DINING SPOTLIGHT - City Works Disney Springs impresses with food and drink line-up and laid-back sports bar atmosphere

Feb 28, 2020 in "City Works Eatery and Pour House"

City Works Eatery and Pour House Disney Springs food and drink

City Works Eatery and Pour House is the latest eatery at Disney Springs, and brings the first sports restaurant and bar to Walt Disney World’s expansive shopping and dining venue.

As part of the restaurant’s grand opening we were invited to try out some of the food and drink to see what makes City Works different from your typical sports bar that you may find at home.

Located on the corner of the West Side, City Works is in a prime location shared with the adjacent NBA Experience, and across from Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues.

On the outside you’ll find two outdoor bars on opposite corners of the building, along with a large open-air patio for the cooler months in Central Florida. There is even a walk-up take-out window.

Inside there is a sense of space, with a large dining room running the length of the building, and a wall dominated with screens and menu boards for the more than 90 craft beers on draft.

The wall above the main bar houses a 168-inch, high-definition video screen complemented by four 110-inch and 12 65-inch screens. Disney Springs has always had a handful of restaurants showing the big sports games, but this is without doubt the new place to go for those big game days or for keeping up with your teams throughout the year.

With one wall being nearly entirely made of glass, the interior space feels light and airy. Tables are split between booths, regular tables, and bar seating.

The restaurant has a very laid-back ambiance, and despite being a sports bar, it is easy to hold a conversation with others at your table.

The more than 8000 sq ft restaurant is divided into sections, which goes a long way to making a large dining space feel more intimate for the more than 300 diners that the restaurant can seat.

While the screens are visible from throughout the restaurant, seating towards the windows moves you into much more of a traditional restaurant space than a sports bar.

Beyond sports viewing, City Works brings Craft beer, and lots of it to Disney Springs.

Of the more than 90 beers on draft, 30-40% of its draft beer taps are dedicated to local breweries.

City Works also offers wines on tap and a seasonally changing cocktail menu and a fully stocked bar, plus an extensive whiskey list.

Happy Hour specials include $2 off well drinks, local craft beers and glasses of wine, and $7 bar bites Monday through Thursday 3-6 pm. Drink specials also are available 10pm - midnight.

A great way to try out the beers is with a flight. You can choose from several pre-built selections, or even a build your own. Pricing is around $17 depending on selections, and for four 6oz pours represents great value. There are so many great beers available that making a choice is tough - everything we tried was very good and the servers are very knowledgeable to help guide you through selections.

City Works is a beer drinker’s dream, but what we were most surprised with was how good the food is. Sports bars can be hit or miss, but City Works rises to the high standards set at Disney Springs making it a worthwhile destination for fans of great food.

The menu (view here), includes a lot of options from quick bar bites, to shareable to an extensive line-up of burgers, entrees and a full weekend brunch.

Everything we tasted was very well put together with a twist that elevated the dish beyond what you may be expecting.

From the shareables, the Kung Pao cauliflower stands out with roasted cauliflower, sweet peppers, green onions, garlic, ginger, arbol chiles, fried peanuts, chili oil, sweet and spicy tamari.

The barbecue platter is a must-do, making use of the onsite hardwood smoker you get baby back ribs, half chicken, pulled pork, Louisiana hot link, lime queso butter grilled corn, and spicy maple bacon baked beans - all for $38. It is big enough to share, and is some of the best BBQ you will find at Walt Disney World.

Presentation is excellent - the kitchen obviously takes a pride in what goes on the plate and it shows.

The fries are elevated too, worthwhile ordering as a side or sharable with drinks.

For dessert, the Peanut Butter Snickers Pie is the go-to. It is an Oreo cookie crust, peanut butter mousse, whipped cream, Snickers, chocolate and caramel sauce. Big enough to share, but you’ll be fighting for the last bite!

From this first visit and tasting, we came away very impressed. City Works is one of the more affordable options at Disney Springs, offering good value across both the beverage and food menus.

The sports bar concept was something missing from the Disney Springs line-up, and combined with the extensive beer selection and quality of food, City Works becomes another strong addition to Disney Springs and for many will become a favorite destination. We can’t wait for another visit to try the brunch.

City Works is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday 11am-midnight, Friday 11am-1am, Saturday 10:30am-1am and Sunday 10:30am-midnight. It also offers brunch dishes on the weekends 10am-3pm.

If you are using the Disney Dining Plan, it is one entitlement. Reservations are coming soon via My Disney Experience and OpenTable soon. View the full menu here.

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Article Posted: Feb 28, 2020 / 2:55pm ET
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DznyGrlSDMar 05, 2020

We ate there Sunday on an impromptu trip to property (we were staying in Fort Pierce). The food was great and my strawberry lemonade cider was excellent. Decent price point too (for Disney). I'll be dining here again.

po1998Mar 04, 2020

Is it Is it just me, or is the majority of the outdoor table and bar seating not covered?

Walt dFeb 28, 2020

Oh” a Sports bar how original! I was hoping for a restaurant called slaters. With nothing but surfing. And the best food ever made. And live wsl on the big big big” screens. Waitresses in bikinis. Some locals in a enclosed glass room showing you how to shape. The best stick. Air brush. And glass. And shape and design your own Fins. Then go to typhoon lagoon for a session.. now” your talking mate. Slaters.. the only place to be. And sorry no wimpy golfers allowed! !!

Hawkeye_2018Feb 12, 2020

could see myself stopping in for a beer and app. looks overpriced for a meal

Andrew CFeb 07, 2020

Not typically...depends on the beer though....

RteetzFeb 07, 2020

No different than a sporting event.

Horizons1Feb 07, 2020

Hope you like paying 10 bucks for one.

wdwmagicFeb 06, 2020

You will like City Works :)

Andrew CFeb 06, 2020

I like beer.