OK, yes, I am a fixture at Mizner’s. The last seat at the far end of the bar, by that hoop-shaped brass rail, is my spot. I sit there because Tammy demands it, so that she “can keep her eye on me” and still handle the service bar. Sit there at your peril.
Mizner’s does open at 4:30. The food is from the Citricos kitchen, so food isn’t served until 5:30. You’ll notice some similarity in items, and the quality is just as good. You cannot order from the Citricos menu in Mizner’s. Citricos does have its own bar where you may order from the full menu. Mizner’s food service stops at 10:00, when Citricos stops seating.
Last call is 11:30, and the lounge closes at midnight.
I like good cognac, but Louis XIII is an overblown marketing gimmick for people with more money than sense.
As to the other drinks, well. I know this sounds blasphemous, but none of the WDW bars are earth-shattering when it comes to drinks. Mizner’s does have a good wine selection, as the Citricos GM is also the Mizner’s manager, and Keith is a good guy when it comes to wine. A Manhattan is made with rye, dammit, not bourbon, something that the resort-standard drink menu, for all its swill, gets very right. I seldom stray beyond a Bombay Sapphire martini, or maybe a stinger if it’s time for a nightcap. but some of the other drinks are pretty good. It just gives me a sad that a place that seems tailor-made for classy old school drinks like the Gimlet, the Aviation, the Last Word, and so on, can’t get the ingredients to make them.