The Best Disney Bars and Lounges: Cove Bar at Disney’s California Adventure

I’m excited to start a series on the best Disney bars and lounges!   Today’s feature is one of my absolute favorites, the Cove Bar at Disney’s California Adventure.  This open air establishment overlooks Paradise Bay and is the perfect spot to soak up the California sun and enjoy quality bar bites and cocktails.

The food here, albeit limited in choices, is delicious.  They don’t have a kids menu, but we just grabbed something for the kids before we went.  They do have a non-alcoholic cotton candy lemonade which the kids really enjoyed.

It can be a long wait to be seated here, so Guru Tip:

Get in line here about 30 minutes prior to opening.

Food options include choices like artisan pizzas (usually a different option each day), tri-tip sliders, which take me back to growing up on the Central Coast of California and the most popular item, lobster nachos.   That’s what we ordered on our most recent visit and they did not disappoint.  There was plenty for my husband and I to share.

Once you’ve made your food selections, go ahead and put that menu down.  Do not, I repeat, do not order a drink from that menu.  The drink menu is the standard Disney Lounge menu you’ll find anywhere on property.  Instead, order a drink from the “secret” cocktail menu!

The secret drinks are takes on the standard Long Island Ice Tea.  The most popular is the Fun Wheel.  The beautifully layered cocktail begins with pineapple juice, followed by passion fruit vodka and blue curacao and topped off with the Long Island ingredients, soda water and a citrus foam.   It was sweet and refreshing.   I had seen pictures of this for years, so I was happy to order it and cross it off my Disney bucket list.

Although my drink was much prettier, I actually preferred the taste of my husband’s choice, The Zombie.  It includes…wait for it…light rum, dark rum, coconut rum, spiced rum, 151 rum,  orange juice, pineapple juice, blue curacao, Midori AND grenadine!  I would have never ordered this based on the kitchen sink of ingredients but it was quite tasty.

Other secret options include the Earthquake which is reportedly the strongest, The Neverland Tea and the Black Pearl.  Someday I’ll try them all, so stay tuned!

I absolutely recommend a trip to the Cove Bar the next time you visit Disney California Adventure.  Both the food and drinks are worth the wait.  Impress your traveling companions by ordering off the secret menu.

As always, I’d love to help you plan your next magical getaway!   

Disneyland for Adults!


Of course Disneyland has so much to offer for families with kids. The joy of watching your little ones walk down Main Street and lay eyes on the castle for the first time is an experience like no other. But there is so much more to Disneyland, it is a magical place for adults as well! Before we had kids, my husband and I had some of our greatest dates here. Even our honeymoon was at the “Park that Walt built”. So if you are pre-kids, getting a vacation away, or even empty-nesters, here is a small list of magic that was made just for you.

  1. Have a romantic meal. It’s true that Disneyland is not the first place people think of when they are looking for romance. (Unless, of course you have experienced it firsthand!) But just think of all those Princesses that go on to find true love and it completely makes sense. Here are two of the most romantic restaurants you’ll find at the Disneyland Resort.  Blue Bayou, in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, is one of the most unique settings I have ever had the privilege to dine. As you enjoy an amazing meal, by firefly light, you watch passengers start their voyage on Pirates of the Caribbean. Napa Rose located in the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will have you set with the perfect wine to accompany your Award winning meal.  Reservations are recommended.
  2. Enjoy a show! There are some amazing shows at the Disneyland Resort. Disney’s Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure is a must see. This show launched the Broadway version and it is just as good as the one you can see on The Great White Way. You can also cuddle up to your sweetie and watch the World of Color over in the Paradise Pier section of California Adventure or take in an incredible fireworks show over at Disneyland park.
  3. Pamper Yourselves! If luxurious spa treatments are more your speed, be sure to visit Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Here you can have a wide variety of treatments done from couples massages, pedicures, body wraps, facials and more.

Where do you find romance at Disney Parks? Be sure to drop us a line in the comments so we can add it to our list!

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