Happy birthday, Disneyland! 59 years ago today (July 17th, 1955) Disneyland opened its gates for the first time. “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday tomorrow and fantasy” says the plaque at the entrance to Main Street, U.S.A.
NOW LET’S GET DRUNK!
Thirsty for a cold, delicious beer? I hear you. First things first, head straight to the correct park: Disney California Adventure. Booze is not served at the Disneyland park (except for the super-secret, members-only Club 33, which is not open to the public).
Here are the 5 best spots to buy beer at Disney California Adventure park
5) Carthay Circle Lounge:
Head inside the Carthay Circle Theater’s front doors, take a right, and head over to the bar. Grab a seat and luxuriate in the splendidly appointed interior of the building. Or ask the bartender to pour you a beer to go. You’ll get a green plastic cup of beer for travelin’ around the park. You’ll pay a bit more per beer at Carthay Circle Lounge than some other beer spots on this list. And you’ll probably feel compelled to tip the bartender (because you are a good person). But the place is just so awesome looking. Plus it’s right near the entrance of the park at the end of Buena Vista Street if you simply CANNOT wait for a beer.
4) The Alfresco Lounge:
Impress your friends with this one. Alfresco Lounge doesn’t open until early evening. But if you’re in the Pacific Wharf area of California Adventure then this is a really cool place to grab a beer. (They also have a full bar including cocktails and wine.) Where is it? First look for Mendocino Terrace (it’s an outdoor wine bar next to Blue Sky Cellar and Wine Country Trattoria.) Then look up. Take the giant outdoor staircase to the top and then take a right and grab a table. You’ll feel super duper special for knowing that Alfresco Lounge even exists.
3) Sonoma Terrace:
Sonoma Terrace is a lesser traveled outdoor patio inside of the Pacific Wharf area. This is where you’ll find the best craft beer selection inside of the park. Sonoma Terrace is somewhat invisible, partially hidden behind a stone façade and lots of vegetation. Consequently there is almost never a wait. The seating area is downright lovely if you feel like sticking around for a good ole fashioned “sit.” But if you want to hit the road, you can take your brew to go. The beers are a bit more expensive here, but they’re worth it. Bonus: Best soft pretzel in the park.
2) The Karl Strauss Beer Truck:
Look for a blue truck with a red awning parked right between Pacific Wharf and Cars Land. The truck serves an array of Karl Strauss beer styles. The Tower 10 IPA is my favorite (very hoppy). Since it’s just a truck, it’s normally easy to get in and out. Even when the line is long things move quickly. Bonus: You might get serenaded by the all-female mariachi band.
1) Cove Bar:
The Cove Bar sits inside a partially covered gazebo that is attached to Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant and perched on the side of Paradise Bay. The view is hella scenic. If you’re looking for something more, The Cove Bar is fully stocked with wine and harder stuff, too. The food selections are all good (try my favorite, the lobster nachos). The surroundings are not quite as fancy as Carthay Circle Lounge. But sitting down for a few minutes at a table or the bar is definitely relaxing. And thirst quenching. Cheers!
This post originally appeared on our sister site Disneyland Foodie, a blog dedicated to looking for the best food at the Disneyland Resort and usually finding it.