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Tuesday
Sep132011

Todd English's BlueZoo

You'll find this trendy, Golden Swizzle Stick Award winning, underwater-inspired restaurant & bar inside the Dolphin Resort. This striking restaurant opens for dinner, and stays open into the late night. (photo ©BlueZoo)
©BlueZoo
We're posting a non-typical review here (more of a trip report), but we wanted to share our thoughts until we were able to do a full, official review.

8/11
Late one night while on our walk back to the BoardWalk from the Studios, we decided to make a stop at BlueZoo for a few drinks. Being shortly after 9pm, there were only a few other couples sitting at the bar. We read through the cocktail menu and were impressed by the unique offerings.

We ordered the Serenity (LEFT: Square One cucumber vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, muddled fresh strawberries, basil and rosemary, splash of fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and rock candy syrup, shaken and served up. Created by BlueZoo's Kristen Cooper.) A delicious, delicate concotion of light, fruity flavors that deserve to be sipped, not slammed. A great drink that we highly recommend.

We also went for the Vanilla & Licorice
(RIGHT: Chivas Regal, Absinthe, Florida farmed honey, shaken with fresh egg whites, hint of vanilla extract, garnished with licorice.) This review is coming from the person who loves licorice and likes absinthe, and this drink was just too much. The mix of these overpowering flavors made it downright difficult to finish, let alone enjoy with the appetizer. 



Hungry after a long day, we ordered the crab nachos to share. They are $17, but were told that we could do a half-order if we wanted (we didn't!). The nachos were absolutely delicious! Piled high & deep with crab, cheese and other typical nacho toppings. There was plenty of crab to go around, almost down to the last chip. A great value for 2 people to share for a hearty snack - we left pleasantly full.


We found out from the bartender that BlueZoo is in the works to update the drink menu "very soon". So, given that information, we've decided not to post the current drink list, and we'll be returning at a later date to check out the new offerings.

Until we get our official post up, here's a quick breakdown:
Specialty Drinks - average around $13
Jack Daniels & Coke - around $7.75 
Appetizers - $12 & up 

Atmosphere/Review: Coming straight from the parks we weren't exactly dressed for the dining room (though we weren't exactly sloppy either) but didn't feel at all out of place at the bar. The bar area has the look & feel of a downtown club, except everyone is friendly and welcoming. The light level is so dark you may not even see what you are drinking, let alone be able to read the menu. There are about 10 seats at the bar and a couple small booths behind. After a while, you forget that you are on Disney property thanks to the stunning design and unique, specialty menu.

Overall, we're very satisfied with the bar and cocktail menu and plan on working this bar into our regular rotation of frequented watering holes.

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