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
Posted: Tuesday September 22, 2015 4:05pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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Clamman73Sep 27, 2015

Trying the cool headed monkey. Tasty.

"El Magnifico"Sep 26, 2015

What I find really interesting is this tie in to "The Society of Explorers and Adventurers". I seem to recall this in one of the stories for Skippers Canteen which is being built in the MK. I really hope there is some type of marketing wizard in the background with a plan to tie this all together. Imagine the Adventurers Club being nowhere and everywhere at the same time. It'd be nice to see the Hangar offer a drink called Kungaloosh.

BernardandBiancaSep 26, 2015

Stopped by for lunch today, after our movie, and just walked right in and got an outside table right on the water. Waiter came within 2 minutes, gave us water, took our orders, and returned frequently to make sure we had everything. We had the brats, deviled eggs, and shared the pretzels. All three were very good, and the beer fondue was the highlight of the meal. Would probably go again, but only if they start honoring TiW, or at a absolute though not desired, give an AP discount. We inquired, and the waiter said they didn't take anything yet.

KikoKeaSep 26, 2015

Glad to hear that our poor experience there was not the norm, so must have been due to opening day confusion and the wait staff being overwhelmed. We waited at our table on the hot porch for nearly 15 minutes without anyone- our waiter or the 3 supervisors watching the waiters- giving us a menu, taking a drink order, or even acknowledging us. I tried to catch their attention, but was ignored. Tired of waiting, we got up and left (which finally got the attention of the supervisors) and went across the way to try Raglan Road- our first visit there. Had a great, leisurely meal (Three Times a Boxty and Burger R Way) while relaxing in the cool AC. Our impression of JLHB was that there's lots of interesting things to look at inside and might be worth a visit, if you can find a seat. But, the porch needs a lot more to make it visually appealing and interesting. The metal table had absolutely nothing on it (at least a menu and something about the history of the Hangar Bar would have been helpful) and the walls are empty and could use some old, rusty signs, gear, posters- anything to go along with the theme.

mguimond1990Sep 25, 2015

Don't know how often they change out the coasters but when we went Wednesday they gave us purple "the python bar" coasters. They're nice but we definitely wanted a souvenir cup.

dreamfinderSep 25, 2015

So I need to eat my words. Instead of the coasters being the bar logo in different colors, apparently they are from other different locations that Jock liked to visit. Thats kinda cool. Think Club Obi Wan makes an appearance?

wdwmagicSep 24, 2015

Would love to have your menu "likes" if you get chance - http://www.wdwmagic.com/dining/jock-lindsey's-hangar-bar/menus.htm

mguimond1990Sep 24, 2015

We went Wednesday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised. Our waitress was fantastic, the pretzel and fondue was heavenly. It was a highlight of our trip. Top notch.

RinxSep 24, 2015

Went Tuesday evening to check it out and walked away from the 2.5-3 hour wait they were advertising due to capacity. Some other future trip perhaps.

jmmcSep 23, 2015

Wow, that looks really cool! And that menu/log book looks so great, I bet you could sell it to Indy fans.

Bparso87Sep 23, 2015

Can't wait to try this in two weeks

dreamfinderSep 23, 2015

I like the swizzle stick, but collectible coasters? While much much better than generic ones, seems like they failed to anticipate lead time on glassware and went with something quick and easy.

wdwmagicSep 23, 2015

You find a seat then have waiter service.

Jon81ukSep 23, 2015

Might be a stupid question, or could be because I'm British. Do you order your drinks at the bar and then find a seat (as I would in most UK bars) or do you find a seat and then a waitress comes over and takes your order?