Alex is a self-proclaimed Disney expert who enjoys expanding her culinary skills in her free time.
If you are familiar with Disney parks you will know that everything has a theme. There are details and stories everywhere you look and Disney really elevates that with dining experiences as well. Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar is a great example of just that. It's just a simple bar, right? Of course not. Instead, the pilot Jock Lindsey, from the first Indian Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark, has crash-landed on a remote tropical island and has built this bar out of parts of his wrecked plane.
All over the inside and outside of the building are parts of a 1940s plane. There's a giant world map behind the bar. The bar's menu is a nod to the swanky cocktails of the 1940s and the longer you sit and sip your drink, the more the details will start to pop out.
So, what's on the menu? Everything. Sangria, beer, wine, cocktails, scotch, bourbon. Like I said, everything.
I've personally tried the red sangria and it is very nice for sipping in the warm Florida weather. Nic took a leap and tried the Aviator's Flight, which was three samples of the bars Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. It was interesting since some of the descriptions for the scotch consisted of terms like 'leathery.' Sure enough, there was a leatheriness to it, but honestly even I enjoyed them. He loved them and took notes so he could enjoy those varieties again at home. They even had a cocktail, The Scottish Professor, with scotch and gin in it. You can check out the menu online ahead of time, though I noticed they do have some seasonal offerings, and the menus were different between the first and second time I went. Though, the changes may have been some downsizing due to the pandemic. I guess I'll find out in a few months.
Next time we go, because we've already added this place to our must-do list for every trip, I want to be more adventurous and try one of the fancier drinks. Aside from crushes in the summer, I'm not a big cocktail drinker, I typically stick with wine or beer when we go out. But, the drink menu sounds fun and inviting. I'm excited.
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Now, I will start off by saying that I've never had the food here. I've been twice, once for cocktail hour before dinner and the second time I insisted we stop in for a drink after dinner. Nic was hesitant at first since we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table at a bar, but it ended up being his favorite place.
I've read the menu online and it sounds very nice. I've seen the food items brought out while we've sipped our drinks. Let me tell you, it looks pretty gosh darn good. When the pretzel was walking by I just about ordered one even though we'd had dinner just an hour before.
For our next trip, we've decided that this is where we will stop first for a late lunch and a drink. No better way to start a vacation. We'll relax, hopefully inside though the covered deck does look nice, have a couple of drinks and sample some of the themed appetizers. There are creative names for the dishes like Club Obi Wan Chicken Wings, Air Pirate's Cargo Loaded Pretzel or Doctor Astorga's Queso Fundido.
As I've mentioned, the theme is a 1940s plane that crash-landed. The music is a blend of modern jazz and swing combining to make a modern yet classic feel. It really fits the decor. There is rather limited seating inside by the bar. There is a really cool table that is in an old dive bell. There is also a large and covered outdoor seating area behind the building that overlooks the lake.
Overall, I love this place. If we lived in the Orlando area I feel like we'd be frequent fliers.
Yes, I said reservations. For a bar. If you have a date and time you know you want to dine at the Hangar Bar I highly recommend making a reservation. Though both times I've gone I was able to get a table within 20 minutes, it still does feel a little weird to sit outside waiting for a spot to then sit and order a drink.