Nomad Lounge Review

Nomad Lounge is THE place to go for unique drinks and food items on your next visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This charming location offers guests an opportunity to order a variety of signature cocktails, beverages, and small plate appetizers. Additionally, combining a few of those small plates makes for a nice meal.

In this review of Nomad Lounge, we’ll preview a few menu items you might want to try on your visit. If you are looking for a place to take a break during your day at the theme park, look no further. The tranquil atmosphere and refreshing cocktails will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time!

Nomad Lounge sits adjacent to Tiffins, which is Animal Kingdom’s signature dining location. The lounge is connected to the restaurant with a separate entrance on the left-hand side. You’ll find it near the front of the park before you get to the bridge that crosses over to Pandora, World of Avatar.

Related: Tiffins Restaurant Review

Nomad Lounge entrance

The lounge has indoor and outdoor seating. Below is a photo of the outdoor seating area for Nomad Lounge, which I took from the bridge.

A menu is typically posted outside the entrance, and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there is no seating available, a cast member at the entrance will take your phone number and text you when a seat comes open. You’ll want to let them know if you prefer seating inside or outside.

My preference is to sit on the deck area at Nomad Lounge when the weather allows. I have enjoyed more experiences here over the last few years than my pocketbook would like to admit.

And I don’t regret any one of them. You see, Nomads are people that are considered wanderers. They travel from place to place with no permanent home.

When I’m out wandering around Walt Disney World, I feel like a Nomad. There are so many things to see and do that you’ll rarely find me in the same spot, except for this lounge.

But even more so, I have come to think of this place in a different light.

When I’m sitting underneath the light at Nomad Lounge, I’m calm. The casual atmosphere invites you to linger here more than most places.

As you can see, there are plenty of nice seating areas inside as well. A long bar sits along the front. In addition, there are a variety of tables with chairs spread out over the rest of the lounge.

When the Florida weather is cooler than either of us would like, you’ll find me inside, where it’s warm and cozy.

For most, Nomad Lounge’s drink menu is what elevates the experience here apart from the atmosphere. The lounge is well known for its signature drink menu.

Below is a list of a few popular cocktails.

  • Hightower Rocks–Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila, watermelon, sweet and sour, lime juice
  • Tempting Tigress–Russell’s Reserve 10 yr Bourbon, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Tamarind syrup, and lime juice.
  • Snow Leopard Salvation–Snow Leopard Vodka, Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, mint, lime juice, and ginger beer
  • Lamu Libation–Starr African Rum, Cruzan Banana Rum, guava puree, tropical juices, Gosling’s 151 Rum Float
  • Jenn’s Tattoo–Ketel One Vodka, Watermelon juice, hibiscus, and lime juice
  • Annapurna Zing–Bombay Sapphire Gin, Passion Fruit puree, mint, lime juice, ginger beer, and glowing Lotus Flower
Nomad Lounge Menu

As a person who rarely indulges in a cocktail, there is one drink here that keeps me coming back, the Hightower Rocks. The drink even comes with a watermelon garnish which makes for a bonus snack.

The Hightower Rocks is light and refreshing. There’s not a lot of alcohol involved. And I seldom feel that I’ve enjoyed an actual alcoholic beverage when I order this one.

On another visit, I decided to order Jenn’s Tatoo, which is pictured below.

After taking my first sip, I found myself almost laughing because it wasn’t much different from the Hightower Rocks. However, after reviewing the menu again, I realized the ingredients were similar.

I will say that Jenn’s Tattoo wasn’t quite as sweet and sour as the other. The drink’s profile resembles more of a flavored soda taste, while the Hightower leans more margarita.

This last visit, I enjoyed the Hisbiscus Henna, which is a non-alcoholic beverage. Lately, I tend to order more items off the non-alcoholic menu and have been exceptionally pleased with the variety of offerings.

This Hisbiscus Henna had the perfect balance of sweet and sour while ultimately being another refreshing beverage.

It was delicious and reminded me of another non-alcoholic favorite I ordered at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace, the Skipper Sipper. Both are excellent options.

Food-wise, Nomad Lounge offers several tasty treats. You can make a small meal or share items between friends or family for a nice snack. I enjoy making this stop a late lunch or early dinner.

Unlike the cocktail menu, you can expect the food options to change regularly. With that being said, I have seen some items come and go over the years. For instance, these satay chicken skewers are not available at this time. But I felt they were a fantastic option providing a little protein without a lot of carbs.

And on another visit, I was practicing a vegetarian diet. Therefore, I selected the Impossible Sliders with yucca fries. Who knew that yucca fries were so good?

When they came to the table, the Yucca fries were a nice, crispy golden color. They almost reminded me of potato wedges, but they were a pretty good bit lighter.

The sliders were an excellent option. While I’m not crazy about so many quick services at Disney offering a plant-based burger in place of other vegan options, I do appreciate the slider with veggie slaw topping here.

If you are looking for another plant-based option at Animal Kingdom that doesn’t include a “burger” in the name, try the spicy tofu bowl at Satu’li Canteen.

Related: Satu’li Canteen Review

Or you might be interested in browsing my vegan Disney World food finds list. It includes a summary of every vegan item I’ve had at Disney to date.

Related: Vegan Menu Items at Disney World

As of late 2021, we have seen several new food items on the menu at Nomad Lounge. I recently stopped in and tried the Chicken Manchurian Nomad Bowl.

The menu describes this item as steamed rice, red cabbage Kimchi, ginger-scallion oil, and Crimini mushrooms. This bowl made for a perfect meal. I loved the crunchy noodles along with the mildly-spiced chicken.

Additionally, I’ve had other items here that are not pictured. Those items include a cheese board, regular sliders, and bread service. They were all enjoyable.

However, the bread service is not to be confused or compared with the amazing bread service at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. That’s a rite of passage for us regular visitors.

Lastly, I wanted to mention that the deck at Nomad Lounge offers stunning views of the Discovery Island River. The view is another perk when selecting an outside seat.

Since the character cruises are still available, you might can enjoy seeing them as they sail by.

Your children might even want to stay a little longer in hopes of seeing a few more.

And I bet you won’t mind, not one bit.

For more places to dine at Animal Kingdom or the neighboring lodge, you might enjoy these other reviews:

I hope this review helped provide you with enough information to enjoy a meal or snack here. If you’ve been to Nomad Lounge, make sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you have enjoyed the most.

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