So between the $368 it takes just to get your family of four in the park and the screaming kids, teenagers awkwardly making out on rides and the $3 churros, sometimes--just sometimes--one just needs to relax while at Disneyland Resort. And sometimes? Sometimes it involves booze.
Disney isn't as adult-unfriendly as one might think. Here's a list of five places to grab a (surprisingly reasonably priced for Disney) drink while wandering Disneyland Resort--all most certainly safer than smuggling some vodka in a SIGG bottle.
Oh, we're onto you.
1) The Cove Bar at Ariel's Grotto, Disney's California Adventure
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Little did you know, that Little Mermaid-themed, character meet-and-greet type restaurant overlooking the pretty-only-at-night Paradise Pier has a fully stocked bar--that's right. Full. Bar. Though service can be a bit slow at times (remember, it can get pretty crowded) the Cove Bar also offers an array of appetizer/bar food type dishes, including some delish crab cakes--which is kinda weird when you think about it, wasn't Ariel's Jamaican BFF a crab?
2) Karl Strauss Beer Truck, Pacific Wharf, California Adventure
You read that right: Beer truck. Though there's also a margarita stand a few steps away (read: DO NOT LIKE, DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200), this perma-parked royal blue truck hawks pretzels (try the cream cheese pretzel, seriously), popcorn and draft beer by Karl Strauss. Sure the prices aren't as low as, say, running to the liquor store down Harbor for some PBR, but remember it's Disney and they're actually not gouging you (too much) with inflated prices just 'cause they can.
3) Uva Bar, Downtown Disney
While the food at the adjacent Catal Restaurant is just okay, Uva Bar provides a nice little getaway from the crazy DISNEYNESS of the parks or even before taking in a show at the House of Blues down the way. The outdoor bar offers an array of strong drinks, bar food (sweet potato fries!) and best of all: Is a waaaay better alternative than ESPN Zone.
4) Club 33, New Orleans Square, Disneyland
Okay, fine: So we've never had the privilege ourselves but we have a few friends who tell us of the alcohol one can order whilst dining at the ultra exclusive Club 33--whose wait list is even longer than you think, with a wait time of at least 18 years. In fact, membership has been closed since April 2007, when the average wait time stretched to 14 years.
Additional downer: Club 33 is the only place within Disneyland lines permitted to serve alcohol.
Sigh. Perchance to dream. And drink.
5) Golden Vine Winery, Disney's California Adventure
It's a winery! In Anaheim! Sure it's served to you in plastic cups, but there's nothing like a little vino to alleviate those achy Disneyland-feet. The coolest part is that you can also enjoy your wine on the go--or you can also go ahead and grab a table and people watch as the crowds make their way to Paradise Pier. By the way: This joint is only on the list because Pizza Oom Mow Mow has closed up shop--not that we actually liked their pizza or anything. We just liked saying the name. Out loud. (But! We hear it'll be back in BEER GARDEN form as a part of the grand rehaulin' of DCA project.)