The Ultimate Disneyland Drinking Guide – Best Bars & Drinks
As magical as Disneyland can be, there’s nothing like waiting hours in line (after spending $20 per person for Disney Genie+ so that you don’t have to) to leave you craving something boozy. Fortunately, you won’t need three wishes to summon up some alcohol at Disneyland, with kiosks, lounges and both quick-service and table-service restaurants peddling drinks located throughout Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney and Disneyland Park.
But, not all Disneyland drinks are created equal. Rather than settling for mediocre frozen margaritas or unremarkable beer – in a forgettable setting to boot – read on for our favorite places to get alcoholic drinks at Disneyland. Offering expertly mixed and poured drinks and a little (or a lot of) pixie dust, they’re the perfect escape from the theme park madness.
Drinking Alcohol at Disneyland
Diehard, old-school Disney Parks fans are wont to say that Walt would be turning in his grave over many things. The Disney character-ification of Epcot, the retheming of Splash Mountain (or any ride, for that matter), cast members with tattoos and piercings and the list goes on. But, if there’s one change they are largely silent on, it’s alcohol at Disneyland.
“No liquor, no beer, nothing,” the man behind the mouse once famously said. And sure, some people were pretty miffed that the state’s celebrated wine and other alcoholic beverages were on offer when Disney California Adventure Park opened first its doors to guests.
For the most part, however, 21-and-up parkgoers have been more than happy to imbibe in fanciful boozy concoctions, craft beers, Napa Valley wines and more in between rides and stints in line. After all, there’s something about fighting hordes of people for hours that’s sure to have you ready for a drink (or three).
So, imagine peoples’ delight (horror?) when Disney announced in 2019 that for the first time since the park opened back in 1955, regular guests (AKA not someone with access to a coveted and expensive Club 33 membership) would finally be able to buy alcoholic drinks at Disneyland Park. Today, you can buy boozy beverages at three locations throughout Disneyland Park (two without a membership): Blue Bayou Restaurant, Oga’s Cantina and, of course, Club 33.
However, just because you can purchase alcohol at Disneyland Park doesn’t mean you can walk around with it. Unlike at California Adventure, you’ll need to finish your drink in the restaurant or lounge before you head back out into the parks – no to-go booze.
19 Best Places to Get Alcohol in Disneyland
For those hoping to indulge in a little alcohol-fueled fun while at Disneyland, you’re in luck, as you’ll find an assortment of 21-and-up drinks on offer throughout the Disneyland Resort. From cleverly themed cocktails in an immersive atmosphere to refreshing pints of beer you can sip on the go, there’s something for every taste and situation.
Best Overall Bars & Lounges at Disneyland
From welcoming theme park and hotel lounges with sprawling drink menus to Disney’s very own members-only speakeasy, these next few places to get alcohol in Disneyland offer something for everybody (as long as you can get in).
Club 33 at New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park
This is it: the original Disneyland bar. Accessible only by Club 33 members and their guests (for a cool $25,000 fee), Le Salon Nouveau is an elegant secret bar overlooking New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park. An undoubtedly magical place for a drink – if you can swing an invite.
Carthay Circle Lounge on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park
Styled after the Golden Age of Hollywood with a delightful, open-air atmosphere reminiscent of quaint European cafés, the Carthay Circle Lounge touts a selection of global-inspired dishes and an impressive drink menu starring classic cocktails, after-dinner drinks, beer, wine and more. Best of all, tasty mocktails (charmingly called “Matinee Features”) are also available for those with kids or non-drinkers.
Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Just steps away from the Grand Californian Hotel lobby, the Hearthstone Lounge is an excellent spot to relax as you nosh on elevated bar bites and kick back with something from the extensive bar menu. Try one of the many fruity cocktails, or go for a beer, wine or hard cider instead. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to go to the Hearthstone Lounge.
Best Themed Disneyland Bars
If there’s one thing that Disney does well besides delicious drinks, yummy food and fun rides, it’s impressively immersive theming. Transport yourself to the South Seas, a galaxy far, far away and beyond at one of these inspired Disneyland bars.
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Hotel
At their heart, tiki bars are gloriously kitschy with a penchant for stiff, rum-based drinks, and that sums up Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar and its inspiration, the Jungle Cruise, to a tee. As you imbibe in your tropical cocktail of choice, be sure to keep an eye out for unique special effects and an ear open for cheesy jokes from your skipper server.
Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park
Those who have dreamed of swaying along to the rhythms of an alien band as they sip on a glass of blue milk in the Mos Eisley Cantina won’t want to miss a visit to Oga’s Cantina. This Star Wars bar, Disneyland Park’s first official lounge, serves up all manner of galactically good mixed drinks, beer on tap and wine. However, don’t go hungry, as there is really only a snack mix or a cheese and charcuterie board to snack on.
Blue Bayou Restaurant at New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park
Don’t expect to find a sizable here, as the Blue Bayou alcohol selection is slim – just a few wines, a couple of beers and The Big Easy’s signature cocktail, the fruity Hurricane. Still, what the Blue Bayou Restaurant lacks in variety, it more than makes up for with atmosphere. For a truly memorable meal, indulge in Cajun-Creole classics and something boozy as you watch the Pirates of the Caribbean boats float past.
Pym Tasting Lab at Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure Park
As a glorified drink kiosk, the theming at Pym Tasting Lab isn’t at the same level as some of the earlier bars on our list, but that doesn’t make this “beverage laboratory” and its innovative alcoholic potions any less worth a visit. Stop by for creative concoctions like beer cocktails, boba-spiked brews and more.
Best Places for Cocktails at Disneyland
From refreshing margaritas to old-school cocktails and everything in between, these next restaurants and lounges serve up tasty mixed drinks alongside tempting eats.
Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure Park
Overlooking the waterfront on the site that was once the Cove Bar, Disneyland’s Lamplight Lounge is a popular spot for a drink as you soak up the sights (and the booze). While reservations are recommended for the lower level, the Boardwalk level of the Lamplight Lounge is walk-ups only. While the cocktails and imaginative gastropub eats are the highlights, you can also get beer, wine and breakfast.
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney District
Home to spicy jambalaya, fluffy beignets and Mardi Gras, N’awlins certainly brings the flavor and fun. Needless to say, if you’re in the mood for a stiff, strong drink, then Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is for you. You can even tap your toes to some live music as you tuck into treats like NOLA BBQ Shrimp and Grits and the Cat-5 Hurricane.
Tortilla Joe’s at Downtown Disney District
Sure, you could get a frozen margarita from one of those machines around the parks. But why would you do that when you could get one from Tortilla Jo’s? Yes, they’re more expensive, but they also taste so, so much better. Plus, with so many different flavors to choose from (Pineapple-cilantro! Strawberry-mint! (Jalapeno-cucumber!), you’re sure to be back in the future to check another off your list.
GCH Craftsman Bar at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Whether you’re a guest at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel or simply looking for a place to get a drink after leaving the park, the GCH Craftsman Bar is well worth a visit for craft cocktail fans. Part of the GCH Craftsman Grill, this open-air pool bar shakes up some of the more interesting mixed drinks on Disney property, like the Vanilla Mango Mule or Prickly Pear Rosé.
Best Spots for Beer at Disneyland
Bright, fruity cocktails may offer an invigorating escape from the theme park crowds, but a glass of beer at Disneyland can be every bit as refreshing, especially when sipping on a spicy michelada.
Ballast Point® Brewing Co. at Downtown Disney District
Serving up a tantalizing array of beers on tap, Ballast Point Brewing Co. is your destination for all things beer. Whether you like your brew thick and malty or hopped up on hops, you’ll find something to your taste at this Downtown Disney outpost. Wash it all down with a cozy plate of SoCal cuisine as you unwind on the rooftop patio.
Bayside Brews at Paradise Gardens Park in Disney California Adventure Park
Sometimes all you need is a toasty Mickey Mouse pretzel and a glass of suds to satisfy your cravings. Fortunately, Bayside Brews has both. Choose from an assortment of brews or mix one up into a flavorful michelada. Hard cider and a seasonal margarita are also available.
Best Places for Wine at Disneyland
With Napa Valley just upstate, you can’t go to Disneyland without sipping on a glass of wine. Get your vino fix at one of these locations.
Mendocino Terrace at Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure Park
No matter if you’re a fan of reds, whites or rosé, you’ll find it all at Mendocino Terrace. This outdoor wine bar is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Disney California Adventure Park, perfect for enjoying a glass or two while you rest your feet.
Naples Ristorante e Bar at Downtown Disney District
Searching for a glass of wine before you leave Disneyland for the night? Looking for a plate of pasta or pizza pie to accompany your chosen vintage? The Naples Ristorante e Bar stocks a tantalizing assortment of Italian and Californian wines, as well as cocktails, beer and, of course, wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza and saucy pasta.
Best Spots for Quick-Service Disneyland Drinks
As nice as it is to sit down and enjoy a boozy beverage, especially after crisscrossing the parks all day, you don’t always have the time. That’s where these quick-service Disneyland drinks come in.
Hollywood Lounge at Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure Park
A drink stand may not be our first choice when it comes to satisfying our alcohol cravings, but we’ll make an exception for the Hollywood Lounge. Although most of the drinks here are pre-mixed, the servers do hand-pour the booze, unlike many other drink kiosks.
Sonoma Terrace at Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure Park
Next to the Wine Country Trattoria and Mendocino Terrace, the Sonoma Terrace is another excellent choice for a quick, alcoholic drink. Unlike its wine-loving neighbor, the Sonoma Terrace stocks a variety of boozy beverages, including draft beer, California wines and light cocktails.
Best Downtown Disney Bars for a Post-Theme Park Nightcap
While we fully support a midday tipple, particularly when the crowds are at their craziest, there’s no better way to wrap up a busy day in the parks than with an adult beverage.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney District
With a lengthy drink menu, some surprisingly yummy food and family-friendly bowling, Splitsville Luxury Lanes is arguably the best spot for an alcoholic drink when traveling with kids. Keep in mind that Splitsville can get very busy. So, if you know that you’d like to go bowling or stop for drinks, consider making a reservation.
Uva Bar & Café at Downtown Disney District
Sporting a convenient location smack dab in the middle of Downtown Disney, one of the easiest places to grab a post-Fantasmic drink. Shareable small plates and an impressively lengthy drink menu make this a great pick for groups or a Disney date night.
Of course, these aren’t the only spots you can unwind with something boozy at The Happiest Place on Earth. You’ll find everything from craft cocktails to beer at Disneyland, and you don’t need to go to a lounge or drink cart to enjoy them. Many quick-service restaurants will also offer a small selection of a cocktail or two alongside a couple of beers. Plus, don’t forget about all the seasonal sips available at Disney California Adventure Park’s festival marketplaces throughout the year.