My 22 year old son and I have a running "argument" over which one of us drank more on our last Disney trip. He's sure it was him, but I think he just didn't want to have to tell his friends that is was totally his Mom. Regardless of who downed more delicious Disney cocktails on the trip - we started it all off with rounds at the fantastically fun Indiana Jones themed location at Disney Springs - Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar.
The backstory here made Indiana Jones fans squeel with glee when they first heard about it, and speaking for myself, I think Disney pulled it all together with some true panache. The bar is named for Indy's easygoing pilot friend we all met in Raiders of the Lost Ark - Jock Lindsey.
As the story goes, the two globetrotters stumbled upon Disney Springs in 1938 while chasing down a mythology-based tip in central Florida. Jock fell in love with the place and bought some waterfront property to settled down. Eventually he invited other members of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers to pay him a visit and his home base soon became a popular lay over for world travelers as well as locals.
The interior decor represents a mishmash of world wide travel and the adventures of air pirates. From the high hangar ceilings on down to the floor every nook and crannie is filled with treasures collected from Jock's colorful life.
Included in some of the more unique features is a life-size diving bell that's been turned into an intimate booth for a few friends to share. The best part about the bell though may be that it can also be seen from the deck seating on the water.
Speaking of things outside on the deck. Jock Lindsey's has a second service bar out there, right next to some very interesting guest space on the Reggie. That's Jock's boat, which he named after his pet snake, Reggie. If the air is cool and the space is free I highly recommend taking a seat on the starboard side for a fabulous view.
In addition to the creative decor collection, the menu it self at the Hangar Bar is a fun addition to the themed experience. Inspired by Jock's pilots log book, you'll find stories, pictures, and notes from his travels tucked amongst a pretty spectacular menu of beverages and snacks.
We loved every minute that we spent at this bar, and sadly we didn't have as much time as we would have liked. It is without a doubt on our list to visit again, and again. The staff was friendly and knowledgable, the theme was lively and fun, and the drinks... well let's get on to our drinks!
I ordered Shorty's Singapore Sling, because this is a classic that just felt right at Jock's. Made with Plymouth Gin, Heering Cherry Liquer, Benedictine, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine the cocktail is a tropical, fruity, and everything you want in a fast drinking cocktail.
My son Kirk started off with the German Mechanic. This Bavarian Radler Shandy made with Paulaner Hefe-weizen and Simply Lemonade was surprisingly refreshing. Neither of us are really beer people and we both enjoyed the light flavors of this summer favorite. The bubbles from the beer gave the lemonade a bright refreshing burst that was pretty perfect in the Florida heat.
While still sipping his shandy, I ended our Hangar Bar Round with one of the many mocktails on the menu. Teddy's Tea it turns out, was my favorite of all the drinks I had there, and there wasn't even any alcohol in it! Teddy's Tea is a lovely light green tea mixed with tangerine and mint. If this were on the menu of a restaurant at home, I would be there for it all the time, it is completely crave-able. They mixologists here really put careful thought into creating fun and delicious non-alcoholic beverages that you can't get just anywhere.
The Disney Dining Plan is not Accepted at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, so be sure to budget some extra cash for this brilliant immersive experience. If you want to know more about what's on the menu at Jock's, including some truly creative bar food, head over to our friends at the Disney Food Blog and see what they have to say!
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