Sunday, March 16, 2014

Places to Grab a Beer at Disney California Adventure

St. Patrick's Day is coming up and although it's not my favorite, I do love an excuse to pull out my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shirt (one of my only green t-shirts) and of course to have a cold beer!

Four years ago, I shared a list of spots around California Adventure to grab a beer.  The list is a bit outdated now so I thought it was time for a revised list!

*Note- Tower of Terror does not sell beer but is a good place to take a picture of it.  haha.  If your elevator ever makes it up to the Tip Top Club though I imagine you'd find some there.

Places to grab a beer at DCA

Taste Pilot's Grill-  This restaurant next to Soarin' Over California has burgers and more.  Also on the menu?  Beer!  Currently, you can pick from Budweiser, Bud Light, and Karl Strauss.  

Cove Bar- Located at the back of Ariel's Grotto, this spot has a great view of the lagoon at Paradise Pier.  There's a pretty good selection of appetizers and drinks here that include beer of course!

Golden Vine Winery/Alfresco Lounge/Sonoma Terrace- The area surrounding the Wine Country Trattoria Restaurant has a few places you can buy drinks at.  You can get drinks with your food at the restaurant as well if you are in the mood for a sit down meal.

I usually get wine at the spots around the Wine Country Trattoria but they also sell beer.
Sonama Terrace, which is to the left of the restaurant, has a good selection of California beer to pick from.

Alfresco Lounge isn't always open but it's located on the second floor above the restaurant and has a great view of Cars Land and more!  

There's also a bar in between the restaurant and Blue Sky Cellar that sells wine and beer as well.
This whole area around Wine Country Trattoria is one of my favorite places in the park because it's usually a nice quiet spot to escape the crowds.

Paradise Pier:  Paradise Garden Grill/Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Bayside Brews- At the back corner of Paradise Pier near Goofy's Sky School you can find a couple food options where they also sell beer.  Our favorite option in that area is Perroni which they have at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta. We haven't tried Paradise Garden Grill yet but I've read that they have a couple options including Blue Moon.  There's also stand called Bayside Brews that sells beer.

Karl Strauss Truck- I'm not sure of the official name of this spot but I call it the Karl Strauss Truck. It is located in the Pacific Wharf in the dining area by Boudin's Bakery Tour and The Lucky Fortune Cookery.  Here they have a selection of Karl Strauss beers that you can purchase.

The Lucky Fortune Cookery-  This is a great place to get a hot bowl of food!  They have a Japanese beer called Sapporo if you're looking for something new to try.

Carthay Circle Lounge- Carthay Circle Restaurant has a lounge that serves some amazing classic cocktails.  If you want to get something to walk around the park with- here's a secret: while you can only get their cocktails when sitting inside the lounge, you can actually get wine and beer to go!  They stopped allowing this for a while but recently they changed it back!

If you're there on St. Patrick's Day, check out the Irish Whiskey flight they have on their bar menu.

Mad T Party- Unfortunately, I don't think you'll be able to get a beer here on St. Patrick's Day this year since it's on a Monday (although perhaps they have something for the Annual Pass event that night).  But you can stop by the Mad T Party for a beer or one of their other specialty cocktails if it's a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night!  My favorite thing to get there is Blue Moon.  They usually add the orange to it which makes it just right!

That wraps up my list of places to grab a beer around Disney California Adventure!  I'll continue to update this list as I find and/or remember more! 
I hope you all have a happy St. Patty's Day!  I plan to be at the AP event that night so be sure to follow along on Instagram to see photos- you can find me @disney_neri.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Starbucks at Downtown Disney

On Monday night, my husband and I stopped by Downtown Disney on the way home to check out the new Starbucks that just opened!

I expected a long wait but luckily it wasn't too bad when we got there and the line moved quickly.  I was very impressed with how nice the Starbucks looked!  I liked the high ceiling and the decor.

I love this Anaheim Starbucks sign they have near the entrance!

There was a digital interactive screen that seemed pretty popular especially with kids!

We ordered one of the Starbucks Reserve coffees that are only available at select Starbucks and were directed to a separate little bar where a friendly employee talked to us while preparing our coffee.  I liked how they had a separate spot for it.

After getting our coffee we checked out the patio and found a table near World of Disney.  It was really nice to sit and sip on our coffee while watching people walk around Downtown Disney.  It made me wonder why this space hadn't been used this way before!

We had a nice time checking out the Starbucks and will probably go back again soon.  I think it's a great addition to Downtown Disney and am happy there's another Starbucks in the neighborhood.  A Starbucks has already opened at both Disneyland and California Adventure, and Downtown Disney has now joined the club!

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