*These dining experiences took place in October and November 2015.
Get ready to go on an adventure fit for Indiana Jones on this epic journey into Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, located at Disney Springs. Opening in the fall of 2015, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is the newly opened bar, aptly named and themed after the frequently trusted pilot for Indiana Jones. With a fantastic back story (check out the Disney Food Blog for more details), the Hangar, as it’s often referred to, has quickly become a very popular hangout spot at Disney Springs.
It’s pretty surprising that I haven’t blogged about it yet, as it’s quickly become a favorite among my family and friends. I’ve been countless times and am still wowed by the level of detail throughout the lounge.
When it first opened, I was pretty dubious about any dining options, especially after reading Gluten Free in Orlando’s opening review which indicated a lack of gluten free options. Still, I knew it would be a great place to meet friend and enjoy a drink or two.
On our first visit, I ordered the Hovito Mojito because I’m a huge mojito fan. Unfortunately, this version couldn’t live up to others I’ve had on Disney property, especially my favorite – the African Starr Mint Mojito, found at Sanaa.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying the gin and tonics served there. I love the glasses these are served in. They are actually slightly tilted (even before you’ve had any alcohol!).
On one of my visits, a group of us had a variety of drinks that included the Scottish Professor, the Safari Sangria and a Gin and Tonic. Overall, everyone loves the drinks there – even if they still don’t have the cute souvenir glasses available. One day, I’m getting an Indy inspired drink in a monkey head…
There are several gluten free options, and the menu has changed since last I ordered food here, so keep in mind that there may be others as well (including the new shrimp flatbread). The Snacks of Ra, made of African salads and dips, can be served with Udi’s Gluten Free pizza crust. This was very nice, especially considering all the dips are naturally gluten free and dairy free.
The favorite salads and dips have to be the curry chicken and the bean and pea hummus. They were all very tasty and unique, and I would definitely order this again.
Brody’s Brats is another gluten free and dairy free dish without modifications. I thought the brats were nicely spiced (very mild and not overly spicy), with the cornichons and mustard being great additions. I wasn’t too jazzed about the pickled slaw but would have loved to have seen less brats and a bread component added. No one in our group was a big fan of this.
The Good Dates are also gluten free but not dairy free. They do contain goat cheese.
When you visit the Hangar, check out all the details. There’s even a newspaper framed with an entire back-story for the lounge. As a librarian, I loved seeing old card catalogs being repurposed. And, if you’re an Indiana Jones fan, you’ll love all the hidden nods to the films; we’ve noticed things like the voodoo dolls from the Temple of Doom to prop replicas and more. We’ve spent hours in here and are still finding new things.
On our very first visit, we joked that the bar seemed so authentic to the Indiana Jones films that we half expected Indy himself to pop in for a nightcap. Little did we know that Indy really would make an appearance that first night.
Nearing closing, Indy strolled in, saddled up to the bar with his trademark fedora hat and trusty whip at his side to order a drink. We initially thought it was a part of the lounge experience, but the look on the bartender’s face told otherwise! Turns out, a guest who had been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party popped in post-party for a drink. Well played, faux Indy, well played!
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is definitely a great place to visit. We often pop in for a quick drink while heading to a movie at the AMC Disney Springs. It’s the perfect spot with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and great theming. It’s also owned and operated by Disney, so you’ll actually get to speak to a chef if you have special dietary needs, which is another nice bonus.
I’m looking forward to seeing the offerings here evolve and, of course, enjoying a cold beverage with Dr. Jones.
Have you been to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar? What did you think of it?