*This gluten free dining experience took place in November 2020. It includes information about dairy free options, as well as fish/shellfish, peanut, hazelnut, cabbage, and chicken & turkey allergies.
Dinner at Jock Linsey’s Hangar Bar
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, located in Disney Springs, is a Disney owned and operated bar & lounge that serves small bites and shareable plates — all in an Indiana Jones themed bar. It’s one of our favorite spots in Disney Springs. In the past, we’ve often dined there before or after a movie at the AMC Dine-In Theater nearby. We especially like going there during the holidays, since the last few years they’ve offered festive holiday decorations along with holiday drinks and food. On this visit, we stopped by in the late afternoon to opening to check out the holiday inspired fun.
COVID-19 & Reopening Notes
The Hangar Bar does not take dining reservations and seating is on a first come, first served basis. The restaurant itself featured many mechanisms to provide sanitization, social distancing, and safety for both guests and cast members. We were asked to wait outside before our table was ready to ensure social distancing. All cast members wore facial masks and some cast members also wore protective shields, as well. All servers in the restaurant wore both facial masks and protective shields. If you prefer outdoor dining, the bar/lounge features ample outside seating so that you can enjoy without having to dine indoors. If you do dine indoors, there are several doorways that are open to the outside seating, so there is a good amount of airflow there too.
As a note, at the time of writing this review, we have been to several of the Disney Resorts, including the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk Resort, Contemporary Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Old Key West Resort, Polynesian, Riviera Resort, and Wilderness Lodge Resort along with all of the theme parks. All locations have the same protocols, as far as we have observed. Be sure to check with restaurants and the official Disney World website for additional information about current guidelines and recommendations.
The bar/lounge itself has a super fun Indiana Jones theme to it — with 1940s aviation, as it’s dedicated to a very minor character in Raider’s of the Lost Ark, Jock Lindsey.
During the holiday season, this theming is taken one step further with fun vintage/retro decorations, including nods to travel and aviation. If you love holiday decorations, you won’t find any shortage of them while the Holiday Hangar Bar is operating!
As you can see, there’s a lot to look at and explore. You’ll find the traditional decor still in place at the Hangar Bar and a ton of additional holiday decorations on top of all of that!
Garland abounds throughout the bar/lounge in just about every color! And, there’s tons of holiday and aviation themed ornaments.
You’ll also find quite a few both cute and slightly creepy elfs all around the bar/lounge. This little elf was watching us dine while we ate in the diving bell booth found inside the restaurant.
We may have take a ton of photos at the bar/lounge but that’s because we absolutely love the holiday decorations here. As you can see it truly is festive and well decorated to help get you in the holiday spirit. We especially love that they play retro holiday music too.
Though Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is owned and operated by Disney, it does not currently offer an allergy-friendly menu. But, not to worry. You can speak directly to a chef about options, including modifications and customizations, which we did on this visit. The chef was very helpful at answering our questions and making recommendations for food items safe for our special dietary needs. We do recommend talking to a chef at any Disney owned restaurant, especially if you have questions or concerns — even if the restaurant offers an allergy-friendly menu.
Up first, we had to try the holiday inspired drinks at the Hangar Bar. Brandon ordered the Mistletoe Mule, which is essentially a Moscow Mule (which includes vodka and ginger beer) with cranberry. He liked it so much that he ordered a second one!
Based on the recommendation from our server, I ordered Jock’s Holiday Nog (which contains dairy) that was made with Tito’s Vodka (which is gluten free). While I wouldn’t get this on every visit, it was perfect for the holiday season and a nice version of nog that wasn’t overly creamy and dairy filled. It was one of the best nogs that I’ve ever tried, so I would highly recommend.
For an appetizer, we had to order one of our favorite appetizers at the Hangar Bar — Doctor Astorga’s Queso Dip, A Skillet of Melted Soft Cheeses topped with fresh Pico de Gallo and Cilantro served with Corn Tortilla Chips. This dish is gluten free (contains dairy), fish/shellfish free, peanut/tree nut free, chicken & turkey free, and cabbage free. The chips are made in a dedicated fryer too.
If you like chips and dip, this is a great option. Both Brandon and I love the nacho cheese style dip, and this dish has become a must order for us on just about every visit we make to the Hangar Bar. It was just as good as ever and super filling. It’s a great shareable dish!
For my entree, I ordered the Taco al Pastor with Citrus-Chipotle Pork Belly, Pineapple Pico de Gallo, Red Cabbage, and Grilled Corn Tortilla. The tacos are gluten free, and though I forgot to ask on this visit, I believe they are also dairy free too. I was super impressed by these tacos. The flavors were outstanding, and I loved the combination of salty, sweet (from the pineapple salsa), and savory. These were an absolute winner with a great portion size. I would definitely order these again.
Brandon ordered one of the seasonal options — The Venison Sliders. These were made safe for Brandon’s allergies: fish/shellfish, peanut/tree nut, chicken & turkey, and cabbage. These were a winner in Brandon’s book. He loved the flavors including the cranberry chutney on the dish. Like me, he said he’d order these again on any future visits during the holiday season.
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We both always really enjoy dining at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The theme is fun and the food is always excellent. Add to it the holiday seasonal options, and you have an excellent dining spot in Disney Springs during the holiday season. We can’t wait to go back again when the holiday theme is back and enjoy all the small plates and drinks offered there for guests with special dietary needs.
Have you been to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar? What did you think of the special diets options available during your visit?