There's no shortage of fabulous places to get incredible drinks near Disney. After a long day at the park or enjoying the various other adventures that Anaheim has to offer, you might be looking for a place to unwind and sip something frosty. Let's look at the best spots to grab an adult beverage in Anaheim and the ones around the hotels close to Downtown Disney.
5 Best Bars Near Disneyland
Want a bar experience that's a cut above the standard corner pub? The Blind Rabbit is what you've been seeking, but you've got to know where to look. The classic 1920s speakeasy is small and intimate, complete with a hidden entrance and an upscale, exclusive experience.
It only has 32 seats in the house and is roaringly popular, so--you guessed it--reservations are a must. Parties are limited to groups of five or less, and seatings are done at random. In such a small space (about 550 square feet), where you wind up isn't as important as getting in.
One look at the menu, and you'll be hooked. Classic prohibition-era cocktails and crafted to perfection, along with a wonderful assortment of "sustenance."
If the speakeasy vibe is a little too uptight for you, how about a quick trip to the South Pacific? It's not a tiki bar in the contemporary sense--it's a classic bar and grill that makes delicious traditional tiki drinks. Unfortunately, these have gotten watered down and lost in the modern world. So, head over to Strong Water Anaheim for a refreshing look at the originals that started the trend.
In addition to Mai Tais, Jungle Birds, Hurricanes, and Blue Hawaiians, they've also got an excellent selection of mocktails and a full dinner menu. Strong Water Anaheim is extremely popular, so reservations are required, and guests must be 21 or over.
More of a brew connoisseur than a cocktail drinker? Karl Strauss Brewing runs a wonderful tasting room and brewpub. They serve a selection of classic pub apps, like beer pretzels and chili cheese fries. They also make a killer burger and some fantastic sandwiches.
Each year Karl Strauss brews more than 150 different kinds of beers. There are year-round, seasonal, small-batch, barrel-aged, and collaboration beers. You can get growler fills or pick up a six-pack or two of your favorite offerings.
Barcode is located in Garden Grove, and like some of the other best bars near Anaheim, it operates as a speakeasy. You have to be 21 or over, and you have to have a reservation.
Barcode is a relaxed sort of spot where any 1980s or 90s kid will feel right at home. Video games, which they dare to call "retro," fill the place. There are pop culture and movie collectibles, too. They serve Asian fusion small plates, excellent cocktails, and some interesting craft beers.
Are you looking for the spot with the best view in town? Head over to The Fifth, Anaheim's only rooftop restaurant and bar. This aerial lounge is located on the fifth floor of the Grand Legacy at the Park, so it has excellent views of the Disney resort below. It's a relaxed hangout with lots of firepits, delicious food, and stellar craft cocktails. There's plenty of big sofas, comfy chairs, and group tables that make hanging out and mingling fun and easy. There's often live music, and evenings are lovely as the city lights up below.
The Fifth's menu features a full dinner selection with lots of tapas and grabbable items. Their spirit menu is extensive, as are their wine selections and signature cocktails. You shouldn't miss the High Five Mai Tai. If you're there between Tuesday and Saturday, happy hour goes from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Speakeasy, Tiki Bar, or Chic Hangout--All in Anaheim
The bars in Anaheim range from corner pubs where everyone knows your name to exclusive speakeasies with secret entrances. Which will you choose?