Some people think of the Disneyland Resort as a place just for kids but in my opinion, it’s a fun place even in your 30’s and without them. Or you might be a parent who needs to grab a refreshing beverage after a long day running around the parks. If you know what you’re doing the happiest place on earth keeps getting happier! Sometimes you just need tips on where to find the best drinks at Disneyland Resort.
What you might not know about the Disneyland Resort in Southern California is that there are some great options whether you enjoy wine, beer or cocktails. Clearly, I’m not advocating getting trashed at the parks, but as long as you are respectful to the other guests there isn’t anything wrong with enjoying an adult beverage or two.
I have to say that my favorite place to grab a drink is no more, but back in the day “The Lost Bar” was a fun, almost dive bar, you could grab a drink in. I even had a joke with my friends that we could only find it while lost. Nowadays, the Disneyland Resort in Southern California has upped its game and you can still find the best drinks at Disneyland, including local and California produced options.
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Downtown Disney & The Hotels
Trader Sam’s replaced my favorite spot when they did a remodel of the Disneyland Hotel. Right in the center of the hotel, overlooking the pool, you can sit and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where you have a plethora of island-themed drinks to enjoy.
If you’re looking for an upscale relaxing place to enjoy a nice glass of wine this is it. A beautiful spot right in the Grand Californian Hotel. This is about as nice of a hotel lounge as you can get and well worth a visit to Downtown Disney itself.
With good drinks and a great atmosphere, the Jazz Kitchen is perfect for stopping in to enjoy. Just about every evening of the week you’ll find Jazz music playing and a funky environment. Plus, the food is delicious.
Disney California Adventure
Looking for a good view to watch World of Color? If so head over to Cove Bar nice and early. You can grab everything from Sangria to a Manhattan to Mojitos to Hanger 24 Brews at the Cove Bar. Right on the water, it’s a great place to slow down and enjoy a drink.
If you’re over the frilly cocktails head over to Carthay Circle Lounge and get a good prohibition style drink. Relax in the lounge while you have a martini or manhattan in your hand.
If you’re looking for delicious wine these are the places to go. The Mendocino Terrace is to the right of the Wine Country Trattoria, where you can get a good bite, but if you’re looking for wine the Terrace is the spot for you. They have a wide selection of wine from California and beyond. If you want something more elegant than a plastic cup of wine, the Al Fresco Tasting Terrace has flights and appetizers for you to sit down and enjoy. Although I would say it isn’t worth a long wait, if you can’t head up quickly it’s better to just wander over to the Terrace. I’m bias toward wine but for me, this is where you find the best drinks at Disneyland.
While I might lean towards wine many of you might enjoy the wide selection of craft brews that are scattered around the park. My favorite is the Hanger 24 brews you can find at Sonoma Terrace and a few other spots. You’ll find a wide range of Southern California breweries and be able to enjoy them wandering the park or relaxing by the water.
If You’re Lucky In Disneyland Park Too
Unlike in California Adventures, there is only one place in Disneyland Park that serves alcohol. You can enjoy a mint julip or a beer from Stone Brewery with your meal at Club 33. This private club within the park is housed above New Orleans square. Club 33 is only accessible to members, their guest and attendees to special events. While it isn’t impossible to get in it will take some work. To be honest. I haven’t made the effort but I hear for Disneyland fans it is well worth the effort. The entire park does have a liquor license but other than for special events Club 33 is the only place in Disneyland Park you can get an adult beverage.
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