REVIEW - Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar at Disney Springs

Sep 22, 2015 in "Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar"

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar opening day

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is the latest new lounge to open in Disney Springs, and brings with it a hint of Indiana Jones, and even a little something for fans of the long-lost Adventurers Club.

The Story of Jock Lindsey

If you’ve seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, you might remember Indy’s pilot, Jock Lindsey.

The backstory of The Hangar is that Jock and Indy stumbled upon Disney Springs in 1938 while on an adventure in Central Florida. Deciding it was time to settle down, Jock bought a waterfront property in Disney Springs, piloting seaplane tours across the state. The hangar that he used to store the plane became a popular stopover point and hangout for world travelers, including fellow members of The Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

Full of artifacts and mementoes form his adventures - Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar was born - a place for travelers and locals to grab a bite, a drink, and share stories of adventures.

The Lounge

Built on the water between the recently opened BOATHOUSE and Paradiso 37, the Hangar fits in beautifully with its surroundings. The somewhat industrial looking exterior gives the place a sense of history and adventure, and on the inside things just get better.

Artifacts are everywhere, and we mean EVERYWHERE. You’ll find nods to Indiana Jones and the Adventurers Club, and collections from Jock himself throughout.

The interior is beautiful, no question about it, and this is going to be a place where people want to hang-out and enjoy a drink.

Seating inside is limited, somewhere in the region of 50 seats. There are tables for two in the center, and seating for larger groups along the sides. A coveted spot will be inside the diving bell, which seats around 6 in a booth style.

Sure to be popular in the cooler months is the outdoor seating on the rear terrace and aboard Jock’s boat in dry-dock - named Reggie after his pet snake.

The rear terrace has great views out onto the village lake, and overhead fans help keep the full covered area cool.

Seating aboard Reggie adds to the variety of environments, and will be especially popular. The outdoor bar also overlooks this area.

Seating totals 150 inside and out - which bests Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto capacity of around 50 guests inside and 80 guests on the outdoor terrace. No reservations will be taken, so getting inside is on a first-come first-served basis.

While not as elaborate as at Trader Sam’s, there are some effects inside and out. Without giving too much away, keep an eye out on the antique ice machine, and a listen out for radios that spring to live every now-and-then.

There is a less of a performance at Jock Lindey's, compared to Trader Sam's, and we think it works better. The place speaks for itself, and doesn't need any more to bring it to life.

Food and Drink

Disney hasn’t just settled for an elaborately themed building, the food and drink menu at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar has been given the same treatment.

Food and drink with names such as "Squid! Why'd it have to be Squid?”, Rolling Boulders Sliders, Air Pirate's Pretzels, Fountain of Youth and Reggie's Revenge all continue to reinforce the adventurer’s story.

Beyond the adventurous names, the food and drink line-up is a solid one. There are 9 appetizer size menu items, and an extensive bar menu, with everything from Signature Libations (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic), to craft beers, draft beers, champagnes, wines, flights and even sake.

View the full menu, and photos of the Pilot's Log Book - which is the actual menu inside the bar.

Food at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

The appetizer line-up ranges in price from $7.99 for the Dr. Elsa’s She-deviled Eggs to $14.99 for the "Squid! Why'd it have to be Squid?”, which is a Fried Calamari Flatbread with Harissa Spread.

There are dishes that could easily be shared, such as the Rolling Boulders Sliders (Three Spicy Meatball Sliders served with Yogurt Sauce) and the Air Pirate's Pretzels (A flight of Everything Pretzels with House-made Mustard and Beer-Cheese Fondue ).

Our favorite was the Tanis Tacos - Filled with Falafel, Shredded Lettuce, and Cucumber-Tomato Salad. It doesnt sound great, but trust us - it is!

Brody’s Brats were well done, and one of the larger offerings. We would have liked to have seen more dipping sauces, but the Mustard and Pickled Cabbage was a nice accompaniment.

Lao Che’s Revenge sticky wings is another great option. Not too spicy, and something that anyone would enjoy.

The Snack of Ra brings some adventure to the line-up, with African Salads and Dips with Injera and Naan Crisps. Great for sharing.

For a lounge that does not claim to be a restaurant, the food line-up is very good. Perfect for a night out, and elevates the lounge above just a traditional bar. You can easily combine three or four of the appetizers to make a full dinner for two. Perhaps the only thing missing is a dessert option.

You can see photos of all the food in the menu listing.

Drinks at Jock Lindsey's

There are twenty Signature Libations, with something to appeal to everyone. Non-drinkers are not left out, with the inclusion of some speciality non-alcoholic drinks.

The alcoholic line-up includes some fantastic sounding concoctions, such as “Anything Goes“ - byejoe dragon fire spirit, fresh Lime Juice, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple Juice; and “Fountain of Youth” - St. Augustine Florida Cane Vodka, Bols Blue Curaçao, White Cranberry Juice, and Sweet-and-Sour.

Our favorites were the Cool-headed Monkey - Starr African Rum, Van Der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, fresh Lime Juice, Watermelon, and Pineapple Juice, and Reggie's Revenge - Florida Cane 'Orlando Orange' Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, White Cranberry Juice, and fresh Lime Juice.

The drinks were not incredibly strong, but enough alcohol content to know you’ve had a drink. Pricing is around $10 for most of the drinks.

The bar will be releasing collectible coasters over the coming months, so you'll need to keep heading back to pick those up. Collectible souvenir glasses will also be available.

Our Verdict

Comparisons will be made to the recently opened Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and it certainly seems that Disney has seen the popularity of highly themed lounges and is bringing the formula to Disney Springs.

There isn’t anything else like Jock Lindsey’s at Disney Springs, and for the details and visuals alone, it is one of our “must do” picks at Walt Disney World. The inclusion of better-than-average food makes Jock Lindsey's highly recommended.

If you are a fan of Indiana Jones or the Adventurers Club, you will appreciate the nods to those classics. If not, you’ll still enjoy the lounge for what it is - a high quality themed environment with a strong food and drink line-up.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is open Sunday - Thursday from 11:30am to 12am, and Friday - Saturday from 11:30am to 1am. It isn't on the Disney Dining Plan, nor is it available for reservations.

Like all restaurant reviews on WDWMAGIC, all food and drink was paid for by the reviewers and was not part of any tasting event.

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Article Posted: Sep 22, 2015 / 4:05pm EDT