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Post Disneyland beer?

Where's the best (and closest) place to get a beer or margarita after spending the day at Disneyland?

Looking for a pub or large bar, we'll of had our fill of kiddies at that point I'm sure.

Bonus points for interesting atmosphere and something to nosh.

Thanks!

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  1. in downtown disney there is a bar in the middle of the walkway outside Catal, they have good appetizers there

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    1. re: LisaN

      It's called Uva Bar.

      Frankly when we want a beer at Disneyland we retire to the bar behind Ariel's Grotto at California Adventure, or to the bar off the lobby of the Grand Californian Hotel. If you want to get offsite I suggest the Catch on Katella and Sportstown (if it's open yet -- it's still under construction in its new location).

      For a pub there's the Olde Ship on Harbor in Fullerton, maybe a 15-minute drive away, and for a sportsbar there's OC Sports Grill on Orangewood and State College. Slightly further away is Park Ave. in Stanton with its very cool Googie-architecture bar.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Great rec. The olde Ship is a cool dark Pub serving tall glasses of ice-cold Guinness, Smithwicks and other fine beers. They also serve some good food as well. I was at Cal. Adventure yesterday having one of those $6 plus small plastic cups of “Red…” something-or-other, and all it did was make me realize how much I wanted a nice tall glass after I leave. Thanks for the reminder.
        http://www.theoldeship.com/

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          A rec for The Olde Ship. Good beer, good food makes you feel like you're in Britain.

        2. re: LisaN

          Uva is a nice location for people watching and the drinks are fine, but I thought the appetizers were terrible. They were really bland. This was last summer, so maybe they've improved.

        3. Closest (not necessarily best) spots are in Downtown Disney. A tram will take you from the main park to Downtown. There's a huge ESPN Sports Zone in Downtown Disney. A House of Blues is there. Lots of other restaurants too, depending on the what atmosphere you're looking for.

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          1. re: Professor Salt

            The tram only goes to the parking structure. It's fastest to walk to Downtown Disney from the main entrance, or to take the monorail from Tomorrowland.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Perhaps Prof was referring to the monorail, which goes between Tomorrowland in the park and Downtown Disney. It's much less of a hassle than the parking lot trams.

              There's also Tortilla Joe's in Downtown Disney, which I think has the best food in DD. But it's very relative; all the food is pretty mediocre at best. The corn dogs are the best thing to eat at Disneyland, btw.

              If you think you'll be at the park for less than six hours, it makes sense to buy your tickets online, park at Downtown Disney (easy and fast), take the Monorail straight into the park, take the monorail back, have a drink at one of the restaurants and then get validated for a reduced parking rate. It's the least hassle and the parking is less than normal park parking provided you'll be there for six hours or less.

              1. re: chowmominLA

                Yes, monorail. Tram = monorail in my mind, which it isn't. My bad.

            2. On the other side of the 57, there's JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery: http://jtschmids.com/menus/beer/

              I would 2nd The Olde Ship in Fullerton.

              For a sports bar, there's Heroes (also in Fullerton) off Harbor Blvd on Sante Fe (SoCo District), with peanut shells on the floor & tons of beer on tap.

              I guess it comes down to atmosphere. We'd do The Olde Ship for a pub atmosphere; Heroes & JT Schmid's are about the same, with the former having a neighbourhood feel and the latter a more open and brighter look....

              1. There is a bar in the lobby of the Grand Californian Hotel. (Disney's Hotel right next to Dland and CA Adventure) Also, you can do drinks at Napa Rose, the restaurant in the hotel. Very cool Lobby/sitting area.

                1. If you have passes to both parks, the beer at California Adventure itself is actually really good. There's a truck near the Mission Tortilla Factory. We like to buy the beer and then wander over toward the pier area where we can drink in peace with a view of the water...without even leaving the park! Only now they've drained the water...and perhaps you were looking to get out of the park completely.

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                  1. re: thursday

                    I second the rec of Heroes, Countless beer options and good food! but still a small drive, i would just recommend heading to downtown fullerton after Dland, there's quite a few great places to have drink.

                  2. House of Blues in Downtown Disney has a Happy Hour starting at 10 PM til close. I also second UVA bar... I'd avoid taking the Monorail when the park is closing, it's faster to walk.