11 Places To Drink In Disney's California Adventure

11 Places To Drink In Disney's California Adventure

Epcot has Drinking Around the World, now Drink through California

Disney's California Adventure is a park unlike any other in the Disney family. This is the only park that takes a majority of its theme from history and real locations. The park is packed with history and homages to locales throughout the Golden State and recognition of California wouldn't be complete without an understanding and respect of the adult beverage industry. From wine country to craft breweries, California has the best of the best for the 21 and older crowd and Disney's California Adventure is no different. Below is a list of the 11 best places in California Adventure to drink:

1. Cove Bar

What was once California Adventure's best kept secret, Cove Bar's popularity has spread like wildfire causing the location to recently expand. This outdoor bar, located behind Ariel's Grotto, overlooks Paradise Pier which makes it a great place to relax and even catch the World of Color nighttime show.

What to try: The Cove Bar has a "secret menu" of signature drinks. Try the "Zombie": a drink that contains a number of different kinds of rum including Bacardi 151 and just a "splash" of fruit juice; "The Fun Wheel": a colorful fruity drink, similar to an AMF with vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and blue curaçao and lemonade that packs a punch; "The Black Pearl": similar to a long-island iced tea with a splash of Sprite.

2. Sonoma Terrace

Located across from Cars Land and Pacific Wharf, Sonoma Terrace is Wine Country personified. A great place for wine-lovers to relax and, if you aren't a roller coaster person, wait for your party to go through the thrill rides. If possible, grab a seat near the railing in the afternoon and watch the Pixar Play Parade with a glass of vino.

What to try: Wine and Cheese box.

3. Carthay Circle Lounge

Take a step into Old Hollywood in this classy, upscale lounge. The bartenders here are absolute experts when it comes to cocktails, even going as far as to customizing ice. This is also the location of the 1901 Lounge, an area only available to members of the exclusive Club 33.

What to try: Any classic cocktail, but I recommend a Carthay Manhattan.

4. Bayside Brews

Bayside Brews is a blink-and-you-miss-it kiosk next to the Silly Symphony Swings. It serves craft beer and rarely has the lines like other beer kiosks in the park.

What to try: Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA or the Karl Strauss seasonal beer.

5. The Cozy Cone

These little cones in Cars Land offer a variety of different treats to eat, but their signature cocktail is something else all together. The Vodka Pomegranate Limeade is delightfully refreshing: especially in the shade-deficient Cars Land.

What to try: Vodka Pomegranate Limeade

6. Rita's Baja Blenders

Another location to grab a refreshing drink, Rita's is located in the center of Pacific Wharf. This shack offers blended margaritas in strawberry or lemon-lime and you can even add a splash of Grand Marnier. This is a great stop, especially if you like your margaritas on the sweet side.

What to try: Strawberry margarita

7. Smokejumpers Grill

The only eatery in the Grizzly Peak area of the park, this quick service restaurant is incredibly enjoyable. In addition to being the only location to offer chili fries, Smokejumpers Grill also offers sangria. This tasty fruit/wine combination is a great compliment to a number of meals at this location. Sip your sangria while looking at all the detailed decorations in the establishment. Smokejumpers also has Budweiser, Bud Light and Karl Strauss Handcrafted Beer.

What to try: Sangria

8. Flo's V8 Cafe

If you are a fan of comfort food and beer, Flo's is the place for you. In addition to some amazing entrees and desserts, Flo's also offers a large selection of "specialty beverages" for a quick service restaurant. For beer fans, Flo's offers Fess Parker Riesling, Racer 5 IPA and Grand-Am Pale Ale. For wine enthusiasts Byron Chardonnay, Chalone Pinot Noir and Red Sangria are available.

What to try: Racer 5 IPA

9. Hollywoodland Backlot

The area near the Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue attraction is called the Backlot. This area is home to a nighttime party that has cycled through a number of themes from Tron to Alice in Wonderland to Frozen. This area also offers a number of themed cocktails that are pretty stiff.

What to try: The featured cocktail.

Honorable Mentions

10. Hearthstone Lounge

While not actually located inside California Adventure, this bar, located inside The Grand Californian hotel, can be accessed directly from California Adventure via an entrance across from Grizzly River Rapids. This opulent lounge offers beautiful indoor and outdoor fireplaces. This bar is full stocked and offers appetizers as well.

What to try: Magical Star Cocktail - X-Fusion Orange Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, and Pineapple Juice

11. Trader Sam's

This bar, located at the Disneyland Hotel, was what the Enchanted Tiki Room was initially meant to be. Walt had originally planned to use his audio-animatronic birds to create a restaurant. In this compact and very busy tiki bar, many of the masks may glance at you before turning their attention elsewhere. Order at your own risk because many of the drinks cause the bartenders and bar to swing into action.

What to try: The "Uh-oh!" a flaming drink that contains light and dark rums, orange, passion fruit, guava, pineapple, grapefruit juices, Falernum, cinnamon and fresh lime juice.

Cover Image Credit: Disney Food Blog

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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