cart #2 across from Jurassic Park River Adventure
Draft: Budweiser, Bud Light

Fire Eaters Grill in Lost Continent
Bottles: Coors Light, Heineken, Foster's




At Backwater Bar
(times vary, generally 3-5pm)
Draft Beer
Budweiser & Bud Light - $3.75
Yuengling - $4.25
Shock Top - $4.50
Heineken - $6.50

Sangria - $3.75
Burgundy wine, apricot and cherry brandy, fruit juices.

Cocktails
Single Wells - $4.25
Double Wells - $6.75


At The Watering Hole
 (times vary, generally 3-5pm)
Be sure to mention you're an Annual Passholder to receive the discount.

Draft Beer
Budweiser & Bud Light - $3.75
Yuengling - $4.25
Shock Top - $4.50
Heineken - $6.50

Cocktails
Single Wells - $4.25
Double Wells - $6.75

Don't forget to check out the Happy Hour specials in CityWalk to enjoy as well.

Prices, selection and locations subject to change without notice. 
Saturday
Feb232013

Burger Digs

Located in Jurassic Park. Open daily at 11am for lunch and dinner.

Draft Beer
Miller Lite, Bud Light, Blue Moon

Food
 
Pizza, Sandwiches, Salads, etc.

Atmosphere
 
Dine with the dinos from the iconic scene in the movie - you know, the one at the end with the banner? Plenty of indoor seating with a nice big patio with a panoramic view of the lagoon in the back. Also a great spot to just sit & relax for a bit.


Updated 3/2014

Saturday
Feb232013

Cafe 4

You may want to wait to grab a bite here until after riding the neighboring rollercoaster, The Hulk. A large counter service restaurant with lots of indoor and outdoor seating. It's also connected to the arcade next door. Open daily at 11am for lunch and dinner.

Draft Beer
Budweiser, Bud Light, Sam Adams Seasonal

Food
 
Pizza, Sandwiches, Salads, etc.

Atmosphere
 
Well, let's just say this isn't one of those places where you're eating here for the atmosphere. Aside from the A/C, you'd be better off sitting on a bench enjoying the sights of the rest of the park.


Updated 3/2014

Saturday
Feb232013

Captain America's Diner

Open during peak seasons at 11am for lunch and dinner.

Bottled Beer
Coors Light, Smirnoff Ice, Miller Lite, Heineken

Food
 
Pizza, Sandwiches, Salads, etc.

Atmosphere
 
More interesting and themed than the neighboring Cafe 4, but the best spot is the patio seating in the back.


Updated 3/2014

Tuesday
Mar232010

Frozen Drinks in Lost Continent

Small stand located in the Lost Continent.

Specialty Slushes - $7.75
Strawberry, Pina Colada

Draft Beer
Heineken, Blue Moon

Pour Quality 
Poor

Food
 
Chips, pretzels & churros.

Atmosphere
 
Nothing special to look at here. Go over and watch the talking fountain or browse the unique gift shops.

Review
 
Smaller than other similarly priced frozen drinks. Get the N-A version for $3.75 & grab a beer. Wait, $3.75 for N/A and $7.75 for the real thing?  That makes the .75oz of generic rum $4! That's probably enough to buy an entire bottle of that stuff.

Note to anyone from Universal that's reading this, could you please at least swing a decent pour in an $8 slush?

Updated 3/2014

Tuesday
Mar232010

Hog's Head Pub

Stop by for a pint of liquid courage before taking that Forbidden Journey with Harry. Located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, connected to the Three Broomsticks Restaurant.  

Draft Beer
Bud Light, Yuengling, Stella Artois, London Pride, Tennent's, Bass, Guinness, Boddingtons, Strongbow, Hog's Head Ale

Pub Blends 
Have you been to the Rose & Crown Pub at Epcot and enjoyed one of their pub blends? They have a few of those same beers on tap here. While not on the menu at Hog's Head, if you ask the bartender he'll pour one for you.
Golden - half Stella & half Bass
Black & Tan - half Bass & half Guinness
Bumblebee - half Boddingtons & half Guinness


Hard Liquor
Alcoholic drinks are available, but at limited intervals. During peak seasons they will be removing the hard liquor so they can turn over butterbeer pours faster. While liquor is available, the mixers you have to choose from are assorted fruit juices, tonic, soda water and sweet & sour
.

Prices 
All Import Draft Beers are 20oz. for $7.50, Domestic $7

Pour Quality
 
Average

Food
 
Sit down to a feast next door at the Three Broomsticks. Need a dumb fact while you dine? The movie makers were said to be so impressed with how Three Broomsticks turned out, that had never previously been seen in a movie, that they used it in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.

The bar and restaurant are connected, but employees are "guarding" the dining area and won't let you pass between the two - you have to go outside and enter through the main restaurant entrance. Hog's Head Brew and Miller Lite are available at the restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at this counter-service restaurant. See the menu photos at the bottom of this post.

Atmosphere
 
If you didn't know better, you'd think you just stepped into an old-world English-style pub – with a twist. The low ceiling and lighting give it a cozy, intimate feel. Universal did a great job making it feel authentically dirty and grimy - even the beer tap handles are realistically aged to look like they've been there for decades. Some of the props behind the bar are supposedly the real thing, actually used in the movies.

And you can't miss the bar's namesake - the Hog right in the middle behind the bar. It's frighteningly lifelike, especially when he moves his head, snorts & puffs at patrons. (I've heard from a good source that he responds to tips.)

You can find some fantastically cold AC spots in here too. But good luck finding a place to sit as the bar stools are 'here today, gone tomorrow'. There are only 4 tables (each seating 4) that aren't reserved for diners of Three Broomsticks. It appears J.K. and us may have a differing view on enjoying a cocktail at a theme park. Once the weather cools down a little you can relax on the large outdoor patio behind the restaurant with lots of shaded seating and a great view of the castle and lagoon. You'll find an ATM back here too.


Review
 
The bar has ten beers on tap, from the very light Miller Lite, to the stand a spoon in it thick Guinness. They've also got their own specialty beer, Hog's Head Brew. HHB is a deep golden Scottish Ale that's heavy on the bitter hops flavors, similar to a Killians. A young lady that ordered one next to me took one sip and exclaimed "Ewww, it tastes like rust!" and sent it back for a Miller Lite instead. While it's not exactly my favorite type of beer, I'd say that review may be a bit on the harsh side. To each, his own, right? Hog's Head Brew is made locally by Florida Beer Company. 

The Hog's Head Pub also had another beer I've never seen, London Pride. London Pride is also a deep golden lager that's dry, heavy on hops, and light on malt flavor. The bartender compared it to a chardonnay. That's not exactly what I'd compare it to. London Pride has done something special for me that I won't soon forget, it's set a new low for how bad beer can be. Every sip was like licking the underside of an old bar table. But, I'm a trooper when it comes to biting off more than I can chew. I toughed it out to the very bottom - unfortunately, it didn't get better as I got closer to the bottom. It was like a marathon of terribleness. 

Here's some good news, they've got one of my favorite uncommon beers on tap, Boddington's Pub Ale. The Boddington kegs are hooked up to a nitrogen tank, just like Guinness, so it does the same "building" after it's poured. The beer has a smooth, well balanced flavor and a slightly creamy mouth-feel. Also worth honorable mention, one of my favorite dark beers, Newcastle, and a great, crisp, dry cider, Strongbow, have found new taps to call home.


Butterbeer
Let's not forget the N/A selection! So, what's our take on Butterbeer? First off, as you probably already know, it's available from a tap that's fed by a keg, like a real beer, or frozen, like a slush. Neither have alcohol so they're perfect for the children or the thirsty teatotaler. Butterbeer from the tap is extremely similar to a cream soda - so similar in fact that I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between it and an A&W. They top it with
a secret concoction that tastes of vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. The topping gives it a unique creamy head that holds large spooky bubbles for a long time. After giving the stuff on top a taste, I'm fairly certain that it's whipped cream without an accelerant to make it frothy but with a little extra stabilizer, like soy lecithin, to help it hold bubbles for a mysteriously long time. Frozen Butterbeer comes out of a slushie machine and is similar to a frozen vanilla cappuccino. The slush is topped with the same whipped cream topping as is used on the tap Butterbeer.

Pumpkin Juice
I also got my hands on the surprisingly good (and surprisingly expensive) Pumpkin Juice. $6.25, including tax, got me a 16 oz. bottle of what can only be described as pumpkin pie without the troublesome chewing. The biggest other surprises about it, 1. pumpkin puree was one of the top ingredients listed, 2. it was pulpy. Make your own Pumpkin Juice at home - check out our recipe here, along with some alcoholic cocktails using the concotion.

 

Updated 4/2014

Thoughts on Wizarding World
This new land is really something. It's far more immersive than any other theme park area and it really shows you the direction theme parks are going in the future. Even the most adamant Disney fans (you know, the ones that hate Universal) will have to admit, Disney doesn't have anything like this. Don't get me wrong, I love Disney parks, but this land is so impressive, so over the top that it makes the Disney parks look the 15 - 40 years old that they are.

(By the way, the Forbidden Journey ride is AMAZING. It's easily the best non-roller coaster ride I've ever been on. Minor spoiler alert about the ride mechanism - imagine Spiderman but with Sum of All Fears Kuka Arms mounted to the cars. If that's not a recipe for success, I don't know what is.)

Have you visited the Hog yet? Tried his brew? Hate that I called out the Disney "fanboys"? Tell us what you thought or just air your grievance in the comments!

Don't miss our own Specialty Cocktail Creations using Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice!

Here is the Main Course Menu over at the adjoining Three Broomsticks Restaurant. Click to enlarge. Updated 10/12.
  

Wednesday
Apr212010

Jurassic Park Beverage Stand

Drinks 
Miller Lite, Yuengling, slushes

Food:
Popcorn &, wait for it, . . . MEALWORMS!

Atmosphere:
Just a walk up stand, this location is really an excuse to talk about eating mealworms, aka "Larvets", which, incidentally, aren't even at the stand, they're in the nearby Jurassic Park gift shop next to the cash register. The small boxes contain about 15 meal worms and come in your choice of cheddar cheese, mexican or BBQ. Here's the shocker, they're actually delicious! They're crispy and crunchy and have very little flavor besides the cheese, mexican spice or BBQ.

Once you get over the fact that you're eating bugs these are actually a lot like potato chips. Need another reason to try them? How about that they're a good source of low calorie protein?  Or how about that America is one of only a handful of countries on Earth that doesn't consider bugs a normal part of its diet?  The only "catch" in my mind is that they're a little addictive and crazy expensive at $2 a box.

Hmmmm, now how about something to make this section worth reading for those who refuse to eat bugs?  Jurassic Park River Adventure opened in Orlando in 1999, in Hollywood in 1996 and Japan in 2001, here's the interesting fact, the $150,000,000 production cost, that's $20 million more than the original movie cost to make, make it the most expensive ride ever made and it still holds its record nearly 15 years after openning.

Now that you've got an interesting fact about the ride you're nearly forced to ride it . . . and since it dumps you out into the gift shop, how about trying those mealworms on the way out? Come on, you're on vacation!

********** Update ************

They now have crickets and mealworms available at both MIB and Jurassic Park - no need to make that tough decision for which park to go to based on which bug you want to snack on.

Tuesday
Aug102010

Mythos

Located in the Lost Continent island of the park. They are usually only open for lunch, and reservations are recommended. Reservation line: 407-224-4012

Specialty Drinks - $14.95
Served in a Signature 24oz. take home souvenir glass

Mythos Signature Potion of the Gods - Malibu, Captain Morgan, Triple Sec, Razzmatazz, orange, cranberry & pineapple juices with a float of Bacardi 151

Razz Lemonade
- Pinnacle Cit
rus vodka, Razzmatazz, sour mix and a splash of Sprite in a sugared rim glass.

Blue Margarita - Jose Cuervo tequila, Blue Curacao and sour mix.

Strawberry Shortcake - Strawberry and Ice Cream Oasis with Disaronno Amaretto.

Zeus Colada - Pina Colada and Ice Cream Oasis with Midori melon.

Martinis
Mythos Martini - $7.75
Malibu, Midori, Peachtree Schnapps, sour mix and a float of Chambord.

Cosmopolitian - $8
Pinnacle Citrus vodka with a splash of Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and a twist of lemon.

Wines
A variety of red, white and sparkling wines available by glass or bottle.

Red Wine Sangria Spritzer - $6
A refreshing blend of Red Wine, pineapple juice, triple sec, grenadine and garnished with freshly sliced oranges.

Draft Beer
Miller Lite, Yuengling, Coors Light, Sam Adams, Blue Moon, Heineken

Bottled Beer
Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Heineken Light


Pour Quality
 
Average

Food 
We dined here for New Year's Eve a few years ago, and after reading all the hype of the place, we were moderately disapointed with the food. We're willing to give it another shot in the future. One big downside is that this place is only open for short lunch hours. Why such an award-winning, fan favorite isn't open later hours for dinner is beyond me. While the picky eater can find something to enjoy, their menu boasts more exotic and unique dishes you wouldn't normally find in a theme park.

Atmosphere 
The restaurant is built into a rocky mountain with a waterfall, and once you enter you feel like you are inside a cave. It does get rather noisy too with the lack of fabrics and dividing walls. There is a spacious outdoor seating area that gives a expansive view over the lagoon of the rest of the park. The good news is that even when the restaurant is closed, you can still get to part of the patio to enjoy the view.

Updated 3/2014

Tuesday
Mar232010

Pizza Predatoria

Located in Jurassic Park, you'll find this walk-up counter with food, beer and picnic table seating nearby. Usually only open during peak times of year.

Bottled Beer 
Miller Lite, Heineken, Fosters

Food
 
Pizzas, salads & meatball subs.

Atmosphere
 
Not much to look at but there are some picnic tables, shade and restrooms nearby. Unless you got food, go wander into the Jurassic Park Discovery Center to get some A/C, as you walk towards the stairs to see the hatchery and full-size dinos, stop and take a look around. Does it look familiar? This portion of the building is an exact replica of the set from the original JP movie. Remember the T-Rex tearing down a sign as he topples a T-Rex skeleton? This is where it happened, well, kind of. It's a good spot for a unique picture. The building is usually pretty empty inside with lots of tables and large windows facing the lagoon so it makes a good spot to cool off. Check out the often overlooked front of the Discovery Center for a nice area to chill & get a view of the whole park. People always miss this area, and it’s beautiful, with lots of lush plants. Great place to get away from the crowds for a bit.

Since we mentioned pictures, let's go ahead and agree on a JP dino pic rule. If you get your picture taken in front of one of the dinosaurs sticking his head out of the trees along the path, please take note, the correct expression on your face is TERRIFIED, not delighted. Simulated running away, simulated knocking your friend down or cowering in fear are all acceptable; posing with your family with dumb grins on your face is not.
 
 

 Updated 3/2014

Tuesday
Mar232010

The Watering Hole

Full-service walk-up bar located in Jurassic Park with some of the best specialty drinks available. Hey, dinosaurs like to drink too.

Draft Beer
Miller Lite, Bud Light, Heineken, Yuengling, Sam Adams Seasonal

Bottled Beer
Heineken, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Fosters

Wine
Chardonnay & Merlot - $6

Frozen Beverages - $7.75
Strawberry, Pina Colada, Margarita & Blue Raspberry

Specialty - $7.95
Predator on the Rocks
Midori, Malibu, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice, Sweet & Sour

Top Shelf Margarita
Cuervo Gold, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Grand Marnier, Sweet & Sour

Long Island Iced Tea
Ketel One vodka, Bacardi rum, Gin, Triple Sec, Sweet & Sour, Coke

Rum Runner
Malibu, Myers's Dark rum, Raspberry Liquor, Pineapple Juice, and Orange Juice

Mai Tai
Myers's Dark rum, Cruzan Mango, Amaretto, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine

Other liquors Available: Seagrams 7, Jack Daniels, Jagermeister, Brandy, Peach Schnapps

Pour Quality 
Above Average 

Food
 
Chicken Wings, Chili, Hot Dog, Nachos, chips, pretzels

Atmosphere
 
Walk-up counter bar, no interior seating. Some tables out front. Not much to look at. Get one & keep walking. See Pizza Predatoria’s atmosphere review for recommendations.


Review
 
Usually you can expect a weaker pour on a specialty drink, but these are almost always made very well. If you're lucky, one of the sweetest, kindest bartenders will be serving you - Meyrick who is all the way from Wales. I don't know how he does it, but he's always super chipper and eager to make your drink!

You really can't go wrong with one of the specialty drinks here. Here's a picture of a Mai Tai and a Rum Runner. We highly recommend the Rum Runner here. Trust us.


Updated 3/2014

Saturday
Feb232013

Thunder Falls

Open during the peak seasons at 11am for lunch and dinner.

Draft Beer
Miller Lite, Budweiser, Blue Moon

Wine
Chardonnay, White Zinfandel, Merlot

Food
 
Pizza, Ribs, Sandwiches, Salads, etc.

Atmosphere
 
One of the lushest, most Jurassic Park themed restaurant in the land. It's a shame it's not usually open.


Updated 3/2014